Larry Printz Tribune News Service Published 10:18 PM EDT Jun 26, 2019 Maybe it’s my imagination, but it seems that the government is a little too eager to let large companies gobble up other large companies to the point where freedom of choice is an illusion. Suppose you need a new piece of luggage for that summer vacation. Sure, the American Tourister is inexpensive, while a Samsonite is somewhat nicer for a little more money. Then there are pricier options like Tumi and Hartmann. But it’s a false choice; Samsonite owns and manufactures them all, not to mention a handful of other brands. As for consumers, my bet is they don’t care as long as they can afford the products that their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers will know and admire. Ask them what new compact crossover SUV they recently bought, and more often than not, they’ll mention a Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Jeep or Ford. Never mind there are many more tempting choices that go criminally … [Read more...] about Mazda CX-5 is the poster child of overlooked crossovers
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You can score access to a trio of top reading tools at a major discount. Entrepreneur Store Published 8:30 am CST, Monday, February 4, 2019 Photo: Entrepreneur Store Photo: Entrepreneur Store Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Entrepreneur Store Train Yourself to Read Faster and Smarter for Less Than $20 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The latest "American Time Use Survey" from the Bureau of Labor Statistics uncovered an alarming statistic about our collective reading habits: Leisure reading across all demographics is at an all-time low. Now, that might not seem like a huge deal; some of us find reading flat-out boring, or just don't have the time for it. But since regularly … [Read more...] about Train Yourself to Read Faster and Smarter for Less Than $20
Cash was the best-performing asset last year, outperforming stocks, bonds, and commodities. After a brutal year for investors across those asset classes, some strategists have suggested cash is an increasingly attractive investment. So what exactly does “going to cash” mean? Here’s what investors should know. Cash was the best-performing asset of 2018. It reigned supreme among other investments like stocks, bonds, and commodities. Put another way, cash was the only major asset that posted positive returns last year, with a 1.9% rise, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “A perfect storm hit equities in 4Q18 – high oil prices, a strong dollar and a shift upwards in the U.S. yield curve – which altered perceptions towards risk assets and encouraged investors into cash,” Sean Darby, global head of equity strategy at Jefferies, told clients in a report last week. In other words, investments of all stripes were hit as a confluence of … [Read more...] about Cash was the best-performing asset of 2018. Here’s what ‘going to cash’ means.
The Hanoitimes - Hanoi`s property market was bolstered by high economic growth and fresh FDI inflows, mostly from Japan. Hanoi’s real estate market performed well in the last three months of 2018 with significant growth in all segments including retail space, offices, apartments, and villas, according to a report by Savills Vietnam. Part of Hanoi. Photo: Asiantoday The good growth of the property market was thanked to the country’s GDP growth rate of 7.1% in 2018, bolstered by robust manufacturing and exports and the strong expansion of the service sector, said the report. The national retail sales of goods increased 12% on year to US$145 billion in 2018. Notably, registered foreign direct investment (FDI) to Hanoi was US$7.5 billion with 29% from Japanese investors in 2018. Retail space: increase rent in new projects The stock was approximately 1.4 million square meters (sq.m) in the fourth quarter (Q4), up 3% on quarter and 6% on year … [Read more...] about Hanoi real estate market ends up 2018 brightening picture of good performances
LONDON (Reuters) - British productivity growth slowed to a two-year low during the three months to September last year, as economic output grew more slowly than the number of hours people spent at work, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday. The ONS said output per hour annual growth in output per hour slowed to 0.2 percent in the third quarter of 2018 from 1.6 percent in the second quarter, its weakest growth rate since the third quarter of 2016. Unit labour costs -- the amount employers pay staff in wages and other costs for a fixed amount of output -- picked up to an annual rate of 2.8 percent from 2.1 percent, the biggest rise since the first three months of 2017. (Reporting by David Milliken. Editing by Andrew MacAskill) … [Read more...] about UK productivity growth falls to two-year low for third quarter of 2018