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January 2014

01/27/14

The most important climate-change question: How will investors react?

Newsrooms and family dinner tables hum with observations about crazy weather patterns and natural disasters, from Hurricane Sandy to Philippine typhoons. Scientists blame rising CO2 levels caused by human activities, mainly energy production and use.

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01/20/14

Can the Affordable Care Act still live up to its promise?

With all the widespread and much-deserved criticism that accompanied the rollout of the federal Health Insurance Marketplace — the primary “storefront” of the Affordable Care Act — it would be easy to throw the baby out with the proverbial bathwater and declare President Obama’s hallmark legislation a complete failure.

Posted at 07:53 AM | Permalink | Comments: 4

01/06/14

What will the new Fed chair mean to investors?

President Obama has nominated Janet Yellen, the current vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, to become chairwoman of the Fed when Ben Bernanke, the current chairman, ends his term on Jan. 31. What does her appointment mean to investors?

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01/06/14

Minimum wage increase could lower profits for some but help overall economy

Many industries use low-wage workers to keep costs down and bolster profit margins. While a number of states have raised the minimum wage, the federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour since 2009. However, the proposed Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015. This increase would roll out in three increments of $.95 during the two-year time period in order to keep wages on pace with the rising cost of living.

Posted at 09:27 AM | Permalink | Comments: 6

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