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Failure to Launch … a Materialistic Generation

By admin | February 25, 2015

Young adults have had a relatively tough time over the past four or five years. Entry-level jobs have been scant for the onslaught of recent college graduates, many of whom have taken menial jobs to make ends meet until a “real job” comes their way. According to Pew Research, in 2012 only one-third of engineering majors…

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More or Less

By admin | February 25, 2015

Sometimes it feels like there’s just more to do these days. Our houses are bigger and our toys more sophisticated, so there’s more to maintain. On the other hand, we can buy prepackaged salads and don’t have to shell peas anymore. Our cars don’t need oil changes nearly as often, and our ovens self-clean. But…

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Lessons We Can Learn from Youthful Transgressions

By admin | February 25, 2015

These days it seems that few people from age ten to twenty can be seen without a cell phone in hand. Now that school is out, parents complain of adolescent boys spending the summer playing video games, while girls are having full-on tête-à-têtes in 160-character text messages. One positive way to look at it is…

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Fed Dovetail

By admin | February 25, 2015

In consideration of the current labor force participation rate and the fact that many discouraged workers may re-enter the job market, Scott Minerd — Global CIO at Guggenheim Partners — recently predicted the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) won’t increase interest rates until as late as early 2016. [CLICK HERE to view the video, “U.S.…

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Health Care at the Forefront

By admin | February 25, 2015

In recent news, we’ve witnessed the fallout of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where officials falsified records to hide the amount of time former service members have had to wait for medical appointments. As if health care doesn’t get enough bad press, this is just one more scandal indicating the dire need to overhaul…

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The Printed Word

By admin | February 25, 2015

We blog, tweet, post. Read, skim, search. We can now receive so much of our information online, on demand, and choose exactly what sources from which to receive it. We’re no longer limited to three nightly newscasts and our daily local paper. [CLICK HERE to read the article, “The Future of the News Business: A…

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All Things Inflation

By admin | February 25, 2015

At the end of May, the Commerce Department reported that the price index for personal consumption expenditures increased by 1.6 percent in April from a year earlier — the fastest pace since November 2012. This is the latest sign that U.S. inflation is starting an upward trend. Banking on expectations for a targeted 2 percent inflation rate,…

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Bully for Us: Consumerism Soars

By admin | February 25, 2015

Summer is here. The housing market has gained strength, jobs and incomes have risen, and overall consumers are feeling bullish. Seeing most of us have had to adjust to the “new normal” since the turn of the millennium, recent conditions are the relative equivalent to “happy days are here again.” [CLICK HERE to read the…

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Positive News on Jobs, Food and Fitness Fronts

By admin | February 25, 2015

April unemployment numbers brought good news. About 288,000 new jobs were created, representing the highest one-month total in two years. Unemployment is now at 6.3 percent, its lowest level since September 2008. Employers added an average of 238,000 jobs each month over the last three months, which is a substantial improvement over the average of…

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Global Perspectives

By admin | February 25, 2015

Many Americans tend to assume we’re the greatest nation. After all, people from other countries are frequently trying to move here. For the most part, we have a strong economy, we’re well educated, we make decent money, and we have the NFL, NBA, and MLB for gosh sakes. The U.S. rules. Except when it doesn’t.…

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