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Aug 21, 2010

Better Economics: Production Spectrum: August 21st 2010

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Production spectrums

Log Normal Distributions, Wiki
This chart is reversed from the format of normal economic yield curves, and the X axis is transaction rate under QM Theory. All of these 'spectrums' are normalized about 1.0, lets call that potential growth. These curves slope down to the left of 1.0, but we do not see that in normal yield curves because that spectrum gets bundled within the firm at the long end of production.



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MarketWatch: Personal Finance Daily : This week's top personal Finance Stories. August 21st., 2010

MarketWatch
Personal Finance Daily
AUGUST 21, 2010

This week's top Personal Finance stories

By MarketWatch



In case you missed them, here are the top 10 Personal Finance stories from MarketWatch for the week of Aug. 16-20:

The new GM to hit market with new hopes, old ghosts

The second-biggest IPO in U.S. history is finally winding its way toward Wall Street, and while the road ahead is fraught with hazards, some analysts still see big potential in a rebuilt General Motors.
See Weekend Investor on should investors steer clear of GM IPO?


Large employers recast health plans for 2011

U.S. workers may want to brace themselves for a new set of health-care tradeoffs.
See Kristen Gerencher's Vital Signs on large employers recast health plans for 2011.


Homebuyers beware: Tougher rules for FHA loans

Consumers looking for home loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration will face tougher hurdles and higher costs under new legislation and new rules that could take effect as soon as this month.
See story on tougher rules for FHA loans.


Unemployment hits your wallet for a long time

Since being laid off as a machine operator more than a year ago, Robert Blalock has drained his individual retirement account. Now the 56-year-old resident of Fernley, Nev., doesn't expect to retire until his 70s.
See Ruth Mantell's Diary of a Recession Baby on unemployment's long-term effects.


How to nail a job interview -- by video

These days, a job seeker can land a job without ever setting foot inside the company's office, traveling to the city where the office is, or even meeting the company's recruiters in person -- thanks to video communication tools such as Skype that connect employers with candidates over the Internet.
See story on how to nail a job interview -- by video.


Seven lessons learned from my father's death

My father died on Aug. 1 at the age of 80. We laid him to rest on Aug. 6 at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Rhode Island where I delivered, with a great deal of sadness, the eulogy at his grave site. In the days since his death, I have thought long and hard about the lessons I learned from my father -- and the opportunities missed.
See Robert Powell on seven lessons learned from my father's death.


Mortgage refis surge as rates stay low

Mortgage refinance applications rose 17% from the previous week and lifted the percentage of refinancing as a part of the total mortgage market to its highest level since January 2009, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.
See story on mortgage refis surge as rates stay low.


More retirement savers take loans, hardship withdrawals

Even as retirement savers recouped some investment losses from a year ago, financial struggles are forcing more of them to take out loans and hardship withdrawals from their 401(k) plans, according to data released Friday from Fidelity Investments.
See story on more retirement savers take loans, hardship withdrawals.


Don't get taken by car-loan scams

When Edward Fox's wife lost her job and they saw their family income shrink considerably earlier this year, he looked for ways to cut expenses. He thought he found one when a company promised to help him cut his hefty car loan by as much as a third.
See Jennifer Waters's Consumer Confidential on don't get taken by car-loan scams.


Overdraft fees protect the bank, not you

I stopped in at my bank this week, and the woman in line ahead of me was a friend of mine. The teller was finishing up with her transaction when she reminded my friend that her account no longer had debit-card overdraft protection.
See Chuck Jaffe on overdraft fees protect the bank, not you