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  • Mary Beth Miller of Gardceau Insurance on changes in insurance
  • Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital makeing specialists more accessable

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What This Scary Chart Tells Me About The Market
As a rule, I try not to be a merchant of doom and gloom. It is always possible to find things to worry about, even things that scare you to death, but history shows that the best long-term investing strategy is to stay bullish, as the modern capitalist system is based on and has always resulted in long-term growth.

AT&T, Time Warner Merger Deal In A Fix
So the rhetoric appears to have actions backing it up after all upon the event of a massive 85 4 billion merger between AT amp T 160 T and Time Warner 160 TWX the U S Department of Justice DoJ said no way This came a bit out of left field as the deal was assumed to be

Can OPEC Control The Oil Bulls In Vienna?
Until a month ago, oil analysts and investors thought a nine-month extension of the OPEC production cut agreement was a foregone conclusion.     But as the November 30 meeting draws near, oil prices have begun to rally on the back of a growing  geopolitical risk premium  as tensions rise in the Middle East. In

Can Senate Get Its Tax Reform Bill Passed?
In this shortened trading week of Thanksgiving much talk and speculation will be on whether or not the Senate can get its tax reform bill passed and then whether it can be reconciled with the House version that has already won the vote Because the Senate will not be deciding prior to

Data Deluge
Housing Starts and Permits data has come out this morning posting better than expected results and upward revisions for the previous month October starts rose 13 7 to 1 29 million seasonally adjusted annualized units This is way up from September s upwardly revised 3 2 or 1 135

The IEA Is Grossly Overestimating Shale Growth
This week, the IEA  said  that U.S. shale would dominate the oil and gas markets over the next decade, rising to “a level 50 percent higher than any other country has ever managed.” With a “remarkable ability to unlock new resources cost-effectively,” U.S. shale will add millions of barrels of new oil supply by 2025.

The GOP Tax Plan Has The Wrong Real Winners And Losers
Whenever a government changes a taxation scheme, there are current winners and current losers. After a new tax scheme goes into effect, most people adjust and then there are a different set of winners and losers. A simplier tax scheme with fewer loopholes would be welcome. With that in mind, my initial thoughts on

A Wrap-Up Of The Latest Economic Data
New economic data and prominent retail earnings results are among the headline grabbers this morning as the market anticipates passage of the House version of a domestic tax cut plan for corporations and individuals Tomorrow the Senate version comes up for a vote but neither bill

Why Saudi Arabia Should Fear U.S. Oil Dominance
One of the more important recent developments in global energy is the resurgence of U.S. energy production, thanks in large part to the shale revolution. Now, after half a century as a net importer, the U.S. is poised in the coming decade to become a net exporter, as imports from historic sources decline and demand

Impressive Economic Data
The latest Consumer Price Index CPI report hit the tape early this morning coming in line with expectations of 0 1 for the month of October Minus volatile food amp energy costs we see this number go 0 2 Year over year CPI hit 2 a scad beneath the 2 2 analysts were looking for