I'm trying to compare the compounded losses due to inflation to non-compounded profits. E.g. if inflation makes me lose 3% of an investment each year, what % would I need to profit each year in order to exactly keep up? This is tricky because the profit is not compounded the way inflation is. I'm not looking for an answer to this specific question, but rather, looking for a tool or method to do this kind of math. [more inside]
posted by brenton
on Aug 21, 2014 -
In short, the better I am at my job, the less money I make. I need help explaining this to my boss, and advice on offering him a solution. [more inside]
posted by yesster
on Jul 26, 2014 -
Are there any books or other resources about the links American businesses had with Germany leading up to and during WWII? [more inside]
posted by Ickster
on Feb 6, 2014 -
How many movie studios in America are capable of producing films with production budgets over $100 million and how are they ranked from most to least profitable?
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jul 14, 2013 -
Where does one find financial statements (similiar to SEC filings) for non profit organizations [more inside]
posted by pakora1
on Jun 3, 2013 -
Suppose that I have a website that has frequent traffic. This traffic is consistant and predictable. How do I begin monetizing it by selling ad space? Where would I get in touch with these mythical people who would pay to have their ads displayed on my website? Is it customary to get paid per click or per view? Are there different rates depending on the readership?
Educate me, Metafilter!
posted by wolfdreams01
on Mar 15, 2013 -
I'm starting to get a few requests for speaking engagements and seminars, and I'm not quite sure what to expect on the business side of things. At the moment, these are private individuals who have a little experience with event planning, and know that I could draw a decent audience to a workshop. I'm a little unsure about how profits should be split between me and the organizer. I don't have a problem with the organizer making some money, but I'm the one providing the content, and I want to be fairly compensated. How does this generally work? [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Feb 21, 2013 -
I have a question that I feel stupid asking, but I don't know how more elegantly to put this: what does it *mean* for a corporation to not pay its taxes? What exact taxes are being bailed on? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Mar 28, 2012 -
So I completely understand that prices of stocks, like anything in a market, arise from supply and demand. But at the end of the day, why does demand for a stock increase when a company's earnings increase? How does holding the stock of a company whose earnings have increased since purchase benefit a stockholder? It can't purely
be that I care about earnings because I know everyone else cares about earnings because they know everyone else cares about earnings... can it? What is the ultimate source of this caring about earnings? If dividends were more common, I could understand all this as a jockeying for a good deal on a dividend. But as it is, it sounds no different than betting on a never-ending horse race with earnings arbitrarily picked as the indicator of which horse is in the lead.
posted by the jam
on Feb 26, 2012 -
Small US non-profit (501(c)3) at its Whit's end. Are there opensource or online solutions to help me consolidate all my bookkeeping! [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic
on Feb 14, 2012 -
I'm looking for what are (probably) Science Fiction or Dystopian stories/novels based on the premise that a person's value in society is based on how profitable he/she is to a bank. I.e., a person who didn't live his/her life in such a manner as to be profitable for a bank would suffer negative consequences as a result. It sounds uncomfortably close to reality, nowadays, so I figure someone wrote the stories I'm thinking of years ago. Any ideas?
posted by pjern
on Feb 13, 2012 -
I have a chemist friend who specializes in extracting compounds and chemicals from organic matter.
I was thinking of running some numbers around to find the feasibility of creating a profitable endeavor with his skill and lab equipment.
