Tax Fraud

New Protest Idiocy Lows: "Resisting" By Not Paying Federal Taxes

If you thought the last round of protest idiocy was counterproductive, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet. Just when you think they’ve hit rock bottom, the liberal protests hit new lows. The Guardian recently published an article detailing a revival in “tax resistance,” which is a practice of not paying your taxes to “resist” government...

The Unthinkable Just Happened In Spain

As part of the epic, multi-year criminal investigation into the doomed IPO of Spain’s frankenbank Bankia, Spain’s national court called to testify six central bankers and one financial regulator. The previously untouchable now stand accused of authorizing the public launch of Bankia in 2011 despite repeated warnings that the banking group was “unviable.”

Italy Increasingly Likely To Abandon The Euro

An analysis of the political setup in Italy shows eurosceptics are on the verge of taking control of the country. The only missing ingredient is an early election. And early elections are now the odds-on favorite.

Bitcoin Surges Above $1,000 As China Unveils New Capital Controls

Chinese demand for bitcoin overnight finally proved too great, and US markets had no choice but to arb the difference. So with Bitcoin trading in China at an implied price of over $1,050 at this moment, the digital currency finally soared above $1,000 in the US as well, trading just around $1,024 on Coinbase as of this moment.

Frontrunning: November 9

  • IT'S TRUMP! STUNNING OUTSIDER VICTORY FOR 45TH PRESIDENT (AP)
  • Trump Surges to Stunning Victory (WSJ)
  • Trump takes the White House in stunning upset (Reuters)
  • Trump Pledges to Rebuild America (WSJ)
  • ‘Deplorables’ Rise Up to Reshape America (WSJ)
  • Trump, as Outsider, Broke Every Rule on Road to Victory (WSJ)

Police Seize Over 5,000 Ounces Of Silver From Man's Home

Last week in the Australian state of Queensland, federal police confiscated a whopping 5,465 ounces of silver (worth roughly $106,000) from a man’s home. This was part of a larger series of police raids instigated by the Australian Tax Office against individuals suspected of tax evasion. Two obvious lessons come to mind which bear repeating...

Frontrunning: June 29

  • Global stocks gain as Brexit nerves settle (Reuters)
  • Draghi Wishes for a World Order Populists Will Love to Hate (BBG)
  • Merkel Says No Way Back From Brexit as Cameron Regrets Loss (BBG)
  • EU leaders meet without UK to plot Brexit response (FT)
  • Division, confusion as EU rethinks future without Britain (AP)

Germany Shuts Down Canadian Bank Tied To Money Laundering

For the first time since 2012, Bafin - Germany’s banking regulator, which for a minute looked like it might actually accuse Anshu Jain of lying about LIBOR - has closed a bank. All financial transactions by Maple Bank of Canada’s German subsidiary have been halted due to "imminent over indebtedness."

Frontrunning: January 28

  • Unease over Fed rate path dents European stocks (Reuters)
  • Global Stocks Pressured After Fed Statement (WSJ)
  • Japan's Economy Minister Amari to Resign Over Graft Scandal (BBG)
  • Authorities working to clear remaining protesters in Oregon occupation (Reuters)
  • China Sharpens Efforts to Halt Money Outflow (WSJ)
  • Eurozone January Economic Sentiment Falls Sharply, Hits 5-Mth Low (MNI)

Washington Unveils Investigation Into "Russian Meddling" In The EU

News broke last Saturday evening that the US is to conduct a "major investigation" into how the Kremlin is "infiltrating political parties in Europe" amid "mounting concerns" of a new Cold War. The exclusive, which was published by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, revealed that James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence has been instructed by Congress to begin the major review into Russia’s "clandestine" funding of EU parties over the last decade. Hypocritical? Oh, let us count the ways...

Frontrunning: January 11

  • David Bowie, musical legend behind Ziggy Stardust, dies at 69 from cancer (Reuters)
  • With No Powerball Winners, Jackpot Grows to Estimated $1.3 Billion (ABC)
  • Stock Gains Short-Lived as Chinese Volatility Hurts Oil, Metals (BBG)
  • China's yuan spikes higher, but stocks tumble (Reuters)
  • Arch Coal Files for Bankruptcy (WSJ)
  • Yuan Loan Rates Soar in Hong Kong as PBOC Halts Currency's Slide (BBG)
  • China stocks close down at lowest level since September (Reuters)
  • Fed Eyes Margin Rules to Bolster Oversight (WSJ)

The Good Ol' Days: When Tax Rates Were 90 Percent

It’s quite interesting indeed when both progressives and conservatives seem to be nostalgic for those good ol’ days in the 1950s, for different reasons, of course. Conservatives want to go back to the nuclear Leave It to Beaver family and what not while liberals like to talk about those 90-percent tax rates that we owe our prosperity to. Or something like that. However, what a tax rate is and what is actually paid are two very different things.