Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775
By:
Fred D. Snitzer, JE Feature
Do we Americans expect too much out of our economy, and when the economy doesn't deliver, do we expect too much out of our government? It's easy to cast aspersions on America's spending habits, self-absorption and provincialism, but these criticisms are usually overdone, unwarranted and motivated by the envy of others. Nevertheless, in the current clamor of an election year...
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Craig G. Langweiler, JE Feature
Weather is common fare for small talk, but it's difficult to think of many topics that can have a bigger effect on economic activity. It's not a coincidence that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- the federal agency that studies and forecasts weather -- is run by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Take, for example, the most publicized weather...
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By:
Craig G. Langweiler, JE Feature
Opening and operating a business are acts of hope, expressions of confidence in the future. So it follows that a small business is not a place where people spend much time thinking about death or disability. Sometimes, the demands of business are so great that it may seem as though nothing else matters, which may explain why only 17 percent...
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Should Pennsylvanians be more optimistic about he housing market?
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Ben G. Frank , JE Feature
It is said that "home ownership is one of the key steps to financial security and the realization of the 'American Dream.' " That's the Pennsylvania Association of Mortgage Brokers talking. Considering that 63 percent of all Americans are homeowners, and that buying a home is the single most important financial decision a person will ever make, there is a...
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By:
Andrew Lasner, JE Feature
Caveat emptor -- "Let the buyer beware" -- was the routine legal doctrine that applied in real estate property transactions in the early 1900s. Under this theory, the seller was not obligated to reveal all that he or she knew about a property; rather, the buyer was under a duty to inquire and investigate. That legal doctrine has been battered...
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