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Unintended Consequences of High Taxes on the Rich

Two types of tax increases are being promoted by several presidential candidates and members of Congress. The less common idea, which I wrote about recently, is a wealth tax on net worth. The more common proposal is a significant increase in income taxes. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders favors a progressive income tax that tops out […]

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How to Explore Your Relationship With Money

Most of us would probably agree that money skills are 21st Century survival skills. Yet, even with all the importance we put on money, most of us know darn little about what we personally believe about money and the relationship we have with it. One reason for this avoidance is simply not knowing where or […]

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Capitalism and Its Critics

Is capitalism broken? Increasing numbers of Americans, particularly younger adults, seem to think so. This idea is part of the motivation for those who, as discussed in last week’s column, are turning toward socialism. An Axios poll in January found 70% of voters want the economic system reformed. They think the economic system is skewed […]

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Do New Socialists Really Want Socialism?

Increasingly in the US, it’s becoming more socially acceptable—perhaps even fashionable—to be anti-wealth and anti-capitalism. Even identifying as a socialist is no longer the dominion of the far left but is gaining popularity. Interestingly, the meanings I see thrown about for socialism and capitalism rarely agree with the traditional definitions.

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When Frugality Is Not a Virtue But a Risk

Frugality is a valuable financial habit. It’s the number-one common denominator among people I know who are wealth builders. This makes sense, since no matter how much you make or what you may invest in, you’ve got to be able to live on less than you make in order to have money to invest. In […]

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