Posts Tagged ‘markets’

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    Corn Counters

    Dec 6, 11 • 267 Views • No Comments

    To estimate the size of the corn crop, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hires corn counters. Calculating stalk stats and assessing cob size, they observe 15 foot sections in thousands of fields. Add to that weather predictions, yield trends, and...  [read more]

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    Who Owns Deutsche Borse?

    Feb 11, 11 • 244 Views • No Comments

    Hearing that Deutsche Borse will probably purchase the New York Stock Exchange, commentary focused on a German firm acquiring the symbol of U.S. capitalism. But who owns the German firm? According to the WSJ, Americans are major shareholders with 41% of...  [read more]

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    Calamity Markets

    Dec 20, 10 • 250 Views • No Comments

    Some markets are distressed. For close to 30 cents on the dollar, firms that purchase distressed securities have offered to buy loss claims from victims of the Madoff fraud. Instead of waiting for the settlement process to unfold for undetermined amounts,...  [read more]

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    Uncommon Markets

    Dec 3, 10 • 198 Views • No Comments

    Bets on the Royal Wedding: Bookmakers are placing wagers on the color of the Queen’s hat, whether Kate will say “obey” in her vows, the length of the bride’s train, and total BBC viewers. People are even starting to bet on the gender...  [read more]

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    Demand, Supply, and College Admissions

    Nov 19, 10 • 306 Views • No Comments

    You might pay $1.50 to get a cup of coffee or $30 for a blouse. But what do students “pay” to get admitted to a college? And, at what “prices” will colleges accept people?  Several researchers developed a supply and demand model...  [read more]