The Daily Ticker’s Lauren Lyster interviews Entertainment Weekly editor Adam Markovitz about the best and worst deals negotiated by A-list actors.

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Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Shiller explains his proposal to rein in inequality if it gets much worse.

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Yahoo FInance senior columnist Michael Santoli talks with Aaron Task about why the financial markets don’t seem to care about the growing crisis between Russia and the Ukraine.

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In addition to a wealth tax, Piketty also recommends “a progressive tax on net wealth,” with a particular focus on property taxes.

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Robert Shiller tells The Daily Ticker that stocks are expensive judging by his cyclically-adjusted price/earnings ratio, but investors should still own them.

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Recently the New York Times ran a story on how some of what were supposed to be the safest pensions in the country were actually failing, potentially leaving retirees with little or none of their promised retirement income. This report extends a long line of evidence that defined benefit pensions are simply too risky for workers to rely upon. Government action to ban defined benefit pensions-those promising a set income upon retirement, usually a percentage of past earnings based on years worked-is a rather extreme intrusion of the government into what should be a free market for firms to…

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Rick Newman of Yahoo Finance and Justin Hyde of Yahoo Autos discuss the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car, coming soon to U.S. roads.

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Why does Ben Horowritz, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful venture capitalists, spend so much time writing about failure?

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A few privileged brands are isolated from the woes affecting the middle class.

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Rick Newman of Yahoo Finance and Justin Hyde of Yahoo Autos discuss the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car, coming soon to U.S. roads.

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Why does Ben Horowritz, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful venture capitalists, spend so much time writing about failure?

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A few privileged brands are isolated from the woes affecting the middle class.

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Robert Shiller, Nobel prize-winning economist and co-founder of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, offers his outlook on the housing market as the spring buying season gets underway.

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Thomas Piketty, author of “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” talks with The Daily Ticker’s Aaron Task about the rise of inequality in the U.S.

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When the former Soviet Union collapsed almost 25 years ago, most global strategic forecasters assumed that the U.S. would adapt pragmatically to her new status of sole world superpower. Instead she has pursued a variety of misguided nation-building adventures and has largely shrunk from her primary responsibility of neutralizing the ambitions of petty dictators around the world. From this perspective, America’s multi-generational expenditures on military personnel and equipment has become more of a stealth economic stimulus program rather than an insurance policy for global stability. The…

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