Are You Spending More, Or Less?

Are You Spending More, Or Less?

Research firm Voccii reports a more than 10% increase in shoppers who are spending less this holiday season than in 2016. This year, 28% of consumers said they would spend less – up from 17% who said they would spend less in 2016 – an 11% swing. People who said they...
Wealth Gaps

Wealth Gaps

We hear a lot of talk about the wealth and income gap(s) in the U.S., but these discussions often lack specifics. Fortunately, the U.S. Census Bureau bureau has put together some clear data on the subject. The latest data is only from 2013, but it illustrates many of...
Public Pension Funding Is in Trouble

Public Pension Funding Is in Trouble

Public pension funding funding took a hit in the last three months of 2016, as asset returns fall short of benchmark, according to a report from consulting and actuarial firm Milliman, Inc. These pensions cover public sector retirees. Their funding level is critical...