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Common Cents & Social Media

For years, I have maintained the biggest threat to the United States isn’t economic in nature. It is societal. That isn’t as insightful as it is obvious. Taking it one step further, I would argue the…

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Common Cents & Recession

Some years ago, a wise person told me the true definition of an economic downturn is: “having to go without stuff your grandparents wouldn’t have dreamed of having in the first place.” I am not sure…

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Common Cents & Good Friday

When compared to the relative ease of last year, 2022 has been akin to what an old boss of mine might have called “dragging a mule through the mud.” The crazy thing about that sentence isn’t…

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Common Cents & Rate Hikes

Next week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will release the Consumer Price Index (CPI), colloquially known as inflation, for March 2022. The “Street” is anticipating a reading of 1.2% for the month, which would take…

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Common Cents & Inflation

As anyone who has recently filled up their gas tank, made improvements to their home, built a house, or bought an appliance will tell you, inflation is back in full force. Their receipts don’t lie. Neither…