Executive Summary of the Possible Taiwan Conflict (June 2023)
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This article is a curated list of recent news about Taiwan.

Looking Backward On Socialism: A False Appeal To Nordic Countries
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The appeal to the Nordic countries from socialists is a false one. Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway are examples of market economies, not socialism.

Your Investment Manager’s Politics Matter (Where Markets Fail Series)
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An investment manager who is “at times a soft socialist” like Voss will be more likely to engage in active management, market timing, and gambling on individual stocks.

How China is Ending U.S. Recycling As We Know It
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Turns out, Charlottesville is not the only area to have their recycling services change this year. In fact, the world’s recycling is affected.

Economic Indicators: Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
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Under one theory, changes in GDP or the rate of GDP growth precede and could cause stock markets to react and move in response. This is usually not the case.

Fund Your 401(k) If You Believe In Free Markets
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I recently read a foolish article entitled “Call for a National Savings Plan” that assumed we haven’t tried a national savings plan already.

States With Low Regulation Have 30% More Small Business Payroll Growth
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That is a tremendous advantage for businesses in states with less regulatory burden.

Radio: The Broken Promises of the Government
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David Marotta was interviewed recently on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing some of the government’s broken promises

Radio Interview: How Volatile Are the Markets?
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David John Marotta was interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show discussing market volatility.

What Should I Do When They Close The New York Stock Exchange?
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Is there something I need to do today or tomorrow?

Why is Organic Food Expensive?
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Organic food has a reputation for being healthier than non-organic food, but neither of these claims should be taken at face value.

Oil Price Predictions Are Essentially Meaningless
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“The most important thing I learned from my research was never to attempt to forecast the price of oil.”

Why Do Physicians Permit, If Not Encourage, Futile Medical Care?
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We can only afford to allow others the freedom to strive against death when we are not trying collectively to subsidize it.

The Wealth Of Nations Is Their Freedom
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“When institutions protect the liberty of individuals, greater prosperity results for all.” – Adam Smith

Microfinance: Loans That Change Lives
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With as little as $25 you can begin loaning money to developing world entrepreneurs.

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

Economic Freedom Matters 2014
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Economic freedom enriches society, lifts the poor out of poverty and respects the agency and dignity of human choice.

Freedom Investing Over The Past Decade
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The portfolio of the five freedom countries has an annualized return of 11.06% over the past decade.

Chronicles of Aria Prime, Episode One by AJ Reissig
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The adventure begins as a tale of interstellar travel, but quickly morphs into a space opera and post-apocalyptic survival story.

Marotta Featured in Advisors’ Top 10 Investment Ideas for 2014
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Economic Freedom is a good investing strategy.

Marketplace Fairness Act Burdens Businesses with State Compliance Audits
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Compliance isn’t just a technical burden. It is a threat of legal liability. The bill allows state tax audits by any state against any online vendor.

Video: What’s So Great About Economic Freedom?
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Is economic freedom related to other kinds of freedoms? Does economic freedom affect personal choice?

Video: Even the Beatles Were Against Highly Progressive Taxes!
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Let me tell you how it will be: There’s one for you, nineteen for me. Should five per cent appear too small, Be thankful I don’t take it all.

Greenspan, Friedman, Keynes and Lenin All Agree on Inflation
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“The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.” – Vladimir Lenin.

Better to Bank with Cyprus Than the United States?
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Without any authorizing legislation, the U.S. government has quietly taken more value than Cyprus tried and failed to confiscate.

Is 95% of the Trade Imbalance Legal Tax Evasion?
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As one of Forbes’s 25 largest fictional companies, Stark International could avoid $4 billion in U.S. corporate taxes with this one simple technique.

Radio: Should We Raise Taxes to Balance the Budget?
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David John Marotta was interviewed on radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show in March to discuss balancing the national budget, and whether raising taxes is a good method to increase revenue to match spending.

Eight Questions For Those Who Think “Free Trade Fails in Theory and Practice”
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If you’ve disagreed with our most recent two articles on free trade, then I challenge you to respond to these questions. Anyone?

The Benefits of Free Trade Agreements: The Country Always Wins
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Average Americans think about trade imbalances the wrong way. They have it exactly backward.

The Benefits of Free Trade Defined: The Consumer Always Wins
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All I want is a simple cup of coffee near where I work. Is that asking too much of free trade?

Radio: The Importance of Property Rights
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David John Marotta was interviewed recently on radio 1070’s WINA Schilling Show discussing property rights and their importance for a free society.

We Buy Local Produce Because It Is Better, Not Because It Is Local
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If you could only pick one, would you like to buy a ripe tomato or a local one?

Should We Raise Taxes to Balance the Budget?
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The only two ways to balance the federal budget are to spend less or to collect more. Spending less is the preferred method, but that is just not happening. As a result, politics is pushing many in Congress to try to balance the budget by raising taxes.

Dwight D. Eisenhower on Tax Cuts and a Balanced Budget
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“Until the deficit is eliminated from our budget, … there is no end to inflation; there is finally no end to taxation; and the eventual result would, of course, be catastrophe.”

Encourage Property Rights, Not Democracy
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Even if democracy is the principal objective, encourage the rule of law.

The Effective Rule of Law Propels Prosperity
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Property rights are among the characteristics most correlated with high levels of per capita gross domestic product (GDP).

Radio: Financial Forecast for 2013
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David John Marotta was featured on Radio 1070 WINA’s Schilling Show, discussing the coming year and what it looks like from a financial standpoint.

Bailing out the Boneheads
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The recent AIG marketing campaign makes my skin crawl. In what they are calling “America’s Profit,“ AIG boasts that repayment of the bailouts created a positive return for taxpayers.

Is a National Sales Tax Really Fair?
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Claims of “fair” or even “regressive” or “progressive” depend very much on what is used as the denominator.

AAII 2013
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Follow-up information for 2013 AAII presentation “Dynamic Portfolio Construction in the Context of Comprehensive Wealth Management.”

Political Parties on the Gun Rights and Gun Control
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The political party platforms on gun control and gun rights for 2012.

Am I Safer If My Neighbor Has A Gun?
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Currently homicides are largely committed by minority men age 18 to 39 with criminal records in urban areas killing others in the same demographic.

Political Parties on the Environment and Environmentalism
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Here are the 2008 party platforms on the environment

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Marriage Penalty of $8,400
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The worst marriage penalty is for couples earning between $26,000 and $60,000 who have three or more children.

Review: 2012 Market Commentary
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2012 has come to a close, and 2013 is off to a good start. For those interested in reflecting on the past year, we’ve collected some 2012 year-end market commentary by Marotta Wealth Management Staff.

2012 Review: Economy & Markets
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Despite a steady diet of bad news, most markets around the world climbed the proverbial “wall of worry” to log strong returns. Major market indices around the globe delivered double-digit total returns.

EPA: Green Gone Wild
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Stewardship suggests limits on how people ought to rule over their environment. It is not a justification for bureaucrats’ limitless rule over people.

Government Taxes $33,356 Just Because a Couple Decides to Get Married
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You cannot argue this increased tax is their “fair share” simply because they are married.

New Year’s Resolutions for the Country
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To fulfill the financial resolutions of spending less, living within our means, and paying off our debt, the country first needs to encourage production rather than discourage it.

The Lord Mayor Would Have Spoiled “A Christmas Carol”
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Studies suggest that both a gambling addiction and success in politics correlate with psychopathic behavior. Had Dickens included a gambler personality in a Christmas Carol, it would have been a different story.

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