Simon Medcalfe

Manufacturing job loss has benefits for nation


I often get asked about the future of manufacturing in the U.S. and locally. Sometimes this is phrased as “when... Read more

Don't count out bricks and mortar in retail's future ...


Occasionally I give a talk to a civic or business group, and these talks often generate some interesting questions... Read more

School photo picks defy logic


At this time of year many schools take class photos. Last year, parents at my sons' school were given the opportunity to buy photo... Read more

Personal goals control financial plan


This week is Financial Planning Week, so I asked several local financial planners for their top tips. You might think that their... Read more

Incentives at heart of economics, baseball


For the second year in a row, the Augusta GreenJackets will not be competing in postseason play. This is despite posting the South... Read more

'Journal' is selective with its data...

On Aug. 27, the Bureau of Economic Analysis revised down the growth rate of the U.S. economy for the second quarter from 2.4 percent to 1.6... Read more

Economic variables can predict winners


Economists are often involved in forecasts and predictions. This often involves macro-level variables such as inflation, unemployment... Read more

Economic indicators are encouraging for Augusta


The Georgia Department of Labor reported on April 15 that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to a record 10.6... Read more

Young son ponders Masters opportunity costs


A couple of weeks ago, my 8-year-old son, Rhys, was asking what the atmosphere was like at the Masters Tournament. He was trying to... Read more

Column: College is good return on investment

Is a college education worthwhile? This is a question I posed to my financial planning students last week.

A quick calculation would take... Read more