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Author:
John Driscoll
Posted:
01.04.2013

Republicans Vote to Raise Income Taxes for First Time in a Generation

Like a good 30’s serial, Congress seems to enjoy brinkmanship and 11th hour rescues. And it was historic. For the first time in 20 years, Republicans voted to raise income taxes (the last time was when George H.W. Bush broke his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge).  The Senate’s “fiscal cliff” bill passed 257-167. […]

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Author:
John Driscoll
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Right Up to the Cliff

Like a good 30’s serial, Congress seems to enjoy brinkmanship and 11th hour rescues. And it was historic. For the first time in 20 years, Republicans voted to raise income taxes (the last time was when George H.W. Bush broke his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge).  The Senate’s “fiscal cliff” bill passed 257-167. […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
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The 4th Quarter Rush to Sell

With the Bush era tax cuts on capital gains poised to expire at the end of the year, the investment sales market went on a tear in the 4th quarter. According to CoStar, total deals were up 46% from the same time a year ago based on transaction data through Dec. 31, according to Brian […]

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Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
12.26.2012

Green Buildings Prove Themselves Again

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, the perceived cost benefits of green building include the following: Operating costs decrease of 13.6 percent for new construction and 8.5 percent for existing buildings; Building value increases 10.9 percent for new construction and 6.8 percent for existing buildings; Occupancy increases of 6.4 percent for new construction and […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
12.19.2012

Crowdsourcing Our Debt

You’ve heard of Kickstarter where budding entrepreneurs and artists reach out via the internet to regular folk to get them to fund their idea in return for swag or just a thank you? Well now, a group of Occupy Wall Street people are using that idea to get people out of debt. Strike Debt is […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
12.12.2012

The World in 2030

By 2030, no country—whether the US, China, or any other large country—will be a hegemonic power. So opens a new study, by the National Intelligence Council. The product of 4 years of research, the report offers a number of pronouncements: A return to pre-2008 growth rates and previous patterns of rapid globalization looks increasingly unlikely, […]

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Author:
Renata Pasmanik
Posted:
12.10.2012

US Banks Resurgent

Banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported income of $37.6 billion in the third quarter, a 6.6 percent improvement over third quarter, 2011. This is the 13th consecutive quarter that earnings have registered a year-over-year increase. The other big news —  the decline in the number of banks on […]

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Author:
Rolla Heinen
Posted:
12.06.2012

Take Five, Mr. Brubeck

On December 5, 2012, the world lost it’s greatest living jazz artist, Dave Brubeck.  Some may dispute that claim but consider his achievements. He was the first jazz artist to reach rock-star status with 1959’s groundbreaking album, Time Out, the first jazz album to sell a million copies. The album gave us the hit singles […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
12.05.2012

Hostess Liquidation Sets Off Online Twinkie Run

As Hostess Brands, Inc. – the 80-plus-year-old baker of such iconic brands as Twinkies, HoHos, Hostess CupCakes, DingDongs and Wonder Bread – enters into liquidation and probable acquisition, the online price of the sugar-filled delicacies is soaring. As soon as Hostess announced the end of production, Twinkie lovers started scrambling to buy every Twinkie they […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
12.04.2012

Black Friday Sales Bring Holiday Cheer to Nation’s Retailers

Black Friday holiday sales set a record in 2012 with 247 million shoppers visiting the malls or shopping online. That’s 21 million more people than in 2011.  Total sales topped $59.1 billion.  The typical holiday shopper spent $423 over the weekend, a $25 increase over the $398 recorded last year.  The National Retail Federation (NRF) […]

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