Archive for December 13th, 2011

Nobody has been on a holiday shopping spree in America that matches the newly renamed Miami Marlins baseball team.  In just a few weeks the Marlins have inked three free-agent deals, committing about $191 million in payroll for batting champion Jose Reyes, reliever extraordinaire Heath Bell, and perfect-gamer Mark Buehrle. Practically every story on these deals notes that the Marlins, whose entire payroll was a scant $29 million just a few years ago, have been stocking up in the hopes of filling a glitzy, new $645 million domed stadium with fans.
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2011 will mark the last year that a majority of America’s physicians own their own medical practices and operate their own offices or clinics.
The notion of the newly minted doctor who rents an office and hangs out his or her own shingle is a quaint reflection of a Normal Rockwell era that has expired.
In its place, medicine is undergoing industrialization, where doctors are becoming owned commodities of large hospitals and health plans. This model was made largely inevitable years ago, with the passage in 1997 of the Balanced Budget Act. Under the Obama healthcare plan, it’s become…

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Follow Yahoo!’s The Daily Ticker on Facebook here! Weak data on November retail sales and an earnings miss from Best Buy on Tuesday poured ice-cold water on the whole “strong holiday shopping season” meme. All the upbeat commentary about Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the like was always specious, according to Howard Davidowitz, CEO of [...]

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Follow Yahoo!’s The Daily Ticker on Facebook here! The CEOs of Netflix, Research in Motion and H-P all have one thing in common as the year comes to a close. They top the list of worst CEOs for 2011 for their general negligence towards customers and the resulting shock to shareholders, according to Sidney Finkelstein, [...]

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Frequent DailyTicker guest Howard Davidowitz of Davidowitz & Associates has no doubt about what Ben Bernanke’s legacy will be. Ben Bernanke, says Davidowitz, will forever be known as the Fed Chairman who destroyed the dollar, bailed out the banks, and perpetuated a monetary Ponzi scheme that will ultimately end in collapse. But wait. Didn’t Ben [...]

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Follow Yahoo!’s The Daily Ticker on Facebook here! The same trends that have defined the global economy for much of the last two years will remain in place in 2012, says hedge fund manager Mark Dow of Pharo Management, who recently shared his outlook with us. Specifically, countries and consumers still have way too much [...]

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