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Low-cost carriers provide food for thought on how to drive ancillary revenue gains » APEX Editor's Blog
We are completely unbundled. We charge for most everything. We advertise that our price is the lowest fare. We charge for seat assignment, charge for bags, carry-on [and more] and the sum of all that is still lower than competitors.”
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"We are completely unbundled. We charge for most everything. We advertise that our price is the lowest fare. We charge for seat assignment, charge for bags, carry-on [and more] and the sum of all that is still lower than competitors.”"
airlines  finance  cost  ***  lcc  revenue  profit 
february 2013 by gpe
Cheat Sheet: What’s Happened to the Big Players in the Financial Crisis - ProPublica
"...here’s a quick refresher on what’s happened to some of the main players, whose behavior, whether merely reckless or downright deliberate, helped cause or worsen the meltdown. This list isn’t exhaustive -- feel welcome to add to it."
economics  2008  2011  politics  finance  capitalism  usa 
december 2011 by gpe
How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests | Politics News | Rolling Stone
Taibbi's great wrangling over what OWS means. | "What both sides missed is that OWS is tired of all of this. They don't care what we think they're about, or should be about. They just want something different.

We're all born wanting the freedom to imagine a better and more beautiful future. But modern America has become a place so drearily confining and predictable that it chokes the life out of that built-in desire. Everything from our pop culture to our economy to our politics feels oppressive and unresponsive. We see 10 million commercials a day, and every day is the same life-killing chase for money, money and more money; the only thing that changes from minute to minute is that every tick of the clock brings with it another space-age vendor dreaming up some new way to try to sell you something or reach into your pocket. The relentless sameness of the two-party political system is beginning to feel like a Jacob's Ladder nightmare with no end; we're entering another turn on the four-year merry-go-round, and the thought of having to try to get excited about yet another minor quadrennial shift in the direction of one or the other pole of alienating corporate full-of-shitness is enough to make anyone want to smash his own hand flat with a hammer.

If you think of it this way, Occupy Wall Street takes on another meaning. There's no better symbol of the gloom and psychological repression of modern America than the banking system, a huge heartless machine that attaches itself to you at an early age, and from which there is no escape."
ows  taibbi  rolling.stone  protest  usa  2011  banking  finance  capitalism  ***** 
november 2011 by gpe
Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? | Rolling Stone Politics
"So there you have it. Illegal immigrants: 393,000. Lying moms: 1. Bankers: 0. The math makes sense only because the politics are so obvious. You want to win elections, you bang on the jailable class. You build prisons & fill them with people for selling dime bags & stealing CD players. But for stealing a billion $? For fraud that puts a million people into foreclosure? Pass. It's not a crime. Prison is too harsh. Get them to say they're sorry, & move on. Oh, wait—let's not even make them say they're sorry. That's too mean; let's just give them a piece of paper w/ a government stamp on it, officially clearing them of the need to apologize, & make them pay a fine instead. But don't make them pay it out of their own pockets, & don't ask them to give back the money they stole. In fact, let them profit from their collective crimes, to the tune of a record $135 billion in pay & benefits last year. What's next? Taxpayer-funded massages for every Wall Street executive guilty of fraud?"
economics  finance  politics  usa  toread  incarceration  via:rgreco  rolling.stone  ****  2011  immigration  discrimination  fraud  wealth 
february 2011 by gpe
How Obama Saved Capitalism and Lost the Midterms
"...more than anything, the fact that the president took on the structural flaws of a broken free enterprise system instead of focusing on things that the average voter could understand explains why his party was routed
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The three signature accomplishments of his first 2 years—a health care law that will make life easier for millions of people, financial reform that attempts to level the playing field with Wall Street, and the $814 billion stimulus package—have all been recast as big government blunders, rejected by the emerging majority.

But each of them, in its way, should strengthen the system. The health law will hold costs down, while giving millions the chance at getting care, according to the nonpartisan CBO. Financial reform seeks to prevent the kind of meltdown that caused the global economic collapse. And the stimulus, though it drastically raised the deficit, saved about 3 million jobs, again according to the CBO. It also gave a majority of taxpayers a one-time cut..."
politics  obama  economics  capitalism  economy  nyt  business  op-ed  counterintuitive  election  **  2010  healthcare  finance  reform 
december 2010 by gpe
U.S., Europe Airlines Urge Higher Costs for Aircraft Subsidies
"Carriers from the U.S., U.K., Germany, Spain and France are seeking to curb export subsidies that let rivals such as Air India and Korean Air Lines Co. gain cheaper aircraft financing. The airlines are seeking to influence talks at Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which represents 33 nations and helps coordinate policies."
airport  finance  airlines  sirplane  watar  uae  usa  europe  boeing  airbus  taxes  ***  trade  bloomberg 
december 2010 by gpe
Airlines want 20 percent export financing cap
"Leading airlines have called on Europe and the United States to cap export credits on the sale of passenger jets at 20 percent in the latest ripple of a growing spat over multi-billion-dollar subsidies.

