Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Wall Street

The coming Tobin Tax and Wall Street

I have watched in utter amazement as the stock market continues inexorably to climb to new highs nearly on a daily basis. I have wondered aloud and in writing how such an upward march could be justified. I have looked in vain. There is nothing going on in the economy that, in my opinion, justifies this. Smarter people than I have failed to find justification for it either. The markets don’t care, it seems. They just continue to move higher.

But perhaps Wall Street is watching something that is about to happen in Europe

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The gap between Wall Street and Main Street widens

On Thursday, the last trading day of the first quarter of 2013, the Standard and Poor’s index of 500 stocks – the S&P 500 – closed  at 1569, four points above where it traded in October, 2007, just before it plummeted to 676 in March, 2009. With that news the sigh of relief on Wall Street was nearly audible. CNNMoney gushed:

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Is the stock market real? Not according to consumers.

With the stock market steadily marching higher and setting new all-time highs (on a nominal, not inflation-adjusted basis), does this reflect what’s really going on in the economy? Not according to 5,000 households who

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Those cute little “green” cars aren’t so green after all.

I have a good friend who drives an older model Honda Insight which, he tells me, gets 70 miles per gallon. I learned that he paid about $20,000 or so for it and since he drives down to the Springs from Black Forest almost every day (a round trip of 50 miles) he is saving a lot of money. I drive a Honda Accord. It gets

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The Fed Needs a New Leader, says the Wall Street Journal

Sometimes I seek opportunity. Sometimes opportunity is thrust into my lap. The latter just happened with this unbelievable screed written by Paul Farrell today at the Wall Street Journal‘s MarketWatch. He decries the failed attempts by Fed governors going all the way back to

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Those Wal-Mart Emails and the US Economy

Much was made of some internal emails from Cameron Eiger, a Wal-Mart VP, expressing his frustration over slow sales at the start of the year. In a February 1st email to company executives, he wrote:

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The Profound Unfairness of Raising Taxes on the Rich

Benjamin Anderson tells the story of how a wealthy entrepreneur reacted to the imposition of much higher income tax rates in 1935 at the bottom of the Great Recession. Anderson’s Economics and the Public Welfare, a highly regarded study of the Great Depression, was based on his personal experience as an economist for the Chase Manhattan Bank and the editor of the Chase Economic Bulletin. Anderson recounts the case of one rich man who,

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Time Warner Continues to Shrink, Selling Off Most of its Magazines

With the announcement that Time Warner (TW) is selling most of its print magazines to little-known mid-west publisher Meredith Corporation, the media giant continues its great shrinking act which dates back to 2001. At the time of the AOL-Time Warner merger in January, 2000, the combined market capitalization of the company was $350 billion. Today its book value is

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul Introduces National Right-to-Work Act

On January 31st Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced his National Right-to-Work Act, S.204, subtitled “A bill to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.” His timing couldn’t be any better.

One year ago Indiana joined the growing list of right to work (RTW) states, followed in December by

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Happy days coming for conservatives?

I think George Will may be just a tad optimistic, but he does have a point: Obama will implode. It remains to be seen if the so-called “conservatives” will be able to take advantage of the implosion. Says Will:

Happy days are not here again, but

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Another Progressive myth exploded

In general Progressives like to extract data that supports further government intervention. One such myth (or trope) is that “the middle class is stagnating, and something must be done!” As two of my favorite economists, Mark Perry and Donald Boudreaux, wrote in the Wall Street Journal,

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If you were in the 60% tax bracket, would you move?

Phil Mickelson is considering it. Last year Mickelson had a pretty good year: $3.7 million in earnings and – get ready – $57 million in endorsements, for a total income (mostly taxable) of $60.8 million.  With the one-two punch of Obama and Brown (California’s hapless governor), Mickelson has done the math:

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Diamandis: Coming Technological Advances are Staggering

English: Peter Diamandis in ZERO-G

Peter Diamandis in ZERO-G (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just reading about Peter Diamandis makes me laugh out loud. Let me quote this about him from Wikipedia:

Peter H. Diamandis (pronounced /dʌmændɪs/) (born May 20, 1961) is an American engineer, physician and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think.

