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Increased Social Programs Don’t Equal Socialism

With the 2020 elections, we are hearing a lot about socialism. Many fear that, should the Democratic party sweep the White House and Senate, an inevitable march toward the US becoming a socialist country will begin. Socialism is an economic system in which the means...

High Advisor Commissions for High-Risk Investments

Financial advisors who charge commissions are two to eight times more likely than those who charge fees to recommend risky investments. This is the finding of a survey done by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) of 516 financial firms with...

How Much Money Equals Wealth?

How much money do you need to have to be considered rich or wealthy? The best answer is “it depends,” considering your definitions of rich and wealthy. Are they terms defined by one’s net worth, income, or overall wellbeing? Is the context local, national,...

Creating Money to Fund Social Security

In two recent columns, I discussed two reasons not to worry about the possibility of “defunding” Social Security. First was the unlikelihood of Congress and the President ending Social Security payroll taxes. Second was the option for Congress to fund...