December 3, 2013 |
Patrick Coyne, president and CEO of Delaware Investments, and his team gave their views Monday on the equity and bond markets, and Coyne noted that the stock market's record current level is "a little stretched. " Coyne's background is in fixed income, but as head of one of the region's largest institutional asset managers, overseeing $190 billion, his view is that the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasurys should be within a range of 2.75 percent to 3.0 percent, and that the Federal Reserve's efforts to "taper" its unprecedented bond purchases should begin in 2014.
November 29, 2013 |
Responding to New Jersey's decision late Tuesday allowing insurers to continue health policies that are scheduled for cancellation, the state's largest carrier said that doing so under the guidelines would not be a viable option for most plans in the individual market because of cost. The immediate effect of the announcement by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey was unclear. Millions of policies are being canceled nationwide, in many cases because they do not meet the Affordable Care Act's minimum standards.
November 26, 2013 |
Gov. Christie last week took over the chairmanship of the influential Republican Governors Association, which will let him build relationships across the country as he campaigns for candidates in the 36 states with 2014 gubernatorial elections. But as candidates in those states seek to reap the benefits of Christie's charisma and fund-raising prowess, prospects for Republicans at home in New Jersey are far less certain. Even as Christie cruised to reelection this month with a 22-point victory, his popularity did not sweep more Republicans into the Democratic-controlled Legislature.
November 25, 2013 |
At a recent Georgetown University symposium, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, and John Kerry all urged Americans not to abandon Afghan women after U.S. troops exit next year. Their pleas were emotional. Bush, who, together with Clinton, has taken up the cause of Afghan women, said she feared that "once the troops leave, American eyes will move away. I want the people of Afghanistan to know the people of America are with them. " Secretary of State Kerry recalled the anxiety he has heard from Afghan women who have "legitimate concerns that the gains of the past decade could be lost.
November 25, 2013 |
If the Flyers are going to continue making headway in the Metropolitan Division standings, they will have to do it on the road. After finishing a three-game homestand Saturday night against the New York Islanders, the Flyers will play eight of their next nine games away from the Wells Fargo Center. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Entering Saturday, the Flyers were 5-7-2 at home and 4-3-2 on the road. The only home game in the next 2½ weeks is an 11:30 a.m. matchup Black Friday against Winnipeg.
November 23, 2013 |
Pennsylvania motorists will feel the cost of the state's new transportation-funding plan at the gas pump and the driver's license center. And if motorists run a stop sign or let their insurance lapse, they will pay more. A typical driver can expect to pay $22 more a year in 2014 and $132 more by 2018, according to calculations made by Gov. Corbett's Transportation Funding Advisory Commission in 2011. The commission's recommendations formed the basis for the funding plan approved by the House and Senate this week.
November 22, 2013 |
Q: LAST YEAR, I accepted a job that required me to move to this area. Before that, I'd spent two years working as a model for a sex-cam site (a/k/a a cam girl). It was my main source of income for about a year and a half of those two years. I made decent money doing it, but it was physically and emotionally draining at times, and I was more than happy to leave it in the past when the opportunity for a "real job" came up. I've been seeing a guy here for several months. Things are going well between us, but I've never told him about my past.
November 21, 2013 |
Commuter rail service is likely to be cut next year, and Pennsylvania's highways and bridges will continue to deteriorate, transportation officials said Tuesday, following the narrow legislative defeat of a major transportation funding increase. Most lawmakers from southeastern Pennsylvania supported the funding measure, but eight area Democrats and five Republicans voted against it. And a key supporter, Rep. Louise Bishop (D., Phila.), was out sick, the only legislator not voting on the measure, which was defeated 103-98 Monday night.
November 20, 2013 |
When he was 12, Edwin Brizuela tried to cross the border from Mexico to Arizona five times, on one occasion spending the night in a detention facility. When he eventually made it that year, he joined his parents, who had immigrated previously, and thought his family's challenges were over. "For a lot of us, it's worse here than in our own country," said Brizuela, 21, who now lives in Pennsauken. "They keep us in the shadows. We're not criminals. We just want to work. " Brizuela joined about 50 people Monday in Camden to launch a 150-mile, nine-day Pilgrimage for Citizenship organized by PICO New Jersey, a faith-based nonprofit organization, and Camden Churches Organized for People.
November 20, 2013 |
William Shakespeare didn't write his plays. He wrote them and a whole lot more. A new collection of 10 Elizabethan/Jacobean plays is called, provocatively enough, Collaborative Plays , by, provocatively enough, "William Shakespeare & Others" (Palgrave Macmillan, 752 pp., $31.37). For centuries, some folks have suspected he helped write them. A turning point? Could be. This time, the attribution may stick. How come? Digital databases, computerized analysis of style - and a sea change in the way people think of the world's most famous writer.