Some Common Cents for March 27th, 2017

March 27, 2017, by John Norris

This week, you might think investors are agonizing over the particulars of the proposed healthcare legislation. Some might be; however, I would argue the details aren’t as important as the Administration’s ability to get legislation through the Congress. After all, the markets assume President Trump has a pretty aggressive pro-growth agenda, and this is the first major test of his actual political clout in Washington. If this fails, what will happen when the tax reform...

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Column: Norris: Federal Reserve doesn’t have all the answers

March 23, 2017, by John Norris

Recently, a reporter buddy of mine in Birmingham asked me for a quote about the Fed’s recent rate hike. Did I think it adequate? Was it premature or overdue? That sort of thing. I have known him for long years, and know he is typically looking for a quick soundbite. Of course, funny is always nice. I pretty much gave him what we have been telling clients for the better part of a year now....

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Column: Companies relying more on self-service kiosks

March 6, 2017, by John Norris

This past week, Wendy’s announced plans to provide self-service kiosks to around 1,000 outlets across the country, roughly 15 percent of its restaurants. It beta tested the technology at select locations in central Ohio with good results. So, for an estimated $15,000, franchisees will be get three of the things. Of course, the company went to great lengths to say no one has to use or install them. It is only going to make the service available....

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Some Common Cents for March 3rd, 2017

March 3, 2017, by John Norris

I apologize for not sending out a newsletter last week, but it wasn’t for the lack of effort. The truth of the matter is, at about 3:30 last Friday afternoon, I read what I had been writing intermittently throughout the day, and thought to myself: “Really, Norris? God gave you a brain, an above average ability to express yourself, and some semblance of typing skills AND this is the best you can do?” Oh, it...

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