How Shale Gas Benefits the Consumer

This essay was originally published in 2012. Ron—investment manager, engineer, farmer, and landowner—examines how the consumer of natural gas is...
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Planning for a Successful Retirement

“How do you see yourself in retirement?” is a question similar to “What do you want to be when you...
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U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditures Per Capita: 1950, 1980, and 2010

Pie charts of U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditures Per Capita: 1950, 1980, and 2010.
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The Frugal Consumer: Will It Last?

Any time you talk about recession, be aware there are multiple definitions — and if you are using one definition...
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Where to from Here?

It’s surprising how many people try to predict the direction of where the economy and the markets without understanding where...
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Consumer Spending

Consumer spending and consumer debt are often used as indicators of the health of the economy. If consumer spending is...
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Social Security Revisited: A Plan to Fix It

This essay is a follow-up to Social Security by the Numbers. “How much did I pay into it?” and “What can...
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Competition for the Consumer

We often hear the argument that a company or a country must do certain things “to compete” or “to be...
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Thoughts On The Future

The future is good! The future is good because large parts of the world population are adopting freer markets. In...
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The Trouble With Government Spending

In 1996, as in any election year, there was much discussion of taxes and government spending. But the discussion often...
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