Common Cents for December 21st 2012

December 28, 2012, by Shelley deClerk

As we approach the end of the 2012, I thought it might be entertaining to take a look back on the year, and maybe make a few predictions about 2013. Obviously, if I could look into the future with crystal clarity, you wouldn't be reading this sentence right now, as I wouldn't have written it. So, take everything below with at least a grain of salt. Thank you for reading Common Cents in 2012, and here is to a...

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Common Cents for November 30, 2012

December 6, 2012, by John Norris

Yesterday, I read an article on CNNMoney.com by a certain Emily Jane Fox. The headline caught my eye: “McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King Workers Protest in NYC.” I love reading about a good protest as much as the next person, if for no other reason than to wonder at the thought process behind it. Not surprisingly, it seems fast food workers want to make more money in New York. But, who doesn’t want to make more...

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Common Cents for November 23, 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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