Category Archives: Gregory on Books

WHAT I’M READING: Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

By William Mellor and Dick Carpenter II, (Encounter Books, New York, 355 pages, $27.99) Private monopolies, when firms combine to try to rig markets through cartels, have been a concern of government economic policies since at least the anti-trust legislation of the late 19th century. But these attempts at cartels have failed again and again…

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MoneySense: Common-Sense Approaches on How to Save, Invest and Achieve Long-Term Goals

Note to Readers of Gregory The philosophy of this blog is the idea of smart money management; of avoiding many of the mistakes that can ruin a person’s life. We have taken this idea and turned it into a mini-book that combines commonsense with simple money management concepts. Liam Judge, my partner and the…

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What I’m Reading: Who Was Jack Kemp? New biography details the life of “bleeding heart conservative.”

Jack Kemp, a U.S. Congressman, a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary and one of the authors of the Reaganite supply side revolution of the 1980s, was the most important politician not elected president in the 20th century, the authors of this new work claim. So begins this interesting biography–“Jack Kemp: The Bleeding Heart Conservative…

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You Could Be Ripped Off and Not Even Know It

The greatest con is the one in which the person who is scammed doesn’t even know it happened. He or she may know someone or something has fleeced him, but the person hasn’t a clue how it happened. For example, in the closing scenes of the wonderful movie “The Sting”—-the Scott Joplin music alone makes…

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Book Review: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid of Your 401(k) Plan: Academic Condemns Defined Contribution System

Title: Social Insecurity Subtitle: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis By James W. Russell (Beacon Press, Boston, $26.95). You have a 401(k) plan at work that you’re using to save for retirement. Forget it. You’re on a Fool’s Errand. Don’t even try to use it. There’s no hope for you to fund your retirement plan. That…

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Why Some Women End Up with the Wealth That Eludes Others: This holiday season will be a spending disaster for many women as well as men.

Title: Ladies With Loot: Subtitle: How They Spend, How They Save, And How to Be One Yourself! By Erica L. McCain, LUTCF (47 pages, available at “Fifty percent off so buy now! You must act now to take advantage of these great offers. This is the greatest bargain sale we have ever offered! Call…

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