Want an Explanation for Secular Stagnation? Try Demographics.

The Federal Reserve can lower interest rates to zero, or even–as the European Central Bank has done–into negative territory. But it can’t make lenders lend or would-be borrowers borrow if they don’t want to. And it certainly can’t make […] Continue Reading…

Interview: The Evolution of Retirement

I discussed the concept of retirement and how it has changed in recent decades in an interview with NewRetirement.  Here are some excerpts:
Today, Americans look at retirement as an entitlement – a reward for a lifetime of hard work […] Continue Reading…

Rise of the Robots

Rodney Johnson has some interesting comments on the rise of robots as a labor replacement.  Robots have been replacing assembly line workers for decades.  But now, they’re starting to replace retail clerks too…sort of:
Just as desktop computing, voicemail, and […] Continue Reading…

Can Big Beer Buy Its Way Into the Craft Beer Boom?

If you can’t beat ‘em…buy ‘em out.  That’s the approach Big Beer is taking in combatting the rise of microbrewing.  Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) announced last week it would be buying 10 Barrel Brewing Co., a microbrewery based on Bend, […] Continue Reading…

This Week’s Sizemore Insights: How to Look at Insider Trading Data

“American Realty Capital Properties insider just disposed of 20,000 shares.”

I saw that headline come across my Twitter feed, and I was particularly jarring to me because I had specifically listed consistent insider buying as a reason to give American Realty Capital Properties (ARCP) the benefit of […] Continue Reading…