Austrian Economics and Private Banking

Hundreds showed up in downtown Nashville to listen to scholars of Austrian Economics and practicioners of Private Banking discuss the economy and finance…. BORING! No Way! 


Robert P. Murphy, PhD and R. Barry Page, FRC share a laugh in Nashville.


Robert P. Murphy, PHD, was on hand. He is the author of several books including Capitalism, The Great Depression and The New Deal, study guides to Ludwig von Mises’ Human Action and Murray Rothbard’s Man, Economy and State, as well as co-author of How Privatized Banking Really Works, which was released at the event.

Thomas E. Woods, PhD and R. Barry Page, FRC


Taking a break from his busy schedule, Thomas E. Woods, PhD, resident scholar at the Mises Institute, and the author of the recent New York Times best-seller Meltdown, was on hand sharing his metaphors and Austrian philosophy. Woods new book, Nullification was just released.   

What is Private Banking and what does it have to do with Austrian Economics?   

R. Nelson Nash’s Infinite Banking Concept™ is publicly recognized as one of the most creative financial strategies of this Century and is anchored solidly in Austrian Economics.   

Infinite Banking teaches the process of using your current flow of finances versus consumption of money, for integrating protection and wealth accumulation enabling one to enhance their assets without creating additional liabilities.   

Austrian Economics observes the existence of economic law, inexorable forces of cause and effect that operate very much as other natural laws. It recognizes the laws of supply and demand, the cause of inflation, the operation of foreign exchange rates, and the subjective nature of economic value. Scholars are advocates of property rights and the freedom to contract and trade. It celebrates the contribution of business to society, while doggedly opposing taxes, price controls, and regulations that inhibited enterprise.   

Infinite Banking embraces the Austrian Economists view of economic law by providing you an opportunity to escape conventional thinking and free yourself from financial slavery. Becoming Your Own Banker is not a tax-qualified idea of any sort. The Income Tax Law, as we know it today, has only been around since 1913.  Life insurance has been around for over 200 years and is not a creature of any tax code.  It is nothing more than like-minded people contracting with one another to solve a financial problem.   

On the other end of the spectrum is Keynesian Economics and the Federal Reserve. The Fed and Keynesians think we can spend our way out of the mess we’re in. They are content with businesses being destroyed and government dependency. Completely contradictory to the free enterprise, small government libertarian viewpoint.   

Bill Dudley, from the NY Fed, recently came out saying that the recovery is a “bit less than expected”! The Fed will continue to spend the publics’ money as it creates money out of thin air furthering our economic problems. At least there was some positive news from the Fed, Bernanke said that extending the Bush Tax Cuts would help maintain stimulus in the economy.   

Currently, the Bush tax cuts will expire for 2011. Here’s what will happen if Congress does not intervine. As it stands now, the marginal tax brackets will expire at the end of 2010. There will be no 10% bracket for 2011, the remaining brackets will return to the original 2001 levels ( 15%, 28%, 31%, 36%, and 39.6%).   

As far long-term capital gain tax rates, in 2010, if you sell shares of stock that you’ve held for more than a year, the gain is long-term capital gain, generally taxed at the maximum rate of 15%. If you’re in the 10% or the 15% marginal income tax bracket, however, you will pay no federal tax on the long-term gain (0% rate applies). So, if you’re a married couple filing jointly, your taxable income is $68,000 or less, you’ll pay no federal tax on the gain.   

Absent any new legislation, in 2011, a 20% rate will generally apply to long-term capital gains. Those in the 15% tax bracket (no 10% bracket in 2011) will pay the tax at a rate of 10%. Special rules may apply for qualifying property held for five years or more.   

Qualifying dividends are taxed in 2010 using the same capital gain tax rates as described above, in 2011 they’ll be taxed as ordinary income.    

The choice is yours… You can follow the socialist viewpoint and build your life around liberal laws and government control or you can educate yourself, practice sound money principles and leave a legacy for your heirs.   

It should be an easy choice,
Barry Page, RFC   

Barry Page is recognized as a leading expert on life insurance and private banking. He is a Registered Financial Consultant and independent life insurance agent who helps clients with tax advantaged investment alternatives. He specializes in showing families how to create system of finance and banking to leave as a Legacy. His practice utilizes the Austrian Economics approach to money and markets.   

His practice is based in Ocean Springs, MS and he services clients throughout the Southeast. He can be reached here: