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The Business Page

Welcome to the business page, a blog where I'll take you behind the scenes of greater Rochester's fast-changing economy. My name is Ben Rand, and I intend to introduce you to some of the personalities, concepts and events that make news in business here. I've been a business reporter for eight years in Rochester and a journalist for 18, working in four states. I grew up in Pittsford, but moved away after college for about a decade. My wife and I live in Irondequoit with our two children.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Tuesday Tips

Coming off the long Memorial Day weekend, here are links to some of the more interesting business stories making news:
  • A Wall Street executive is getting the government's most important economic job: Secretary of the Treasury. (NY Times.)
  • Here's an interesting look at the vagaries of the stock market. Apparently earnings analysis may not be the truly determining factor in the price of equities. (NY Times.)
  • As if drivers didn't have enough to worry about with rising gas prices. Now it's getting more expensive to visit Canada. (St. Petersburg Times of Florida.)
  • A tale of globalization. It turns out that tax breaks aren't a U.S.-only phenomenon. (The Seattle Times.)
  • One of the two senators whose names are on the landmark corporate reform bill from a couple of years ago is retiring. Paul Sarbanes talks about his legacy in this article. (The Sun of Baltimore.)
  • An update on that overhyped invention from a few years ago -- the one that was supposed to change the world and make us all forget our cars. The Segway may be going public. (The Oregonian of Portland.)


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