Beware of Inflation: Income Inequality, Historical Tax Rates, Bear Market Rules, Economic Updates, and More…

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Another blockbuster episode here on Money Tree Investing. This week we tackle a sacred cow (you know we love to do that)... Income Inequality.

This week Doug and Kirk discuss what is going on in the economy, consumer credit balances, the bullwhip effect, the stock market, and employment. Did you know that July was the 5th best performing month  for the Wilshire 5000 index in the past 30 years? Was news to me too.

We also discuss the 2-10 yield curve, historical tax rates and more. This is an action packed episode of summer fun.

Historical Income Growth of US Population

Historical Federal Marginal Tax Rates In The US

historical tax rates

Impact of Regan Era Tax Cuts

regan tax cuts income inequality

Impact of Nixon Dropping the Gold Standard

Annual Change in Average Income

income inequality

Inflation Vs. 10 Year Treasury Spread

Inverted Yield Curve

Technology Sector Performance

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Today's Guest:  Kirk Chisholm

Kirk Chisholm is a Wealth Manager and Principal at Innovative Advisory Group, an independent Registered Investment Advisor located in Lexington, MA. He has been providing wealth management services to individuals, executives, entrepreneurs, and their families since 1999. He is an outside the box thinker, risk manager, inflation expert, blogger, podcaster, and all-around interesting guy. Kirk is dedicated to developing lasting relationships with all of his clients and their families. One of the benefits of working with Kirk is his patience, empathy, and his ability to provide clear and easy-to-understand explanations to complex financial topics.


Kirk developed a unique philosophy for the wealth management industry called Risk Management First. The medical field has a similar way of thinking of “first do no harm”. This philosophy focuses on risk management for clients in all aspects of their lives in ways the industry does not address. Risk management does not stop with investments. It also requires working closely with other professionals to address areas of their financial lives not currently being met.


In 2008, Kirk co-founded Innovative Advisory Group to address the needs not being addressed by the wealth management industry. It started with specializing in alternative assets held in retirement accounts (i.e. self directed IRAs/401ks). Then the company expanded into the specialization of college funding (i.e. planning, strategy, and paying the least possible for a high quality education), Risk Management First, exit planning for business owners, advanced planning (estate, tax, etc), and providing practice management and leadership training to other financial advisors, accountants and attorneys. 

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