Ideas

Retirement is a Stupid Conversation for Customers

Jason A. Voss, CFA, argues that customers care about many more financial events in their lives than just retirement. Yet, the investment industry seems hell bent on just featuring this one. Why?

 

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The Rise of Anti-Consumerism

The American culture is very comfortable using the words “consumers” and “consumerism.”  If I called my friend a consumer and producer, he would not object.  In his company, he is a producer.  He would say that by producing, he is able to consume.  The more successful he is in producing, the more he would be […]

 

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The Three Economies

[ NOTE:  This is a chapter excerpt from David Houle’s latest book, the first of an eBook trilogy entitled “Moving to a Finite Earth Economy – Crew Manual”.  The subtitle of the first eBook is the name of this chapter, The Three Economies.  All three books are to be priced at $2.99.  Book 1 is […]

 

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Space Can Save the Earth

In November, 2018, Democrats won a majority in congress.  For us Democrats, that should have been good news. And it was, up to a point.    For those of us  Democrats who believe that the future is in space, there was a problem.  People like Bernie Sanders—the most influential formulator of policy in the Democratic […]

 

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SPECIAL NOTICE FOR SUBSCRIBERS WHO LIVE IN THE SARASOTA-BRADENTON AREA.

The Sarasota Institute is putting on three free presentations to the community of Sarasota-Bradenton.  These are to introduce the larger community to the goals and visions of The Sarasota Institute.  We will explain how the Institute was formed and our plans for the future.    Here is the information for the three free presentations:   […]

 

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Should a Democratic Society Aim to Maximize the Citizens’ Happiness or Well-Being?

  Today, most nations judge their yearly progress by the measure called Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This measure captures the dollar value of all the goods produced by its businesses, and as we have written about previously at The Sarasota Institute, the concept of GDP needs to be scrapped or revised. The assumption is that […]

 

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Whitepaper #1, The Big Issues

We are pleased to announce the publication of The Sarasota Institute’s Whitepaper #1, The Big Issues. It covers all 10 of the topics we believe are crucial for understanding and shaping the century. Here are some questions that we discuss within: When was the last time you heard anything radical about how to reform democracy? Do […]

 

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21st Century Education

Education in the United States is at a crossroads. Our economy and technology have greatly out-paced the rigidly hierarchical educational system that has been in place for more than 100 years. Disruptive technologies and disruptive individuals are changing the way we live, interact and do business at a rate that is far beyond that system’s […]

 

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The Transition from an Ownership to a Rental/Access Economy

The developed countries of the world are in transition from economies based upon ownership to ones increasingly based upon rental or access.  As much as any other trend, this will transform economics, consumption and how we live.  The concept of ownership is deeply embedded in economic thought, policy and practice and has been for centuries. […]

 

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Values Over Institutions Every Time

Just after the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States I had many conversations with colleagues and friends. Regardless of people’s political persuasion, most expressed some confusion about the future direction of global politics given the unusual nature of Trump as a candidate. Was he, is he, crazy like a fox, […]

 

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