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'Scale, Profits, and Inequality'

Dietz Vollrath: Scale, Profits, and Inequality, Growth Economics: After my post last week on inequality, I got a number of (surprisingly reasonable) responses. I pulled one line out of a recent comment... because it encapsulates an argument for not...

The CDC hopes to track spread of Ebola in patient electronic health record data

HealthBeat keynote speaker — and CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — Bryan Sivak believes there is a way to do away with outdated PDFs to make CDC guidelines integrate directly with patients’ electronic health records so that a patient at risk is immediately flagged.

House hunting: 7 homes bordered by beautiful, preserved land

St. Louis, Missouri. This six-bedroom house was built in 1912 for George Baumhoff, an innovative transportation businessman. Details include original wood floors and millwork, custom millwork, a guesthouse, and a saltwater pool. The home sits on 4.6 acres between two city parks with access to walking trails, fishing, and docks. Show More Summary

Archeologists discover Peruvian stone that could rival famous 12-Angle Stone

Sorry, Cusco. Peru's Ministry of Culture announced this week that archeologists have discovered a stone at the Inkawasi archeological site with 13 angles — one more than the country's famed 12-Angle Stone, the Peruvian Times reports....Show More Summary

Black Coffee: Why More Tax Revenue Will Never Be Enough

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Welcome to another rousing edition of Black Coffee, your off-beat weekly round-up of what’s been going on in the world of money and personal finance. I’ve got some honey-dos to take care of this week, so you know what that means … It’s […]

Solid Bank Earnings Could Signal an Opportunity for Investors

The "big four" U.S. banks have all reported earnings, and the numbers look pretty good across the board. Is now a good time to buy?

6 year-end tax tips for small businesses

I attend a handful of conferences every year. Today I'm at one of my favorites, BlogathonATX. It's local (no airport lines!). It's very local (a 15-minute drive from my house). It's on a Saturday (no horrendous Austin traffic!). ButShow More Summary

British musician Jack Bruce, bassist in band Cream, dead at 71

British rock star Jack Bruce, the legendary bassist of the super-group Cream, has died at age 71, The Associated Press reports: Cream, which also included guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, sold 35 million albums in just...Show More Summary

How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business? The Answer May Surprise You. (Infographic)

Martha Stewart didn’t do any home decorating until she was 35. And Charles Flint started IBM at 61.

Rock bass player Jack Bruce dead at 71

British rock star Jack Bruce, the legendary bassist of the super-group Cream, has died at age 71, the Associated Press reports. Cream, which also included guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, sold 35 million albums in just...Show More Summary

Home Prices Drop in 69 of 70 Chinese Cities; Did the Pool of Greater Fools Run Out?

China eased purchase restrictions last month ending its four-year campaign to contain home prices. And what a ridiculous campaign it was. Prices are down less than 1% this month and less then 1% year-over-year. Bloomberg reports China Home-Price Drop Spreads as Easing Doesn’t Halt Fall. Show More Summary

Flipping Houses: 101 Awesome Quick Tips for Success

This morning I discovered something terrible while standing in the shower… I had forgotten a towel.  And worse, I was not at my house. I’m spending the week with my fellow host of the BiggerPockets Podcast, Josh Dorkin, and his wonderful...Show More Summary

Easier Mortgages Are Coming Back -- Will They Boost the Housing Market or Cause Another Crash?

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are reportedly about to loosen their guidelines for mortgage qualification, so should we be worried about another housing crash?

Most Of The World's Billionaires Made Their Money In These 5 Industries

There are 2,325 billionaires on the earth. And they control 4% of the world's wealth. According to a new report from the research firm Wealth-X, about 13% of billionaires inherited their fortune, 27% became billionaires from re-investing...Show More Summary

On The Coming Collapse Of Copper

18 months ago we first brought the world's attention to the end of what has now been exposed as among the largest ponzi schemes in history - the Chinese Commodity Financing Deals (CCFDs) - pointing out how this meant commodities like...Show More Summary

Vladimir Putin warns U.S. in speech: 'The Cold War is over. But it did not end with peace.'

Russian President Vladimir Putin used a Friday speech to promise that international forces would not topple Moscow from its place of power. "The bear is the master of the taiga," Putin said in the speech, reported by the Los Angeles Times. Show More Summary

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