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Couch Potato investing wins yet again
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
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In 2014, the basic Couch Potato Portfolio, a 50/50 mix of two low-cost index funds, returned 8.16 percent while the Morningstar average for all "moderate allocation" funds was only 6.21 percent. Even more impressive than the nearly 200-basis-point advantage, the added return was gained while having less portfolio volatility. Adjusted for what statistical types call volatility risk, the Couch Pot ...>>
The 10 most miserable states in America
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
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West Virginia ranked the lowest in both physical well-being as well as for "purpose" or liking what you do every day. The state's economy relies heavily on coal production, a dying industry that is rapidly losing jobs and has little career growth.  According to the Gallup-Healthways data, Illinois had the lowest community well-being rating, Rhode Island had the lowest social well-be ...>>

Federal regulators sue to block Sysco merger
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
    724 Visits
The Federal Trade Commission filed suit Thursday to stop the planned merger of Houston's Sysco Corp. and its largest competitor, US Foods, saying the combination would violate antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition nationwide. [...] the overwhelming majority of restaurants and food operators choose their foodservice distributor locally, where they have choices among many excell ...>>
Local unemployment rate dips to 4.9 percent
Economy
Published in 20-2-2015
    564 Visits
The local rate is not adjusted for seasonal factors such as school closings and major holidays which can affect hiring and firing patterns. [...] the local unemployment rate is subject to wide swings.
Houston area unemployment rate ticks down
Economy
Published in 20-2-2015
    1165 Visits
In October, Texas added 35,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Eight of 11 major industries added jobs in Texas in October, led by the trade, transportation, and utilities industry with 17,500 jobs, the news release stated.
HP cuts 66 jobs in Houston
Economy
Published in 20-2-2015
    463 Visits

Hewlett-Packard Co. announced it was cutting 66 jobs at its facility on Compaq Center Drive in Houston as part of its "corporate restructuring" efforts, according to a letter the company sent to the Texas Workforce Commission last week. [...] the company said it was ramping up its job cuts "as HP continues to re-engineer the workforce to be more competitive and meet its objectives."

Houston unemployment rate dips as Texas economy shows signs of stress
Economy
Published in 20-2-2015
    529 Visits
The Houston area unemployment rate dipped slightly to 4.5 percent in November, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. [...] it is adjusted state-wide for typical seasonal factors such as school schedules and major holidays that affect hiring and firing patterns.
Local jobless rate dips to 4.1 percent
Economy
Published in 20-2-2015
    1490 Visits
The biggest gainers included professional and business services, government and education and health care. Oil and gas exploration and production employment rebounded in December, adding 4,900 jobs after a loss of 2,400 positions in November, the commission reported.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien says Arian Foster has ‘got a lot of good football left,’ doesn’t rule out drafting RB
Sports
Published in 20-2-2015
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INDIANAPOLIS – Texans coach Bill O’Brien was asked today about running back Arian Foster’s workload. Foster, who turns 29 in August, carried 260 times for 1,246 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught 38 passes for 327 yards and five touchdowns. “I think any time a player reaches close to that age of 30 and you know that the guy can still play, you know that he’s a very talented player,” ...>>
Oregon’s Mariota set to throw at NFL Combine as he changes QB style
Sports
Published in 20-2-2015
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INDIANAPOLIS One of the biggest transitions Marcus Mariota must make as he moves from Oregon’s spread-heavy offense to the NFL: Simply being in a huddle. “It seems like a little detail but it is kind of a big thing,” Mariota said Thursday during the scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mariota, who plans to throw during the combine, is the No. 2 QB prospect in the 2015 draft. The 2014 Hei ...>>
Miami Heat land Goran Dragic
Sports
Published in 20-2-2015
    986 Visits
Associated Press Goran Dragic wanted a new home, and the Miami Heat wanted a new guard. On trade deadline day, they were a perfect match. The Heat swung a deal to acquire Dragic a third-team All-NBA player last season from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA’s standard trade cal ...>>
Rockets acquire Pablo Prigioni, KJ McDaniels
Sports
Published in 20-2-2015
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The Rockets did not get the star point guard they sought, but completed a pair of deals to bolster their backcourt off the bench at the trade deadline with additions of rookie KJ McDaniels and veteran Pablo Prigioni. The Rockets agreed to send second-year guard Isaiah Canaan along with the Denver Nuggets’ second-round pick to Philadelphia to get McDaniel, an athletic 6-6 guard taken with the 32n ...>>
The Sports Update: McClain, Smith on Day 2 of NFL Combine
Sports
Published in 20-2-2015
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Houston Chronicle Texans beat writers John McClain and Brian T. Smith discuss Day 2 of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
UT's Harry Ransom Center lands Gabriel García Márquez archive
Energy
Published in 13-2-2015
    508 Visits

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has acquired the archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez (1927–2014).

Fresh selection of holiday picture books for kids
Energy
Published in 13-2-2015
    679 Visits
Looking to keep the kids entertained during long holiday car rides or dinners? Maisy the mouse and pals Cyril and Tallulah prepare for the holiday, from trimming the tree to singing carols. Santa, by Bob Shea: A smiley little dino wears a bright-orange snowsuit, makes gifts for his parents and sneaks downstairs on Christmas Eve only to scurry back to bed due to someone in red ho, ho, ho-ing in t ...>>


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