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Microsoft Builds Tree Houses for Employees to Reduce Stress, Improve Creativity
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By ValueWalk – Microsoft is a regular in the best companies to work for list, for the perks and benefits it offers its employees. Now, in a rather unconventional move, the company has built tree houses to cut the monotony that the employees feel in the office...


Is the Fed Setting Itself up to Fail in the Next Recession?
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By Tim Duy PhD – The Federal Reserve remains committed to a December rate hike, persistently low inflation notwithstanding. With unemployment below Fed estimates of its longer-run natural rate, most FOMC participants do...


How Debt Is Keeping the Lights Off in Puerto Rico
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By Independent Institute – In Puerto Rico, electrical power is solely provided to some 1.5 million households and businesses by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), which is a monopoly owned by the territory’s government. That matters because...


California Allows Fully Autonomous (No Driver Present) Vehicle Tests
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By Mish Shedlock – The California Department of Motor Vehicles is changing its rules to allow companies to test autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel — and to let the public use autonomous vehicles. The DMV released a revised version...


Consumer Sentiment Surges to Highest Level in 13 Years
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By Jill Mislinkski – Consumer sentiment surged in early October, reaching its highest level since the start of 2004. The October gain was broadly shared, occurring among all age and income subgroups and across all partisan viewpoints. The data indicate a robust...


Navigating Aberrant Data
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By Matthew Kerkhoff – What is the true state of the US economy? Let's look at the data, both positive and negative, to find out. Last month, according to preliminary estimates, the economy lost 33,000 more jobs than it created. This is rather remarkable, considering...


These Feminist Economists Are Right about GDP
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By Mises Institute – Gross Domestic Product has numerous issues, especially as a measure of national-level standard of living. It is supposed to be a measure of total production and therefore the general health of an economy, but it falls short of this in many ways...


Market History and Metaphors
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FS Staff – “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes,” Mark Twain supposedly once observed. As the Fed begins to shrink its balance sheet even as it determinedly jacks up interest rates, we would be prudent to consider where history has rhymed before...


Energy Analyst: "Meaningful Upside" for Oil Prices, Market Being Driven by "Fake News"
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By FS Staff – While oil markets haven’t been experiencing much love of late, there’s a strong case to be made based on the fundamentals for the energy sector. This time on Financial Sense, we spoke with Marshall Adkins, Director of Energy Research at...


India’s Aadhaar Program and the Future of Biometrics
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By Global Risk Insights – India’s biometric identification program, known as Aadhaar, has gone from an optional program to a mandatory one, and is collecting more data than ever expected. In light of private information being...


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