Talking Cars

Talking Cars

​What will they say? Soon, cars will be able to talk with one another. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) has been tested in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a relatively mild and polite Midwestern town. Now, V2V is being rolled out in New York City, along with technology that allows traffic signals to contribute their two cents. Just imagine what a New York cab might have to say to another New York cab that changes lanes without signaling.Enter your text here…Okay, it’s nothing like…

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First Laugh, Then Think

First Laugh, Then Think

​It’s official. the IGs are in. Ignoble is a word rarely heard in everyday conversation. Merriam-Webster defines it as meaning, “of low birth or common origin, or characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness.”The 25th First Annual Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony was held last week at Harvard University. Improbable.com reported, “Winners traveled to the ceremony, at their own expense, from around the world to receive their prizes from a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel Laureates…” Winners completed research that made…

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The Big Picture

The Big Picture

​Are we seeing the big picture? It’s safe to say many people are worried about whether economic growth – in the United States and abroad – will be stifled by changing monetary policy in the United States. As a result, all eyes have been on the Federal Reserve, which is expected to begin raising the Fed funds rates sometime soon.However, the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy isn’t the only game in town. Fiscal policy – the actions taken by our government…

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Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets

​The travails of emerging markets. Just a few years ago, emerging markets were the toast of the town. In general, emerging countries recovered much faster than developed countries following the financial crisis and global recession. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index delivered pretty remarkable (and highly volatile) performance during the past decade. According to the MSCI fact sheet, annual returns have ranged from down 53.33 to up 78.51: Annual Returns (%) 2005 34.00 2006 32.14 2007 39.42 2008 -53.33 2009 78.51…

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Stuck in Traffic?

Stuck in Traffic?

​How bad is traffic congestion in the United States? It’s so bad, the average American spends the equivalent of about five vacation days sitting in traffic every year – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.As it turns outs, the Great Recession had a silver lining – less traffic and less congested roads. Today, according to researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, employment is up and so is the number of commuters on the road:“According to the 2015…

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From Abstract to Reality: The Potential Effects of Rising Rates

From Abstract to Reality: The Potential Effects of Rising Rates

When the economic data align, and the Federal Reserve pulls the trigger on tighter monetary policy, rising interest rates may affect everything from mortgage rates to bond yields to economic growth. Here are a few of the possible consequences: Higher demand for short-term bonds. When interest rates rise, bond values fall, and vice versa. However, changes in bond values will be influenced by the speed and magnitude of the rate change. A sharp increase over a short period would have…

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What Does the Future Hold?

What Does the Future Hold?

  It’s not stuff most of us think about every day, but we may soon be a lot more familiar with terms like brain organoids, megascale desalination, Internet balloons, liquid biopsies, and more. At least, that’s what the MIT Technology Review reported in Breakthrough Technologies 2015: “Not all breakthroughs are created equal. Some arrive more or less as usable things; others mainly set the stage for innovations that emerge later, and we have to estimate when that will be. But…

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Are you overwhelmed at work? Last year, the most popular chapter in Deloitte University Press’ Global Human Capital Trends 2014 report was titled, “the overwhelmed employee.” It’s not all that hard to understand when you consider just these facts from the 2015 report: Are you overwhelmed at work? Last year, the most popular chapter in Deloitte University Press’ Global Human Capital Trends 2014 report was titled, “the overwhelmed employee.” It’s not all that hard to understand when you consider just…

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More Sleep, More Money

More Sleep, More Money

If you sleep more, you may earn more money. Researchers were trying to evaluate the importance of sleep so they focused on two American cities in a single time zone: Huntsville, Alabama (on the eastern edge of the central time zone) and Amarillo, Texas (on the western edge of the same time zone). The sun sets an hour later in Amarillo, so the assumption was made that people get less sleep in Amarillo than they do in Huntsville. The findings…

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Counterintuition – Mean Reversion

Counterintuition – Mean Reversion

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only, and do not necessarily reflect the views of LPL Financial. Stock investing involves risk including loss of principal. Because of its narrow focus, investments in a certain sector may be subject to greater volatility than investing more broadly across other sectors and companies. Securities mentioned may not be suitable for all investors.   Need some Personalized Advice?  Contact us and we will be happy to point you in the right…

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