April 25, 2014

Free Markets

Free markets are under assault in America. Get refreshed by reading David John Marotta's two part series Why I Lean Libertarian. Furthermore, you can read our Freedom Investing series about the international correlation of economic success and economic freedom and learn how your investment portfolio can benefit from it.

What Happened to the Gold Standard?

Biting Money

The U.S. dollar was first regulated by the Coinage Act of 1792 and prescribed as 371.25 grains of pure silver. The eagle, worth $10, was 247.5 grains of gold. One cent, worth a hundredth of a dollar, was 24 grains of copper. The value of the metal contained in the currency kept prices relatively constant [...]

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Inflation Is 3% For First 120 Years; 2,380% For The Last 100 Years

Zimbabwe and gold

Of all the investing risks we face, inflation is the risk most commonly overlooked and most certainly experienced.

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Why Is The Federal Reserve In Your Wallet?

Christian LIndeMann, The New King of PickPockets

Members of the Federal Reserve openly admit it is not a federal agency.

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What Exactly Is Quantitative Easing?

Piggy Bank

Quantitative easing is a sneaky way to make everyone dealing in U.S. dollars pay off the U.S. debt.

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The Government Effectively Pardoned 77.3% Of The 2013 Debt Increase

Crumpled Dollar

Paid for by using your former purchasing power.

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What Do You Mean I Owe An Extra $100,000 In Taxes?

Businessman Target

Ah, the joys of being a small business owner in 2013.

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How Does The Fed Control Interest Rates In A Free Market?

Federal Reserve 2014

Even as recently as 2007, banks were paying 4% interest. Now you have to go to the hundredth decimal before you find your interest rate.

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As Recently As 2007, Banks Were Paying 4% Interest

Taxable Money Market Rates 2014

In retirement planning, these are the deep risks we are concerned about.

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Tax By Inflation

The Fading Dollar

In its simplest form, the government prints money and uses the newly printed currency to fund government spending.

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Quantitative Easing And The Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet

Inflation

Government officials argue that consistent deficits are good for the economy, if we were only willing to go high enough.

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Five Unbelievable Financial Advisor Regulations

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

To comply, most firms must archive and report massive amounts of information. Here are five of the more interesting regulations.

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Radio: David John Marotta Interviewed Discussing the Three GOP Factions

Marotta on Radio Talking

David John Marotta was recently interviewed discussing the ideas in the article “Republicans: Defining the 3 Factions”.

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Republicans: Defining the Three Factions

More freedom less government

Which part of the conservative party appeals best to you: promoting the welfare of big business, legislating morality or advocating personal freedom and responsibility?

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Is the Federal Reserve Really Tapering?

tapering

The conflicting information of the Federal Reserve report has to do with the so-called tapering of asset purchases.

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Is Social Security Stealing Your Chance Of Being A Millionaire?

You have got to be kidding.

Social Security withdrawals have enslaved workers to depend on government largess when they could have been independently wealthy.

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Liberals Characterized Privatizing Social Security As A Risky Venture

Obama's 2012 Convention Acceptance Speech

Even the Social Security withdrawals of average workers would produce millionaires if they were allowed to be saved and invested in private accounts.

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Obama Expands the Permanently Unemployed

Occupy Stupidity

The economics of the job market are complicated, and an executive order can’t grant America a higher wage.

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Obama’s myRA Plan Violates Multiple ERISA Laws

Go to jail

Willful violations of ERISA legislation carry criminal penalties of up to a year in prison for the plan sponsor and a fine of up to $100,000 for the corporation.

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Can You Fact-Check Without Reading the Article?

Holy face palm

Both authors claimed there were errors in our article all the while agreeing with our assessment of the unemployment numbers.

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David John Marotta & Megan Russell Defended by Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh 2014-01-23

After covering our article during his January 22 radio show in the segment, Rush Limbaugh then discussed Pethokoukis’s attack the following day. Our two Virginia co-authors are “the Wall Street guy.”

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David John Marotta & Megan Russell Mentioned by Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh 2014-01-22

David John Marotta and Megan Russell were mentioned on Rush Limbaugh’s show for their article “Should We Wallow in the Rising Stock Market?”

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David John Marotta Mentioned on Sean Hannity’s Show

Sean Hannity 2014-01-22

Sean Hannity’s radio show covered Marotta and Russell’s “Should We Wallow in the Rising Stock Market?” Thanks to sensational headlines and selected quotes, the message of the article is changed with each re-telling.

