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With Tesla batteries and Japan's largest hydrogen tank, Panasonic is testing a factory of the future

With Tesla batteries and Japan’s largest hydrogen tank, Panasonic is testing a factory of the future

As a bullet train speeds by in the background, a tank of liquid hydrogen towers over solar panels and hydrogen fuel cells at Panasonic’s Kusatsu plant in Japan. Combined with a Tesla Megapack storage battery, hydrogen and solar can provide enough electricity to power the site’s Ene-Farm fuel cell plant. Hornyak Team As high-speed trains …

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As a record 8.7% increase in the Social Security cost of living begins in 2023, here's what recipients should look for in annual statements

As a record 8.7% increase in the Social Security cost of living begins in 2023, here’s what recipients should look for in annual statements

Catherine Ziegler | Digital vision | Getty Images As inflation kept prices high in 2022, Social Security recipients can expect a record cost-of-living adjustment in 2023. “Your Social Security benefits will increase by 8.7% in 2023 due to an increase in the cost of living,” the Social Security Administration says in the annual statements it …

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The threat of runaway inflation is still relevant

The threat of runaway inflation is still relevant

Illustration by Risto Avramovski Text size About the Author: Pierre Cramer is Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, Insurance Asset Management at SLC management. This comment reflects his personal opinions. The trajectory of risky assets in 2023 depends on how far the Federal Reserve is willing to go with its interest rate hikes to …

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Heat pumps are an energy improvement for homeowners that becomes a climate and financial winner

Heat pumps are an energy improvement for homeowners that becomes a climate and financial winner

Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular for residential housing with rising energy prices and the need to reduce the use of fossil fuel heating systems. Andrew Aitchison | In pictures | Getty Images Are you thinking of a domestic heat pump? New and expanded government incentives, coupled with a steep rise in utility costs, make …

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Economists believe that inflation has peaked.  Main Street braces for more pain

Economists believe that inflation has peaked. Main Street braces for more pain

Shoppers are seen inside a Kroger supermarket on October 14, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. Elie Nouvelage | AFP | Getty Images More and more stock market participants and among the ranks of professional economists have rallied around the view that inflation has either peaked or is already in decline, but Main Street small business owners …

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Assess the risk/reward for the market through 2023, even if a recession awaits us

Assess the risk/reward for the market through 2023, even if a recession awaits us

In a year of slippery markets, the tape proved surprisingly sticky. Of course, the indices lost ground last week, with the S&P 500 slipping 3.4% exactly from the perch that skeptics would have bet, the level just above 4000 that marked the unseen but so far impenetrable from January 3rd. market peak. Still, where it …

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Why stock investors shouldn't count on a "Santa Claus" rally this year

Why stock investors shouldn’t count on a “Santa Claus” rally this year

Investors, like children on Christmas Eve, expect Santa Claus to come down the chimney, walk to Wall Street and deliver the rewarding gift of a stock market rally. This year, however, investors might be better off betting on a lump of coal, rather than waiting for tangible stock market gains to emerge this holiday season, …

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Electric school buses offer kids a cleaner, but more expensive, route to class

Electric school buses offer kids a cleaner, but more expensive, route to class

BEVERLY, Mass. “It’s a gray November morning, and we’re on a long yellow school bus. The bus bounces around the patched streets of this Boston suburb in a way that would be familiar to anyone who has ever taken the bus to class. But the bus is quiet – and not just because there are …

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Democratic lawmakers accuse big oil companies of 'greenwashing'

Democratic lawmakers accuse big oil companies of ‘greenwashing’

Gas prices are displayed at an Exxon gas station on July 29, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Exxon and Chevron posted record profits in the second quarter of 2022 as energy stocks have weakened in recent months. Brandon Bell | Getty Images On Friday, two Democratic lawmakers accused the largest oil companies in the United States …

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Costco's Inflation Signals Keep Us From Overreacting to Rising Producer Prices

Costco’s Inflation Signals Keep Us From Overreacting to Rising Producer Prices

Wholesale prices in November may have been slightly warmer than expected, but next week’s look at consumer prices is one that could solidify the Federal Reserve’s next interest rate decision. Ultimately, we think November’s consumer price index (CPI) carries more weight with the market and the Fed than Friday’s wholesale numbers, known officially as the …

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