Author: Ann Logue

Ann Logue is a freelance writer and consulting analyst who is fascinated by business and technology. She has a particular interest in regulatory issues and corporate governance. She is the author of "Emerging Markets for Dummies" (Wiley 2011), “Socially Responsible Investing for Dummies” (Wiley 2009), “Day Trading for Dummies” (Wiley 2007), and “Hedge Funds for Dummies” (Wiley 2006), and has written for Barron’s, Institutional Investor, and Newsweek Japan, among other publications. As an editor and ghostwriter, she worked on a book published by the International Monetary Fund and another by a Wall Street currency strategiest. She is a lecturer in finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current career follows 12 years of experience as an investment analyst. She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. How's that for deathly dull?
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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: The Real Problem With the American Diet

I am tired of all discussions about diet and exercise. Part of the problem for me is that the math is so incredibly imprecise. We are told...

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Numberscruncher: Viacom Sues YouTube

A video that always makes me happy, and violates Viacom’s copyright: kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/vgMgLjMghuk"...

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Numberscruncher: Neither Families Nor States Manage Their Budgets Well

Let’s just come right out and say it: most families do not do as good a job as they could with their finances.  So why do we hold them...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: The Costs of Daylight Savings Time

Sick of springing forward and falling back? Ann Logue breaks down the numbers and says Daylight Savings Time is worse than just an...

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Music

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Twenty%Tippers

One day last September, the mail included a hand-addressed envelope with a New York City postmark and a return address that turned out to...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: The Recovery, Jobs or No Jobs

The March issue of The Atlantic has a thoroughly depressing article about how employment might not pick up when the economy recovers. As if...

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Numberscruncher: Earthquakes

On Saturday, another devastating earthquake hit, in Chile, and that gives us another chance to look at some of the numbers associated with...

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Numberscruncher: Cheap Trick Takes On Nielsen SoundScan

Cheap Trick, the pride of Rockford, has a new CD out called The Latest. It’s been released through Tunecore , a service that makes it...

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Numberscruncher: Wither the European Union?

Abraham Lincoln was born 201 years ago last week. He was America’s greatest president because he took charge in a time of crisis, a civil...

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Numberscruncher: Who Wants to Be a Small-Town Arts Entrepreneur?

This country is full of gorgeous old houses in places where the cost of living is negligible. For $149,000, you can have a five-bedroom...

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Numberscruncher: Making Money on Elections

February 2 is Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney and Election Day in Illinois. We have a lot of hot contests here in the state because our...

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Numberscruncher: Getting Value from Intellectual Property

Sita Sings the Blues is a great, sad movie about a breakup. The creator, Nina Paley, mixes animation styles and narrators, using the story...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Haiti, Foreign Aid, and Foreign Trade

Americans like to stress about our current account deficit. Even if they do not know the terms of the amounts, they worry about the fact...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher, Television

Numberscruncher: “American Idol” and the Stock Market

John Maynard Keynes, the eminent economist who is back in style, described the stock market as a beauty contest. He asked the readers of...

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Numberscruncher: Who Needs the Radio?

When I was a kid, I had to listen to whatever the DJ picked. One of the odder decade-end lists was Nielsen’s list of the most-played...

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Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: Lee Eisenberg, “Shoptimism”

Lee Eisenberg likes to shop. He also has a lot of perspective on how people sell and how people buy. He was the editor in chief of Esquire...

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Current Events, Numberscruncher

Numberscruncher: Taxes Around the World

Americans have a unique phobia about taxes. Years ago, politicians told us that we could have more stuff by paying less money, and we liked...

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Numberscruncher: Sweden Is Not Socialist

Last week, a conservative friend asked me how I liked living in Sweden under Comrade Obama. I sighed. Somehow or another, it has become...

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Numberscruncher: The Funny Papers

The death spiral of the newspaper industry has been well documented -- but the once-proud comics section has been struggling for some time...

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Numberscruncher: Gift Cards, Bargains, and Scams

The latest trend in the “something for nothing on the Internet” game is the pay-to-bid auction site. The auction operator lets such...

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Numberscruncher: Insider Trading

It’s darn near impossible for an investment manager to beat the market once you adjust performance for risk and fees. Every quarter, when...

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Numberscruncher: The College Sustainability Report Card

What's the College Sustainability Report Card, and what does it have to do with happy chickens? Read Ann Logue's latest Numberscruncher to...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: N.E.D., “No Evidence of Disease”

Years ago, I had a friend who was a singer in a retro-punk band called Vaginal Cancer. He picked the name after his girlfriend had had a...

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Numberscruncher: No More Blogging for Dollars?

Will the FTC bring down Popdose? Or do they have some vitamin peddlers to go after first?...

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Numberscruncher: Trickling Down and Crowding Out

Americans have always had a fairly violent reaction to taxes, but they aren't inherently evil -- and in her latest Numberscruncher, Ann...

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Numberscruncher: The Olympics

The site of the 2016 Olympics will be announced on Friday, and Chicago is considered to be a close contender along with Rio de Janeiro....

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Numberscruncher: FedEx and Economic Recovery

Ben Bernanke said that the recession is over, but what he thinks isn’t important. The more important arbiter of the business cycle,...

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Numberscruncher: The Poorer Americans

With pure obviousness, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that median household income in the United States fell to $50,303 in 2008, a 3.6...

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Cratedigger, Music

Cratedigger: Twinn Connexion

In August of 1969, my grandparents took their younger children to New York City on vacation, where they saw the sights and met with their...

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Numberscruncher: The Beatles by the Numbers

We know it pays to be a Beatle. But just how well? In this week's Numberscruncher, Ann Logue takes a peek inside the world of Beatle...