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9 foods that might not be what they seem

Watch what you eat: Fraudsters are increasingly passing off cheaper foods for pricier fare

‘A Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply’: Experts Describe Bayer-Monsanto Merger

Whether or not regulators approve the Bayer-Monsanto merger, these companies will continue their rampage against nature.

Marriott's $13B buy of Starwood makes it biggest hotel company

30 brands now under Marriott's roof -- with 1.1 million hotel rooms, or 1 of every 15 worldwide; here's how loyalty programs will be treated

After 2004, EU accession countries increased trade with Australia

Joining a customs union is supposed to reduce trade with third countries. But after 2004, the largest EU accession countries actually increased their trade with Australia, especially their exports. This column argues that new regional value chains made accession country industries more competitive, especially in the auto industry. Show More Summary

Mansion believed to have inspired phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses" sold

The property’s elegance is said to have prompted owners of nearby Hudson Valley estates to build even bigger mansions, giving birth to the idiom “Keeping up with the Joneses”

How to regulate CEO pay (and how not to do it)

During political campaigns, candidates often set their sights on CEO compensation as a target for potential regulation. This column considers the various arguments for regulating CEO pay and questions whether it is a legitimate target for political intervention. Show More Summary

How Culturally Plastic?

Typical farming behaviors violated forager values. Farmers added marriage, property, war, inequality, and much less art, leisure and travel. 100K years ago if someone had suggested that foragers would be replaced by farmers, critics could easily have doubted that foragers would … Continue reading ?

Wells Fargo CEO resigns position on Fed advisory body

Decision comes two days after John Stumpf faced bipartisan outrage from a Senate panel over scandal involving bogus accounts

Feds: Scammers used mailings to defraud millions

Feds say mass mailings targeted elderly consumers with news of cash prizes -- if they'd pay a small processing fee first

Lawler on August Existing Home Sales

From housing economist Tom Lawler:In a report released this morning, the National Association of Realtors estimated that US existing home sales ran a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.33 million, down 0.9% from July’s downwardly revised (to 5.38 million from 5.39 million) pace and up 0.8% from last August’s seasonally adjusted pace. Show More Summary

Estate Tax a Key Tool for Fighting US Inequality

Caroline Freund at PIIE: Estate Tax a Key Tool for Fighting US Inequality: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the US estate tax, which affects only the ultra-wealthy. Given the rising focus on American income inequality, the tax should...

Epstein on the EU and Apple

(September 22, 2016 05:20 PM, by Alberto Mingardi) Richard Epstein has an article taking sides with the EU Commission on Apple. Certainly the Commission couldn't have a more eloquent advocate, and Epstein argues forcefully that the Commission "makes a classical liberal argument in favor of free trade across... (0 COMMENTS)

Why Does Big Business Fear Trump?

It is not surprising that there is little love for Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy among the leaders of top US multinational corporations. Why then, asks Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times, do they not speak out? Why do they...Show More Summary

Busted for fraud, Wells Fargo now under fire for labor practices

Lawmakers urge regulators to examine whether bank failed to pay overtime to workers pressured to meet sales quotas

FHFA: House Price Index Up 0.5 Percent in July

Earlier from the FHFA: FHFA House Price Index Up 0.5 Percent in July 2016U.S. house prices rose in July, up 0.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI). Show More Summary

How a Fed Rate Hike Will Affect Your Mortgage Rate

Think a Fed rate hike will affect your mortgage rate? Not so fast. A Federal Reserve rate hike likely won't impact mortgage rates directly, according to the publisher of the Wall Street Examiner, Lee Adler. The post How a Fed Rate Hike Will Affect Your Mortgage Rate was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

How Janet Yellen Rationalizes The Most Pervasive Financial Bubble In History

“Asset values aren’t out of line with historical norms.” -Janet Yellen, 9/21/16 “A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished... The post How Janet Yellen Rationalizes The Most Pervasive Financial Bubble In History was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Here’s How We Know The Census Bureau Report On Household Income Is Bogus

The US Government publishes lots and lots of economic data, much of it conflicting, and much that’s highly suspicious. We know that the Household Income data released this week was suspicious, but I could not quite figure out what the problem was. Show More Summary

Why the Coming Wave of Defaults Will Be Devastating

Without the stimulus of ever-rising credit, the global economy craters in a self-reinforcing cycle of defaults, deleveraging and collapsing debt-based consumption.In an economy based on borrowing, i.e. credit a.k.a. debt, loan defaults...Show More Summary

The Clean Power Plan’s Day in Court

  By Elizabeth A. Stanton Cross-posted from the author’s blog, lizstantonconsulting.com and at our sister blog Triple Crisis.  In one week, the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals will begin hearing oral arguments regarding the...Show More Summary

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