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As 2012 comes to a close, MDNA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the MDNA Biweekly a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 8.


The Fiscal Cliff Explainer: What It Is, Where It's From, Who Will Pay, and Why It Matters
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 13, 2012:
The end of the election means the most important story in politics is the fiscal cliff — a sudden rise in taxes combined with spending cuts scheduled for Jan. 1. But before we get to the policy — and the graphs — let's talk about the term. "Cliff" is an imperfect analogy. It's really more a long, rolling hill. A fiscal slope. Whether you prefer cliffs or loping hillsides for your metaphor, topography is a good analogy for this crisis. It has been forming, as if tectonically, for many years.
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Steel, Scrap Prices Heading Back Up For 2013?
Metal Miner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 27, 2012:
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported a decline in the producer price index for steel mill products, which fell 1.9 percent in October and 8.5 percent over 12 months. Also, scrap prices have been increasing, and mills have come back with price increase announcements. Steel Market Intelligence, for example, expects to see higher long product prices, following the scrap increases, and we'd be hard-pressed to entirely disagree — especially by virtue of the steel price market likely having bottomed for 2012.
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Are Office Hours Outdated?
Fox Small Business Center    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 16, 2012:
Office hours as we know them may be coming to the end of the line, a new survey shows. Today's mobile workers, who are expected to remained connected and readily available everywhere at all times, are discovering they really don't need an office at all. They're found they're more productive and less stressed-out when they're working remotely.
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Checking in on Alan Greenspan's Favorite Economic Indicator
Seeking Alpha    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 16, 2012:
Alan Greenspan was fond of tracking scrap prices and believed they were an important indicator of economic health, especially to anticipate a recovery or recession. Seeking Alpha wanted to check in on this indicator to see what it is signaling about today's economic climate. Scrap metal is unique amongst many indicators tracked by market professionals to gauge economic activity as it is free from any sort of speculation. Scrap metal typically comes from vehicles, buildings and appliances. In the U.S., it is an export industry and serves as a critical source of raw material for the steel and aluminum industry.
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How the Fiscal Cliff Will Impact US Industry
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From Nov. 27, 2012:
How much damage will going over the fiscal cliff inflict on the U.S. economy? The National Association of Manufacturers took up the subject in their new report. The verdict: "A fiscal shock of this nature would, in essence, wipe away a generation's worth of labor and growth, turning back the clock on our economy." NAM notes that according to recent surveys, 55 percent of manufacturers and other small business owners wouldn't start their business in today's climate.
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Heavy Machinery Manufacturers to Provide Dividend Growth Investors Heavy Returns
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From Oct. 2, 2012:
While machinery manufacturers are not often on the minds of most individuals, for investors, perhaps they should be. The heavy duty trucks, construction and farm equipment, provided by these manufacturers are essential for economic development. As construction spending in the US begins to recover, heavy machinery manufacturers should stand to gain from the increased spending.
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Auctioneers Feel the 'Pawn Stars' Effect
Akron Beacon-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 18, 2012:
Auctioneer Jack Kiko said he really started noticing it this spring. Bidders yelling, "Yuuup!" Someone telling a winner to "Go pay the lady." The term "picker" dropped more frequently into conversations. The jargon is one way Kiko can tell his industry is feeling the effect of numerous reality TV shows that deal with dusty treasures hidden in America's attics, basements, garages and storage units.
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7 End-of-year Payroll Tips for Small Business Owners
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From Nov. 27, 2012:
The holiday season is upon us and now is the time for small business owners to finalize their year-end tax planning. There are ways to minimize the tax hit that often comes at this time of the year, and some of them involve human resources and payroll issues. Here are some things to consider.
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Study: Export Surge Could Help US Add 5 Million Factory Jobs by 2020
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From Oct. 2, 2012:
Rising U.S. factory productivity, spurred by falling natural gas prices, could help the nation boost exports of products such as locomotives and factory machinery and add as many as 5 million manufacturing jobs by the decade's end, a new analysis found. High worker productivity and low energy prices driven by a surge in shale gas production will give the United States a cost advantage in exports against Western European rivals and Japan in the coming years, according to a Boston Consulting Group report.
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7 Caution Signs When Buying Used Equipment
ForConstructionPros.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 18, 2012:
It's no surprise that over the last few years the economy has been a driving factor influencing construction equipment ownership. Many contractors have been repairing and holding onto machinery longer. Many contractors have migrated from buying new equipment to buying used. If you're in the used equipment buying (or selling) market, what should you be looking for before purchasing a used machine? Do you know what signs may indicate you proceed with caution or what might be a red flag for the purchase?
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