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Before Search Engines, There Were Beauty Shops

Search engines are a great method of accessing information.  Just “google it” has become the “go to” way to find information on an infinite range of knowledge.  But before Google, Yahoo and all the rest, there was the beauty shop. Case in point.  More than 30 years ago, before the broad availability of search engines, […]

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How To Respond To A Data Breach

On September 7th, Equifax announced that the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers was stolen from their servers.  Hackers stole data that included full names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and addresses.  This breach is one of the largest, and some say most damaging, to date. We understand that there are a lot of […]

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Predicting Consumer Acceptance

Does anyone really set out to make a bad movie?  No, but many new movies, if not a majority, fail to gain consumer acceptance. The ability to successfully anticipate consumer acceptance is critical to corporate success and, therefore, to investors. Perhaps one of the better comments on this problem came from Steve Jobs, who is […]

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Corporate Tax Competition

Tax and other incentive programs, primarily state and local, aimed at attracting new corporate investment have been around for a long time.  The primary motivation for states is usually related to jobs and for the corporation, lower costs.  A recent, major, proposed transaction involves efforts to induce Foxconn (a key Apple supplier) to build a new […]

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Who Pays Corporate Taxes?

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal highlighted a debate between economists as to whether workers or investors bear the greater burden of U.S. corporate taxes. This is very interesting and manages to politicize corporate taxation.  If workers bear the greatest burden, a reduction in the corporate tax might attract Democratic votes.  On the […]

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A Goldilocks Economy

According to Wikipedia, a Goldilocks economy is one that is not too hot or too cold, in other words, sustains moderate economic growth, and has low inflation, which allows market-friendly monetary policy. Where are we now? Economic growth, during the last several years, as the economy recovered from the severe decline during the “great recession”, […]

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