“Seven Great Surprises for 2018” for investors.  Fun reading from The Beachwood Group: (1) Congress and the European Parliament pressure the Federal Reserve Board and the European Central Bank to audit and regulate Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. After watching Bitcoin prices catapult in 2017, central banks worry that too many small investors are vulnerable to …
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Could the FBI arrest your grandmother for betting on the Super Bowl?  Read this piece by V. Buchholz in Investors Business Daily: The World Series is over and NFL playoffs will soon start, but the biggest sporting event of the year took place last month. And the refs didn’t wear whistles and stripes — they …
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The GOP has just a few days to pass its tax plan, as I explain in this Bloomberg TV interview. If Republicans cannot get enough votes by Christmas, Senators will lose their nerve over the holidays.

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The Los Angeles Times called to ask about the contested merger between AT&T and Time Warner.  Here and below is a provocative op-ed: Sounding like heroes from the Justice League, U.S. Department of Justice officials announced that they will swoop in to protect Americans from economic predators and fight for their right to watch Game …
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Back in January 2014, I warned that U.S. farmland prices had jumped to the peak of a parabola and were ripe to plunge down the other side. Today farmers in the Midwest and Plains struggle with a 20-30 percent drop in land values amid collapsed commodity prices. For most of 2017, though, it’s been a …
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Bloomberg Radio asked me to come on the air to speak about President Trump’s tax plan and whether tax cuts could help economic growth.  At one point (2:15), I had to jump in and correct the antagonistic interviewer with a “Now hold on  a minute!” Here’s the Bloomberg story:  Todd Buchholz, Author: The Price of …
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If you care about your health, take a look at my Washington Post oped on health care reform:  All of these healthcare plans are so 20th century Parrots can learn economics, claimed Victorian economist Alfred Marshall. Just teach the parrot to squawk “supply and demand.” So if a parrot can learn, why can’t the U.S. government? House …
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Grover Cleveland is messing with your vacation.  As we point out in this Sunday’s Los Angeles Times an archaic old law is costing American jobs and muddling family time.  These days, anyone can hop on a cruise from Miami to Cuba. But if you try to board a ship from Miami to Key West, New …
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Back in 1999 I coined the term “scissors economy,” which threatens to snip the middleman out of nearly every transaction. An article in Sunday’s Korea Times applies the scissors economy to artificial intelligence.  Here’s the text of “AI Invigorates Scissors Economy” by Yoon Sung-won: The introduction of technologies from internet to artificial intelligence (AI) is …
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It’s been a tough year for hapless Charlie Brown and his insouciant beagle Snoopy. First, they were let go by MetLife, which is seeking a more youthful image than a perpetual eight-year old. Now Iconix, a U.S. based company that owns the rights to Charles Schulz’s comic characters, has announced that it will sell those …
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