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Interest Rates For Dummies

That title is misleading.  I am not saying you are dumb because you aren't. But interest rates can be confusing and difficult to understand.  In fact, even most bankers and lenders do not understand how they work.  As a result, most people…
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TAX Time: What is different this year vs 1913?

As Americans finish yet another tax filing season, let’s take a look at the 104-year history of the income tax: Top Marginal Tax Bracket:  Has varied from 7% (the initial rate introduce in 1913) to 94% in 1942.  Of course the rate has…
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Cash Is For Criminals?

You read that right.  That is not a tongue and cheek question but rather a reactionary question to a recent article published by ABC Australia entitled; "Cash is for Criminals: Why we should scrap big notes."   According to an economics professor…
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India Now Taxes Her Citizens For Holding Cash

This is incredibly brazen and troubling news.  The government of India recently made one of the boldest moves in recent times against cash.  They have essentially “probabilistically devalued” the 500 and 1000 rupee notes in circulation. …
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BOLI Continues to Increase

Why do Banks own life insurance or commonly referred to by the acronym BOLI (bank owned life insurance)?  According to banking rules, banks must keep a certain amount of tier one capital to protect them against failing. Tier one capital is…
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Your 401k Has Been Taxed 50% & You Didn't Even Know It

Imagine you hear a politician proposing an immediate 50% tax on the income from your 401k? The proposal stipulated that tax has to be paid now, regardless of where you are in the retirement process. What would be your response? Once you…
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Unlimited Purchasing Power

By Jason I. Henderson, Ph.D.   What would you buy if you had unlimited amounts of money?  Almost an absurd question is it not?  But think about it a minute - would you buy the world's supply of diamonds?  All the houses?  How…