Capitalism

Our (Typically) Tumultuous Times

06/17/2016

When bad news overwhelms, consider history.

Happy Birthday, Internet!

12/21/2015

Investment lessons from the Internet’s first quarter century.

Terror Will Never Succeed

11/16/2015

Free societies and markets are too resilient for terrorism to materially impact them.

Moore’s Law Gets a New Lease on Life

07/13/2015

Chipmakers announced a huge breakthrough Thursday, adding years to one of the most powerful technological trends in history.

Upside Risks Are the Riskiest

01/23/2015

For long-term investors, upside market risk has forever been the most dangerous risk.

Upside Risks Are the Riskiest

01/23/2015

For long-term investors, upside market risk has forever been the most dangerous risk. 

Book Review: Business Adventures Is Better With Age

01/09/2015

After decades out of print, John Brooks' Business Adventures reveals itself an accessible and worthwhile classic.

There Is Nothing About Terror to Fear But Fear Itself

09/11/2014

As we remember the events of September 11, 2001, we take a look back at how terrorism has historically impacted stocks.

Grabbing the Third Rail: Income Inequality and Stocks

02/26/2014

Is growing income inequality an economic and stock market risk, as some say?

Innovations Through Generations

09/03/2013

Thanks to the power of profit motive, parents like me have helpful products to make our most important job a little bit easier.

Rwanda, 19 Years Later

04/30/2013

A look at recent economic progress in Rwanda, which issued its first-ever dollar-denominated bond last week.

We Are Boston

04/18/2013

Capitalism, markets and the people who make them up are simply stronger than terrorists. 

On the Legacy of Margaret Thatcher

04/08/2013

As the world mourns Margaret Thatcher, a look at her legacy and the lessons she taught the world.

The Milkman Cometh

12/31/2012

If the US falls off the “dairy cliff,” will milk prices double?

How Capitalism Saved Christmas

12/24/2012

The story of how West German capitalism saved Germany's nutcracker industry during the Cold War.

The (French) Revolution Will Not Be Televised

11/29/2012

France is seemingly finding socialism in practice is a little trickier than in theory.

‘Doing Business’ With the World Bank

10/24/2012

The World Bank’s 2013 “Doing Business” report shows how some nations have—and haven’t—improved competitiveness over the past year.

Trade Tussle

09/18/2012

The US and China’s trade relationship got a bit frostier Monday, but minor spats between the two haven’t much impacted bilateral trade over the past decade.

How to Succeed in Business ...

09/06/2012

The World Economic Forum’s most recent competitiveness rankings have some interesting lessons for all.

A Trying, Yet Worthwhile, Transition

05/03/2012

European carmakers recently balked at heightened competition from their South Korean counterparts. Though possibly uncomfortable in the interim, the economic benefits that ultimately result from the competition are worthwhile.

A Private Post and a Practical Partnership

03/28/2012

Some interesting, free-market oriented developments in Japan may be afoot.

Handicapping Energy

03/22/2012

Handicapping the likely primary future source(s) of global energy—in light of solar panel manufacturers’ recent acquisition of a new handicap … er, tariff.

The Grass Is Greener Than Many Think

01/30/2012

Friday’s US Q4 2011 GDP report showed growth continued—and accelerated for the third quarter in a row.

Talking Tokyo

12/28/2011

Japan’s been quite busy the last few days—here’s a quick rundown of some primary stories.

Darkness and Light

12/20/2011

Lessons from the markedly different lives of Kim Jong Il and Vaclav Havel.

Midweek Mash-up

11/09/2011

Euro politics dominated headlines again Tuesday, but eurozone musical chairs wasn’t the only story. Here’s a look at what news caught our eye.

On Steve Jobs and Capitalism

10/07/2011

Steve Jobs’s contributions to society extend beyond computers and technology. A true capitalist, he helped create societal wealth and good—something oft forgotten.

Half Full or Half Empty?

08/03/2011

Debt ceiling dramatics came to a conclusion Tuesday, leaving many frustrated in its wake. Here’s a look around the news at what’s poking that frustration—and largely unnoticed remedies.

Fisher Investments on Rising Commodity Capital Expenditures

07/11/2011

Rising demand from Emerging Markets consumers has had downstream effects on agricultural commodities. This bodes well for commodity capital expenditures.

Make a Trade for Trade

05/18/2011

Pending FTAs with Panama, Colombia and South Korea are caught in yet another political battle.

Capital Wanted: Invest Within

05/13/2011

Chinese investment abroad seems set to rise in the coming decade, bringing desirable capital—and undeserved fear.

A Torrent of Free Trade

05/06/2011

The recent destruction of trade barriers, which seems poised to continue, is a move we heartily applaud.

Let’s All Say on Pay

04/26/2011

US firms are beginning to allow investors to “say on pay,” a popular Dodd-Frank provision that likely does little to prevent future disasters.

