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Marotta On Money - November 29 Newsletter

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Cyber Monday 2010 (11-29-2010)

The retail industry has tagged today "Cyber Monday. " Like the term "Black Friday," which describes the Friday after Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday refers to the Monday three days later. Just as Black Friday is considered the biggest traditional shopping day, Cyber Monday is supposed to see a significant spike in online sales. The description "Black Friday" has been around a long time and was named to mark the day that retailers become profitable, moving on their balance sheets from the red into the black. The National Retail Federation's Shop. org division made up the idea of Cyber Monday to generate media coverage for their online retailers.
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In The News

David John Marotta Published in the "Aspen Daily News"

David John Marotta's column was recently published in the Aspen Daily News Online! Click here for a link to the story.

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Why is Bob Cratchit So Poor? (12-12-2005)

Christmas is a time for oft told tales like Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol. " At first glance, this story fills us with pity for the Cratchit family, always struggling to make ends meet. Poor Bob Cratchit is forced to work for Ebenezer Scrooge, whose personality makes an easy target for the cause of Bob's financial troubles. But, the true source of the Cratchits' poverty is not Scrooge but Bob's own impulse to live a lifestyle worthy of the Lord Mayor himself. Bob Cratchit is a clerk and a member of the British middle class. He lives a genteel life.
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Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"