For as long as I can remember, one of my “must read” annual reports has been that of a regional bank called M&T Bank Corporation. This particular bank is legendary among investors for several reasons.
There is a Korean restaurant in irvine, California known as 도시락, or Dosirak. It sells boxed Korean lunches and they are delicious! I highly recommend it.
We decided to explore the South Coast Wilderness trails. We weren’t prepared for how spectacular they are.
Yesterday, Aaron and I completed the annual regulatory paperwork for Kennon-Green & Co. It made us reflect on our lives and careers over the past few years.
More than generation ago – all the way back in 1996 – the late Dr. Thomas J. Stanley released a book called The Millionaire Next Door that detailed how actual wealth accumulation differed from people’s incorrect assumptions. I think the formula for future generations of self-made millionaires will be slightly different.
You Cannot Understand the Rise of Wealth Inequality Without Acknowledging the Role of Interest Rates
In August of 2014, I wrote a post called Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics. I penned it because, at the time, I was seeing a lot of situations in the media in which data was being used to push a political agenda on either the far right or the far left. I’m now seeing this same sort of deception in discussions about wealth inequality.
As many of you know, Elizabeth Warren has been getting a lot of press lately after proposing a wealth tax equal to 2.00% on fortunes above $50 million and 3.00% on fortunes above $1 billion. As an academic exercise, it’s useful to consider what that would mean for the United States.
The Federal Government Collects More Absolute Tax Revenue Than During Any Other Period in American History
In recent years, the United States Federal Government has found itself in the fortunate position of collecting more inflation-adjusted, real purchasing power tax revenue than it has during any other period of its 242 year history. For the government’s 2019 fiscal year, tax receipts at the Federal level are expected to balloon to an almost unfathomable $3.422 trillion.
As the top 20% and bottom 80% further divide, one of the things I’ve found interesting over the past few years is the difference in how both groups use something called the subjunctive mood in their speech and writing. The top 20% nearly always uses it correctly. I suspect it’s become a sort of subconscious signaling code without the people doing it even realizing what is happening.