Federal Reserve Made A Record Profit Of $45 Billion In 2009

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Stacks of money at the Federal Reserve in San Francisco

Wall Street firms aren’t the only banks that had a banner year. The Federal Reserve made record profits in 2009, as its unconventional efforts to prop up the economy created a windfall for the government.

 

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Investors Racing Back Into The Bond Markets

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The swift rally in stock markets this year caught everyone’s attention. But with far less fanfare, a frenzy has been taking place in the market for corporate bonds.  When credit markets practically shut down last year, businesses had to pay huge premiums to raise money from investors, offering returns of 10 to 20 percent to anyone who would buy a company’s debt. Now, investors are the ones paying higher prices as they race back into the bond markets, where companies and governments go to raise money for new projects and mergers, and to finance their daily operations.

 

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Discount Stores In Japan See Rising Revenue

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A Seiyu outlet in Akabane, part of Wal-Mart Stores.

Not long ago, many Japanese bought so many $100 melons and $1,000 handbags that this was the only country in the world where luxury products were considered mass market.  Even through the economic stagnation of Japan’s so-called lost decade, which began in the early 1990s, Japanese consumers sustained that reputation. But this recession has done something that earlier declines could not: turned the Japanese into Wal-Mart shoppers.

 

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Night with a Futurist Explores Space 2.0

Night with a Futurist Explores Space 2.0

Thomas Frey, Burke Fort and John Metzger at the Night with a Futurist Explores Space 2.0

Monday’s Night with a Futurist provided thoughts on “The Business of Space 2.0” and an overview of the 8th Continent Project designed to support this business. Burke Fort and John Metzger gave the presentation, with Fort opening by walking the audience through the four evolutionary stages of space-related business: Space 1.0, Space 1.5, New Space and Space 2.0.

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Recession Friendly Staycations: The Fake Vacation At Home

Recession Friendly Staycations:  The Fake Vacation At Home

 

During the recession, families are forced to cut back on luxuries in order to keep money in the bank for life’s unavoidable expenses. In lieu of taking an expensive, luxury vacation overseas, many families and individuals are opting instead for fake vacations at home which are creating a world of new business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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Blow Me: Onsite Breathalyzer Services

Blow Me:  Onsite Breathalyzer Services 

 Blow Me is an onsite breathalyzer service for your event.

Despite the overtly sexual connotation of the brand’s name Blow Me, it’s not what you think.  Blow Me is a company that has found a way to make a profit from one of the other major vices on the planet; excessive alcohol consumption.  Blow Me charges and fights the bad guys by administering onsite breathalyzer services.

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