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Are Stock Buybacks Still A Good Idea?

Historically, when firms announce plans to repurchase stock, markets respond positively. The response has been no different over the last five years. Since 2000, however, we have observed a much larger number of firms repurchasing in ever-greater amounts.

Tech Trends: Google’s New Pixel Smartphones

After having spent years having others design and brand their smartphones, Google has released a pair of phones that no longer sport the Nexus brand. Flip over the Pixel or Pixel XL and you see the familiar Google G logo.

Customization + Ecommerce = Customers

E-commerce is steadily taking more and more of the consumer’s wallet every year. For millennials and future generations, purchasing online is the norm, and traditional retail will simply have to adjust.

Myth Of China: Political Parties

People in China paid much attention to the U.S. presidential election campaign, without necessarily knowing how the system works and in particular how American parties function. Similarly, perhaps, not many of us understand well how parties work in the Chinese politics.

Moving Our Economy Forward

The Upstate business community spoke loud and clear in 2016 that there are clear and present economic challenges that we must tackle to continue to drive growth and create jobs.

Inside The Mind of South Carolina

The South Carolina mind is inexorably linked to ‘the South Carolina problem’ – a term that periodically crops up among historians writing about our nation’s history from colonial days until today.

Post Election: The Economic Outlook

Soon after the U.S. presidential election, the stock market reacted positively to the Trump win. Will this early consumer and investor sentiment translate into sustained economic growth, job creation, and continuing low levels of inflation in the economy over the next 1-4 years?

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