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Conference Board Leading Economic Index Declined in August, Disappoints Expectations

The Latest Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for August decreased 0.2 percent to 124.1 from July's 124.3 and a downward revision was made to June's number. The latest indicator value came in below the 0.1 month...

Cannabis in Washington State to Be Randomly Tested For Pesticides

by Tobias Coughlin-Bogue Kelly O In a conference call with reporters this afternoon, the Washington State Liquor and Control Board announced some serious action on pesticides for pot that's been a seriously long time coming. Rick Garza,...Show More Summary

Latest hit game from Japan: anime school girls who are horses, idols, and want to date… each other

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Geek.com

Oh, Japan. Is there really a dart board in every conference room with random words on it that you use to determine what mishmash of strange genres you will fuse together into the […]

US Consumer Confidence Strongly Beats Expectations

The latest Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was released this morning based on data collected through August 18. The headline number of 101.1 was a solid increase from the final reading of 96.7 for July, a downward revision from 97.3.

Consumer confidence spikes to the highest level in 11 months

The Conference Board's consumer confidence index jumped to 101.1 in August. That was the best reading since September 2015. Economists had forecast that the index was little changed compared to July at 97, according to Bloomberg. Consumers' outlook for the labor market and current business conditions improved compared to July. Show More Summary

A big question complicating the climate debate: Where's the money for poor people?

In early 2015, Democratic members of the state Assembly huddled in a Cal State Sacramento conference room to hear Mary Nichols, chair of the powerful Air Resources Board, explain how her agency handles the billions of dollars collected from California’s marquee program to fight climate change. ...

Economic Statistics for 18 Aug 16

The Philadelphia Fed survey went positive, rising from-2.9 to 2.0 in August. The Conference Board’s Index of Leading Indicators for August rose 0.4%. Initial weekly jobless claims fell 4,000 to 262,000. The 4-week average rose 2,500 to 265,250. Continuing claims rose 15,000 to 2.175 million. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 1.8 points to 43.6 […]

Against North Carolina's HB2 Law: Mental Health And Discrimination Cannot Co-Exist

This past May, the board of directors of Grantmakers in Health (GIH) decided to relocate the organization's 2017 Annual Conference on Health Philanthropy from Charlotte, North Carolina, to another city. This difficult decision was made...Show More Summary

Study: Companies Not Likely to Offer Pay Raises in 2017

New data from the Conference Board suggests that firms will only raise their compensation budgets by the median of 3 percent in 2017 -- the same rate as in the past six years.

Big Miss on US GDP; What to Watch If Things Are Heading South

As Brian Schaitkin at the Conference Board noted, it does appear that the "growth trend of the American economy seems on a path of dropping off significantly from its assumed 2% growth trend." We can see this by looking at the year-over-year change in the Conference Board's...

Peter Thiel Cancels Appearance at Fascist Conference

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Peter Thiel, the gay tech billionaire, Facebook board member, and desperately thirsty speaker at the Republican National Convention, pulled out of his speech at a nightmarish neo-fascist conference in September after we highlighted his planned appear… Read The post Peter Thiel Cancels Appearance at Fascist Conference appeared first on Towleroad.

Marketing Peanuts to Millennials

Southern Peanut Growers Executive Director Leslie Wagner and National Peanut Board Senior VP of Marketing Ryan Lepicier teamed up at the opening session of the 18th Southern Peanut Growers Conference to talk about what they are doing to market peanuts to the important millennial generation. Show More Summary

Here comes consumer confidence...

The Conference Board's latest reading for consumer confidence will cross the wires at 10 a.m. ET. Economists forecast that the consumer confidence index slipped to 96 in July. Last month, the index improved to 98, above expectations of 93.5. Refresh this page for updates at 10 a.m. Show More Summary

Satisfaction With Traditional Jobs at 10 Year High - Still Well Below Independent Worker Satisfaction Levels

The Wall Street Journal's Job Satisfaction Hits a 10-Year High—But It’s Still Below 50% covers the results from The Conference Board's annual job satisfaction survey. As the chart on the left below from the WSJ article shows, just under half...

Economic Statistics for 21 Jul 16

Existing home sales rose 1.1% in June, to a solid 5.570 million annual rate. Sales are up 3.0% on a year-over-year basis. The Conference Board’s Index of leading Economic Indicators rose 0.3% in June. The Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey fell from 4.7 to -2.9 in July. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose from -0.51 […]

ICS Conference to Focus on Shipping Agenda

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) will focus clearly on its core agenda this year, with experts from key areas of industry across the board speaking at

Was Taylor Swift’s Olympics Theme Rejected In Favor of Katy Perry’s 'Rise'?

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

If I’m interpreting a [fairly obvious] item from Blind Gossip correctly, a battle between sworn nemeses Katy Perry and Taylor Swift may have been quietly raging in board rooms and conference calls inside 30 Rockefeller Center as the current one involving Kimye took over the headlines. Read more...

Big 12 commissioner to evaluate potential expansion candidates

The Big 12 appears to be moving closer to conference expansion. Oklahoma president Dave Boren, chairman of the Big 12 board of directors, said the group asked Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to evaluate potential expansion candidates. “We’re evaluating what expansion to the league might contribute,” Boren...

Border Crossing: 5 Ways to Move Church Voting Beyond the Status Quo

Church voting should reflect vision, not current reality. If your church’s voting isn’t diverse, your church isn’t diverse. Like many other tribes, my denomination elects regional officers, committees, and boards at conferences during the summer months. Show More Summary

The demand for the larger apartments with baths far exceeds the supply”: Visions of the Past, Thanks to Gutenberg (IX)

As a response to growing labor unrest, in 1916, major corporations decided to create the National Industrial Conference Board to undertake investigations of their own to show how much families needed to live, labor conditions, and the like, from a pro-business perspective. The Wilson administration valued this effort and used it during World War I […]

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