Some Common Cents for January 27th, 2017

January 30, 2017, by John Norris

This morning, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its first stab at 4Q 2016 Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Since the BEA estimated the economy grew at a 3.5% annual rate for 3Q 2016, no one was expecting a huge number (or shouldn’t have). However, the 1.9% figure the BEA gave us was less than the so-called ‘consensus’ estimate of 2.2%, but it wasn’t surprising. In fact, it was the somewhat gaudy 3Q estimate I...

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Column: Will Bitcoin craze last?

January 19, 2017, by John Norris

Whenever I write anything about Bitcoin, I receive a number of emails from, um, well-wishers calling me any number of colorful names, to put it politely. It seems people have really strong opinions about their cryptocurrencies. Anyone who isn’t completely onboard with them is a Luddite, or worse, as I found out in no uncertain terms. I have a friend who knows my general opinion on Bitcoin, and he has been quick to tell me...

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Some Common Cents for January 6th, 2017

January 9, 2017, by John Norris

With what I am about to write, you might think I woke up this morning in a bad mood, but I am not. The sun came up in the East, and I am standing on the right side of the Earth. Yeah, I feel pretty good, great even. I won’t lie; getting back to the standard routine of work has been, strangely enough, relaxing. Perhaps I am wired a little too tightly. With that said,...

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Some Common Cents for December 30th, 2016

January 3, 2017, by John Norris

We will undoubtedly remember 2016 as one of the more confounding, frustrating, and tumultuous years in our nation’s peacetime history. I think it fair to say most of us, if not all, felt some measure of significant angst, if not disillusionment, at some point over the last 12 months. I would further argue, when taken as a whole, most of us will be happy to see 2016 in the rearview mirror, regardless of any personal...

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