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November 21, 2017

Carlos and Bob discuss the basic logic of “tax reform,” and then critically analyze the GOP proposals. They cover some important differences between the House and Senate bills, and point out that Democrats railing against “tax giveaways to the rich” might have a point.

October 6, 2017

Carlos and Bob extend their warnings about “loose” monetary policy to the real estate market. Remember, the Austrians warned about the last housing bubble in real-time. There are several reasons to think that the “hot” market right now is in trouble.

September 12, 2017

Carlos and Bob reiterate the advantages of “becoming your own banker” through the use of policy loans, but they also point out the importance of paying back the loans (in most circumstances). In particular, they warn about the potential tax implications that occur if you surrender a policy.

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August 30, 2017

Bob talks to Carlos about his research on the Federal Reserve’s plans to shrink its balance sheet, and the possible connection to proposed regulatory changes that would encourage financial institutions to take on Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities.

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June 28, 2017

Bob talks to Carlos about his research on “positive thinking,” motivational speakers, self-help gurus, and other related themes. There is much truth and value in this movement, but there’s also a potential dark side.

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June 6, 2017

Bob asks Carlos to discuss his findings regarding the new Department of Labor regulations on financial professionals that kick in on June 9, which concern those who act as a “fiduciary” for clients.

May 24, 2017

In the previous episode, Carlos and Bob talked with Nelson about his life before IBC. In this episode they focus more on his discovery of how to become your own banker.

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May 10, 2017

Carlos and Bob ask the founder of IBC about his background, including his faith, marriage, career in forestry, and meeting Leonard Read.

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April 9, 2017

In this episode, Bob and Carlos round out the discussion of the GOP’s proposed tax reform. Bob reminds listeners of the material he covered in Parts 1 and 2, and then our dynamic duo discuss the real world implications of major tax reform. Carlos recalls what happened after the 1986 Tax Reform Act, and how it destroyed the real estate market.

March 19, 2017

In this episode, Bob once again flies solo in order to show listeners how to think about “tax reform” the way mainstream economists think about it.

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