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The Amazing Make-Everything Machine

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crazy-vintage-vending-machines-you-probably-wish-still-existed-today-21-photos-211The job-threatening rise of the machines is an economically illiterate meme that refuses to die. We’re actually probably in the early stages of it, a bull-market in luddism, if you will. Bastiat’s Candlemakers Petititon answered this one long ago, but today I’ll run a little thought experiment that owes it all to good old Bastiat.

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Why is America in a 15-year Slowdown?

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U.S._Fixed_Investment_as_Pct_GDP (1)One of the more interesting economic debates in the past couple of decades is why the economy is slowing down.

Since 2000 per capita GDP growth in the US has been 0.9% per year (SRC: FRED), compared to 2.3% per year in the previous 50 years. This is a big difference: at 2.3% growth we double in wealth every generation. At 0.9% it takes us close to a century to double.

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Hacking Your Assets’ Risk Horizon

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storm-in-the-distance-courtney-nicksThe interaction between your assets and your life context is different for every investor. Not just for what investments you choose, but also for what risks to hedge in the first place. Read More →

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