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A Generic Problem: Should FDA Approval of Drugs Stop Consumers’ Suits for Injuries?

A Generic Problem: Should FDA Approval of Drugs Stop Consumers’ Suits for Injuries?

The Supreme Court has ruled federal law blocks consumers from suing for injuries from generic drugs, yet brand name drugs do not have the same protection.

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Skill vs. Luck in Wall Street

Skill vs. Luck in Wall Street

Investors are largely powerless in determining the degree to which an analyst’s results are a function of skill—and how much they are attributable to plain luck.

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Why Credit Rating Agencies are Being “B” Rated

Why Credit Rating Agencies are Being “B” Rated

Banks have developed various credit derivatives to deal with the credit risk of loans. In addition, banks can use credit derivatives to transfer risk to a third party.

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The American Debt Crisis

The American Debt Crisis

If the Federal debt causes investors to lose confidence in America’s ability to pay back loans, investors will demand higher rates of return making it harder for the U.S. to borrow money.

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“Capitalism at the Crossroads” by Stuart L. Hart

“Capitalism at the Crossroads” by Stuart L. Hart

In essence, in his new book Prof. Hart makes the case for two major strategic drivers: technology and Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) approach.

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“Contagious: Why Things Catch On” by Jonah Berger

“Contagious: Why Things Catch On” by Jonah Berger

Jonah Berger, a marketing professor at Wharton, analyzes “Why Things Catch On” in a sort of Malcolm Gladwell approach to marketing analysis.

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Hysteresis in Financial Statements

Hysteresis in Financial Statements

Hysteresis is applied to corporate financial statements contrasting the path of growth leading up to the recession to the path of contraction that follows.

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Change and Graphs

Private Businesses Predict Limited Growth for 2013

Near-term prospects for robust economic growth are restricted. The implied policy recommendation is to enhance loan guarantee programs for private firms with revenues of less than $5M.

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Facebook: Data Mining the World’s Largest Focus Group

With the amount of data at Facebook’s disposal, can it accurately predict outcomes within the volatile financial markets? If so, can aalso manipulate or influence such predicted events?

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The Four-Year U.S. Presidential Cycle and the Stock Market

Since 2004, the stock market environment has changed in ways that make it more important than ever to understand the relationship between politics and stock market behavior. Unlike the 2004 article that did not address the above in detail, this article will attempt to do so.

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