Stop, look both ways for auto insurance deals ( Admin posted on July 24th, 2014 )

Everybody wants a discount on car insurance. Why else would we watch the Esurance TV ads, where the crazy lady in a beige turtleneck named Beatrice talks about how she shops for car insurance and how she posts vacation photos to her living room wall, instead of mailing the photos to friends, to save money?

Sometimes, though, consumers wouldnt think of some discounts. Would you expect a break because your car has daytime running lights? Yet four of the top 10 insurers offer a discount for daytime running lights, based on a new survey by Bankrate.com.

Daytime running lights are a fairly common feature now. But you cant really count on your insurance company to know about the equipment...

Global Fisheries Economics Conference Heading to Scotland in 2016 ( Admin posted on July 24th, 2014 )

UK – Aberdeen has beaten stiff competition to host the next International Institute of Fisheries Economics Trade (IIFET) conference in 2016. Every two years, leading fisheries economists and other social scientists, managers and industry representatives gather in their hundreds at this conference, which was most recently hosted in Brisbane, Australia this month.

The conference will be organised by Seafish over four days from 1115 July 2016, and aims to build on previous attendance figures of around 300-350. Seafish led the bid to host the conference after consulting with industry representatives based in the north east of Scotland. The local conference organising committee...

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Deloitte Access Economics quarterly report sees bright spots for SA economic … ( Admin posted on July 23rd, 2014 )

A report on South Australias business outlook says the states output as a share of the national economy will keep falling from its current level of just above 6 per cent.

But the Deloitte Access Economics quarterly business outlook says SA has some positive signs.

It says there is improvement in the housing construction sector with approvals and housing finance looking good, the jobless rate appears to have peaked and the momentum in retail sales looks healthy, especially when adjusted for population growth.

The report says SAs growth over the longer term should remain solid but will stay below the national growth rate.

State growth is forecast to average 2 per cent...

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CreditCardChaser’s Guide to Finances for Busy Families ( Admin posted on July 23rd, 2014 )

NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwired) — 07/17/14 — Between rushed breakfasts, taking the kids to soccer practice and parents having both a day job and weekend commitments, finding the time to keep track of your familys finances might seem like an impossible task. Luckily for busy families like yours, there are plenty of techniques and tips that will help. The key to managing your familys finances isnt making more time or even getting more money. The key is making your existing time and money work efficiently. You want to work smarter, not harder. According to CreditCardChaser.com, an expert on finances, read the following tips and soon your family finances might end up being the least...

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Deloitte Access Economics quarterly report sees bright spots for SA economic … ( Admin posted on July 23rd, 2014 )

A report on South Australias business outlook says the states output as a share of the national economy will keep falling from its current level of just above 6 per cent.

But the Deloitte Access Economics quarterly business outlook says SA has some positive signs.

It says there is improvement in the housing construction sector with approvals and housing finance looking good, the jobless rate appears to have peaked and the momentum in retail sales looks healthy, especially when adjusted for population growth.

The report says SAs growth over the longer term should remain solid but will stay below the national growth rate.

State growth is forecast to average 2 per cent...

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Google: Fiber Economics Improving, Expansions on Schedule ( Admin posted on July 23rd, 2014 )

Google announced back in February that they were working with 34 potential new Google Fiber cities, requesting those cities fill out and agree to a fiber ready checklist to make installation easier. Speaking on the companys earnings call last week, Google SVP and CFO Patrick Pichette stated that the economics behind Google Fiber continue to improve, and that their work with those 34 cities continues. Over the coming months well actually be going through all of the details with them, whether it would be right away or permitting or otherwise, and thats what were going to use to make decisions as to how broad a program will have, states Pichette. It remains entirely unclear how many of those...

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Richmond Fed Magazine Econ Focus Reports on the Economics of Securing … ( Admin posted on July 22nd, 2014 )

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RICHMOND, Va., July 21 — The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond issued the following news release:

The convenience of debit and credit cards has come with the risk of cyberattacks and fraud. Hacking of payment systems has led not only to direct costs for financial institutions and retail businesses, but also to damage to company reputations and stock prices. Yet making systems more secure isnt free, either — and the companies that would bear the cost of upgrading arent necessarily the ones that would benefit. The cover...

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Recent College Graduates Have Seen Especially Sluggish Wage Growth ( Admin posted on July 22nd, 2014 )

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Recent college graduates are paying a price for entering the workforce in the shadow of a deep recession: Their wages are growing far more slowly than the US average.

“The wage growth gap points to continued weakness in the overall labor market,” wrote San Francisco Fed economists Bart HobijnĀ and Leila Bengali in an Economic Letter released Monday by the regional reserve bank.

College graduates typically earn more and enjoy more job security than workers without a degree. The unemployment rate in June for workers over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree or higher was 3.3%,...

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Are students revolting, or is it economics? ( Admin posted on July 22nd, 2014 )

Last week I made my first overseas trip on which I ticked the box Australian resident departing permanently. Its given me cause to reflect on my career as an academic economist (and part-time journalist) in Australia.

Today I commence a new role as Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University, London, 41 years after my life as an economist began in 1973. Thats not when my PhD was approved, nor when I got my first academic job, but the date on which I participated in the student revolt over the teaching of economics in a dispute that led to the formation of the Department of Political Economy at Sydney University in 1975.

This dispute has always...

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Bushveld vanadium scoping study indicates ‘robust economics’ ( Admin posted on July 22nd, 2014 )

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals on Monday announced the results of a scoping study for its 52-million-tonne Bushveld vanadium project, stating that the project enjoyed robust economics with significant upside opportunities.

Bushveld CEO Fortune Mojapelo pointed out that, at 10 370 t/y, using a modest capital expenditure of $262-million, the project would be one of the worlds largest low-cost primary vanadium producers with attractive economics on a post-tax basis.

The post-tax numbers did not assume any tax incentives in South Africa that may exist in support of in-country beneficiation. We believe that, given South Africas intent to promote...

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