Economy & Policy

The Vatican Adjusts its Balance Sheets

Our long pandemic year has left no stone unturned and no community untouched. It’s the fly in the ointment. The monkey in the wrench. The loose nose hair floating in the community Sacramental wine chalice. Everything and everyone has been…

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Yesterday, The Economy Woke Up Big Time

This was one Wednesday that did not mess around. Yesterday, the U.S. economy let out its first truly big roar of 2021. America’s big banks blew the doors off with massive earnings. Luxury-goods stocks hit record highs. Planes are flying….

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Strap In, Earnings Season is Here

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell appeared on 60 Minutes last night and the stoic central banker painted the picture of an economy at a critical “inflection point.” Heading into earnings season — with banks set to pave the way this week…

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Toshiba Considers Private Buyer As Shareholders Get Testy

In the history of sprawling, amorphous conglomerates, Japan’s Toshiba has had its finger in as many pies as anyone. It has sold everything from laptops to escalators to kettles to X-ray machines to nuclear power. Now, it’s considering selling something…

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Portuguese Homeowners Get Paid to Borrow

Here’s one way to turn a negative into a positive. Some mortgage borrowers in Portugal are getting paid interest on their own loans. It’s a dream scenario set up by Europe’s protracted economic pain, where negative interest rates have turned…

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U.S. Admin Preps $3 Trillion Economic Package

Last month Congress passed the American Rescue Plan — a $1.9 billion rescue package designed to get the U.S. through the last leg of the pandemic. Now, eyes are on the future. This week the Biden administration is reportedly drawing-up…

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IRS Research Suggests Top U.S. Earners Are Short-Changing Uncle Sam

There’s walking-around money, and then there’s yachting-around money. And, according to the IRS, folks with the latter have found creative ways to hang onto as much of it as possible. Yesterday the IRS released a working paper claiming the highest-income…

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Greece Completes A Comeback

Yesterday all eyes were on Jerome Powell and the so-called dot plot, which showed most Fed board members expect to keep rates near zero through 2023. Greece had its own headline-worthy bond news. Greece launched a successful 30-year bond sale…

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Small Business Helps Power Economic Rebirth

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Entrepreneurial Americans have been busy during the pandemic. According to the Census Bureau, more than 4.4 million new businesses have been created in the U.S. since last March. The Small Business Story It’s not unusual for business starts to increase…

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CVS, Walgreens Mine Big Data from Vaccine Recipients

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When you get your Covid vaccine, you might rightly call it a lifesaver. Your pharmacy might see it as something else: a marketing opportunity. Free Shots, Free Goodie Bags Much has been said of the pharmacy juggernauts including CVS, Walgreens,…

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