Some Common Cents for June 21st 2013

June 24, 2013, by John Norris

There are a lot of bright people in this country, or so I have heard. Any number of them are in the financial services sector, which might not be the highest and best use of our nation’s human capital, but the industry has historically paid pretty well. It pays really well when you consider the complete lack of physical effort a job in my field requires. Heck, even doctors have to occasionally stand up to...

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When will the Jobs Reports numbers begin to really pack a punch?

June 10, 2013, by John Norris

This week, the government announced the economy created 175,000 jobs during May. While nothing to sneeze at, will that type of number eventually make a dent in the labor picture? The real question is: what number of jobs must the economy create each month to get to some predetermined ideal? Do we want 70 percent of the adult population looking for work? Is 60 percent OK? Or do we want 66 percent, a nice two-thirds?...

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Some Common Cents for May 31st 2013 o, Algunos Centavos Comunes para 5/31/2013

June 3, 2013, by John Norris

This week, four of us from Oakworth went to St. Louis to conduct some business. After an afternoon of talking shop, meaning banking, the gang all went next door for a cold one or two. In my past experience in St. Louis, this has always meant grabbing some form of Anheuser-Busch product. Miller? Coors? Samuel Adams? Not a chance, and certainly not if you are trying to conduct business. It would be analogous to ordering...

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