He is also the former CEO and co-founder of the Zero-Gravity Corporation, the co-founder and vice chairman of Space Adventures Ltd., the founder and chairman of the Rocket Racing League, the co-founder of the International Space University, the co-founder of Planetary Resources, and founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.

Diamandis is a mature adult male who hasn’t grown up. He continues to enjoy life to the fullest, and thinks our future is so full of promise that it’s all he can do to contain himself. The Wall Street Journal‘s article says that, according to Diamandis, “the world has never been in better shape and that it is going to get even better.”

Diamandis spoke at the first annual meeting of the CIO Journal (sponsored by the Wall Street Journal), for information officers, and told the 60 CIOs attending that “we’re literally at the

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Is the Fed running out of bullets?

MarketWatch is run by competent commentators with a slight conservative cast to their writings. It’s part of the Wall Street Journal’s online offerings. With that in mind, I take an exception to two points of view expressed yesterday in its article about the Fed “running out of bullets.”

First, the article says that the Fed is going to

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America Headed for Energy Independence! Unless…

English: Oil Rig, Cromarty, Scotland

Oil Rig (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just six years ago the US imported 60% of its oil. Today it’s down to 40%, and continuing to decline, according to the Wall Street Journal. It’s really quite amazing what incentive, technology and freedom are able to accomplish.

U.S. crude imports fell 9.2% in October from a year earlier to 8.091 million barrels a day, the lowest amount of imported crude since January 2000, according to U.S. Department of Energy data released today .The data are the latest illustration of how the drilling boom in North Dakota and other states is remaking the U.S. energy picture.

Remaking, indeed. It’s a total restructuring of the world’s economy. In the past the US has been increasingly dependent upon the Middle East and other producers to keep the lights on. And this has had enormous

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Fiscal Cliff Funny Numbers: Taxpayers Pay More Yet Deficits Rise

Uncle Sam is Broke

Uncle Sam is Broke (Photo credit: Infrogmation)

Now that the House of Representatives has virtually rubber-stamped the Senate bill to avoid going over the fiscal cliff – the so-called American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) – which President Obama is expected to sign shortly, commentators have been working feverishly to determine exactly what is in the 157-page bill that no one had time to read before being rushed to completion at the very last minute.

The analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) measured the impact of ATRA against its baseline assumption that the congress would do nothing and let all the pieces and parts of the fiscal cliff occur automatically. In that baseline, annual government deficits would have been cut in half, from $1.1 trillion to about $640 trillion. But under the new law, the national debt will increase by

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The economy isn’t like a pizza, Mr. O.

P. J. O’Rourke has a way with words. The author of 17 books including the one he’s perhaps most famous for, “Don’t Vote! – It Just Encourages the Bastards“, he has enough backbone to

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More confirmation about the new recession

In a strange way this article from Marketwatch is confirming, but also unsettling. I’ve been writing about the recession call by ECRI for months now and now along comes John Hussman saying the same thing to his clients:

Money manager John Hussman, chairman of Hussman Funds, is among those who think it is. “We continue to believe that the U.S. economy joined a global economic downturn during the third quarter of the year,” he wrote to investors recently.

He notes that

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Newsweek’s last Print Issue is December 31st

The Wall Street Journal noted the end of an era with the final print edition of Newsweek magazine coming out on Monday, December 31st. It will transition to an online-only format with plans to charge subscribers for its content after the first of the year.

The end has been coming for some time. On October 18th, Tina Brown, Newsweek’s editor, announced the change on the same day that she

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House Speaker Boehner Offers Plan B with Tax Increases

On Tuesday, December 18th, Republican House Speaker John Boehner spelled out some of the details on his “Plan B” offer to the White House in case Plan A goes nowhere. It appears that Plan B will go nowhere as well, but not because of resistance from the White House, but from other House Republicans who are intent on keeping their word.

According to Boehner’s office, Plan B “Does not raise taxes. It is a net tax cut that prevents a $4.6 trillion tax hike on January 1.”

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.