By Ironman at Political Calculations: On Monday, 10 March 2014, the word on the street was that China's exports to the world had plunged, which sent U.S. stock prices lower during the day. Here's the basic information as reported by USA Today: NEW YORK - Hurt by a weak reading on trade in China and tepid growth in Japan, U.S. Show More Summary
The use of Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath" in this Dark Souls 2 launch trailer is either calculated cleverness, or a case of someone in mishearing it as "Locomotive Death." By Death Throe Tull? Sounds perfect, use that one....
By Joseph Y. Calhoun III: By Jeffrey P. Snider Persistent whispers throughout the autumn that the Bank of Japan was thinking and even planning (I suppose that meant more modeled simulations) to raise its intervention quota beyond what...Show More Summary
We’re going to be starting a Stan “model of the P” (for some time period P) column, so I thought I’d kick things off with one of my own. I’ve been following the Wingvoet blog, the author of which is identified only by the Blogger handle...Show More Summary
By Ironman at Political Calculations: After a brief bit of excitement early in the week, as the market first negatively reacted to Russia's incursion into Ukraine's Crimea province, then positively responded to the apparent de-escalation of the developing conflict the next day, the rest of the week for the S&P 500 was pretty boring. Show More Summary
Fri March 07, 2014 Call Me Back! You Had Sex on the First Date, Now What? By Phillip N. Cohen, PhD Let’s imagine that a woman — we’ll call her “you,” like they do in relationship advice land — is trying to calculate the odds that a man will call back after sex. Show More Summary
Intellectually, we all know that sea level rise is real—but it's hard to imagine exactly how it'll effect us in the long term. A new study does just that by calculating which UNESCO Heritage Sites are most at-risk for being submerged by the rising tides. The results are devastating. Read more...
Just in time for this year’s tax filing season, the Tax Center has updated its marriage bonus and penalty calculator. The new calculator lets you see how marriage affects a couple’s income tax liability by comparing their tax bills filing as singles and as a couple for either the 2013 or 2014 tax year. A [...]
The deadline is looming: If you don’t have approved insurance coverage by March 31 (and are not exempt from the requirement), the Affordable Care Act will hit you with a penalty on your 2014 income tax return. It is often said the tax is $95, but for many people it will be much more. A […]
When we are choosing which action to take, one of the most basic calculations which guide us is, "How likely is it to lead to one option or another." We need to think of all possible outcomes, and the rough probability of each one occurring. Show More Summary
By Ironman at Political Calculations: Since it's been a while since we last looked at GDP in the U.S., we thought we'd take this opportunity to look both backwards and forwards at it. Let's look backwards first. Our first chart shows...Show More Summary
Oh captain, my captain! The New York Rangers made the first big deal of deadline day by acquiring captain Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for captain Ryan Callahan and a 2014 second-round pick and a 2015 first-round...Show More Summary
The White House budget proposal points to smaller deficits fueled by increased taxes and reduced spending, along with the presumption of solid economic growth.
Most of the time, an activity tracker is something that is used by the young and mobile, as it is meant to calculate the amount of activity done in addition to calories burned for some of the more sophisticated models. How about an activity...Show More Summary
By Ironman at Political Calculations: Mike Shedlock, a.k.a. Mish, raises the question of whether new jobless claims have begun to follow a "recession pattern", after noting an unexpected rise in the number of initial unemployment insurance claims filed in the week ending Saturday, 22 February 2014. Show More Summary
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is perhaps the most widely watched and used measure of inflation in the US. It's calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and according to them represents, "a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services."
By Ironman at Political Calculations: We started the month of February 2014 with a basic question: do we need to continue accounting for the echo effect in our methods for anticipating stock prices? We're closer to an answer for that...Show More Summary
The Republican Party's economic agenda is obvious. In the era of democracy and republic, class warfare has never been more transparent. These are not policies cohering by mere random maliciousness, they are deliberate and calculated....Show More Summary
By Jim Pyke: This article is a continuation of my look at Dividend Stock ETFs and will focus on asset and portfolio allocation considerations. This will include calculating the betas of each ETF and evaluating their impact on an existing portfolio. Show More Summary
By KC McKanna A growing number of people are interested in investing in companies that perform well environmentally as well as economically. Unfortunately, measuring environmental performance is not as straightforward as calculating a simple financial return on investment. Show More Summary