Are you ready for El Niño

  It’s that time again. Trade winds in the Pacific are blowing west to east, pushing warm water to the surface. In times past, those conditions created havoc with much of the world’s weather creating everything from fires to floods, sometimes, in epic...

When “no” means “yes”

A Greek referendum less than two weeks ago delivered a resounding “no” when voters were asked to approve the European Community’s austerity ultimatum in exchange for a new bailout. While Grecians danced in the streets, global markets tumbled, but fast forward ten days...

Man’s most expensive friend

The pet business is booming. Last year we spent $58.5 billion on our animal buddies and will plunk down an additional 4-5% more this year. The lion’s share of that increase, after food, is going toward health care. One reason for this growth is that a record numbers...

Will Memorial Day kick off a strong summer?

Brace yourself for a crowded holiday weekend. This year the kick-off to the summer season will see 37.2 million Americans take to the roads. It will be the strongest volume in travel in over a decade. And the summer is only beginning. The joyful combination of low...

Avian Flu scrambles the egg business

By now, most Americans are familiar with the Avian Flu but its impact on your pocketbook may not be as well known. Here is what we know so far. Egg producers have been walloped. Nearly 6% of America’s “layer” hens have been destroyed. That’s a lot of chicken, given...

Does another trade pact make sense?

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States winds down, politicians in both houses of Congress need to decide whether the proposed Trans-Pacific, 12-nation trade pact makes economic sense. It does and we should jump on it. Through the years I...