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Detroit’s pension woes will directly impact other municipal benefit plans
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Detroit’s pension woes will directly impact other municipal benefit plans

With various stock indices posting records recently, and stock strategists forecasting another bull run in 2014 , some Americans may be breathing a bit more easily about their golden-age prospects. Fidelity recent reported that the average 401(k) balances of its clients rose more than 11 percent year over year in the third quarter, to $84,300.   Those [...]

Gauging local business reaction to possible opportunities in Iran
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Gauging local business reaction to possible opportunities in Iran

News that the United States, working with several other nations, is easing some trade sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to that country’s nuclear program, offers opportunity for local business journalists as well as those who cover geopolitics. Marketwatch reports that western companies are licking their chops over the opportunity to resume at least [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Gauging local support for foreign treaty
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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Gauging local support for foreign treaty

Like me, you may have seen references here and there to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, without really knowing what it is.   The TPP, announced by the White House in 2009, is a trade agreement being negotiated by nine countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States [...]

Package up a feature on trends in the delivery service industry
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Package up a feature on trends in the delivery service industry

As parcels filled with holiday goods and gifts begin winging their way ’round the globe, the package delivery industry gets its moment in the spotlight. Even as Americans forego first-class mail in favor of electronic greeting cards and missives, the allure of e-commerce keeps delivery vans hopping.  There was that intriguing news the other day – [...]

A global glut puts the spotlight on U.S. sugar subsidies
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A global glut puts the spotlight on U.S. sugar subsidies

As piles of leftover Halloween loot are picked over for what’s left of the good stuff, and the pumpkin pies and sugarplums of the next couple of months warm up in the wings, it’s a good time to take a look at the business of sugar. Whether you cover food, health care, agriculture, alternative energy [...]

EBITDA? Eh. Oh, and we get to the bottom of bitcoins
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EBITDA? Eh. Oh, and we get to the bottom of bitcoins

We might take a number like profit margin and look at maybe 100 different variables to figure out which one explains profitability the best, so I can take action on that. But it’s a hard thing to do; you have to know what’s signal and what’s noise. (Rusty Frioux of DataClear in the Greater Baton [...]

Kia? Porsche? What the run-up in car sales says about your town
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Kia? Porsche? What the run-up in car sales says about your town

New vehicle sales for October will be out Nov. 1, and with 2013 on track to be a decent rebound year for automakers, you might want to see how local retailers expect to close out the year, and how their sales reflects your local economy. TrueCar.com says sales reported Friday will represent the best October [...]

Find stories in your region’s business of medical devices
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Find stories in your region’s business of medical devices

Regardless of what happens in Congress this week, the impasse over raising the debt ceiling has put the spotlight on an industry you might seek out for its economic impact on your region:  Medical equipment makers. Postponing a tax on medical device makers – a tax that was expected to help pay for federal subsidies [...]

Water, water, everywhere: Environment, health, big business
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Water, water, everywhere: Environment, health, big business

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow, so to speak, and between Colorado’s tragic floods, killer amoeba in Louisiana’s water system causing deadly brain infections, and Mrs. Obama’s new campaign to get people to drink more water, good old H20 is at center stage these days. And with World Water Monitoring Day (an [...]

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