Archives for June, 2014

Thoughts from the Frontline: Italy: When Hope Is a Strategy

  I came back from Italy this week, and one of my guilty pleasures was being able to sit down and watch the last three episodes, including the season finale, of Game of Thrones. For those readers who are not enthralled with the fantasy epic from HBO or have not read the first five books […]

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The US Economy Is Still in the High-Danger Zone

I hate being the bearer of bad news. I remember the one and only time in my life I agreed to umpire a Little League game behind the plate. My youngest son was on the mound, and his older brother came to bat. The count went to 3-2, and I realized I had a huge […]

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I Owe My Soul—Why Negative Interest Rates Are Only the First Step

In 1946, an American singer, Merle Travis, recorded a song called “Sixteen Tons.” The song told the story of a poor coal miner in Kentucky, who lived in a small coal mining town. The town’s economy revolved entirely around the mine. The mining company owned a “company store,” which had a monopoly on the sale […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: The Age of Transformation

  One of the many luxuries that my readers have afforded me over the years is their willingness to allow me to explore a wide variety of topics. Not all writers are so blessed, and their output and responses to it tend to stay focused on specific, often quite narrow topics. While this approach allows […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: The Age of Transformation

  One of the many luxuries that my readers have afforded me over the years is their willingness to allow me to explore a wide variety of topics. Not all writers are so blessed, and their output and responses to it tend to stay focused on specific, often quite narrow topics. While this approach allows […]

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Thoughts from the Frontline: The Age of Transformation

  One of the many luxuries that my readers have afforded me over the years is their willingness to allow me to explore a wide variety of topics. Not all writers are so blessed, and their output and responses to it tend to stay focused on specific, often quite narrow topics. While this approach allows […]

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In Praise of Silda Spitzer’s $7.5 Million Payout from Client 9

Paying north of $80,000 for prostitutes has cost one AARP-eligible New Yorker a whole lot more. Per the terms of their leaked postnuptial agreement, Eliot Spitzer, the shamed but shameless former New York governor, will hand his stoic ex-wife title to their Fifth Avenue home plus $7.5 million in cash and will pay her a […]

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In Praise of Silda Spitzer’s $7.5 Million Payout from Client 9

Paying north of $80,000 for prostitutes has cost one AARP-eligible New Yorker a whole lot more. Per the terms of their leaked postnuptial agreement, Eliot Spitzer, the shamed but shameless former New York governor, will hand his stoic ex-wife title to their Fifth Avenue home plus $7.5 million in cash and will pay her a […]

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Too Good to Be True? Legally Avoid Paying Income Tax

When you hear about strategies that claim to legally allow US citizens to avoid having to pay income tax, the first thing that probably comes to mind is that it’s some sort of cockamamie scheme. The US government is no slouch when it comes to shaking down its citizens for every penny. It would be […]

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Too Good to Be True? Legally Avoid Paying Income Tax

When you hear about strategies that claim to legally allow US citizens to avoid having to pay income tax, the first thing that probably comes to mind is that it’s some sort of cockamamie scheme. The US government is no slouch when it comes to shaking down its citizens for every penny. It would be […]

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