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There is a lot of talk in the world about the various "flations" - inflation, deflation, stagflation. Below are some charts illustrating various historical 'flation data trends.

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Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate

US Capacity Utilization: Manufacturing


US Capacity Utilization: Manufacturing

CPI-U All Items

Consumer Inflation - Official vs Shadow States

M2 Money Stock

Velocity of M2 Money Stock


"I am not evading tax in any way, shape or form. Now of course I am minimizing my tax and if anybody in this country doesn’t minimize their tax they want their heads read because as a government I can tell you you’re not spending it that well that we should be donating extra."

Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer – 1991

With the government spending more money than it brings in – taxes are going to continue to be a plague against investors. In the chart below, the blue line shoes Federal tax spending as a % of GDP, the red line, Federal tax receipts as a % of GDP. These “alligator jaws” are wide and will need to narrow. This means increased fees and taxes for high-income earners and wealthy individuals.

However history shows that changing the top tax bracket rate does not greatly alter the amount of taxes as a % of GDP.

Making sure we have the proper structure and ownership of investments is going to be important going forward as the government is going to want more of everything we own. Here are some important tax numbers:

Top Marginal Rate – 39.6%
Single > $400,000
Married > $450,000

Medicare Tax Rate 1.45% increased to 2.35%
Single > $200,00
Married, > $250,000
Also subject to Medicare Surtax
Investment Income 3.8%

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