Trash as an Economic Indicator

August 26, 2012

We throw it out every day of the week, but the data we glean from it might just be good as gold. This week I stumbled upon an article at Free Republic about the relationship between trash and economic output. It’s almost scary how well these two data points come crashing together: America’s Consumption Economy […]

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Libor Scandal Explained

July 15, 2012

The LIBOR Scandal has been getting quite a bit of press over the past few weeks as the web of investigations, settlements and accusations continues to grow.  In a nutshell, LIBOR is the London Interbank Offered Rate which is supposed to be representative of what the borrowing costs of leading banks in London when borrowing […]

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10 Most Business-Friendly States: 8 Have Republican Governers

July 12, 2012

CNBC conducted a pretty extensive analysis of where the best and worst places to do business are in the United States (study). Out of curiosity (well, I already knew what the answer would be, so more like “validation”), I cross-checked their list with the party affiliation of the sitting governor for each state: STATE-BY-STATE RANKINGS 1. Texas […]

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Acceptance of Evolution and Wealth – Interesting Correlation…

April 9, 2012

Tonight, I’m hitting you with a quick one since we spent the entire weekend driving and I spent my Sunday night fighting stupid Windows problems to get a wireless connection (even though this laptop has accessed the same router for a year with no problems – and my iphone/ipad connected just fine tonight; love Microsoft…).  […]

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Dependency Ratios: Macroeconomic Disaster?

March 25, 2012

Dependency ratios are a term to know and understand. As investors and individuals, dependency ratios practically define our financial futures. You can calculate the dependency ratio by dividing the number of dependent people younger than 18, and older than 65 by those between the “working ages” of 18-65 years old. This calculation essentially provides for […]

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What’s Your REAL Inflation Rate? Everyday Price Index

March 21, 2012

By now, you’ve probably heard enough complaints about the cost of living going up while the contrived government index (CPI) shows virtually no inflation.  Well, the American Institute for Economic Research has put out an everyday price index to gauge the inflation Americans are really seeing in their everyday lives.  High level findings show that while, yes, […]

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