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Is owning a home riskier than renting?

What is Risk? Why is owning a home riskier than renting? One of Webster’s definitions for risk is listed as the “possibility of loss or injury.” Another definition states that risk is “the chance that an investment may lose value.” … Continue reading

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ARPU vs ARPPU / ARPMU … but really LTV and CAC / CPA

So what’s more useful ARPU or ARPPU? Which is a better monetization metric for free-to-play MMORPGs or MMO games? The answer turns out to be more complex than you might think. First, let’s dispense with a few definitions: ARPU – … Continue reading

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LAOC Case-Shiller vs Irvine Home Values

Global Decision has created the Global Decision Irvine Hedonic Home Price Index which calculates the quarterly value of Irvine home values over time, based on an underlying hedonic (multiple regression) approach. Our approach is motivated by the fact that median … Continue reading

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MMORPG Unique Users: When 2+3+2+1 = 4

In web analytics, there is often debate about how “Unique User” metrics overcount the true number of unique users. People delete cookies, remove flash beacon trackers, and visit websites from multiple devices. It’s an interesting debate, but not that meaningful … Continue reading

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April 2011 LAOC Case-Shiller Overview

The good folks at Standard & Poors have released the S&P Case-Shiller indexes for April 2011. As usual, our focus here at Global Decision is our local market of LAOC (Los Angeles / Orange County). Let’s start with an overview … Continue reading

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