Uri Berliner http://kacu.org en Why You Won't Win Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket http://kacu.org/post/why-you-wont-win-warren-buffets-billion-dollar-bracket <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq_K5Hg8TrM</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:32:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 35650 at http://kacu.org Why You Won't Win Warren Buffett's Billion-Dollar Bracket Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013 http://kacu.org/post/tired-doom-and-gloom-heres-best-good-news-2013 Being a news consumer means you're constantly on the receiving end of bad news. War, unemployment, crime, political dysfunction — it can be enough to make you think we humans aren't doing <em>anything</em> right. But good news: We are. As the year draws to an end, here's a look at a few areas of real progress in the U.S. and around the world.<p><strong>Air Safety</strong><strong></strong><p>Let's start with flying. It's not a lot of fun: baggage fees, pat-downs, cramped seating, disappointing snacks.<p>But the odds are remarkably good you will land safely. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 32683 at http://kacu.org Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here's The Best Good News Of 2013 Crippled By Sanctions, Iran's Economy Key In Nuclear Deal http://kacu.org/post/crippled-sanctions-irans-economy-key-nuclear-deal Some of the sanctions against Iran will be eased under an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/23/246954418/reports-deal-reached-to-limit-iran-s-nuclear-program">agreement reached</a> between Iran and six world powers over the weekend. In return, Iran promises to temporarily curb part of its nuclear program.<p>There's widespread agreement that sanctions have worked, squeezing Iran financially and bringing its leaders to the negotiating table. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:52:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 31558 at http://kacu.org Crippled By Sanctions, Iran's Economy Key In Nuclear Deal The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain http://kacu.org/post/roots-franchising-took-hold-hair-salon-chain <em>We have been reporting for several weeks now on </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/235557499/ddd">small businesses in America</a>.<em> Today, we explore a business system where entrepreneurs and corporations come together: franchising. Franchising is a bit like marriage. It takes a good long-term relationship to succeed.</em><p>It makes sense to begin a story about franchising and the hairstyling business by looking to Martha Matilda Harper, a servant living in Rochester, N.Y., in the late 19th century. In her spare time, she developed a special hair tonic. The tonic sold well. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 29978 at http://kacu.org The Roots Of Franchising Took Hold In A Hair Salon Chain Coffee Futures: The Highs And Lows Of A Cup Of Joe http://kacu.org/post/coffee-futures-highs-and-lows-cup-joe <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work" target="_blank">putting it to work</a>. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 25274 at http://kacu.org Coffee Futures: The Highs And Lows Of A Cup Of Joe The Art Of Investing: The Rewards Aren't Always Financial http://kacu.org/post/art-investing-rewards-arent-always-financial <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work" target="_blank">putting it to work</a><em>. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 24952 at http://kacu.org The Art Of Investing: The Rewards Aren't Always Financial How To Invest In Real Estate Without Being A Landlord http://kacu.org/post/how-invest-real-estate-without-being-landlord <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work" target="_blank">putting it to work</a><em>. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments — alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation. </em><p>Reckless bets on real estate can cause trouble. They can, for example, help to bring down the global economy. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:26:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 24689 at http://kacu.org How To Invest In Real Estate Without Being A Landlord Resisting The Temptation To 'Win' When Investing http://kacu.org/post/resisting-temptation-win-when-investing <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and putting it to work. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments — alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation.</em><p>Deciding how to invest in the stock market can be daunting. That's why I called on someone who's seen it all. Charley Ellis founded Greenwich Associates, a research and consulting firm, and wrote an influential investing book called <em>Winning the Loser's Game.</em> He worked in investment management for 50 years. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 24323 at http://kacu.org Resisting The Temptation To 'Win' When Investing How A Trip To Costco Can Work As An Investment Strategy http://kacu.org/post/how-trip-costco-can-work-investment-strategy <em>NPR's Uri Berliner is taking $5,000 of his own savings and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/05/22/184201335/instead-of-snoozing-in-savings-let-s-put-5-000-to-work">putting it to work</a>. Though he's no financial whiz or guru, he's exploring different types of investments — alternatives that may fare better than staying in a savings account that's not keeping up with inflation.</em><p>Mark Cuban is a billionaire, so it may be a surprise that the owner of NBA's Dallas Mavericks purchases everyday items like razor blades and toothpaste in bulk batches. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:02:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 24070 at http://kacu.org How A Trip To Costco Can Work As An Investment Strategy Instead Of Snoozing In Savings, Let's Put $5,000 To Work http://kacu.org/post/instead-snoozing-savings-lets-put-5000-work If you have a savings account you probably already know this: Your money there is losing value to inflation. Yields are so low that returns are not even keeping up with the cost of living.<p>I've been watching some of my own savings dwindle. And that prompted me to take up a challenge: I'm taking $5,000 from personal savings and putting it to work. I'm not a financial whiz, pundit or any kind of guru.<p>In the coming weeks, I'll be reporting on the various investments I decide to pursue. Wed, 22 May 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 23729 at http://kacu.org Instead Of Snoozing In Savings, Let's Put $5,000 To Work Comcast To Buy Rest of NBCUniversal From GE http://kacu.org/post/comcast-buy-rest-nbcuniversal-ge Comcast, the Philadelphia based cable giant, announced a major deal late Tuesday afternoon. It will buy the 49 percent stake of NBCUniversal that it did not already own for $16.7 billion. General Electric is the seller and will also be selling some prized real estate as part of the deal. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:25:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 19786 at http://kacu.org Back To The Economy Of The '90s? Not So Fast http://kacu.org/post/back-economy-90s-not-so-fast Throughout the debate over taxes and the "fiscal cliff," there's been a lot of looking backward — to the 1990s. The economic expansion of the 1990s was the longest in recorded American history.<p>Democrats say the economy thrived under the leadership of President Bill Clinton, including his tax rate increase on high earners. Republicans say government didn't spend as much then and that growth didn't really take off until the GOP took control of Congress in 1995.<p>So what actually happened in the '90s? What made them tick?<p><strong>A Unique Boom</strong><p>First, some numbers. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 09:03:00 +0000 Uri Berliner 17929 at http://kacu.org Back To The Economy Of The '90s? Not So Fast