BankNotes

2019 December BankNotes

The newfound openness of large numbers of Americans to socialism is, by now, a well documented phenomenon. According to a Gallup poll from earlier this year, 43% of Americans now believe that some form of socialism would be a good thing, in contrast to 51% who are still against it. A Harris poll found that four in ten Americans prefer socialism to capitalism. The trend is particular apparent in the young: another Gallup poll showed that as recently as 2010, 68% of people between 18 and 29 approved of capitalism, with only 51% approving of socialism, whereas in 2018, while the percentage among this age group favoring socialism was unchanged at 51%, those in favor of capitalism had dropped precipitously to 45%

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2019 November BankNotes

Although the roughly two million affected residents of Northern California are recovering from the rolling blackouts imposed by utility PG&E, the company has warned that these “fire safety outages” may be periodically required for another decade. Naturally, California Governor Gavin Newsom decried the debacle as yet another example of “greed and neglect.” Yet as IER analyst Jordan McGillis explained in a previous article, the episode actually showcases the dangers of a government-imposed monopoly in electricity provision. In this article, I’ll elaborate on McGillis’ insights and show why the conventional economic rationale for government regulation of electric utilities is fundamentally flawed. Read More in BankNotes

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2019 October BankNotes

Fractional reserve banking arises because banks legally are permitted to use money placed with them in demand deposits. Banks treat this type of money as if it was loaned to them.

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2019 September BankNote

It is with this in mind that I wish to take a closer look at the Mutual Insurance Holding Company (MIHC), which is a topic that is relevant to IBC practitioners and all those who may be thinking of implementing IBC policies in the near future. It is especially important now because Bob and I repeatedly stress that we are in the midst of an unsustainable boom that will crash and IBC offers, among other benefits, an exit strategy from the market collapses that are heading our way.

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2019 August BankNotes

Back in the September 2012 issue of the Lara-Murphy Report, I tackled an older blog post by financial guru Dave Ramsey where he strongly attacked the idea of using permanent life insurance as a savings vehicle.1

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