September 3, 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.

Cryptic Medical Bills And Health Insurance

Eyechart

Next time you receive an unintelligible medical bill, remember how hard it is for your doctor to get paid.

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Failed Experiment at the SEC

Chaos Lab

Those who don’t understand or experience regulatory capture wrongly believe in a team of angels at these federal agencies tirelessly working for the common good.

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U.S. Health Care Costs versus Health Outcomes

Teddy Bear Hospital

Asians in New Jersey have the best life expectancy of any racial or ethnic group.

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Radio: Third Party Payer Systems

Money Pills

David John Marotta was interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing the economics of third party payer systems.

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Why Are Insurance Companies Reluctant To Cover Preventive Care?

Pink and Blue Piggy Banks

Now there is absolutely no charge for a costly set of test and procedures on the all-you-can-spend preventive care buffet.

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Do We Need Price Controls to Stop Exorbitant Hospital Fees?

Injured piggy bank with crutches

After the birth of my (David’s) first child, my wife and I noticed we were being billed for a very expensive bedpan and box of tissues that we had never used.

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Third-Party-Payer Markets

Economics by Colander, Seventh Edition

Anytime a third-party-payer system exists market forces will not hold down costs as much as they would otherwise.

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Why Are Canadian Drugs Cheaper?

Money Pills

Why shouldn’t we just institute price controls in America?

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Misleading Statistics About Pharmaceutical Companies

We have charts and graphs to back us up.

It is difficult to reason with people who lie and mislead in their statistics because they believe that they have the moral high ground.

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Radio: Beware of Government Regulation Intended to Quell Competition

Marotta on the Radio

Listen to David Marotta discuss the dangers of government regulation, especially when invited by an industry to suppress competition in the name of “safety.”

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Chipotle’s Wisdom

Chipotle line

These quotes are provocative for what they say about us as Americans.

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Freedom Investing Since 2000

Freedom Investing 2000-2016-06

Recently we did an analysis of the returns of the MSCI Country Specific Indexes

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The Wealth Of Nations Is Their Freedom

Berry Hard Work

“When institutions protect the liberty of individuals, greater prosperity results for all.” – Adam Smith

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Freedom Investing Beats EAFE Index by 3.92% Annualized Over Past Decade

Freedom Investing 2014-06

Over the past decade the economically free countries have an annualized return of 11.34%. The S&P 500′s annualized return was 7.78%.

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Are We Lab Rats?

Lab Rat

If you are not paying for the product, you are the product.

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Our Government Versus The People

Hammer Lock

Government has never been known for customer service. But today it is known primarily for being against the very people it is supposed to serve.

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The Economics Of Healthcare

Injured piggy bank with crutches

Michael Kirsch, a practicing physician and newspaper columnist, laments that there are questions he can never answer satisfactorily for his patients. His questions are central to the public policy debate increasingly being decided by voters and politicians rather than physicians and economists. Here are our answers to his questions and other articles on the economics [...]

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FINRA Supports Regulation to Quell Competition

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Beware of government regulation, especially when a portion of the industry thinks it’ll be good for business.

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Fight the NSA with Your Choice of Search Engine and Browser

Browser Choices

We are all embarrassingly honest with search engines.

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The Politics of Social Security

End of the line

Even half of what they collect in Social Security could provide a better private benefit.

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Capability Is Tyranny

Bullying

Those who stand by and do nothing are complicit in aiding the loss of freedoms for others.

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7 Quotes to Summarize U.S. Surveillance

Surveillance Quotes

“We don’t have concentration camps and political dissidents and large numbers being hauled into prison because we don’t need that because we have effectively put prisons inside people’s minds.”

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Advisers Worry About Potential Costs Of Third-Party Exams

Hungry Fox

“Estimates range from $5,000 to $20,000; sharp opposition to Finra getting involved.”

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Fourteen Ways to Avoid Paying Capital Gains

Like water for money

The capital gains tax traps wealth in an investment vehicle requiring special techniques to free the capital without penalty.

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Investment Advisors vs. Brokers

Lock and Gold Coins

Low risk firms should be visited less frequently by the SEC.

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How To Bilk Obamacare

Wonder

Learn how a family of four can qualify for a full subsidy with an income of $140,000 a year.

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Obamacare, the UN-Affordable Care Act

Know the cost

ObamaCare Is the Worst Legislation in 75 Years.

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The Purpose Of The Federal Reserve

Red pawn

Unlike the markets, members of the Fed are able to make decisions that are in exactly the wrong direction if they don’t limit themselves with a rules-based system.

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Microfinance: Loans That Change Lives

Kiva: Loans that change lives

With as little as $25 you can begin loaning money to developing world entrepreneurs.

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Government Requires 146 Minutes Of Service Each Day

Financial Time Perspective

Without taxes, you could leave your job every day at 2:34 p.m

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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

gavel_t

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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