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As I’ve grown older, I find myself fascinated by the power of social capital; specifically, how it encircles the person who possesses it with a halo that sets them apart from society even when they are far from the only snowflake. People often mistake fame with competency or ability. This tendency is part of human nature so it […]
The Economist has a piece called Share Buy-Backs: The Repurchase Revolution. To help you understand how popular stock repurchase programs have become over the past few decades, and how they have elbowed out traditional dividends as the preferred mechanism to return cash to owners, consider: The companies in the S&P 500 index bought $500 billion of their […]
The Corporation for Enterprise Development has released its findings on the state of American family’s short-term liquidity reserves. Short-term liquidity, which includes things that can be tapped in an emergency or in the event of job or income loss, is the margin of safety a household builds for itself to get through economic storms, which will inevitably happen. […]
I just posted about the recent release of a long, in-depth paper by the U.S. Census Bureau on household income in the United States, but there is another report, which spans only a few pages, that is also a lot of fun. It’s called The Geographic Concentration of High-Income Households: 2007-2011. The U.S. Census Bureau looked at where […]
The United States Census Bureau released a report this month called Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013 [PDF]. It is a treasure trove of data on household income by race, gender, age, quintile, and year (it goes back generations so you can compare over time). You’ll want to download it, save it, and go through […]
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