Author Archives: Douglas A. McIntyre

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Sugar, Rose Bowls Lead List of Most Expensive Bowl Games in 2014-15

Speculation, criticism and mixed emotions have all been reactions around the new College Football Playoff system, but this year’s Sugar and Rose Bowls will serve as both pivotal playoff matchups ...
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10 Shopping Days Until Christmas

The race that began at the start of November, peaked on Thanksgiving -- or Black Friday or Cyber Monday -- is nearly over. Only 10 shopping days remain until Christmas. ...
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Norway’s Oil Decline Accelerating

By Nick Cunningham of New oil projects are being scrapped in Norway amid falling production and low oil prices. Long held up as the model for managing oil abundance, ...
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Will Sears Stock Price Drop to $0?

Among the most troubled retailers in America, Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) stands out. Its ownership is controlled by a hedge fund manager. It was created in 2004 by the ...
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Could Falling Oil Prices Spark a Financial Crisis?

By Nick Cunningham of The oil and gas boom in the United States was made possible by the extensive credit afforded to drillers. Not only has financing come from ...
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Holiday Retail Sales in Trouble Over Black Friday Weekend

The National Retail Federation (NRF), an association that represents the nation's largest retailers, reported that the Black Friday weekend was a disaster. The information bodes poorly for the balance of ...
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Moody’s Downgrades Japan as Its Economy Moves Toward Recession

Whether or not it is by economists' measures, Japan has slipped into a recession. The Bank of Japan's effort to stimulate the economy has largely failed. Because of these problems, ...
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German PMI Contracts: Worry About Recession?

Germany is the largest nation by gross domestic product (GDP) in Europe, and its economic engine is in deep trouble financially. The carefully watched Markit purchasing managers index (PMI) report ...
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Holiday Spending Plans Slow to a Crawl

Earlier this year, the National Retail Federation posted a forecast for holiday sales to rise 4.1% over last year. E-commerce results should yield results that are better. However, a new ...
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5 States With Unemployment Under 4%

Even during a time of robust recovery, the national unemployment rate rarely drops below 5%. However, in a period in which unemployment in the United States is 5.8%, five states ...
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8 States With Unemployment Over 7%

The economic recovery is well enough underway that unemployment has finally dropped below 5.8%. It fell to that level in October. However, the recovery is very uneven. Eight states still ...
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Expensive Home Inventory Soars

The supply of homes for the rich rose rapidly in October. The same cannot be said for the inventory of low and mid-priced homes. Perhaps the top 1%, 5% or ...
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Volkswagen to Invest $108 Billion in Expansion

It is hard to believe that any company could invest over $100 billion in anything. It turns out that company is huge auto manufacturer Volkswagen. Its board announced the decision ...
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Americans Rate Postal Service Highest, VA Lowest

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has lost billions of dollars. However, it does deliver the mail to every American, usually on time, at its motto suggests: Neither snow nor rain ...
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iPhone 6 Outsells iPhone 6 Plus by Wide Margin

The big iPhone 6 versus the regular sized one. According to new research, the sales levels between the two are not even close. People would rather have the traditionally sized ...
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