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...

2020 Third Quarter Investment Market Report

The investment results in September were certainly nothing to brag about, but overall the markets have done something interesting: large cap indices are up while small and midcap stocks have posted modest losses.  Given the persistent decline in the U.S. economy and...

Funding Social Security Without Payroll Taxes

Last week I pointed out the strong improbability of Social Security failing despite President Trump’s promise to support eliminating the payroll taxes that fund it. Accomplishing this would require not only his reelection, but also Republicans retaining control...

Making Sense Of Confusing Stock Market Behavior

Watch this video on YouTube One of the most asked questions I get is, “Why is the stock market going up when the economy continues to get worse? This makes no logical sense.” More workers file for unemployment every week. Over 20% of our workforce is...

National Debt and Making More Money

Watch this video on YouTube Are you concerned about the exploding national debt brought about by the $2.2 trillion CARES relief spending bill and the new $3 trillion spending bill just passed by the House? If so, you are in great company. However, the increase in the...