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2011-04-13 17:00:00

ARLINGTON, Va., April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The pace of wage growth for private sector workers is expected to improve modestly in the coming months, according to the final first quarter Wage Trend Indicator(TM) (WTI) released today by BNA, a leading publisher of specialized news and information. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090105/56509LOGO) In the opening months of 2011, the WTI increased for the third consecutive quarter to 98.01 (second quarter 1976 = 100),...

2011-04-05 11:53:00

NEW YORK, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- AllianceBernstein today announced the release of a new white paper that discusses the critical risk inflation poses when one invests for retirement and how target-date funds may be able to enhance inflation protection with an allocation to real assets such as commodity stocks, commodity futures and securitized real estate. "Inflation is a key risk to address when investing for one's retirement since it can rapidly erode the purchasing power of a...

2011-04-05 07:05:00

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Carolinas AGC Construction Barometer(TM) recently indicated that despite relatively stable construction conditions in the Carolinas, contractors throughout the Carolinas are deeply concerned about long-term cost increases. The Barometer's 2.2 percent fall in fourth quarter 2010 was mainly due to fears of construction inflation likely arising from concerns about food and energy price hikes, although the Federal Reserve recently...

2011-03-28 03:00:00

BRUSSELS, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the Euro Area increased 0.9 percent in February to 108.9 (2004 = 100), following a 0.7 percent increase in January and a 0.8 percent increase in December. Said Jean-Claude Manini, The Conference Board Senior Economist for Europe: "The fourth consecutive large increase in the LEI for the Euro Area suggests that European businesses will likely benefit from the current upswing in...

2011-03-22 00:00:28

The ASIâ“ž¢ (Automotive Shopper Intensity) Index began to slow in February ending four straight months of strong gains in auto shopping activity. Accelerating prices in energy, food, and world events appear to be impacting the automotive market Nashville, TN (Vocus/PRWEB) March 21, 2011 Dataium, LLC, the largest aggregator of automotive shopping behavior, released the February ASI Index. The index though still climbing slowed its ascent. The index had been...

2011-03-19 00:00:29

Silver has continued to race higher and the nature of the rise suggests shorts are being squeezed, says Steven Zoernack. Quite who the shorts are remains to be seen but we would imagine "“ given the extent of the rise in prices "“ that all shorts are feeling the pain. The short-covering will end at some stage; if follow-through buying does emerge, there could well be a considerable vacuum beneath the market. Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 17, 2011 "“ According to Steven...

2011-03-17 08:00:00

NEW YORK, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Turner Construction Company announced that the First Quarter 2011 Turner Building Cost Index has slightly increased over the Fourth Quarter of 2010. The Turner Building Cost Index measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States. The Turner Building Cost Index of 806 reflects a 0.62% increase from the Fourth Quarter 2010 and 0.88% increase from the First Quarter 2010. Karl F. Almstead, the Turner vice...

2011-03-15 21:00:00

BEIJING, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for China increased 0.3 percent in January to 155.0 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5 percent decline in December and a 0.5 percent increase in November. Two of the six components contributed positively to the index in January. Says The Conference Board China Center resident economist Bill Adams: "The LEI's modest increase in January, following a large decline in December, points to...

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2011-03-15 06:40:00

Over the past four years, prescription drug prices grew at a much faster pace than costs for other medical supplies and services, according to a government report. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the "usual and customary" (U&C) price index for the top 100 commonly used drugs rose by an annual average of 6.6 percent from 2006 to the first quarter of 2010, compared to a 3.8 percent average annual increase for medical goods and services. The report contained 55...

2011-03-14 00:00:27

Amid speculation of a third bid for the Presidency, Congressman Ron Paul revealed that growing concerns over U.S. monetary policies would drive him into the race. In a no-holds-barred interview on KSCO AM 1080 with the host of The Costa Report, Rebecca Costa, Paul said, "I think the wave of the future is inflation. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) March 12, 2011 Amid speculation of a third bid for the Presidency, Congressman Ron Paul revealed that growing concerns over U.S. monetary policies would...


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Quintessence (Dark Energy) -- Quintessence or dark energy is a hypothetical form of energy postulated to exist in order to explain observations of an accelerating universe. This energy would act like a vacuum pressure, pushing things apart. Other attempts to explain these recent observations involve a non-zero cosmological constant, which has the same effect. Indeed, sometimes quintessence is said to result in a non-zero cosmological constant, and conversely a non-zero cosmological...

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Cosmological Constant -- The cosmological constant (usually denoted by the Greek capital letter lambda: Λ) is a value occurring in Einstein's theory of general relativity. The units of Λ are 1/second2; its value is unknown but believed to be positive based on recent observations. The constant is proportional to the energy density of the vacuum ρ, where π is Pi, G is the gravitational constant and c is the speed of light in vacuum. The term can be postive, negative, or...

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Inflation -- Inflation is the idea - first proposed by Alan Guth (1981) - that the nascent universe passed through a phase of exponential expansion that was driven by a negative vacuum energy density (positive vacuum pressure). This expansion can be modelled by a non-zero cosmological constant. As a direct consequence of this expansion, all of the observable universe is posited to have originated in a small, initially causally-connected region. Quantum fluctuations in this microscopic...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Accelerating universe -- In the late 1990s, observations of type I supernova produced the unexpected result that the expansion of the universe appears to be accelerating. These observations appear more firm as new data has appeared. This means that the speed with which a distant galaxy recedes from us increases over time. If this trend continues, eventually we won't be able to see any other galaxies any more. This new theory of the end of the Universe has been called the Big Rip....

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Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) -- The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) was launched on June 30, 2001 at 3:46 p.m. EDT at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. The goal of WMAP was to map out minute differences in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation which would help test theories of the nature of the universe. On February 11, 2003, the public relations group from NASA made a press release regarding the age and composition of the universe....

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