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Bringing Home the Bucks Won’t Solve Many Problems

Apple has a lot of cash. At last count, the company’s horde had grown to a record $237 billion. But, as we all know, almost half of that supply is


Taking a Closer Look at the Latest Employment Numbers

Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. economy created 178,000 jobs – with 156,000 in the private sector and 22,000 in government – which is right

Foreign Markets

China’s Economic Imperialism Could Spell Trouble

In 2007, a Chinese company bought Mount Toromocho in Peru. That’s right. A mountain, in another country. It’s more than half the height of Mount Everest, but aesthetic beauty wasn’t

Demographic Trends

This Thanksgiving, Don’t Regret Missing Personal Time

This month I received a jolt to my system, and I’m not talking about the election. The day before voters elected Donald Trump the next president, my brother died of


Voting for Trump in Spite of Who He Is

It’s hard to keep up with all the labels. According to the mainstream media, anyone who voted for Donald Trump is a hate-filled bigot who objectifies women, can’t stand immigrants,


No One is Talking About Our Debt, Of Course

I’m beaten down. Worn out. Punch drunk. I’m not moonlighting as a cage fighter. I’m a registered voter in a swing state. For those of you who don’t live in


The Japanese Economic Twilight Zone

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. As I learned in my MBA studies in the early 1990s, the sun was setting on the U.S. as a global economic power,

Central Banks

The End of Truth

I’m tired, both mentally and physically. We just finished our three-day Irrational Economic Summit in Palm Beach, Florida, and the event ran at breakneck speed. From Harry’s opening comments to


I’ll Have Answers at IES… and a Few Questions

Years ago I saw a feel-good movie called Blast from the Past. In it, Brendan Fraser’s character was raised by his parents, Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek, in a bomb

Purchasing Power

What Declining Earnings Continue to Tell Us

‘Tis the season. Earnings season, that is, and I don’t think we’re getting any presents. This week Alcoa kicked off the third-quarter earnings announcement season. The next couple of weeks