May 2011 archive

Legal sector's drop a surprise, sluggish pick up is not

While jumps and dips in the economy are known to shake up private sector payrolls generally, jobs at law firms have traditionally been safe bets in the face of a recession. The same cannot be said of the Great Recession, officially started in December 2007. This time around, the legal industry’s suffering has mirrored that …

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Legal sector’s drop a surprise, sluggish pick up is not

While jumps and dips in the economy are known to shake up private sector payrolls generally, jobs at law firms have traditionally been safe bets in the face of a recession. The same cannot be said of the Great Recession, officially started in December 2007. This time around, the legal industry’s suffering has mirrored that …

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High Speed Rail Can be Profitable … with the Proper Routes

The fact that high speed rail should have trouble politically among certain U.S. conservatives is not surprising. High speed rail is big government at work. There really isn’t any way to disguise it. Part of what creates the current criticisms stem from trying to make high speed rail seem something other than big government doing …

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The Feds Take a New Proactive Approach to Computer Criminals

In what was described as “most complete and comprehensive enforcement action ever taken by US authorities to disable an international botnet.” the FBI removed a computer infection from an estimated 2.3 million computers.  While that certainly is good news, behind it is a sad reality about the state of international computer crime prevention. Background Information Coreflood was a Trojan …

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Local Education Foundations can help protect home prices from the effects of school budget cuts.

California’s current economic issues will weigh heavily on the public school system for the foreseeable future.  School budget cuts of $1,000 per student are expected. This is 12% of the current average total spend per student of $8,545. Combined with further decreases in the length of the school year (up to 30 days)[1], these changes …

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IMF Says China's Economy to Surpass America's in 2016

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) made a significant prediction that the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. Economy will be overtaken by that of China.  The IMF says that this is to happen in just five years from now, in 2016.  This provides a painful context for all the budget debates that are occurring …

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IMF Says China’s Economy to Surpass America’s in 2016

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) made a significant prediction that the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. Economy will be overtaken by that of China.  The IMF says that this is to happen in just five years from now, in 2016.  This provides a painful context for all the budget debates that are occurring …

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Medical Marijuana's Quotation Marks

Recently, someone very close to me was diagnosed with metastatic cancer.  When something like that happens, you do a lot of research on a whole range of subjects.  One of these subjects is medical marijuana.  As primary caregiver, I needed to research medical marijuana since so much of the responsibility would be falling on me.  I can’t grow …

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Medical Marijuana’s Quotation Marks

Recently, someone very close to me was diagnosed with metastatic cancer.  When something like that happens, you do a lot of research on a whole range of subjects.  One of these subjects is medical marijuana.  As primary caregiver, I needed to research medical marijuana since so much of the responsibility would be falling on me.  I can’t grow …

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Would downgraded U.S. debt still proxy the risk free rate?

The “risk free rate of debt” is an important concept in financial theory.  Because no debt is truly risk free, analysts use proxies that are close enough to risk free.  When estimating values in U.S. Dollars, the accepted proxy for the risk free rate is the rate on U.S. Treasuries.  Standard & Poor’s recent prediction that U.S. debt …

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