Even after having been debunked countless times over, utterly erroneous conclusions about the poor’s well-being have yet again stolen the show because of a spiffy video making its way around the web.
Monday saw the end begin for the familiar penny. Merchants are still adjusting: while the instructions to most cashiers is to accept pennies if offered but not to hand them out (rounding the change), most people operating tills still have their habits firmly in place. If the “change required” requires pennies, they’re handing them out (while they still have them).
A simultaneous fit of euphoria and vertigo weakens your knees as you gaze out the living room window of a brand new 22nd floor luxury penthouse. “This is the chance of a lifetime’’ your real estate broker declares cogently. Your significant other turns to you and grins approvingly; “I love it, honey”. Amidst the flood of emotions and peer pressures, you manage to clear your head and ask yourself one sobering question – is this a good long-term investment? Well, considering that homeowners usually depend on large capital gains to grow their nest-eggs, maybe not.
Lisa Jackson, President Obama’s head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quit her post abruptly this past week. Environmentalists in the capital are reporting that her departure from one of Washington D.C.’s most vilified posts is in protest of the State Department’s impending approval of the transcontinental pipeline plan, Keystone XL. Regardless of who succeeds her as Washington’s green czar, Canadians and Americans alike can expect to see more of the policies that so trouble us today.
So-called experts speculating on the future may often resemble a horde of monkeys blindly throwing darts at a board, or so they say. As was the hubbub prefacing the recent financial crisis, the materialization of which literally blindsided nearly every economic extraordinaire. Yet there admittedly were a few prominent economists and financial figures who forewarned of the crash in a timely fashion.
Canada’s housing bubble has escalated to a point where the question is no longer if the bubble will burst but rather the scale of the collapse. On October 30, 2012 CIBC’s economist Benjamin Tal published a report attempting to downplay the Canadian real estate bubble by claiming it will not be as severe as the crisis that hit the U.S. However, his arguments ignore several crucial factors that point to the inevitable housing crisis being severe enough to cripple the Canadian economy via a hard landing causing at least a 20% decline from peak housing prices.
The presidential debates touched on Medicare and taxation, but no guiding principles on economic freedom were outlined nor strategies for enhancing them (or curbing them). Meanwhile, the discussion of what economic freedoms are and where they are headed has been taking place at the Frasier Institute. Since 1996, the institute has been publishing its Economic Freedom Index and it published its most recent report last week.
In this globalized world, networks are crucial to leveraging our potential and unlocking hidden job markets. This article will talk about the best way to gain employment in an age of austerity: networking.