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Recently my friend Jennifer Wright at TheGloss.com came across another study purporting to show that men prefer to date women who are less intelligent than they are. She asked me about why this might be, assuming it was true at all.
I guess I can kind of see it.
Municipal bond defaults could hit the $100 billion market over the next five years, according to a new estimate from Roubini Global Economics.
This comes just after Moody's chief economist Mark Zandi estimated the chance of significant defaults to be zero.
Although $100 billion of defaults spread over five years would be much higher than the estimates of the muni optimists, his firm's figures would appear to be less cataclysmic than those suggested by Meredith Whitney.
As each day passes, with oil, gold and other commodities scaling either multi-year or historic highs, the denials of inflation become harder to maintain.
Call it the “inflation effect,”—the antithesis of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s “wealth effect” that helped convince Americans rising stock prices equated to greater wealth even while employment and housing lagged far behind.
In the case of inflation, some of the more conventional measures insist the phenomenon of too much money chasing too few goods has not taken hold. Government indicators for personal and producer prices remain tame, while there appears to be little of the wage pressure that also is a typical partner to rising inflation.
Ed Burns will play an unemployed former Bear Stearns employee in a new series produced by the creator of Entourage.
We have been seeing the budget battles of some states playing out in the form of protests and now more than ever the fiscal challenges facing many states are making headlines almost on a daily basis.
One of the expenditures states are required to pay for is providing Medicaid coverage and with the passage of health care reform more individuals will be rolled into the program.
On Tuesday, three governors—Haley Barbour (R-MS), Gary Herbert (R-UT) and Deval Patrick (D-MA) descended into Washington, testifying before the House Energy Commerce Committee on the burdens imposed by health care reform.
I caught up with two House members, both former practicing MD's—Rep. Michael Burgess \(R-TX\) and Rep. Paul Broun \(R-GA\) on the price tag of health care reform and the impact it could have on the quality of health care.
McKinsey & Co is reeling from the revelation that the Securities and Exchange Commission believes one of its most high-flying alumni gave corporate secrets to a hedge fund manager who is now accused of being at the center of a large and complex insider trading scheme.
For a firm that thrives on its reputation, proximity to misdeeds of this sort could be fatal, according to former McKinsey consultants who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
So, during tough economic times, you'd think people drink their sorrows away. Apparently not so much. I was surprised to find that US beer sales were down an estimated 2.7 percent by volume for the first half of 2010.
So who's winning? The craft, microbrews, like the newly-public Kona Brewing . The CEO rolled on set this morning in flipflops and a Hawaiian shirt, straight off the plane from paradise. \(Seriously, he gets paid to drink beer and live in Hawaii—tough life but someone's gotta do it.\)
Earlier this week the U.S. Treasury released its Preliminary Report on Foreign Holdings of U.S. Securities.
This report contains the preliminary revised annual numbers from the Department of Treasury.
As Cardiff Garcia at the Financial Times Alphaville explains , these revised annual reports are generally thought to be more accurate than the monthly Treasury International Capital System \(TIC\) data.
Chatter about what the Fed's next steps will be has shifted from when it will hike to when it will offer stimulus.
For years, Piper Jaffray has been one of the biggest bulls on Wall Street, and with good reason.
Mohamed El-Erian said Monday stocks must fall much further before investors can be coaxed back into the market.