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Report Card on Auto Insurers Issuing Refunds

Of late we have seen more than a few commercials touting insurance companies lowering/reducing/partially refunding their auto customers’ policies. How have they done? As with almost everything in life, some did well, others were horrible. Here is a listing of all the major players and how they are rated along several metrics. Where does your company fall?

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Online Primary Sources: COVID-19 Effects on U.S. Finance and Economic Sectors

This timeline from the St Louis Federal Reserve Bank traces the first appearance of COVID-19 as identified by WHO, and the subsequent actions taken in response to this pandemic. Links to multiple sources add to the utility of this site; it is updated as needed.

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Guide To Brexit Abbreviations and Phrases

What is a hard Brexit? The term “alternative agreement”means what? What is “Article 50 TEU”? These and other terms are explained (along with embedded links where necessary) in this Brexit Glossary recently published by the UK Parliament Library.

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Timeline for Hudson Yards

The most ambitious project in recent history for New York City has finally come to fruition – the official opening of the gigantic Hudson Yards project is just a couple of days away. Please look at this article (along with its links) to follow the years-long efforts (including an Olympic bid for NYC) to get this multi-billion site up and open.

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Highest Paid CEOs of 2018

Here is a list of the top 25 along with a CEO salary vs. median worker salary comparison.

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New Jersey’s Future?

The New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Workgroup recently released its report Path to Progress that details certain changes to pensions, retiree health benefits, local governmental services, and business transactions which will, in theory, allow the state to resume fiscal solvency. To say some of these proposals are controversial is quite the understatement; please come here to read a summary of the recommendations and how they might impact you. NJ Spotlight also contains an excellent overview of the contents of this report; here is NJEA’s response to the plan. Contrast this report with Blueprint for Economic Justice and Shared Prosperity from New Jersey Policy Perspective.

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Getting a College Degree Does Matter

The Census Bureau has just released some charts showing the wage differences between those without a college degree and those with one. The annual median earnings gap is quite large in many of the hundreds of occupations listed. These tables also show that the wage-gap between men and women is real and still exists in all manner of employment.

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