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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The New High School Degree

Companies often take an interest in education. Some involve themselves in community outreach efforts, sending employees to teach financial literacy or educate students about careers that demand knowledge of a particular field of study. Others have foundations that provide financial support to school districts. Recently, a new model of assistance was introduced. Pathways in Technology […]

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