Common Cents for November 23, 2012

December 6, 2012, by John Norris

One of the bigger business headlines this week has been the liquidation of Hostess Brands, Inc., the company which heretofore made Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread, a host of other snack cakes and breads. As you can imagine, there was some measure of discomfort about the iconic Twinkie brand, a symbol of all that is both right and wrong in the United States, vanishing. What is the world coming to these days? Can the US...

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“Hostess with the Leastest” – Are unions really to blame?

November 29, 2012, by John Norris

Hostess Brands has made a lot of headlines recently. To the outside observer, it seems as though the unions are forcing the company into liquidation. What is the real story? Are unions really to blame? Hostess’ management is correct when it says the company has to slash sales, marketing, and administrative costs (SG&A) to keep the doors open. After all, the company seems to be in and out of bankruptcy. On the flipside, the bakery...

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Common Cents for November 2, 2012

November 26, 2012, by John Norris

The Employment Situation report is arguably the most important economic release. So, I was surprised when I read an article on Bloomberg this week imploring potential voters to not base their vote for President on this morning’s number. But, if the economy is the largest political issue, how could the payroll number NOT impact at least a few people? What are folks supposed to do? Ignore it? Pretend it doesn’t matter? I suppose the thought...

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