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David Marotta Interviewed On LA Radio KABC

On Air

David Marotta was interviewed on radio KABC in Lost Angeles, discussing the article Should We Wallow in the Rising Stock Market. Listen to the radio show here.

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Economic Freedom Matters 2014

Wall around Wall Street

Economic freedom enriches society, lifts the poor out of poverty and respects the agency and dignity of human choice.

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Freedom Investing Over The Past Decade

Freedom Investing 2014

The portfolio of the five freedom countries has an annualized return of 11.06% over the past decade.

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Marotta’s 2014 Gone-Fishing Portfolio

Sunset fishing

A gone-fishing portfolio keeps investing simple.

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Marotta’s 2013 Gone-Fishing Portfolio Review

Fish Measuring Station

A review of last year’s 2013 gone fishing portfolio returns.

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Should We Wallow in the Rising Stock Market?

Sad puppy

The stock market can occasionally benefit from the misery index.

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Bitcoin Trashing Makes The Case For The Gold Standard

Slack Palm

A return to stable money would signal the death of the bitcoin and other stores of value used as hedges against dollar mismanagement.

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“Halestorm” And “Abducting Arnold” Author Interview

Abducting Arnold by Becky Akers

Becky Akers is a free-lance writer and historian as well as the author of two novels set during the American Revolution.

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How Long Should I Keep Financial and Tax Records?

Tax Files

Whenever the IRS challenges you, the burden of producing evidence that your claims are true rests entirely with you.

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Sensational Headlines Capture Nation’s Attention

Fox News 2013-12-26

In addition to learning how a viral story can get many of the facts wrong, another more important lesson can be learned from this experience.

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Media Storm Surrounding Marotta Advice

RUN FOR THE HILLS! Top financial adviser sees imminent collapse of U.S. civilization

Recently we had one of our blogs posts go viral and capture the attention of the national news.

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Chronicles of Aria Prime, Episode One by AJ Reissig

AJ Reissig

The adventure begins as a tale of interstellar travel, but quickly morphs into a space opera and post-apocalyptic survival story.

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Marotta Featured in Advisors’ Top 10 Investment Ideas for 2014

Advisors' Top 10 Investment Ideas for 2014

Economic Freedom is a good investing strategy.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Republicans and Democrats

New Year's Resolutions for 2014

Here’s to a better 2014!

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How To Prepare For The “Coming Financial Apocalypse”

The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan

You should be just as prepared for the possibility that the world as we know it is not ending.

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Five Things More Important Than Politics

Five important things

This holiday season, remember to cherish the important values of life.

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) May Cost The Country $2.8 Trillion More Each Year.

Obama Dollar

You can often tell exactly what a piece of legislation will NOT do by what they title it.

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Eight People Obama Charged with Espionage

Obama espionage

Prior to the Obama administration, only three espionage cases had ever been brought.

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NSA Blanket Surveillance Unconstitutional

Surveillance

“What is remarkable is that is actually acknowledging it is illegal.”

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The Ruse Of Healthcare To Justify Massively Higher Taxes

Rich Men Rule

At least there will be less rich people to hate.

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TSA: Violations for Only $2.50 Per Flight (Plus Taxes and Handling)

TSA Glove

No volume of abuse seems sufficient to rouse public opinion.

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Is It The End Of The Line For Stock Investments?

End of the line

If you are 50 years or younger will you see any of your retirement money?

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TSA: What you get when you say, “Someone should do something”

TSA

If the TSA were a private security firm, they would have been fired by now.

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Radio: Wealth Inequality in America

Marotta on Radio Talking

David John Marotta was interviewed on radio 1040′s Schilling Show discussing Wealth Inequality in America.

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When Helping Hurts

when helping hurts

Much of the assistance Americans provide to those in need is doing more harm than good.

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Seven Facts About World Health Care According to WHO

Know the cost

This WHO 2000 Statistical Report was the study used to justify and promote the Affordable Care Act. Here are seven facts about this so-called research lurking behind politicians’ claims that our health care system is in crisis

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World Health Organization 2000 Statistical Report

WHO_t

After I have studied their technical reports and data for over a month and a half, I have finally been able to track their formulas and findings across the dozen sub-studies and their corresponding literature. The methods and statistical formulas used are at times surprising, alarming, or comical.

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Wealth Inequality in America, Part 5

Worried Woman

A change in attitude is needed for the poor to develop a wealth-generating mindset.

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