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Mon Feb 8

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:04 PM

Re: Dangerous Gas & Electric Co.

Problem is, for profit utility companies are protected monopolies. While enjoying their monopoly power, they cry for reduced "big gummit regulation" so they can cut more corners on safety and maintenance.

But in most places, [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:02 AM

Re: US productivity FALLS a sharp three percent

However, there are other effects.
(Most) Other industries have commodities as input costs.

During times when commodity prices are low, they will target their business investments at improving labor productivity. When commodity costs
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Sun Feb 7

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:28 PM

Re: US productivity FALLS a sharp three percent

<< "Real gross domestic product divided by number of hours worked". Isn't real GDP typically measured in US dollars?>>

Notice the adjective "REAL". As in "inflation adjusted".
Just because the
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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:37 AM

Re: Dangerous Gas & Electric Co.

The profits come from the rate payers.

Aha. And do you know how the level of that profit is determined? And who generally determines it?

So instead of the profits going to the pockets of the shareholders, it should go into [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:29 AM

Re: US productivity FALLS a sharp three percent

<<Using the way we calculate overall productivity, which one would show higher result? Probably the second case because it "produced" $880M with 150,000 people, while the first case "produced" $400M with 100,000 [more]

Fri Feb 5

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:41 PM

Re: Dangerous Gas & Electric Co.

<< Every penny that the utility has comes from the ratepayers. And therefore the money they use to pay all their bills comes from the ratepayers. So saying this is a tautology and doesn't change the conversation at all.>>

Not
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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 4:20 PM

Re: Dangerous Gas & Electric Co.

Instant pushback from the utility: "hey ratepayers, this burdensome big gummit regulation will make your gas cost more". The ratepayers sit up and bark like trained seals, until the regulators back down.

Every penny that the [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:14 PM

Re: US productivity FALLS a sharp three percent

I'm not sure. Take the following 2 cases -

Case I - 100,000 people produce 10M barrels of oil at $40 each

Case II - 150,000 people produce 11M barrels of oil at $80 each (the additional 50,000 people are producing only a marginally [more]

Thu Jan 21

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 12:04 AM

Re: Global inequality on the rise

<<Bjchip, how do you classify the work of allocating capital to places where it can more efficiently enable work to produce more wealth?>>

If it is done well (and it seldom is), then it is worth quite a bit.

If
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Tue Jan 19

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 8:57 PM

Re: Electric Vehicles And The End Of The Oil Maj

Waiting in line for fuel when it is free is better than waiting in line at the gas station, but that is just my humble opinion.

What? The only time I've ever lined up for gasoline was at Costco a few years ago and in 1974 during the [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:00 PM

Re: Global inequality on the rise

Bjchip, how do you classify the work of allocating capital to places where it can more efficiently enable work to produce more wealth?

If 100 people do work worth X and then another person changes the allocation of capital such that those [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:20 PM

Re: Electric Vehicles And The End Of The Oil Maj

When you want to travel long distances via the interstate free fueling is available at Tesla provided Superchargers.

Last year I was in San Juan Capistrano and happened to park in the lot right next to the supercharger there. After we [more]

Sun Jan 17

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 10:38 PM

Re: GE selects Boston for headquarters

<<Does GE still make washers and driers? Didn't they sell their appliance division to a Chinese company recently?>>

Six months ago...


I don't know about 6 months ago, but this was more recent -

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:05 AM

Re: GE selects Boston for headquarters

I've had one of their washer driers for 20 years, processed about 2000 loads and have had to call the repairman only twice. I now have to replace a broken plastic dial knob.

Does GE still make washers and driers? Didn't they sell [more]

Fri Jan 15

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:13 AM

Re: OT: Powerball Stuff

Post-drawing news:
- At least one winner, ... purchased ticket in Chino Hills, California


I saw shocked when I learned that CA doesn't tax lottery winnings! After a little discussion, apparently this is the only [more]

Wed Jan 13

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MarkR replied to the Retire Early CampFIRE board. 1:25 PM

Re: Thoughtless Christmas presents

Aren't they working on giving you a grandchild? I would say that that is present enough :-)

Tue Jan 12

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 11:51 AM

Re: Financial Advice on an Index Card

I wonder if they are either creating or changing their obsessive compulsive disorder. Instead of food being their focus it is now the scale.

I doubt it, but even if it is true, scales are less dangerous to your health than excess [more]

Mon Jan 11

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 5:28 PM

Re: Newtonian economics

Maybe we should call it Freudian Economics :-)

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:58 PM

Re: Financial Advice on an Index Card

My mortgage-free home is only a small percentage of my net worth, but I'd consider a mortgage if I could get Mark Zuckerberg's 1% home loan.

You probably can get a very low interest rate loan from the institution that holds [more]

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MarkR replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 2:51 PM

Re: Financial Advice on an Index Card

Nope, because paying a dollar in interest to save 25 cents on my tax is still nuts, and, today, there are not a lot of investments that will guarantee a return higher than your 2.625% rate.

But in order to do a proper analysis, [more]

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