06
MAR
2015

In the Headlines-March 6th, 2015

In The Headlines It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane … It’s a Drone! Now that the Federal Aviation Administration has published its proposed rules on drones, expect to start seeing plenty of unmanned miniature planes flying over places like AT&T Park in San Francisco, home of...
27
FEB
2015

In the Headlines-February 27th, 2015

In The Headlines Is the World Headed for $10 per Barrel Oil? At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. As dramatic as that seems, they may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20. U.S. economic growth has averaged a...
20
FEB
2015

In the Headlines-February 20th, 2015

In The Headlines Ace Hardware – the $4.7 Billion Corner Store Co-op When Jeremy Melnick’s grandfather opened his first Ace Hardware store along Chicago’s ritzy Gold Coast in 1950, there was not a whole lot of competition. Wal-Mart was an Arkansas five-and-dime. Lowe’s was two...
13
FEB
2015

In the Headlines-February 13th, 2015

In The Headlines RadioShack in Bankruptcy – New Life or Fade to Black? After years of keeping investors wondering about how it managed to stay in business, RadioShack finally filed for bankruptcy. The retailer, best known to consumers in recent years as a trusty seller of cords,...
06
FEB
2015

In the Headlines-February 6th, 2015

In The Headlines Global Oil Funds Shift their Investment Focus to Healthcare Global crude prices are in the midst of a slump, squeezing the bottom lines of oil companies and petro-states around the world. So how do sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) cope in this environment? The asset...
30
JAN
2015

In the Headlines-January 30th, 2015

In The Headlines Alcoa Finds New Luster in an Old Metal Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld is pushing to find high-margin uses for aluminum, like the latest Bud Light “bottle.” Aluminum sold for $3,400 a ton when Klaus Kleinfeld took the helm of Alcoa in 2008. Six months later the price...
23
JAN
2015

In the Headlines-January 23rd, 2015

In The Headlines Is the U.S. Vulnerable to Deflation? Deflation is like a black hole, sucking seemingly everything into itself. Switzerland succumbed to the vortex last week when its central bank gave up trying to keep its currency from rising—a defeat that will punish the Swiss...
16
JAN
2015

In the Headlines-January 16th, 2015

In The Headlines Shadows in the Sunny December Jobs Report The drop in the U.S. jobless rate to 5.6%, the lowest since June 2008, is good news and bad news. It is good, in that fewer people who are in the labor market cannot find jobs. It is bad because it is a sign that the...
09
JAN
2015

In the Headlines-January 9th, 2014

In The Headlines The Unfriendly Skies of Southeast Asia In the past year, Southeast Asia’s aviation industry has suffered an unprecedented number of tragedies. The latest, AirAsia Flight QZ8501, had been traveling from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore when it vanished over the...
19
DEC
2014

In the Headlines-December 19th, 2014

In The Headlines Oil Shale Producers Turn the Tables on OPEC Saudi Arabia and its fellow members in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are stressed out. Producers of oil from shale are driving down the world price of crude by flooding the market with...