Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 31

The Untested Assumption Regarding the Individual Mandate

In discussions surrounding the Affordable Care Act, some have suggested that healthy people will not get insurance without an individual mandate.  However, that assumption has never been tested and is contradicted by observable phenomena. Healthy people know that accidents, natural disasters, and violence hit healthy people too.  If you talk to uninsured people why they …

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Mar 30

How to Manage Vendor Risks

Whether we like it or not, all business have to deal with outside third-party vendors.  Many business professionals understand the risks in dealing with vendors, but do not really have the processes in place to mitigate this risk.  Managing vendor relationships is key to a business’ long-term success.  As business is becoming more global, the …

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Mar 29

Hated financial reporting standard will remain

On March 20, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) announced that it would not revisit one of its more controversial rules. FIN 48 (also known as Topic 740) is here to stay. In the FASB’s Gift to the IRS, we summarize the rule and its ramifications. The rule has been effective for fiscal years ending …

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Mar 28

My New Favorite Job Interview Question

A lot of comment, occasionally humorous, has been given to the job interview questions that companies use to gauge creativity, analysis, and other desirable qualities.  Managers often read and adapt these as they look for the right qualities in new hires. I have a new favorite: What is your Facebook password? To me, this is …

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Mar 27

Someone is really wrong about Inflation and Economic Growth

Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (more commonly called TIPS) are the inflation-indexed bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury. Their purpose is to protect the bond owner against inflation. TIPS’ principal is adjusted based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). When the CPI rises, the bond principal increases. If the CPI falls, the principal decreases. TIPs’ stated interest …

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Mar 26

Government data supports retirement spending decreases

One of the important financial questions facing retirees is whether they have sufficient retirement savings. This is impacted by what one wants to assume will occur with post-retirement spending. Of course, income taxes will decrease once one is no longer actively earning money in retirement, for this reason, the rest of this article excludes income …

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Mar 25

The Quiet Surge in Bond Prices

Just recently, long term bond yields have been on the rise. Specifically, ten year Treasury bond yields just hit a five month high on Monday, March 19, 2012. (Late October 2011 was the last time it was higher.) Despite this recent yield hike, almost no one is talking about it. However, if this rising trend …

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Mar 24

Inflation might be higher than the government is publishing

On March 1, the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) released a fascinating and helpful set of statistics regarding inflation. The study analyzes the popular and widely reported Consumer Price Index (CPI), and explains why it is incorrect. The CPI is published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) within the U.S. Department of Labor. …

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Mar 23

Hunger Games has an Important (but usually missed) Theme

The long-awaited movie adaptation of the book, “The Hunger Games”, opened last night. The publicity and anticipation for the opening was intense. The movie’s success is assured. Although no one will miss the action, at its core, the movie genre involves teenage coming-of-age, combined with a love story. But, practically none of the publicity and …

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Mar 22

Amazon Invests in Robotics

Recently I have been re-reading Isaac Asimov’s Classic I Robot. What strikes me is that, at least so far, most of the successes in robotics haven’t been in making humanoid machines to do things the way people do things.  Instead, robotics has focused on completely re-thinking the process and then making robots that can do things …

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