2014

Feb. 2014 – When Pigs Fly

In February 2010 the newly elected government of George Papandreou announced that Greece’s 2009 deficit was much larger than previously reported and revised it upward to an alarming 12.7 percent of GDP. This figure was more than double the previous government projection, and was later revised yet again, to 15.4 percent. This turned out to …

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March 2014 – The Research Behind Our Services

Since its founding, our parent organization, the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), has been dedicated to conducting independent, scientific, economic research to educate individuals, thereby advancing their personal interests and those of the Nation. American Investment Services, Inc. (AIS) was created in order to extend this mission specifically within the field of personal finance …

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April 2014 – A Full Plate for the SEC

Newly appointed SEC Chair Mary Jo White has been busy. During recent House Financial Services Committee oversight hearings she was grilled over high frequency trading (also known as“HFT”, or “flash trading”), a controversial practice that has dominated the financial news. On another front the Commission has been tasked under the Dodd-Frank Act with “harmonizing” the …

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Sept. 2014 – Investing and the Cult of Personality

Bill Gross rocked the mutual fund industry in late September by resigning from Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), the firm he founded in 1971, to join Janus Capital. Much of the ensuing media coverage has focused on the human drama surrounding his decision, rather than the important lesson this episode provides for investors. PIMCO describes …

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