It’s Not Over Yet!

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Looking at GDP reporting GDP on a quarter-on-quarter basis, it turns out that Greece’s six-year recession is over, but recovery is far from near. The country’s economy grew at a 3.2 percent annual pace in the first quarter, 1.2 percent in the second, and 2.8 percent in the most recent one. However, unemployment is 25.9%…. Read more »

Congressional Insider Trading?

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Nineteen months ago, with only 20 minutes remaining in the trading day, a Washington-based broker-dealer, Height Securities, blasted out a “flash report” to nearly 200 clients, including hedge funds on Wall Street that predicted a raise in Medicare reimbursement rates. This sent many health insurance companies’ stocks soaring. Regulators are now trying to investigate insider… Read more »

Medical Malpractice Reform: Will it save money?

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According to the New York Times, many people believe that medical malpractice reform is the key to removing waste from the health care system and making the practice of medicine better. But a growing body of evidence shows that belief is most likely mistaken. Questions: 1. What is the rationale for malpractice reform as cost… Read more »

Attack of the SuperCookies!

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What is your privacy worth? Most people would say A LOT! According to Craig Timberg, Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “supercookies.” These supercookies cannot be erased and can even get around the “private” or “incognito” settings on your… Read more »

Ouch! This may sting a little.

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According to the New York Times, officials are saying that short-term pain is necessary to put the European economy back on track. Regulators in the United States forced a similar catharsis on American banks in 2009, helping set the stage for the current recovery. Questions: 1. What was the result of the timid approach taken… Read more »

Shopping Comes at A Price

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According to Chico Harlan, five years after the Great Recession, the most striking change in the world of low-income commerce has been the proliferation of rent-to-own stores. Questions: 1. How do rent to own stores avoid state usury laws and other regulations aimed at excessive interest payments? 2. What percentage of items are returned or… Read more »

Impending Huge Penalties!

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The Kansas Supreme Court found that FedEx drivers were illegally misclassified as independent contractors from the late 1990s through 2011, despite being treated as employees. According to Alan Pyke, FedEx set contract agreements with delivery and pickup drivers in order to avoid the higher costs associated with making the drivers full employees. Questions: 1. What… Read more »

The Game is Rigged: Criminal Spoofing of the Market

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Federal prosecutors have filed the first-ever indictment of an individual financial professional for manipulating markets through high-speed trading. By using a Michael Coscia used the high-tech trading platform at a commodities trading company that he runs, Michael Coscia placed and then cancelled dozens of large purchases in less than a second. The result was that… Read more »

Dutch Treat?

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According to the New York Times, “Dutch pensions are scrupulously funded, unlike many United States plans, and are required to tally their liabilities with brutal honesty, using a method that is common in the financial-services industry but rejected by American public pension funds.” This article discusses the Dutch belief that each generation should pay its… Read more »

Should After-Work Screenings be Part of the Payroll?

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The nation’s retailers are paying close attention to the hotly contested issue before the Supreme Court this week. On Wednesday, the justices will determine whether security checks and the related waiting time should be part of an employee’s regular, compensable workday. Questions: 1. As part of the opposition of compensation for antitheft checks, retailers’ groups… Read more »