What is a very profitable plant extract that is legal (well.. legal to sell in most states in the US)?
posted by digdan
on May 16, 2011 -
I'm looking for historical employment, revenue and profit information for the top 500 businesses in the world, and I don't know where or how to look for it. [more inside]
posted by Freen
on Apr 4, 2011 -
Do any of the major world public transportation systems (Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Madrid etc.) operate at a profit? I was pondering New York's constant MTA woes and was wondering if other cities had similar problems. What are the factors that lead to profitability vs. expense? etc etc.
posted by GilloD
on Mar 16, 2011 -
What items are best for bartering? Should I only use craigslist for bartering? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX
on Jan 13, 2011 -
How did those of you with political or policy type of jobs get your feet in the door? Whether its campaigning, non-profit, policy or anything else political related, how did you get your start? More of course in the fold. [more inside]
posted by handbanana
on Sep 30, 2010 -
How do I calculate a mutual fund’s book value after selling only a portion of units held if I have been using a dollar-cost strategy and investing a set amount of money in the fund regularly? How does this impact my ability to report profit/capital gains? [more inside]
posted by elkerette
on Jun 22, 2010 -
This is a four-part question, in which I ask: how much profit does a merchant typically make on the following products and services: A $2.00 slice of plain pizza, a $5.50 cycle on a laundromat clothes washer, a $1.50 box of strawberries and a $0.25 cycle of 8-10 minutes in a laundromat dryer? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet
on Mar 28, 2010 -
Can you refer me to a non-profit industries career consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area? I am not so much looking for a headhunter but a career coach. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 20, 2010 -
Profit has been an effective motivator for progress in a variety of areas in our society. But often when left unchecked by regulation or social norms, the drive for profits leads to exploitation and abuse. What are some examples of systems where profit is still an effective driver, but where regulations do a good job of curbing abuse?
posted by parallax7d
on Jan 13, 2010 -
I've made the plunge into iphone development. Ive started working on ideas with a friend who is a talented graphic designer. My question is: how should I split profits from the applications with him? [more inside]
posted by Merik
on Mar 21, 2009 -
Anyone know of a way to quantify (by region, nationally; individually, collectively; percentages, ballparks numbers, quotes, et cetera) how non-profit theatres are faring, say, from the past year year or two to now, in the pursuit of foundation money? Assiduous though my efforts have been, I need to put my to-date dismal efforts into perspective for myself and soon, methinks, for others. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl
on Mar 1, 2009 -
My boss swings from one conspiracy theory to another about our work and her/our future. What are some ways to force her to stop? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 20, 2009 -
In This current monitary climate, why don't manufacturers sell their goods at a cheaper price?? [more inside]
posted by maxmix
on Feb 14, 2009 -
I am working towards starting a non profit/NGO in Kenya to address issues of education, poverty,disease ie HIV AIDS, and leadership with a view of using a totally different theoretical framework in going about the issues. I am currently studying sustainable development in New Zealand and have a small pilot project going on there. I am looking for any partnership from individuals,organisations or companies or any interested parties who could be having similar passion from all over the world. Please provide me with any links, resources or even ideas and am sure this will make a landmark in a country thats really burdened..will be glad to get any kind of advice from you..cheers
posted by avenue71
on Jan 12, 2009 -
Found a rare photo in an out-of-print edition of a book. How can we make the most of it? [more inside]
posted by kimdog
on Nov 2, 2008 -
Messy housing situation, tenant is manipulating landlord's poor English skills and profiting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 17, 2008 -
Are there any documented cases or studies that actually measure how web accessible design impacts the "bottom line" for a company? [more inside]
posted by Ky
on Aug 14, 2008 -
Simple set of calculations/spreadsheet formulas for thinking about the true cost of starting a business or going freelance? [more inside]
posted by garfy3
on Feb 10, 2008 -
One of our local malls, South Coast Plaza in Orange County, *constantly* moves stores around and the stores *constantly* remodel.
Why, and is it mandatory?
I mean, I'm sure someone(s) smarter than me has decided that it's worth all the money they spend to move/remodel stores. Is that all there is to my question? Why don't other malls seem to do this? Is South Coast Plaza different because it's more of an upscale/luxury mall? Is it unique to certain malls? Does the mall force the stores to move? Or is this something the stores ask to do?
posted by edjusted
on Sep 17, 2007 -
How to make a small profit with currency if you have regular access to the Euro and Slovak Crown? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz
on Feb 24, 2007 -