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The video game industry is growing 4 times faster than the U.S. economy

November 25th, 2014 at 6:04 pm » Comments Off

An Electronic Arts employee works on a character for “MySims.” The U.S. economy is on the upswing. Unemployment is down to 5.8 percent, and we’re adding hundreds of thousands of new jobs every months — and the video game industry is partially responsible for that.    



Why this is the best moment in history to be born in 23 charts

October 22nd, 2014 at 4:08 pm » Comments Off

There seems to be bad news everywhere you look these days. Sometimes it seems like the world is falling apart. Between Ebola, climate change, Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, and the ongoing war in Iraq and Syria.    



Is it better to rent or buy a home? Comparing the monthly costs

October 21st, 2014 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Renting vs. owning Ever since the financial crisis left many Americans in dire financial straits, the debate over renting versus buying a home has heated up. American households’ spending on housing is on average 33% of their annual expenses, but until recently we didn’t have data to show the differences in costs between monthly mortgage […]



The state of investments around the world: Charts

October 21st, 2014 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

In terms of balanced growth, the US is the strongest economy in the world right now. Here are a few charts that show the state of investment around the world. The data, taken from FRED, shows the percentage change in trailing twelve month real gross fixed capital formation from 1Q 2000 levels.    



What sharing-economy startups know that you don’t

October 15th, 2014 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

What goes on behind the scenes that the general public or entrepreneurs don’t see? Whatever you want to call “the sharing economy” or “marketplace startups,” peer-to-peer marketplaces continue to gain popularity, with a flurry of startups growing rapidly to keep up with all of this “on-demand” demand.    



Do states with no income tax save residents money?

October 13th, 2014 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

A state might have no income tax, but it might make up for that through other taxes. If you’re thinking about moving to a new location, it’s reasonable to seek out spots that might cost you less. Thus many people turn to states with no income tax. However, there’s more to the picture than income taxes. […]



Crowdfunding will provide $65B to boost the 2014 global economy

September 22nd, 2014 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

A new law will allow entrepreneurs to equity crowdfund from anyone with the cash and the interest. Crowdfunding is really big and it’s only going to get a whole lot bigger.  If you’ve been skeptical of all the crowdfunding buzz, consider this: By the end of 2014, crowdfunding is estimated to add at least 270,000 jobs […]



Micro-payments between connected devices could enable a new layer of the economy

September 19th, 2014 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

Many of us now receive payments as well as make payments. Ross Dawson: Last week I gave a keynote on The Future of Banking to a group of the most senior risk leaders in a major bank, sharing some provocative ideas on how the banking landscape may change in the years to come.    



The ‘sharing economy’ – sharing isn’t free and price gouging isn’t mean

September 16th, 2014 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

Uber implements “dynamic pricing,” which some customers see as price gouging. There is plenty of press these days on the pros and cons of the so-called “sharing economy.”  Consider the diverse takes last week from MIT Technology Review, the New York Times, and the Kansas City Star.    



The zero marginal cost economy

September 12th, 2014 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

The consumer “sharing economy” gives us a taste of what it’s like to live in a world where we own less. There’s a tremendous change going on right now in our society. Those of us who enjoy services like Uber and Kickstarter are experiencing it firsthand. The sharing and collaboration practices of the internet are […]



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