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After Nine Year Bull Market Pensions are Still Underfunded

A nine year stock bull market doesn’t seem to be enough to encourage CEOs to bring pension funds up to breakeven points. Instead they’ve poured record amounts into stock buybacks. — Read on www.marketwatch.com/story/5-companies-that-spent-lavishly-on-stock-buybacks-while-pension-funding-lagged-2018-10-20

Wall Street Fears 50% Stock Drop Could Reach Scary “Fair Value” Level

This October is bringing with it a lot of scary stuff, and Halloween isn’t even here yet. Wall Street is starting to issue dire warnings that a significant stock market correction of 50% could reduce equity values back down to…get this… historic “fair value” averages. Because of this, we may have a real “Trick-or-Treat” market […]

Emerging Markets’ Oil Shock is Here

Brent crude recently hit $85 a barrel on its way higher, possibly towards $100, a level some analysts expect by the end of the year. Although it is still a long way from the 2008 record of $147.50, prices in emerging market currencies, which have strongly devalued against the US dollar, are already exceeding the […]

Negative Debt Pile Swells By $1 Trillion as Trade Clouds Gather

Bond investors are looking pretty pessimistic on growth. As the U.S. and China move closer to a trade war and the European Central Bank prolongs stimulative rates, traders are piling into the safety of government debt and enlarging the stock of bonds with below-zero yields. In just six days through — Read on finance.yahoo.com/news/negative-debt-pile-swells-1-121743703.html

Vertical Farm Startup Bowery Is Building World’s Techiest Indoor Farm | Fortune

Vertical farm startup Bowery is building the world’s most technologically sophisticated indoor farm, which will open later this year. — Read on fortune.com/2018/02/28/bowery-indoor-farm-technology/

‘It’s just chaos’: Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller warns that an ‘economic crisis’ is brewing

Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Schiller suggests that the next economic crises may have been triggered by President Trump’s recent tariffs on Chinese products. Interestingly, he points out that the catalyst will be much less from the actual tariffs, than from the insecurity and hesitancy businesses develop when faced with a potential trade war. www.businessinsider.com/nobel-prize-winning-economist-robert-shiller-economic-crisis-trade-war-2018-3

ROBERT REICH: HELLO TRUMP TAX CUTS, GOODBYE MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY. . . .

What I recall from my economics studies so many years ago at college is that cutting expenses and increasing revenue are important for keeping a business, or government for that matter, in business. It seems that the Trump administration at least understands part of the equation with proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, and reduced […]

Ray Dalio Suggests US Now Has Two Distinct Economies

Forget the old fashioned idea of upperclass, middle-class and lower-class, Ray Dalio, founder of world renowned hedge fund Bridgewater, suggests that the Fed should act as if there are two distinct economies, the upper 40% of the population and the bottom 60%. See full story: http://www.businessinsider.com/ray-dalio-warns-of-struggles-for-bottom-half-of-us-economy-2017-10

Economic Inequality: The Root of Economic Collapse?

Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winning economist, argues convincingly in his book entitled, The Great Divide, that global economies like that of the US are not innately predestined to collapse at regular intervals. Using examples from both advanced and developing countries, he points out that legislation which limits expansion of the economic inequality gap seems […]

Here’s a creative idea for connecting two tiny houses via a sunroom or old fashioned conservatory.

https://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/ohana-two-tiny-houses-connected-sun-room-viva-collectiv.html