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We can probably all agree that 2020 was a unique investment year, with the pandemic ravaging the economy, reducing travel and even removing the normal commute to the office—and at the same time delivering above-average 15.76% returns on the S&P 500 index. But not every company sailed through the pandemic unscathed. Consider New Residential Investment, [...]
It is sometimes not easy to realize just how big the U.S. economy is compared with the rest of the world. But a recent graphic published by the GZero organization gives a pretty good hint. Look at the map, and notice that North Dakota—one of the smallest states in the U.S. in terms of economic [...]
You aren’t likely to find a bigger contrast in economic fortunes than the one between the U.S. and Europe as we finally come out of the pandemic crisis. In the U.S., the real gross domestic product—the sum of all goods and services produced in America—grew by an annualized rate of 6.4% in the first quarter [...]
The morbidity data collected by the U.S. Center for Disease Control doesn’t just collect statistics on morbidity due to diseases and suicide. There are other causes of death that seem strange but are surprisingly common. A few years ago, some researchers looked up some of the more unusual CDC codes, listed between 1999 and 2014, [...]

April 26, 2021

Bob Veres

Lifestyle, News

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The American business landscape is booming again after a difficult 2020, but one sector did quite well in the pandemic year. Legal sales of marijuana rose (estimates vary) between 46% and 67% last year from 2019 to a record $17.5 billion in consumer purchases. Currently, 14 states allow adult recreational use, and 36 others allow [...]

April 15, 2021

Bob Veres

News

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Good news on the soon to be post-COVID economy You already know that the U.S. stock markets are constantly testing all-time highs, and part of the euphoria is the idea that we may soon get our lives back. But is there any solid economic data to back it up?   Recent Commerce Department data offers better [...]