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It turns out that most people who enrolled in health insurance for 2014 through HealthCare.gov didn’t bother going back to the site to shop around for better prices for 2015. That means they will pay higher premiums than necessary. It also raises a separate question: What’s the point of having options if so few people use them? more
Could the innovation that has helped drive human prosperity for centuries finally be petering out? Some worry that the easy discoveries in science and technology have been made, and it will only get harder from here. Is this believable? more
There is often a misconception about the scope of export-controls regulations. Consider, for example, a manufacturing company that sells its products, maybe including military items, to customers that are all in the U.S. Perhaps the customer is the U.S. federal government itself, either the Department of Defense or one of its military branches. Alternatively, consider a company that is not a manufacturer, but rather solely a provider of engineering or other services to domestic clients or perhaps directly to the U.S. government. more
If there were any doubts that 2014 would go down in history as a turning point for auto safety, last month’s Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on defective air bags erased them. Coming on the heels of the still-expanding investigation into General Motors’ faulty ignition switches, the congressional grilling of air-bag supplier Takata and customers Honda and Chrysler was yet another demonstration of the auto industry’s inability to find and fix deadly defects. This year’s scandals have not only shattered recall records, but they also have repeatedly exposed systemic failures by automakers, suppliers and regulators alike. more
As a fan of investor psychology, I find sentiment intriguing. Measuring it is a challenge. We can’t trust what people say because they become bullish after they buy and bearish after they sell, convincing themselves that past trades were the correct way to go. more
To The Editor: I could not agree more with Sen. Jack Reed’s statement: “E-cigarette manufacturers should have to play by the same rules as others in the cigarette industry” (“Reed co-authored report calls for regulation of e-cigarette marketing,” April 21, 2014). more
The biosciences comprise a burgeoning industry and important opportunity for Rhode Island. The state’s bioscience industry employs 4,602 bioscience professionals and has a total employment impact of an additional 11,847 workers. On a national and global scale, Rhode Island bioscience companies and professionals participate in the industry’s five primary sectors: drugs and pharmaceuticals; medical devices and equipment; research, testing, and medical laboratories; agricultural feedstock and chemicals; and bioscience-related distribution. more
First, the good news. Rhode Island’s economic outlook improved over the last year. The unemployment rate has dropped from a peak of 11.9 percent in March 2010 to 9.7 percent in December 2012 to 7.7 percent in August 2014. Between December 2012 and July 2014, the state added 9,700 jobs. more
Defining inflation is easy – a rise in the price of goods and services. But measuring it is really hard. Air Canada’s plan to cram more passengers onto its planes is a case in point. more
To the Editor, The legalization of the sale of marijuana in Colorado is producing more than $2 million dollars of new tax revenue each month. Rhode Island and other states may soon follow suit and legalize marijuana (“Marijuana legalization would be very bad news for his dealer,” March 3, 2014). However, marijuana, like tobacco, can be very harmful to children. The sale of these products should be regulated to keep them out of the hands of children. more
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