Sunday, July 14, 2024

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THE OTHER SIDE: The king is not dead — not really

Well, in one fell swoop, the new conservative majority—it might be more accurate to call them the new MAGA majority—betrayed originalism and textualism.

Alan Chartock: Trump may be re-elected as Democrats flounder

Democratic members of Congress know that the frustration level among their constituents is so great that even the moderates are forced to join the impeachment bandwagon.

Egremont Green News: Attentive recycling really pays off

Instead of thinking of your recyclables as trash, try thinking of them as something that has value--a precious commodity.

Lost: My Eurasian Lynx

Louise took my hand and kissed it. It was a gesture that always melted my heart. She was so very appreciative that I had seemingly transcended my cynicism and given her the lynx family she had always craved.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Big data: Where is the ‘smart’ money going?

I say that we financial advisors are “supposed” to be smarter, but I’m not sure how true that is.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Heartbreaker, dream maker

After this week’s meeting, the real conversation begins: Will there be a Fed cut in July? In September?

CAPITAL IDEAS: What happens in small-town America

Do you know who gets the worst returns in the stock market? People who buy something because it’s gone up in price and sell something because it’s gone down in price. Time and time again, following the crowd has proven to be the stupidest thing in the world of investing.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Enough is enough

It's very easy for me to tell you what to do at extremes: Do what feels the worst and go against the crowd. But we’re not at extremes now; indicators are mixed. So what to do now?

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

Trump praised his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in March 2018 after the ruling Communist party announced it was abolishing the two-term limit for the presidency.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Less talk, more tariffs

The threat of more tariffs to be imposed by the U.S. just before talks were to begin was a dangerous game of diplomacy chicken, which didn’t end well as the Chinese said they were going to retaliate by raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods starting June 1.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Buffett-stock and China gets rocked

Dalton -- Berkshire Hathaway, the multinational conglomerate headed by famed investor Warren Buffett, held its annual shareholder meeting this past weekend. It’s like Woodstock for...

CAPITAL IDEAS: Interest rate whiplash

Last week the Fed pivoted so quickly that all of us watching the press conference got whiplash. The Fed went from expecting two hikes in 2019 to zero. (It did maintain its estimate of one hike in 2020.)

CAPITAL IDEAS: Vive la resistance!

Still, for many investors, significant concerns remain. Some fear that the advance has been nothing more than a rally in a bear market and the Christmas Eve lows will be revisited. Others fear that stock prices have gone “too far, too fast” and now the market is vulnerable to familiar headwinds such as trade talks, slowing earnings growth rates, a government shutdown, or any other of the recent favorites.

CAPITAL IDEAS: Ladies Business Group

Although going through the value growth process takes one to five years, the most common question I get from business owners is “What can I do now to improve my business today?”

Bring back the trains to (and from) the Berkshires

By bringing back the trains, we could take a huge step in restoring the Berkshires to vibrant economic health, and integrate the best of its industrial past with the best of 21st-century economic development and environmental sustainability.

Evelyn Hatfield, 77, of Sheffield

Elegant and graceful like her favorite animal in Africa, the giraffe, she “dared to be different.”

‘More than just travel’: SBRSD takes global education program to the next level

The idea is to bring foreign students to enrich the experiences of current students at Mount Everett and, in the process, provide needed revenue to the school district and ultimately help boost district enrollments which have been dropping throughout the county.
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