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  • Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

      This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Hopes for an accelerated recovery during the second half of 2009 were diminished this week as most of the economic headlines turned negative after several months of encouraging signs. Job losses exceeded economists’ expectations, with the nation’s unemployment rate now standing at a new […] More

  • The Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

      This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is on a mission to improve U.S. exports. That’s because General Electric doesn’t just sell light bulbs and refrigerators to the American public. The company is a global giant in energy, transportation and financial services. More on this story here. […] More

  • Solar Power Heats Up Even As The Economy Stays Cool

    Applied SunFab Solar Module Production Line Well it certainly looks like the sun is paving the way for our new energy economy. According to the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C., global solar photovoltaic (PV) power installations jumped from 9,000 megawatts in 2007 to nearly 15,000 MW in 2008, an increase […] More

  • Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

    This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Shell has announced that a new service station in Ottawa, Ontario will quietly begin selling cellulosic ethanol blended into regular gasoline. The biofuel is made locally from wheat straw, and is the first time cellulosic ethanol has been made publicly available. More on this story […] More

  • Inspired Economist: Pick of the Week

    This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. While the Obamas and the Sarkozys have been celebrating the anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, this past weekend, Chrysler has its own D-Day to deal with. Indiana pension funds and consumer groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday to stop the sale of bankrupt […] More

  • Inspired Economist Pick of the Week

    This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. There is no gold left in California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to layoff fire, police, and teachers. All of this is certain to further  increase unemployment and foreclosure rates. Schwarzenegger is now considering releasing nonviolent prisoners, shortening the school year, legalizing and taxing marijuana. […] More

  • Inspired Economist Pick of the Week

      This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. For a while it looked like Google might actually bailout the newspaper industry by buying a stake in newspapers that have been struggling with debt and declining ad revenues.  However, it appears that this plan ha been called off. Meanwhile, the Treasury department has […] More

  • Inspired Economist Pick of the Week

    This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Last weekend, the biggest players in the health care industry announced that they would put together a cost-cutting plan to present to the Obama Administration.  The expectation is that the measures will save a family of four $500 a year in the first year, and  […] More

  • GE To Open $100 Million Sodium Battery Plant In NY

    GE’s hybrid locomotive battery GE partners with New York state to create a $ 100 million manufacturing facility for a new sodium based battery technology in the Capital region. Who imagined that ordinary table salt could be the secret to storing energy? GE is once again bringing the notion of a technology based economy home, […] More

  • Inspired Economist Pick of the Week

    This column highlights the top economic stories of the week. Just as Swine flu looked like it was on the mend, the USA announced the death of two Texas residents and one in Washington state. The disease has been linked to poorly managed factory farms in Mexico. The results of the bank stress tests were […] More

  • Tests Are Over But American Banks Are Still Stressed

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/qHc5NaaZvrc&hl=en&fs=1] Economist, James Galbraith, on bank stress tests The results of bank stress tests released this week, do not bear good news. The bottom line is that at  total of $75 billion needs to be raised from 10 major banks to prop them up for losses that could come from a deepening recession. Here is […] More

  • Ford Invests $550 Million to Build Small Cars and Electric Vehicles

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/M_N-_rZ642s&hl=en&fs=1] Kelly Blue Book Video Review of the Ford Focus Earlier this week, Ford announced that they are retooling their manufacturing facility in Michigan, which previously built SUVs, to now produce the small and fuel-efficient Ford Focus in 2010, and the battery-electric Ford Focus by 2011. With this investment of $550 million worth, Ford continues […] More

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