A Misallocation of Assets

This week brought news that some of the U.S. government's stimulus package funding has been delegated to some very unique places in Massachusetts: $1.5 million to fix a lighthouse on an uninhabited island, $123,000 to terrorist-attack-proof a party cruise ship and $95,000 to pollen...
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The Reading Revolution

You only need to look at the deterioration of the newspaper industry to see the effects that digital and online media have had on print-based industries. Fortunately, it seems that book lovers are trying to adapt to the changes instead of fighting them--a strategy...
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The Stock Market Now and Then

In honor of the two-year anniversary of Cabot Small-Cap Confidential, I'm bringing you a multi-part series with Editor Thomas Garrity, where will explain his market outlook, his favorite investing book and what he learned from last year's bear market.
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More Cash for Clunkers

Last year, after much soul-searching, I decided to trade in my trusty 1998 Toyota Avalon in favor of a smaller, better-for-the-environment car--2009 Toyota Matrix. According to Toyota, the 1998 Avalon gets 19 miles per gallon city and 27 miles per gallon highway, not for...
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Do You Believe in Experts?

Do you believe in experts? I do, although I think you have to choose them very carefully and take their advice with a grain (or a whole shaker-full) of salt. I like the idea that someone who is familiar with the history, dynamics people...
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Imagining a Car-Free World

Imagine a place where no one owns a car and everyone walks, rides their bikes or takes public transportation to work, to the store, to school or anywhere else they need to go. No, this isn't some Star Trek-like fantasy world, it's Vauban, a..
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Who Shares Your Birthday?

Yesterday was my birthday, one I share with a U.S. president, several musicians, novelists and other notable historical figures. And one that I might share with you. Statistically speaking, all you need is a group of 23 people to have a 50% chance two...
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