Some Common Cents for May 1st 2015

May 4, 2015, by John Norris

Last night, my teenaged son asked me how often I calculate the volume and area of different shapes. Perhaps I should have questioned his question, but I suppose I wasn’t on top of my game or something. I simply replied: “Not all that often, but sometimes I have to do so.” This morning, literally on the way out the door, he asked me to sign a math test the teacher had returned the previous day....

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Some Common Cents for February 27th 2015

March 1, 2015, by John Norris

This morning, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced its second take on 4th Quarter 2014 economic growth. After previously announcing a 2.6% number, it seems the BEA’s best guess this time is it grew at a 2.2% clip. What’s 0.4% among friends? When you break down the data, several things become readily apparent: 1) military expenditures fell through the floor, and; 2) the private sector appears to be in reasonably healthy shape, and; 3)...

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