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A Coda on the Periods Function
A recent post discussed the problem of a periods functions which, when given a potentially infinite list, will reliably determine whether that infinite list is periodic and, if so, with which parameters. It was claimed that a general strong periods functio...
A recent post discussed the problem of a periods functions which, when given a potentially infinite list, will reliably determine whether that infinite list is periodic and, if so, with which parameters. It was claimed that a...
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More Fun With Capital Gains Tax Deferral
Recent posts have described how capital gains tax deferral allows investors to reduce their effective tax rate asymptotically to zero, how this distorts investment decisions, how market-to-market cannot fix the problem, and how bond taxation partially deals...
Recent posts have described how capital gains tax deferral allows investors to reduce their effective tax rate asymptotically to zero, how this distorts investment decisions, how market-to-market cannot fix the problem, and h...
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Tribonacci Coda in Mathematica
One question one might have after going through the Haskell Tribonacci problem is why it should be necessary to go through all that complication with recursive matrix multiplication in order to calculate such a simple function. Surely, one might say, there...
One question one might have after going through the Haskell Tribonacci problem is why it should be necessary to go through all that complication with recursive matrix multiplication in order to calculate such a simple functio...
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Tribonacci Function: Exercise in Elementary Haskell Optimization No. 2
This is the second entry in an intermittent series of posts on how to optimize some basic mathematical functions in Haskell. The previous entry is here . Consider the following problem: A person is ascending a staircase with n steps. The ascendant is suf...
This is the second entry in an intermittent series of posts on how to optimize some basic mathematical functions in Haskell. The previous entry is here. Consider the following problem: A person is ascending a staircase with n...
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How to Cut Taxes When Congress Won't
Imagine a 2017 with a newly sworn-in President Paul (or Cruz), but a Congress no more and perhaps less conservative than the current one. The President announces as one of his main legislative priorities a comprehensive reform of the tax system, including r...
Imagine a 2017 with a newly sworn-in President Paul (or Cruz), but a Congress no more and perhaps less conservative than the current one. The President announces as one of his main legislative priorities a comprehensive refor...
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Comments Shifted from Blogger to Disqus
I am experimenting with switching from the Google/Blogger comment system to the Disqus system, which in my experience as a commenter is quite superior. One consequence is that the old comments have disappeared—worry not, your words have not joined Lois Lern...
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How to Eliminate the Capital Gain Deferral Distortion
And now for the thrilling conclusion of the blockbuster series of posts on the capital gain tax deferral distortion! We have seen how it arises, how some common-sense fixes cannot work, how bond taxation addresses it imperfectly, and how it can be exploite...
And now for the thrilling conclusion of the blockbuster series of posts on the capital gain tax deferral distortion! We have seen how it arises, how some common-sense fixes cannot work, how bond taxation addresses it imperfec...
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Testing Periodicity in Haskell
If you are dealing with infinite, but potentially periodic, series, you may sometimes have wished there was a function, let's call it periods , that could be given such a series and tell you whether it is periodic and, if so, the length and starting point ...
If you are dealing with infinite, but potentially periodic, series, you may sometimes have wished there was a function, let's call it periods, that could be given such a series and tell you whether it is periodic and, if so, ...
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How Bond Taxation Addresses the Deferral Distortion
A previous post discussed the economic distortion caused by deferral of capital gains tax, another , why market-to-market cannot fix this distortion. This post shows how the tax code tries, but does not entirely succeed, in addressing this issue with regar...
A previous post discussed the economic distortion caused by deferral of capital gains tax, another, why market-to-market cannot fix this distortion. This post shows how the tax code tries, but does not entirely succeed, in ad...
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Mandatory Mark-to-Market Cannot Fix Capital Gains Tax Deferral Distortion
A previous post discussed the issue of the deferral of capital gains tax and why, if there is going to be a capital gains tax, this deferral distorts economic decision-making. The issue of this post is whether mandatory mark-to-market taxation can fix the ...
A previous post discussed the issue of the deferral of capital gains tax and why, if there is going to be a capital gains tax, this deferral distorts economic decision-making. The issue of this post is whether mandatory mark-...
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Economic Distortion of Capital Gains Tax Deferral
One under-appreciated feature of capital gains taxation are the substantial implicit benefits of deferral—capital gains are only taxed once they are realized ( i.e. , generally when the investment is cashed out), not when in any economic sense they are earn...
One under-appreciated feature of capital gains taxation are the substantial implicit benefits of deferral—capital gains are only taxed once they are realized (i.e., generally when the investment is cashed out), not when in an...
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