Talking Points: Stocks, Births,Tax Rates

Stocks, Births,Tax Rates

The Jamaican Stock Exchange was the world’s best performing stock market in 2018, rising 29% in U.S. dollar terms. In five years, Jamaican stocks have surged nearly 300%. However, the total value of the 37 stocks in the main index is $11 billion, less than twice the value of Harley-Davidson. ZeroHedge, Jan 20, 2019

There were 3.85 million-American babies born in 2017, the lowest number since 1987. BBC News, May 17, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants a 70% marginal tax rate on top earners citing studies that show “optimal” top tax rates as high as 73% or even 84% maximize government revenue. Government revenue actually starts to fall when the top tax rate hits 48%. When you count state taxes, that is close to where we are now. Wall Street Journal, Feb 8, 2019

Approximately 224 million roses are grown for Valentine’s Day and 15% of women admit they will send flowers to themselves. Crazy Valentine’s Day Facts, February3, 2019

U.S. coal use fell 691 million tons in 2018, the lowest level since 1979. Coal plants are shutting faster than expected because of the falling costs of wind and solar power. US Energy Information Administration, Dec 4, 2018

The only member of the British House of Commons who is not allowed to speak is the person called the Speaker of the House. Wikipedia

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintances, or a stranger.” Franklin P. Jones

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