Olympi-nomics

Share List In the wake of the recent Olympic winter games in Sochi, Russia, a number of economists have mounted theories linking success at Winter Olympics with economic development for participating countries. One such research paper by two French professors purports that the number of Olympic medals a country wins is directly correlated to that…

Tax Updates

Share List As we enter tax season, many issues abound. Congress is back in session and, you never know, may at some point start discussing ideas for tax reform. Whether or not Congress tackles reform provisions this year, things may change within the tax landscape. That’s because every year there are a plethora of provisions…

Long-term Goals

Share List One of the hallmarks of contemporary society is that we want everything right now. We can communicate 24/7 via text, phone, email, tweets and posts and wouldn’t dream of driving on a long trip without a fully charged phone. Remember when cars used to break down on the side of the road and…

What’s Ahead for 2014?

Share List The usual pundits and prognosticators are at it again — making all sorts of predictions and observations about how this next year will play out. For starters, the New Year will get a little darker. That’s because manufacturers will cease making 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs, having already phased out the production of…

Skewing Data

Share List Every day we see reports, surveys, research and analysis of data that’s been commissioned and compiled by government agencies, private businesses and third party think tanks. While much of the information is informative, it usually indicates a larger story, or trend, and should be reviewed within a certain context. For example, a recent…

Sign of the Times

Share List At the end of last summer, I pulled into a gas station in which a sign over the posted gas prices read, “Swimsuit season is over; Krispy Kreme is here.” It was an unconventional yet palpable indicator that summer had ended. Some signs require a little more technical interpretation, like the ones used…