Ben Burghardt

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The Week Ahead: Another Wave of Panic Selling?

As we ended last week with no end in sight for the government shutdown, the economists were weighing in on its potential impact. In a recent WSJ article, the conclusion was that “The furloughs are likely to knock 0.1 to 0.2 percentage point off the annualized rate of fourth-quarter economic growth …

All the Ways to Get Out of Obamacare

It turns out there is an enormous array of exemptions to the individual mandate.<p>Have you been unable to pay a medical bill in the last two calendar years?<p>Did you get a shut-off notice from a utility company?<p>Did you experience substantial property damage from fire, flooding, or other natural or …

You Can Get Richer Pinching Pennies Like Warren Buffett

Many people have tried to emulate Warren Buffett‘s investment style. More may attempt it as they search for the best investing ideas for 2012. But here’s a more attainable goal: Pinch pennies like the Oracle of Omaha. This might turn out to be a New Year’s resolution you can actually <i>keep</i>. And …

The 1936 book that every business person should read

Strauss Zelnick is chief executive and chairman of the company that makes Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and other cutting-edge videogames. But he says the book that has most influenced him is Dale Carnegie’s 1936 bestseller, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>.<p>“The title is unfortunate because it …