State graduation soars, but improvements still needed

October 26, 2015, by John Norris

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the high school graduation rate in Alabama had soared to 87 percent. The article in the Advertiser said we now have the 16th highest graduation rate in the country. This should be good news for attracting business, but are the numbers for real? (Read the full article as previously published in the Montgomery Advertiser Saturday Oct 24th…) The opinions expressed within this report are those of John Norris...

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Don’t look for world to dump dollar anytime soon

October 21, 2015, by John Norris

With all the debt our nation has, I am very worried about the health of the U.S. dollar. What happens when, not if, it collapses? It seems all it would take would be for China and others to sell their U.S. assets, and all heck would break loose. You said a mouthful there: all heck would certainly break loose if the rest of the world decided to get rid of their U.S. assets at the...

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Some Common Cents for October 16th 2015

October 18, 2015, by John Norris

Last week, a client sent me an email asking my thoughts on a Washington Post article by former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers about something called ‘secular stagnation.’ Summers has been very vocal and visible regarding the subject, and his probable case scenario due to said stagnation would be most people’s worst case. Does it and he have merit? For those not familiar with the concept, let me just cut and paste a workable definition from...

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State budget cuts’ impact not as huge as they seem

October 13, 2015, by John Norris

Not so long ago, you wrote the budget shortfall wouldn’t have a big impact on Alabama’s economy. Now, we know over 30 driver’s license offices are permanently closing, as well as five state parks. Other state parks and offices will shift to a part-time status. How do these things not have an impact? (Read the full article as previously published in the Montgomery Advertiser Saturday Oct 10th…) The opinions expressed within this report are those of...

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Economic disaster not on horizon

October 6, 2015, by John Norris

A friend of mine is very worried about an economic Doomsday. More specifically, he is worried about deflation which he thinks will wipe the global economy. The headlines are pretty bad, so is he right? (Read the full article as previously published in the Montgomery Advertiser Sunday Oct 4th…) The opinions expressed within this report are those of John Norris as of the initial publication of this blog. They are subject to change without notice, and do...

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Some Common Cents for October 2nd 2015

October 2, 2015, by John Norris

I will be more than happy to see this week in the rearview mirror. After a great weekend seeing old friends at my 25th college reunion, I came back to a rusted out, or busted one, pipe in our walls. Since there wasn’t a good access point, we had to rip down a bunch of sheetrock to get to it. Also on Monday, my daughter’s car broke down, and, boy, wasn’t that a fun check...

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