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Op/ed: ’Tis the season to borrow money from family and friends…Ugh!

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: ’Tis the season to borrow money from family and friends…Ugh!

If you follow these steps, you will be able to help your family and friends in their time of need without losing them in the process.

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Op/ed: Putting oil on the road to nowhere

By   /  Friday, December 12th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Putting oil on the road to nowhere

Oil as a transportation fuel will be around for a few more decades. But oil as a hazardous monopoly fuel is now merely one of multiple options.

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Op/ed: Cheap oil won’t help Detroit sell more cars — but discounts will

By   /  Friday, December 5th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Cheap oil won’t help Detroit sell more cars — but discounts will

By Edward Niedermeyer U.S. auto sales boomed on Black Friday as huge discounts pushed volumes to more than 17 million units on an annualized basis, the highest level in 11 years. But even with big price cuts pumping up deliveries of new cars — likely at the expense of fourth-quarter profit margins — the biggest discounts of Read More →

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Op/ed: The Gold Bug’s bull narrative keeps on failing investors

By   /  Friday, December 5th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: The Gold Bug’s bull narrative keeps on failing investors

Rather than accepting certain unpleasant realities, gold bugs have contorted themselves into a painful waiting game.

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Op/ed: Report on Isla Vista gets an ‘incomplete’

By   /  Friday, November 28th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Report on Isla Vista gets an ‘incomplete’

I certainly agree with the independent committee that Isla Vista suffers from “inadequate representation, insufficient public services and a lack of infrastructure . . .” But that’s been the reality for 50 years, and the question remains: “What do we do about it?

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Bank Secrecy Act spoils Christmas for merchants who prefer cash

By   /  Friday, November 28th, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Bank Secrecy Act spoils Christmas for merchants who prefer cash

Sometimes something that starts out with good intention can turn bad. This seems to be what has happened with the Bank Secrecy Act of 1970.

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Op/ed: Lessons from Japan’s struggle to recover from a post-bubble bout of deflation

By   /  Friday, November 21st, 2014  /  Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Op/ed: Lessons from Japan’s struggle to recover from a post-bubble bout of deflation

At its core, Abe’s decision to postpone the consumption-tax increase reflects the chaos that prolonged weak economic momentum inflicts on countries wishing to pursue more than one objective — in this case, raising living standards, curtailing the growth in government debt and breaking the private sector’s deflationary mindset.

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