Online Display-Ad Spending Will Fall In 2009

Online Display-Ad Spending Will Fall In 2009

For a year, we’ve listened to analysts passionately explain how online ad spending will power through any broader economic and advertising weakness. Eyeballs are moving online, this story went (goes), ad dollars will follow. Online advertising is accountable. Online advertising is the future. Blah, blah, blah.

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Studying Japan’s Dark Years to See How the U.S. Might Fare

 Studying Japan’s Dark Decade to See How U.S. Might Fare

In 1990 the Nikkei stock index dropped almost 20%

The sky over Tokyo seemed to fall in September of 1990, when the Nikkei stock index dove almost 20 percent in one month. Real estate prices would plummet and the financial sector would crack, trapping Japan in a “lost decade” of economic growth. Is the United States now set for its own? That prospect may not be as scary as it sounds.

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It Isn’t Easy Being Rich

It Isn’t Easy Being Rich
Oh the pain of being wealthy!

The wealthy don’t generally speak publicly about their finances, in good times or bad. It’s in poor taste, for one, and their employers could fire them for talking even a little. But people who provide services to the wealthy – lawyers, art advisers, personal trainers and hairstylists – say they are getting an earful about their clients’ financial anxieties.

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Warren Buffett Sees “Long, Deep” U.S. Recession

 Warren Buffett Sees “Long, Deep” U.S. Recession

Whenever we get in a jam, we turn to Nebraska for advice

The United States is already in a recession and it will be longer as well as deeper than many people expect, U.S. investor Warren Buffett said in an interview published in German magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday.

He said the United States was “already in recession” and added: “Perhaps not in the sense that economists would define it” with two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

“But the people are already feeling the effects,” said Buffett, the world’s richest man. “It will be deeper and last longer than many think.”

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“What in the World is Going On?”

“What in the World is Going On?”

“There are four major transformations that are shaping political, economic and world events”

This is a paper presented several weeks ago by Herb Meyer at a Davos, Switzerland meeting which was attended by most of the CEOs from all the major international corporations — a very good summary of today’s key trends and a perspective one seldom sees. Herbert E. Meyer served during the Reagan Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council. In these positions, he managed production of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimates and other top-secret projections for the President and his national security advisers.

Meyer is widely credited with being the first senior U.S.Government official to forecast the Soviet Union ‘s collapse, for which he later was awarded the U.S.National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the intelligence community’s highest honor.

Formerly an associate editor of FORTUNE, he is also the author of several books. After the jump is the entire paper

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Economy Putting a Drag on Silicon Valley

Economy Putting a Drag on Silicon Valley

During the first three months of the year, only five companies backed by venture capital investors went public on Wall Street, the National Venture Capital Association said last week. That is down from 31 in the fourth quarter of last year, and is roughly the same level as at the nadir of the dot-com bust.

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Will the Economy Affect E-Commerce?

Will the Economy Affect E-Commerce?

A recent PiperJaffray survey of 200 US Internet users has found mixed responses to the question of how a slowing economy might affect e-commerce spending.

When asked how their discretionary e-commerce spending would change in 2008 versus 2007, 33% plan to purchase less online, while only 12% will purchase more and 55% will purchase the same amount.

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Poll: 81% Say Nation Is Headed Down the Wrong Track

Poll: 81% Say Nation Is Headed Down the Wrong Track

Americans are more dissatisfied with the country’s direction than at any time since the New York Times/CBS News poll began asking about the subject in the early 1990s, according to the latest poll.

In the poll, 81 percent of respondents said they believed “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” up from 69 percent a year ago and 35 percent in early 2002.

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