• Is Bill to Tax Online Purchases Fair or Foul?

    Revenue-seeking local officials who favor the passage of legislation to tax online purchases are running short of time for Congress to enact such a law before it adjourns in December.

  • Fed Jawboning Rides to Rescue the Market… Again

    During the past month, the S&P 500 fell more than 198 points from its peak, and it appears to have hit a potential bottom around 1,820. What helped pacify the market this past week?

  • Krugman Alert: Should the United States Adopt the European Model?

    I recently saw Paul Krugman speak at Westchester Community College, where he made several controversial statements.

  • Vanguard Takes on Developed Markets

    VEA is Vanguard’s third-largest fund by assets under management at $44.46 billion, and its 0.09% expense ratio is less than a quarter of the average ratio for similarly allocated funds.

  • Snap Back: Is the Correction Over?

    Since last week’s severe drubbing in stocks, the market has made a notable comeback, but does this mean that the correction is over? I dare say not.

  • Why I Expect the Stock Market to Rally in Q4

    With the S&P 500 nudging the mighty 200-day moving average from below, the “doom-and-gloom” crowd is out in full force, proclaiming that “the End is Nigh.”

  • Pondering the Ebola Virus’ Ripple Effects

    A recent World Bank study estimated that if the epidemic is not contained quickly, by the end of 2015 it could cost Liberia 12% of its gross domestic product (GDP) and Sierra Leone 8.9% of its GDP.

  • The Forbes 400: Is the American Dream Still Alive?

    Next year, our theme at FreedomFest is “Can We Restore the American Dream?” We’ve already received a strong response.

  • This Bargain ETF Covers the Entire Market

    Following last week’s introduction to exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Vanguard and its low-expense-ratio funds, we turn our attention today to an offering with a 0.05% expense ratio.

  • The Easiest Way to Get to the Exits

    With everyone seemingly packing up and rushing to get out of equity positions, things are getting rather crowded at the exits.

  • Staying Afloat in a Global Sea of Red

    If you’ve been invested in a stock market anywhere in the world over the past month, then I feel your pain.

  • Maligned Rust-Belt City Shows Economic Life with Pharmaceutical IPO

    Flint’s Diplomat Pharmacy (NYSE: DPLO) gained the spotlight when it completed a successful public stock offering (IPO) on Oct. 10 to raise funds to expand its operations, despite its home base in a place that naysayers have characterized as something akin to a hell hole.

  • Early Holiday Sales Projections Vary Widely

    Instead, it is the time for the official 2014 Holiday Shopping forecast by the National Retail Federation (NRF).

  • The Greatest Triumph in Austrian Economics Since Hayek Won the Nobel Prize

    I attended a celebration last week at George Mason University, where more than 300 economists and political thinkers gathered to celebrate Friedrich Hayek’s winning of the Nobel Prize in economics in 1974.

  • Low-Cost Vanguard Attracts Billions in Assets

    Vanguard, one of the world’s largest mutual fund companies, also has carved out a strong niche as a provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that fit the investment firm’s focus on keeping its management expenses low.

  • Global Growth Shakes up Investors

    On Tuesday, the IMF lowered its global growth forecast for 2015, while also issuing a warning about the risks posed by increasing geopolitical tensions, as well as by an equity market trading at what it described as “frothy” levels.

  • Thoughts on the Buck’s Bull Market

    Last Friday, the U.S. Dollar Index (which tracks the greenback against a basket of major trading partners’ currencies, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc) leapt to a four-year high.

  • ISIS Terrorists Devastate Economies and Communities with Religious Persecution

    The barbaric reign of murder, violent religious persecution and other brutality waged by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists has caused tens of thousands of refugees to flee for their lives and gutted economic activity in the region.

  • Exploring the Soda Pain Point

    Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP) and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group collectively announced a move to reduce the “number of beverage calories per person” nationally by 20% by 2025.

  • Derek Jeter, Steve Forbes and Me: Gaining an Unforgettable Lesson

    I can relate to Derek Jeter. Over the long run, I have delivered a winning formula for financial success.