Vanguard's John Bogle pushing for a Transaction Tax on Stock Trading.

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by seasideheights, Jan 20, 2009.

  1. Just Tuesday morning, I was watching Vanguard’s John Bogle discuss the need for a transaction tax on investments. Now doesn’t that seem to be a commenter who is hoping to move more people into a buy-and-hold (aka, till-death-do-us-part) strategy? That's the same strategy that has pummeled the average investor over the past 12 months. Why would Bogle even consider something so radical?

    Oh, that’s right, he runs a company that earns it keep by providing low-cost index funds with low turnover. Of course, low turnover would provide protection against a trading tax and hurt those pesky advisors who attempt to get out of the way of a speeding truck, also known as a market correction.
  2. John Bogle wouldn't exist if it wasn't for ACTIVE investors. And active investors wouldn't exist if it wasn't for TRADERS.
  3. If the transaction tax approached 1/4% of the profit, or were similar to the commission, it wouldn't be so bad. But when talking futures, why would anyone want to pay $500 to trade 1 contract of a commodity??? It would kill it off and all the jobs it supports.
  4. The transaction tax is 1/4% on the total purchase & sale price.

    For 1000 shares of AAPL, $200 tax to buy, $200 tax to sell. That goes for whether it was a profitable trade or not.
  5. lrm21


    There was a time where a tax's sole purpose was to collect funds from the general population in order to fund the governments limited services

    Now taxes are merely a tool for the elites to opress the masseses into the behavioral outcome they want

    Of course the tax will come with special loopholes for the elites.
  6. We need less govt not more. The govt fails at anything it gets its grimy hands on.
  7. Apparently, tax is also used as an incentive for drive out companies and prevent small business owners from ever considering hiring employees. What kind of idiot would consider moving to California or New York City to start a non-retail smal business? The taxes, unions, costs, nad burdens are unbelievable.
  8. What bullshit ! What about taxing the OBSCENE profits of the CME group ?
    And what about this board member ?
    He looks like someone from the mob !
    Yeah, that right...we're getting "taken" by the mob. And where's the CFTC in all of this ? THEY APPROVE !
    (at least the merger part that is..the fees are just due to the monopoly position of the CME)
  9. I hope this transaction tax never gets out of the discussion phase or is killed outright, but I think we have to have a plan B just in case.

    Maybe a "flat" transaction tax of 1 cent per trade. (Just like the other garbage SEC fees.) "Flat" sounds fair and is easy to implement...
    #10     Jan 21, 2009