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Energy

Most of the world’s largest economies are seeing a significant recovery and an increase in demand for electricity, as spending to counter the impact of Covid-19 and related lockdowns begins to bear fruit.  Despite massive spending on renewable-power capacity, many of the world’s industrialized countries, including the U.S., are, of necessity, turning to coal to […]

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“Condominium”

In 1977 a successful Florida author, John D. MacDonald, published a novel titled “Condominium” that highlighted his concerns relating to the dangers surrounding an accelerating pace of high rise construction on Florida’s barrier islands.  The book didn’t spare anything or anyone, including weather, incompetent and corrupt building inspectors, poor enforcement of building codes, greedy and […]

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Cognitive Decline

Cognitive decline is the gradual deterioration of mental faculties due to a neurological and/or psychological disturbance such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression, or substance abuse.  Cognitive issues can stem from different factors, including environmental circumstances, genetic traits, and/or hormonal changes.  People can experience varying symptoms including memory lapses, poor judgement, lack of focus, volatile behavior, […]

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Crypto Tax

Stock brokers and other financial firms are required to provide information to the IRS relating to customer financial transactions.  There are no similar requirements in the world of crypto.  Consequently, the IRS believes that this has created an opportunity for a significant level of under reporting.  This is changing.  The government has won several court […]

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Earning the Same Currency You are Spending

With the number of employees working remotely, it is almost inevitable that some are not only out of the office, but may also be out of the country.  If you aren’t working in your home country, by choice or at the behest of your employer, there may be cost-of-living issues if you can’t match the currency […]

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Wealth Taxes

As the Biden administration considers options to fund proposed spending, the possibility of a wealth tax continues to surface.  While there are no specifics, or bills in Congress, at this time, investors may want to consider some of the potential consequences, intended and/or unintended. It should be recognized that the idea of a wealth tax […]

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