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The Record of Olympic Economics
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Counterproductive Minimum Wage Mandates
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Is it FAIR to Tax the Rich out of Business?
California Dreaming: Bankruptcy, Pensions and Taxes
Pay Differential - Private Sector and Federal Government
Long History of HSBC Money Laundering
Swan Dive of 2013 Economy
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The Economics of Sequestration
The state-owned Bank of North Dakota
Chinese Takeover with Free Trade Zones
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Government Subsidizes and Bankrupt Companies
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Keystone Pipeline Blockage
Move Over IMF for the BRICS Development Bank
Obama Budget Proposes Cuts to Social Security and Medicare
The Risk and Reward of Bitcoins
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Internet and Sale Taxes Dialectic
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IRS as a Political Hit Squad
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Google and the NSA Connection
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Hydrofracking Boom or Bust
Goldman Sachs - first learn, then earn and serve
The Federal Reserve after Ben Bernanke
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The New Normal: Part-Time Employmentyment
U.S. & Europe Trade Deal Honeymoon
Detroit City Bankruptcy Blues
J P Morgan and Commodity Manipulation
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Corporate Profits and Worker Unemployment
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Rehypothecation of Collateral
IMF Proposal to Tax Bank Deposits
Transfers excluded, JP Morgan Chase is Wired
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China Becomes Largest Trading Nation
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

J P Morgan and Commodity Manipulation

The practices and methods of manipulating commodity markets, is a staple topic in financial journalism. Options, futures and exotic forms of derivatives, often put under the microscope, gives rise to calls for substantive regulation. One area of the commodity trade, seldom examined is that involved with physical commodities trading. With much fanfare, Under siege, JPMorgan to quit physical commodities, a Reuters announcement has many seasoned street professionals shocked.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Detroit City Bankruptcy Blues

The financial woes of Detroit were a long time coming. Even fume breathing onlookers cannot be shocked that Motown ran out of fuel. So why should anyone cry the blues for a community that prides itself on the Dream Girl mentality. With apologies to Fats Domino, the beat no longer plays.

Detroit City

It was the finest city it was

Yes, Detroit City

It was the finest city it was

You don't need a lot of money

To have a real good time

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

U.S. & Europe Trade Deal Honeymoon

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership know as TTIP, is in the process of becoming the biggest trade agreement ever negotiated. The current first five months for 2013, U.S. trade in goods with European Union, has over a 50 billion dollar deficit for the US and is on pace for another record shortfall. Therefore, most economic observers would naturally view that the United States is very eager to increase their share in the "Holy Grail" of Free Trade for the international corporate economy. The first week-long round of talks concluded with a press release.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The New Normal: Part-Time Employment

Intuitively, most observers sense that employment practices have changed dramatically from days gone by. Terence P. Jeffrey in CNS News provides the stats on the disappointing jobs record performance. "Since January 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as president, the United States has seen 54 straight months with the unemployment rate at 7.5 percent or higher, which is the longest stretch of unemployment at or above that rate since 1948, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics started calculating the national unemployment rate." So what will employment prospects become as the economy struggles to regain some modest semblance of prosperity?

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Implications of a Pyrrhic Real Estate Rebound

The outlook for residential home ownership is much different from that of investor objectives in acquiring housing for lease or rent. The varied values in regional markets overshadow the underlying trends that affect the long-term prospects for a healthy home ownership real estate environment. Replacement costs, often ignored when it comes to the actual transactional prices paid at title transfer has a long record of suppressing new construction. An equilibrium rebound, is certainly welcomed, but what effect will the rise in interest rates have in this trend?

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