’Tis the Season

04/15/2011

Politicians are duking it out in a timely battle over taxes, debts, and deficits. But what will be the market impact when a winner emerges?

A Lesson in the Law of Unintended Consequences

04/14/2011

Legislation that interferes with free markets can and frequently does have completely unintended consequences—sometimes undermining the very purpose of the legislation.

Indicator Acrophobia

02/25/2011

Investors should take a cue from stock markets and ignore when indexes hover at round number thresholds.

Ich Bin Ein NYSE Berliner

02/17/2011

Acquisitions of American icons by foreign competitors shouldn't be viewed with patriotic disdain—consolidation is a normal and necessary part of success in the increasingly competitive global marketplace.

Vaguely Reforming Their Fannie

02/14/2011

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner presented three proposals for reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on Friday.

More With Less

02/03/2011

Growth continues to surge in the US thanks to increasing productivity.

The Many Gifts of Capitalism

12/24/2010
This holiday season, we'd like to say thanks to corporate America for gifts given all year—and their gifts are the kind that keep on giving.

Creativity Counts

12/17/2010
Protectionist measures endanger prosperity—and are often based on misleading official data. 

Feelings and Other Tragedies

03/29/2010
Most Americans feel like their portfolios haven't grown over the last year. But feelings are often completely wrong.

Banks and Capitalism

02/25/2010
Likely mindful of a still-struggling banking industry and other economic vulnerabilities, Fed head Ben Bernanke emphasized the need for continued low interest rates on Wednesday.

The Good Life

12/01/2009
After giving thanks for all we have, let's ponder just why we have so much. 

Sickness or Health

08/12/2009
Innovation happens all the time—even during downturns.

Baby, You Can Drive My Volvo

06/10/2009
America's auto industry is as American as strudel, sushi, and bangers and mash.

Extreme Makeover: Bank Edition

05/26/2009
Last Thursday's failure of BankUnited was the largest bank failure of 2009, but there's no need to panic.

Fisher Investments MarketMinder: Shifted Balance

12/26/2008
During crises, it's not surprising to see balance shift in favor of government over capitalism. But ultimately, capitalism, not government, drives most economic progress.

California Dreamin’

08/12/2008

Is California's once-golden economy now tarnished by years of anti-competitive regulation and taxes?

 

Don’t Fear Failure

07/15/2008
Investors fearing bank failures shouldn't—failures make way for progress.

The Paradox of Pursuit

07/03/2008
For this year's celebration of independence, it's time to ask why we feel so bad while the world keeps getting better.

Gooooooooooooal!

05/12/2008
From legislature to soccer fields, protectionism is creeping up.

Resurrection in Rainbows

05/08/2008
As old as myth and Mother Nature, creative destruction is essential to economic progress too.

That ‘70s Show

04/07/2008
Proposed solutions to today's high gas prices are a bit short-sighted. Do we really want to voluntarily relive the 1970s?

Terza Rima

01/08/2008
Today's investing environment isn't a new bear market, it's the poetry of capitalism.

The Bigger the Better

09/13/2007
A big trade deficit isn't an economic negative requiring a government fix. Rather, it can be symptomatic of dynamic economic health. Developed nations running trade deficits have had better economic growth than surplus nations.

Free Trade Follies

07/03/2007
No one wins in Congress's war on free trade.

Investing, the Government Way

06/29/2007
Governments around the world are pouring trillions into "Sovereign Wealth Funds” to gain exposure to capital markets.

Mmm . . . Bacon

06/06/2007
A possible story-line for the Simpsons: Homer travels to China with the sole aim of seeing China's strategic pork reserves.

Indra's Net

04/13/2007
One of the great mythic images of the near eastern traditions is Indra's Net.

No Impact? No Thanks.

04/03/2007
We like pretty much everything about Daylight Savings Time.

This Ain't a Scene…it's a (Cognitive) Arms Race

03/22/2007
Why are free market-based systems the optimal framework for an economy? One way to understand it is through the brain's evolutionary composition.

Exponential Possibilities

02/09/2007
One of the most interesting features of human intellectual history is that often the best ideas stem from simple observations.

Self Reliance

01/27/2007
- Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.

Proud to be Liberal

11/23/2006
Milton Friedman, the recently deceased economist and Nobel Laureate, once asked the public this simple question: "How do you make a pencil?" By appearance it's a simple object.

Capitalism and Freedom's Stalwart Defender

11/17/2006
Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman has died today at the age of 94.

Have a Market Mentality

10/27/2006
Capital markets are all about innovation, technology, dynamic change, and the flow of information.

When Destruction is Good

10/20/2006
Media empires are crumbling! Thousands of electronic products face obsolescence yearly! Large, well-established companies are being exterminated by leaner, more innovative competitors! How can the economy possibly survive amid continual danger to its products? Believe it or not, all this turmoil is positive.

In Defense of Global Capitalism

10/03/2006
It's amazing to us, given the results of the 20th century, that capitalism still needs a staunch defense now and again.

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