Category Archives: Business

Lets get this settled, economists are not weather forecasters. They are forward thinkers, and you should listen to what they have to say.

The lines below are mostly a response to opinions expressed by a few close friends after many vigorous debates over the value that economists provide and the role that they offer in the current discussion about income inequality… To my dear friend who contends … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Democracy, Diplomacy, Economics, Foreign Affairs, Globalization, Politics, Society, Sociology | 1 Comment

Overtime Rules: Can We At Least Agree on Inflation Adjustments???

The House Education and Workforce Committee is holding a hearing today to discuss overtime rules.  This should be interesting… The consensus expectation seems to be that the Department of Labor will propose increasing the salary threshold for nonexempt workers to … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Daily News, Democracy, Economics, Human Resources, Labor, Law, Politics, Society | 2 Comments

You are too poor to invest…

I have a hypothetical question for you – if you tried to invest in an early stage start-up or perhaps fund a peer-to-peer loan and you were not allowed, simply because your bank account was not big enough, would it upset … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Cloud Technology, Corporate Finance, Democracy, Economics, Finance, Law, P2P Lending, Politics | 4 Comments

Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey hits 6 Year Low

The most recent results from the Dallas Fed’s Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey ran across my Twitter feed and it got my attention.  The first thing I noticed was that their chart began around the middle of 2008. I always like … Continue reading

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Is there a storm coming?

Anyone who has spent some time in a sailboat will have an appreciation for the ‘calm before the storm’.  It is a brief moment that is simultaneously peaceful and unsettling; there is no mistaking it. Everything slows down and the … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Economics, Finance, Global Interest Rates, Globalization, Macro, Monetary Policy, Ruminations, Stocks | 2 Comments

Tell the SEC to Modify the Accredited Investor Definition

Seedinvest has submitted comments to the SEC regarding the accredited investor definition.  They have an online petition form for those interested in signing and submitting to the SEC.  I highly recommend it, but you need to do so BEFORE JULY … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Corporate Finance, Finance, Law, P2P Lending, Politics | 3 Comments

Stock-Vacancy Ratio: Lowest Reading Since 2000

After updating my chart with the most recent JOLTS data from the BLS, I noticed that the Stock-Vacancy Ratio is currently at a historic low – at 1.06, beating the 1.09 reading in 2000. What does this mean? That is … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Economics, Human Resources, Labor, Ruminations | 2 Comments