• November 2023 – Insurers Pay The (Inflated) Cost to be The Boss

    PriSim recently held a virtual Open House featuring business simulations for the insurance industry.  One of the discussion topics was how hard the insurance industry has been hit by inflation. Insurance companies sometimes get a bad rap for their profitability, but inflation is adding pressure to claims expenses and increasing the cost of repairs, litigation,…

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  • April 2023 – When Companies Buy Back Their Shares and Go Home

    It’s never fun when a kid threatens to take their ball and go home. What about when companies do it with their shares of stock? 2023 is shaping up to be a big year for share buybacks, with more than $1 trillion in repurchases expected by the S&P 500 alone. That’s a lot of money…

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  • October 2022 – News Flash – Inflated Prices are Still in Demand

    How high can prices stretch up before demand snaps down?  Inflation hasn’t put much of a damper on spending yet, but it’s getting a lot of attention lately in corporate earnings calls, and some business leaders are concerned that rising prices will result in significant drops in demand.  Walmart and Kellogg are already seeing changes…

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  • July 2022 – When the Going Gets Tough, Tough Companies Get Investing

    What’s scarier than investing in your company in the midst of an economic downturn?  Not investing in your company in the midst of an economic downturn.  An HBR article describes how well thought-out investments (while biting your nails) during an economic pullback can actually position a company better for the future. But that takes courage…

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  • May 2022 – Spiraling Out of Control – Wages and Prices

    Unless you’ve been hiding in your basement for the last couple of months (understandable if you were), you’ve probably heard about the dreaded Wage-Price Spiral (WPS) that many economists are predicting. A WPS can occur when prices rise, causing workers to demand higher wages.  Companies then raise prices again to cover their now-higher wage expense…

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