Michael Johnston submits:Continuing a very active month for the ETF industry, State Street rolled out three new sector-specific funds on Thursday. Each of the new products will provide more targeted exposure than the ultra-popular sector SPDRs that focus on the nine major industries of the U.S. economy. The new ETFs include:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is primarily about the provision of health insurance to people, but it does include a number of important provisions in the lifestyle, wellness, and prevention space that offers the most cost-effective route to improved health.
Steve Benen observes a curious exchange at the Senate Finance Committee:
“Are you aware that if you take out gun accidents and auto accidents, that the United States actually is better than those other countries?” Ensign said. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) had been citing the health care systems of France, Germany, Japan and Canada as more effective, but with lower costs.
Conrad responded that one can bend statistics in all sorts of ways.
By Kate Sheppard
Among the many positive outcomes of carbon-reduction policy often ignored when looking at the costs are the health benefits. In fact, health savings due to improvements in air quality alone would outweigh the potential costs of cutting carbon, as one study earlier this year found.
PALO ALTO (CALIFORNIA): Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its US operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions - initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups like Greenpeace. On Thursday, Apple announced a new focus on using paper from trees harvested under environmentally sound conditions.
Kansas City is being wired for high speed internet, in a big way. Indeed, my neighborhood is fast approaching its installation dates.
Lots of people have been wondering if high speed internet connectivity might improve access to health care in Kansas City, particularly for seniors and the homebound. Kansas City, you see, is a city with limited public transportation and a city with considerable sprawl.