Matias Frank Jensen

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An America In Decline Literally Becomes The 'New' Great Britain

I’ve argued this point before and often investors intuitively get the point better than money managers. For example, the other day I was talking to my cardiologist, and after the examination we were chatting in the hallway and he asked me for a stock tip. I don’t give stock tips, but I did explain …

How Did He Get So Rich? Think Tanks Vs. Crony Capitalism

I still recall my long summer vacations in Argentina. That was before globalization and competitive pressures pushed most of the elite of developing countries to take shorter and shorter breaks. Europeans continue to buck the trend. They seem more attached to their long vacations than to the …

The Mystery Of Income Inequality Broken Down To One Simple Chart

In a March 18 post on his “Economics One” blog, John B. Taylor published the very illuminating chart reproduced below.<p>The chart, which is based upon IRS data complied by economist Emmanuel Saez, shows that (at least in absolute terms) rising inequality hasn’t even benefited the so-called rich. …

The Minimum Wage Typifies Much That Is Wrong With Washington

President Barack Obama wants to give low-wage Americans a raise. Actually, he doesn’t plan on writing anyone a check. Rather, he wants to force other people to write checks.<p>It’s a bad idea, no matter how popular.<p>In his State of the Union speech President Obama argued: “no one who works full-time …

Global Warming: Was It Just A Beautiful Dream After All?

Like most of you, I yearn for shorter winters, more shirt-sleeve weather, less lashing from frigid winds. As a confirmed New Yorker, I’m not willing to do what millions have done: move to the sunbelt. I want warmer weather here in the Big City.<p>But I’ve grown old waiting for the promised global …

Barack Obama's BRAIN Initiative Vs. Bioengineered Gills And One-Wheeled SegWays

In a widely reported announcement, President Barack Obama outlined a major research initiative to map the human brain, building on his State of the Union appeal for more federal research (“We need to make those investments”).<p>Media and the Web went wild over the BRAIN initiative (or “Brain Research …

We Can't Save Capitalism Unless We Denounce Its False Prophets

A debate is raging among free market advocates regarding the proper posture to take with respect to Too Big to Fail (TBTF) banks. This has become an increasingly important issue as the financial sector has grown to take up an unprecedented share of our economy. While cleaving to tried-and-true …

Goodbye To Green Jobs, You Won't Be Missed

Citing a newly released Green Goods and Services (GGS) report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a <i>Los Angeles Times</i> headline recently observed “Green Jobs Grow Four Times Faster than Others.” The <i>Huffington Post</i> echoed an eco-friendly refrain with the headline: “Green Job Growth Outpaced …

Margaret Thatcher Exposed The Infantile Illusions Of Socialism

Margaret Thatcher’s economic policies, we are often told, were cruel, harsh, immoral. In fact she was a deeply moral thinker, and the moral superiority of the free market was central to her thinking. She made the case for it like no other major political leader.<p>Before Thatcher, the Conservative …