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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 745.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/includes/handlers.inc on line 653.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
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(March 2013) In recent months Apple has been the most prominent big US company to come under pressure about its $137bn cash hoard of which 70% is technically 'overseas.' While all the cash may be held in US dollar accounts, there are restrictions on its use to avoid having to pay the headline US corporate tax rate of 35% -- the average effective rate or actual rate paid is about 20% after various deductions. Companies are under pressure to either increase dividends, share buy backs or put the cash to more productive use.
(March 2013) Free trade agreements and the surge in American foreign direct investment in emerging market countries overseas have stirred fears in the United States about job losses and other ill economic effects.
(March 2013) The US added 236,000 workers to payrolls in February 2013 -- the 29th straight month of job gains. Labour force participation fell partly due to ageing of the population and public payrolls fell by 10,000 in February, the fifth straight month of declines. The total number of government jobs in the US - - at about 21.8m at the local, state and federal level - - is now the lowest since October 2005.
(March 2013) We reported last month that the United States remains the leading host country for international students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields, and the global competition for talent has intensified. A record number of STEM graduates - - both US residents and foreign nationals - - are entering the US labour market, and there is a renewed focus on creating additional immigration pathways for foreign professional workers in STEM fields. However, it is estimated that two-thirds of US workers with STEM degrees, are employed in non-STEM occupations even though the US Department of Commerce has said that “growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs” over the past 10 years. Despite the surplus of STEM graduates, high tech companies are lobbying for an expansion of the visas that should be available for immigrants with STEM qualifications. It is also argued that the so-called Startup Visa, which is targeted at entrepreneurs who would start businesses in the US, has the potential to add, conservatively, between 500,000 and 1.6m new jobs over the next 10 years.
(March 2013) US natural gas production will accelerate over the next three decades, new research indicates, providing the strongest evidence yet that the energy boom remaking America will last for a generation.
(February 2013) Wall Street cash bonuses for 2012 are forecast to rise by 8% to $20bn during this year’s bonus season.
(February 2013) "In all probability," William Stanley Jevons, a British economist, wrote in 1874, "the errors of the great mind exceed in number those of the less vigorous one." Making mistakes turns out to be a strangely generative process: it sends you down a new path, allows an interesting new connection to form in your mind.
(February 2013) US researchers who studied the software market say that during boom times, many lament “herding behaviour” among entrepreneurial companies, their backers, and other supporting institutions such as law firms and financial analysts. In these booms, reactions to salient vital events, like high-profile financings, can be extreme. On the flip side, slowdowns in organizing activity also appear to be exaggerated, and during such times nascent entrepreneurs complain that they are unable to mobilize support. High-profile business failures often render a market untouchable, triggering a cascade of mutually reinforcing reluctance among market players. However, an entrepreneur who bucks the consensus and enters a market after salient failures must endure considerable scrutiny, and so is likely have a strong fit to that market. Such a non-conformist will be spared from a passing fad, whereas an entrepreneur that follows trends is more likely to enter markets that are not a good fit for the organization. So non-conformity maybe the preferable approach.
(February 2013) The United States remains the leading host country for international students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields, and the global competition for talent has intensified. A record number of STEM graduates - - both US residents and foreign nationals - - are entering the US labour market, and there is a renewed focus on creating additional immigration pathways for foreign professional workers in STEM fields. However, it is estimated that two-thirds of US workers with STEM degrees, are employed in non-STEM occupations even though the US Department of Commerce has said that “growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs” over the past 10 years.
(February 2013) The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index Total Return was up by 2.40% in January. Overall, 18 out of 22 index constituents posted positive returns. Energy was the best performing sector, up 3.42%.