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December 2014

Ski industry outlook favorable for 2014-15

Originally published on Tahoe Daily Tribune http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/opinion/14055139-113/industry-ski-snow-vail In spite of the lingering drought we’ve had locally, it looks like this year could turn out to be a good one for the ski industry. Resorts on the east coast are already enjoying record-setting snowfall. I wish we’d get more of it out here. At the time I wrote this, Squaw was reporting a base of 18 inches, and we have more …Read More

Should you invest with confidence?

Originally published on RGJ.com’s website http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/11/30/robert-barone-invest-confidence/19655523/ If an economist from the 1970s, ’80s or ’90s were to have time traveled forward to today, and that economist were to look at the macroeconomic environment, he/she would conclude that, despite the negativity of the media, the U.S. economy is actually doing well. • Third quarter real GDP growth was 3.9 percent with second quarter at 4.6 percent. This would be considered about …Read More