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Is the Russian ruble rebounding and, if yes, then why? (access required)

Ever since Russia commenced its “special military operation” (a/k/a war) in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the West has hit that nation with a unified slew of sanctions of amazing severity. In fact, no country — large or small — ...

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Constellation Brands and Monster Beverage: M&A or alliance? (access required)

The talk of a merger (or an acquisition) involving Monster Beverage and Constellation Brands is once again circulating in business communities. Their initial announcement back in November 2021 was followed by several weeks of silence leading some to speculate that ...

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Use ancient virtues to guide you as a leader (access required)

Recently, a politician was espousing that he believes in “traditional family values.” A friend who works for a large company was excited to tell me about his current leadership training and the company’s “core values.” I asked my friend what ...

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Don’t underestimate the power of envy to cause problems (access required)

Last week I heard from an RBJ reader wondering if I thought greed was the motivation behind the U.S. financial meltdown of 2008 and in the frothy markets today, could it happen again? The vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie ...

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Embrace the positives and possibilities of Greater Rochester (access required)

While there is a strong core of people who are “from” the greater Rochester area, it also seems to be a magnet for collecting life’s nomads.   I know a number of people, including myself, who ended up here one way or ...

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How to increase the uptake of EVs: Subsidize price or charging stations? (access required)

Climate change is the most serious environmental problem that confronts humans today. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are collectively most responsible for the climate change problem. Therefore, national governments are thinking about how best to reduce the emissions of GHGs in their ...

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Defending against Title IX sexual misconduct charges: What students, parents need to know (access required)

Title IX charges are pursued aggressively by colleges and universities across the country. A Title IX allegation has the potential to ruin a student’s academic future and should not be taken lightly. Although these proceedings are quasi-criminal in nature, they actually afford students far fewer ...

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Effective DEI education requires hard work, heart work (access required)

Over the past few years, publicized instances of discrimination in America have become an unfortunate, recurring theme in the news cycle and amongst communities, and it’s clear that there is no longer a way to fully protect adolescents from the realities of racial tensions, nor should we strive to.

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Chinese Communist Party’s succession problem matters (access required)

It has become fashionable for some scholars of China to claim that the political system in that nation, led by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has become institutionalized over time. What this claim means is that there exist rules that govern how leaders are selected and ...

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Commercial real estate economy will not recover if 1031 exchanges are capped

An essential tool in the rebuilding of our American economy is at serious risk as part of the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan Congress is considering — and the damage will be felt in every state, city and town still reeling from ...

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Air pollution hurts us in ways we typically do not think of (access required)

Readers will not be surprised to learn that air pollution adversely affects our well-being in a variety of ways. For instance, we have known for quite a while that air pollution causes respiratory illness and cardiovascular disease. More recently, evidence ...

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The conflict between profit and purpose (access required)

I recently met a young investment professional who was determined to make his millions before he turned 30. I suggested that his priorities might be off base since he was so focused on money and all the trappings that come ...

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