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Micro-Finance: Lessons from the Field 2

August 30, 2013

 

By  Diane Kellogg

In an earlier post, I wrote about unintended consequences that emerged from a bank’s well-meaning efforts to provide micro-loans to help people succeed in starting small businesses. “Outsider-ness” is a problem on many levels — and often right from the start.


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R&D Stimulus

August 23, 2013

 

By  Fred Ledley

Entrepreneurs should pay attention to recent changes in the way the U.S. calculates Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The revision, which shifts research and development (R&D) from an operating expense to a fixed investment, could stimulate greater R&D spending and promote much-needed technological innovation.


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Survival of the Fittest

August 16, 2013

 

By  John Tommasi

In my previous blog, I put Detroit’s financial condition — or lack thereof — under the microscope. The truth is, Detroit’s story is not unique. Pittsburgh, for example, was on the brink of bankruptcy in 2004. Heavily in debt, the city borrowed $870 million, twice its annual budget at the time. The city teetered on the abyss but didn’t fall in. What happened?

Pittsburgh’s demographics parallel Detroit’s in many ways:


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Detroit’s Downfall

August 07, 2013

 

By  John Tommasi

The billion dollar question: What happened to Detroit? When the U.S. city declared a record-breaking $18 billion bankruptcy in July, Americans looked on in awe. Now municipal workers are left wondering how to survive without a pension and an emergency manager is taking over mayoral duties. But Detroit’s demise didn’t happen overnight.


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Social Stock

July 31, 2013

 

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C.C. Chapman

If you want to be a successful company, you have to sell a great product or service. That’s business 101.

But there’s a growing piece of the business equation that not enough companies are talking about: how you give back to the world around you.

It doesn’t matter if you call it “social good” or “corporate social responsibility.” What does matter to a growing section of your customers? Knowing what you and your company stand for and how you are helping the larger world.


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Beyond the Stats

July 17, 2013

 

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Lucy Kimball and Emmy Roth

The actuarial career is consistently rated among the top jobs in America, according to surveys and rankings such as one recently reported by CareerCast. Good pay, low stress and interesting work equal high job satisfaction. It’s not surprising, then, that actuarial science is gaining a lot of attention from prospective students. But what does it take to educate a successful actuary?


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Traci Abbott

One evening this spring, like so many other working parents, I was working late. As I graded papers and wrote emails — after finishing dinner, dishes, and kids’ homework — I turned on the TV show Revolution. Watching main character Rachel Matheson dodge bullets while running through the underbrush, I thought, “Now, wouldn’t that be nice?” 


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A Supreme Decision II

June 27, 2013

 

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Marianne DelPo Kulow

As I correctly predicted in an earlier post, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in U.S. v. Windsor, giving federal recognition to the gay couples already legally married. It also ruled narrowly in Hollingsworth v. Perry, impacting only gay couples in California. While these are both significant steps toward nationwide legalization of gay marriage, there are still many gay couples without marriage rights.


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What courses matter most in college?

June 26, 2013

 

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Fred Ledley

I only remember two of the courses I took in college, and neither was in my major.

I went to college in the 1970s as a pre-medical student, and my college curriculum was dominated by courses that were pre-requisite for medical school. None of those courses matter now. By the time I began my professional career, everything I learned in those courses was obsolete, and the textbooks I used are now yellowed museum pieces in my library.


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A Supreme Decision I

June 12, 2013

 

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Marianne DelPo Kulow

What will be the tipping point for national legal recognition of gay marriage? Politicians, scholars, activists, and historians can all disagree but one thing is certain: the Supreme Court cannot avoid at least the first significant step toward that tipping point this month.


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