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People hold pro-independence Catalan flags in a demonstration calling for independence in Barcelona.Catalonia is fighting for independence in Spain, which has been hit by crisis The situation can be compared to the Dutch revolt in the 1560s and 1570sSpain has reacted to demands in the past with repressionHistory shows such tactics typically make things worseEditor’s note: Hans-Joachim Voth is professor of economics and economic history at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. Born and raised in Germany, he holds a doctorate from Oxford University. Barcelona — A small, wealthy region feels at odds with Spanish rule. Taxes are too high; political representation […]

The kerfuffle today over volatile jobless claims data is of a piece with the long history of how these numbers are reported and then revised. These kinds of problems have cropped up in the past, and the number involved falls within the statistical range of revisions to prior week numbers. Initial jobless claims–a measure of layoffs–were down a whopping 30,000 to a seasonally adjusted 339,000 in the week ended Oct. 6, the Labor Department said. However, revisions to the government’s numbers can be significant, ranging anywhere from 30,000 to 60,000, data show. You can see the examples of anomalies below. […]

Dear Opening Credits, For 30 years prior to 2011, my wife and I paid off two mortgages though our local savings bank. Since that bank only reports to one credit bureau, our FICO score is low, even though we never missed a payment. Living in a new large city and trying to get a VA refinance, we are constantly frustrated with having a too-low FICO score (since the high and low are thrown out) and having an insufficient mortgage history with two of the credit bureaus. I have tried to talk to the two credit bureaus that were not reported […]

Car buyers are often wary of buying a used car because they don’t know its history. They worry the money they save on buying a used car will be eaten away by a problem from a previous car accident or an issue that results in costly repairs. One way to provide peace of mind is to review a vehicle history report before you make the purchase. However, these reports have their limitations. Vehicle history reports typically provide information on the car’s owners and title, including whether it has been recorded as a junk title, flood-damage title or salvage title. It […]

Marc Jacobs’ Comme des Garcons dress, displayed at right, is the only men’s dress in the exhibit. Whoopi Goldberg’s Ralph Rucci caftan dress. A sequinned Yves Saint Laurent dress owned by Anne Bass. Lady Gaga wore this Tom Ford dress, which was inspired by a Goya painting. HIDE CAPTION ‘The little black dress’ exhibit Comme des Garcons Oscar de la Renta L’Wren Scott Norma Kamali Stella McCartney Stella McCartney Prabal Gurung Ralph Rucci Yves Saint Laurent Tom Ford << < 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 > >> STORY HIGHLIGHTS Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon […]

Even though President Obama is favored to be reelected in the fall, a quick look back at economic and electoral history reveals just how much the odds are stacked against the White House amid the lackluster recovery. According to Barclays (BCS), key economic metrics including unemployment, gross domestic product growth, consumer confidence and capital spending are currently substantially weaker than the average for winning incumbent presidents in reelections since 1948. Even a seemingly positive measure, the 20% year-over-year jump in the S&P 500, fits more into the historical storyline of an incumbent about to be denied another four years by […]

Do you know what interchange fees (they’re also called “swipe fees”) are? Not many people do. But they’re the cut of the value of every transaction that’s taken by the processor (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa) every time you use your debit or credit card. And most of what’s charged, typically 2 percent or so, for a credit card swipe is passed on to your card issuer.For many credit card users, interchange fees are a large part of what makes their financial world go round. Think about it. If you’re one of those lucky (or responsible) people who don’t […]

THE NETHERLANDS – The sold being out of work allude to inside of a 17-nation dinar zone has been 104% inside December, same from your upwardly mutated twelve mind which dings a greatest out of work allude to to a segment deliberation which before to a January 99 recover upon a great currency, europe jot down classification Eurostat documented Saturday. The sold mind was a tyro in form by regulating predictions. The apportion of but a pursuit inside of a dinar zone lifted simply by tweny thousand in sequence to 16469 thousand inside December, Eurostat explained. gmc MarketWatch, Incorporation.

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