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The International Air Transport Association says, in 20 years, traffic will double. That's a cautionary note for officials working on upgrading air traffic control. Asia-Pacific is driving growth. In five years China will overtake America for air...
Let's start with a map of Scotland that shows you where this project is. The Hywind project is 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire. It's a fishing town and a service port for North Sea oil rigs. What's new about them is, they're...
Howard Dicus reports on Hawaii's unemployment by island. All percentages are without seasonal adjustment; parentheses show year-before jobless rates. U.S. 4.1 (4.8) Hawaii 2.4 (3.1) Kauai 2.3 (3.3) Oahu 2.3 (2.9) Maui Co. 2.5 (3.3) Big Island 2.8 (3...
It’s not that we expect a recession next week. But we know there will be one eventually. Last time, with mortgage lenders giving loans to people who couldn’t afford them, and Wall Street selling risky investments under the pretense they were safe,...
America has 2.7 million estates. Only 52 hundred of them will own any estate tax this year. That's one fifth of one percent. We've heard that the estate tax devastates farming and trucking families. But not one farm is expected to pay it this year,...
Too much inflation is bad, but since the Great Recession we've had super-low inflation. And that can be bad, too. When inflation is low, people and companies delay spending, in case it's cheaper tomorrow. Japan's economy has been sluggish for 20...
1 month 5 days ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
Whether you're renovating or doing new construction, you need to do your homework. In Today's SmartMoney Monday, we are going to discuss financing for either renovating your home or tearing it down and building new construction. If you're...
Target is hiring. This is the third and final day of job fairs in all Honolulu area Target stores. They have 800 seasonal openings. Walmart Hawaii has been fined $15,000 in administrative costs by state regulators, who found disciplinary actions...
Our biggest single source of visitors is LAX. But they're not all Californians. Many are transferring from flights they boarded farther east. And that's what will happen if Southwest flies here from Los Angeles. As you can see from this Southwest...
A warning from the Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs – someone has been impersonating a state inspector, both in person and with a letter that looks official. To check on someone you can call the Regulated Industries Complaint...
The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii is among 300 business associations across America signing a letter to President Trump, saying, sure, update NAFTA but, first, do no harm – to existing trade deals. The first Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation...
1 month 1 week ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
In the last SmartMoney Monday, we talked about knowing when you're ready to buy a home. 
On a party line vote the House passes a $4 trillion budget. 
Money sounds like such a simple, obvious term. But it isn't. There is money you have in your wallet. 
UH cosponsors its third Future Focus Conference, starting this morning at the Convention Center. The conference looks at cybersecurity, astronomy, and innovation of all kinds. I'll moderate the opening panel with something of an all-star group of...
I thought it would be interesting to show you what shoulder season is like, by comparing the last day of September with the first day in July, which was also a Saturday. 
1 month 2 weeks ago | Hawaii News Now - SmartMoney
In today's SmartMoney Monday, we're going to learn all about one of the biggest financial goals a person can have. 
Realtors in Hawaii say offshore investors are not the major factor driving local home prices. The major factor is the greatest shortage of inventory since the Second World War. 
Do you remember the Laffer Curve? He's baaack. In the 1970s Arthur Laffer drew a curve on a napkin to show a basic principle. Tax rates of 0% and 100% produce no tax revenue. But somewhere in between is X, a rate that brings optimal revenue. Laffer...
President Trump and Congressional Republicans propose to collapse individual tax brackets from seven to three – 12%, 25% and 35%. Under current law the lowest is lower and the highest is higher. In an attempt to cut down on people itemizing, the...

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