2024

Fertility Rates, Immigration Policy, and the Have-Nots

June 17, 2024

Demographic trends in the industrial parts of the developed world are fascinating to follow. Several factors contribute to a country’s ability to grow and expand its GDP, including the availability of health, housing, education, and leisure resources. Historically, a major…

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The Politics of Apartment Rent

June 10, 2024

Recently a major landlord company in Atlanta was raided by the FBI as part of a nationwide investigation into apartment rent price-fixing. What began in 2022 as a class action suit by renters in several states has now escalated into…

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Who are you, man, who are you really?

June 3, 2024

In the 1987 movie Barfly, Micky Rourke’s character is a soul-searching alcoholic who hangs out in bars pondering life’s mysteries. “Who are you?” a patron asks. “Ah, the eternal question” is Rourke’s response. On the 1976 album “One More from…

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Boston Lucky

May 28, 2024

This past holiday weekend, I had the opportunity to spend a few relaxing days in Boston. The city is widely known for its deep-rooted history, impeccably preserved architecture, prominent churches and cathedrals, numerous colleges and universities, professional sports teams, and…

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America the Bountiful

May 20, 2024

The United States is a land that just keeps giving. In the early days of our nation, it was the fertility of the soil that helped feed a growing population and attract newcomers to gain the freedom to prosper. Our…

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Diamonds Aren’t Forever

May 13, 2024

I remember vividly the UK’s years of high inflation in the 1970s, which included strikes by the coal miners union, power cuts, and rationing. We bought in bulk because prices were going up by double digits annually. The period was…

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Time for the Old Guy to Retire

May 6, 2024

No – I am not referring to either of the pugilists in this year’s presidential prize fight. There are plenty of others who will cover that topic. My comment is focused on Warren Buffett. As regular readers of this blog…

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The Evolving Landscape of US Home Sales

April 29, 2024

Last Tuesday, a federal judge preliminarily approved a $418 million settlement that could significantly alter the landscape of home buying and selling in the United States. The agreement resolves two similar lawsuits in Missouri and Illinois brought against four major…

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Changing the Game in Women’s Basketball

April 22, 2024

Whether avid sports enthusiasts or casual observers, there are few across the United States who fail to recognize the name Caitlin Clark after this past March. The college basketball star competed in last month’s NCAA Women’s March Madness tournament, contributing…

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Opportunities for Tax Free Gains in Small Companies?

April 15, 2024

Have you heard of Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS)? The name suggests it might not only warrant the attention of small business owners, but QSBS is also very relevant to private equity investing in smaller companies. Knowledgeable private equity managers…

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