10% GDP growth? The U.S. economy is on fire, and is about to get stoked even more

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Description: The U.S. economy has roared back to life in 2021, with first-quarter growth set to defy even the rosiest expectations as another fresh influx of cash looms. Manufacturing data Monday showed the sector at its highest growth level since August 2018. That report from the Institute for Supply Management in turn helped confirm the… Read more »

SPOS #764 – Ethan Kross On The Power (And Problem) Of Self-Talk

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #764 – Host: Mitch Joel. Ethan Kross is one of the world’s leading experts on controlling the conscious mind. A professor in the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business, he studies how the conversations people have with themselves impact their health, performance, decisions and relationships. He moved… Read more »

Etsy’s pandemic cornerstone was masks. Now it’s showing it can move on.

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Description: Etsy (ETSY) vendors sold nearly $750 million worth of masks in 2020, as a whole industry sprang up to address the emerging and then pervasive threat of COVID-19. The company’s latest numbers, though, have demonstrated how it has translated the hot demand for one product into customers sticking around for others. Analysts think it… Read more »

Apple shareholders approve big stock payout for Tim Cook; dividend increase coming

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Description: Apple shareholders on Tuesday voted to approve compensation for Apple executives, including an equity package announced last year that could net CEO Tim Cook 1 million new shares, if the company hits certain goals. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 23, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/23/apple-shareholders-meeting-2021-approve-tim-cook-pay.html Questions for discussion: How do we know that Apple shareholders are satisfied with the performance of the… Read more »

E-Commerce Explosion to Fuel Warehouse Building Boom in Canada

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Description: Canada is on the verge of a warehouse building boom as soaring demand for online goods is expected to continue beyond the pandemic. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 23, 2021 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-23/e-commerce-explosion-to-fuel-warehouse-building-boom-in-canada Questions for discussion: What does the report say about changing buyer behaviors in Canada? What does this mean for retail developments like downtown… Read more »

Jeremiah Owyang On The Future Of Social Audio – Live From Clubhouse – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: Welcome to our first-ever live podcast recording from Clubhouse (the new social audio app that is all the rage). This conversation was recorded this past Friday (February 19th, 2021). Our conversation this week is with my old friend, Jeremiah Owyang, to discuss the present and future of social audio, Clubhouse, smart audio, podcasting and beyond. Jeremiah is… Read more »

Covid Relief Could Leave Bus Companies Behind

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Description: The motorcoach sector has been devastated by the drop in pandemic-era travel, but there’s been little federal aid for this 3,000-company transportation industry. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Feb 23, 2021 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-23/there-s-no-covid-bailout-for-the-bus-industry?srnd=premium Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the state of the motorcoach industry? Do you think the government should do more… Read more »

Cutting China off from the U.S. would cost America hundreds of billions of dollars, report says

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Description: BEIJING — The U.S. economy could lose more than $1 trillion worth of production and long-term global competitiveness if the White House pursues a sharp separation with China, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Rhodium Group. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Feb 18, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/18/us-china-decoupling-would-cost-america-hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars.html Questions for… Read more »

Texas’ Underregulated Energy Grid Responsible For Millions Without Heat, Electricity | NBC News NOW

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Description: NBC News’ Josh Lederman explains why Texas’ privately managed power grid is responsible for leaving millions of residents without power after a once-in-a-century winter storm. Source: NBCNews.com – video report Date: February 17, 2021 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvredgJPgi8 Questions for discussion: Why did the grid fail? Is this due to inadequate regulation, in your opinion? Who… Read more »

Canadian Tire closing all National Sports stores as revenues rise

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Description: Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. says it’s closing all National Sports stores to reduce overlap in the company’s sporting goods assortment after an internal evaluation. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Feb 18, 2021 Link: https://ampvideo.bnnbloomberg.ca/canadian-tire-closing-all-national-sports-stores-as-revenues-rise-1.1565278 Questions for discussion: Summarize the situation at Canadian Tire and the financial results reported. Why do you think the… Read more »