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If your financial adviser put you in a mutual fund that had slumped 24 percent for the year, you'd probably have given him a call by now, right? That seems to be the predicament that adviser David Mendels is in these days when it comes to … more
Trying to repeal Obamacare has long been a popular (if futile) Republican pastime. Now replacing Obamacare is catching on, at least among Republican presidential candidates. This would count as progress, except that none of their proposals quite … more
Two basic questions with big consequences for workers and employers: "Do I have the right investment mix for my retirement goals? Which investment options should I include in the retirement plan I'd like to offer my employees?" But how many … more
Coal-fired electricity is becoming ever less profitable. That's the good news – or it should be, since it gives power companies greater incentive to embrace cleaner and cheaper sources of energy. But not every energy company is content to … more
Given it is hurricane season, it is appropriate to ask whether Rhode Islanders are any safer from a hurricane today than they were three years ago when Hurricane Sandy hit. The answer is probably "somewhat safer," given the efforts of … more
Rhode Island's economy has sustained its recovery, but it also displays troubling signs of major structural problems as the New England Economic Partnership projects regional trends through 2018. On the positive side, net general sales and … more
In Germany, about 12 percent of people consent to be organ donors; in Austria it's 99.9 percent. This huge gap is the product not of "different cultures, different norms, or extraordinarily effective educational campaigns in Austria," legal scholar … more
One big piece of news in the past couple of weeks has been the release of a new paper by recent economics Nobel winner Angus Deaton and his co-author Anne Case. The paper highlights a very disturbing trend – death rates are increasing for white … more
Stock prices early last week were collapsing all over the world. So exciting! So alarming! But, uh, what does it mean? The hard-line answer is, nothing at all. Here's Nassim Nicholas Taleb's famous critique from "The Black Swan" of … more
A day after campaign-finance crusader Larry Lessig dropped his bizarre bid for the presidency, Seattle became the first city in the country to adopt a law that he and other reformers have been seeking for years: publicly funded vouchers for … more
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