U.S. and European airlines say their Gulf rivals get subsidies and export credits that allow them to grow at a breakneck pace and take market share.

But Dubai is leading a vigorous defense against the charges and the head of its airport, which is home to Emirates, hit back on Wednesday with suggestions that the real problem for Western airlines was their own governments' "parasitic" taxes."
airlines  airplane  finance  taxes  europe  france  qatar  uae  usa  boeing  airbus  ****  trade 
december 2010 by gpe
AviationNews.net
"Among credit strengths, Fitch cited the strength of the airport's passenger base, as well as its strong standing as one of the largest international gateway airports; strong and well-established diversity of domestic and foreign-flag carriers with no single carrier comprising more than 15 percent of total enplaned passengers served; LAX's consistently high share of the Los Angeles regional air traffic market with minimal near-term risk of competition that may result in meaningful traffic diversion from surrounding airports; and robust financial metrics and a very healthy liquidity position."
airport  lax  los.angeles  economics  bonds  finance  ** 
november 2010 by gpe
The next bubble: Priming the markets for tomorrow's big crash—By Eric Janszen (Harper's Magazine)
Janszen predicts the next bubble will be alternative energy infrastructure. | "Supporting this alternative-energy bubble will be a boom in infrastructure—transportation and communications systems, water, and power. In its 2005 report card, the American Society of Civil Engineers called for $1.6 trillion to be spent over five years to bring the United States back up to code, giving America a grade of “D.” Decades of neglect have put us trillions of dollars away from an “A.” After last August’s bridge collapse in Minnesota, it took only a week for libertarian Robert Poole, director of transportation studies for the Reason Foundation, to renew the call for “highway public-private partnerships funded by tolls,” and for Hillary Clinton to put forth a multibillion-dollar “Rebuild America” plan."
economics  collapse  failure  history  harper's  energy  environment  housing  economy  business  finance  politics  money  usa  infrastructure  dissertation  *****  investment 
december 2009 by gpe
‘We still have the same disease'
An interview with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, on the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
taleb  interview  economics  collapse  finance  capitalism  economy 
september 2009 by gpe
How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? - NYTimes.com
A valuable article if for no other reason than as one brilliant summary of the past three hundred years of macroeconomic theory.
economics  krugman  nyt  methodology  finance  history  macroeconomics  usa  trends  collapse 
september 2009 by gpe
Wiki White Paper
Within the pages of this wiki, Alliance for Innovation local government experts are exploring the nature of today’s fiscal crisis and what specific steps can be taken to pursue economic recovery for our communities.
wiki  local.government  economics  finance  crisis 
march 2009 by gpe
Consumed - Talk Is Cheap - NYTimes.com
The truth is that we have long had mixed, even contradictory, feelings about consumption. A few years ago — pretty much at the height of our most recent nationwide spending binge — a nonprofit group called the Center for a New American Dream released a poll in which 81 percent of those surveyed agreed that Americans are “too focused on shopping and spending,” and 88 percent said our society is “too materialistic.”
consumerism  consumption  counterintuitive  finance  economy  retail  nyt  shopping  debt  materialism 
december 2008 by gpe
The party's over for Iceland, the island that tried to buy the world | World news | The Observer
This North Atlantic volcanic island, which is the size of Cuba, with a population of 320,000 - the size of Coventry's - is an unlikely player on the global financial stage. It is famous for its fish, geysers and for winning the UN's 2007 'best country to live in' poll. But Iceland built its extraordinary wealth on the crest of the worldwide credit boom and now the crunch is sweeping it away, bankrupting a people for whom the past eight years have been, for most of them and by their own admission, one long party.
iceland  collapse  economics  finance  economy  europe  guardian  money  news 
october 2008 by gpe
The Point | People Solving Problems
Launched in September 2007, The Point is a community where people come together and take action, securing the safety in numbers necessary to make things happen. How? No one is obligated to do anything unless a campaign reaches its "tipping point." At the
organization  collaboration  network  activism  marketing  nonprofit  politics  progressive  social.media  social  inspiration  strategy  tools  community  economics  justice  tipping.point  finance 
december 2007 by gpe
How to Cost and Fund ICT
A guide to identifying and budgeting for technology at your nonprofit
nonprofit  ict  howto  productivity  business  technology  finance  commerce 
october 2007 by gpe
Magnets for money
Financial centres are booming, despite predictions that new technology would spell their doom.
economist  finance  city  urbanism  urban  counterintuitive  technology  social.media  network  economics 
september 2007 by gpe
The Profit Calculator -- New York Magazine
How different businesses--from drug dealers to sex shops to city governments--make a dollar in NYC.
economics  business  entrepreneur  finance  nyc  urban  usa 
june 2007 by gpe
SocialFunds
The largest personal finance site devoted to socially responsible investing
sustainable  investing  responsible  finance  ** 
july 2005 by gpe

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