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UK's COTW: Yes, it is fundamentally immoral (a word I do not use ever) that the S&P 500 should be so fully secured by the state that it can be at its record high from equity super-boom October of just last year. It really is a case of playing at the casino, keeping your winnings... Read More
For growth in personal income, anyway: Incomes are up, consumer prices are down, the dollar is invincible, and only nonsensical doomerists think deficits matter. Extend the CARES act unemployment provisions set to expire at the end of July, make the stimulus checks recurring, and prosperity is here to stay. We cracked the code. We're richer... Read More
Twice since the turn of the century, in 2006 and 2014, the GSS has asked respondents about personal net wealth (assets minus debt). The following graph shows wealth distributions by generational cohorts in roughly 2010, understanding that the "great recession" occurred in between the two survey years (n = 2,150): Rather than confidently divining disaster... Read More
Speaking of young 'refugees' and geriatric catchers, the World Value Survey's sixth wave, spanning 2010-2014, is out. The percentages of respondents who either "agree" or "strongly agree" that "old people have too much political influence". First, among our European host countries included in the survey: Catcher BooElderly Germany 36.1% Poland 35.0% Spain 25.9% Sweden 33.3%... Read More
On the passive suggestion of Parapundit's Randall Parker, I'm reading The World Without Us, a book by Alan Weisman that attempts to describe the future following the abrupt extinction of homo sapiens. It immediately strikes me as disappointingly misanthropic and distractingly quasi-religious (what Half Sigma terms "Gaia worship"). The recurring criticisms I have with this... Read More
After at least $170 billion in government money to prop up a financial and insurance conglomerate so big that the implosion of the global economic network was assured to follow its downfall, Congress votes to slash performance compensation for AIG employees by 85%.So when the well-being of the company's shareholders and customers rested on their... Read More
The 2008 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), led by professors from Columbia and Yale, was recently released. It uses 25 indicators to assign a score to 149 countries (thanks to Fat Knowledge for clearing this up for me). Three of the thirteen categories used in computing the rankings are based on CO2 emissions, while only two... Read More
Over the weekend Moneytalk radio host Bob Brinker chastised a caller for wanting to devote some percentage (in the area of 10%-20%) of his asset holdings to gold. The caller reasoned that in the case of some globally catastrophic event (major flu pandemic, largescale nuclear war, a big meteor hitting the planet) which sent international... Read More