The withdrawal of U.S. troops out of Afghanistan this past year could’ve marked the end of a productive era. Instead, with thousands dead, trillions spent and even more lives overturned, the fall of Afghanistan shows one thing: Military spending doesn’t always equate progress.

It isn’t uncommon for the average nine-to-five employee to have the fleeting thought of skipping town, traveling the country and living out of a van at one point or another. Now, after a year indoors, temptations for a summer spent on the road may have grown even more. Here’s the financial breakdown of van life.

This week, Breeze editors Jillian Carey & Matt Young dug deeper into the Dogecoin craze. Find out whether Dogecoin is worth the investment and the risks associated with volatile cryptocurrency.

Rapidly rising housing prices have signaled a red flag, as home builders struggle to keep up with demand and fast declining inventory is pushed lower during pandemic uncertainty. Without more stability the housing market could be in trouble as prices continue running higher.

One year ago, the Madison Business Review — a student-led, business-focused publication published through The Breeze — launched with a mission to inform, empower and serve the JMU and Harrisonburg communities. On behalf of our team, thank you for your readership and continued support.

JMU Dining increased meal plan prices after its revenue dropped by $18 million during the pandemic. The Madison Business Review reached out to university officials to find out what's behind the move before speaking with students to hear whether they feel they're getting a fair deal.

Despite a sharp decrease in foot traffic, many fashion brands and apparel companies noticed increased demand last year in one area in particular: leisure and comfort clothing. Will VF Corporation's $2.1 billion acquisition of Supreme pay off in the face of this retail transformation?

An economic rebound is under way as vaccines roll out, which should lead to higher inflation sooner than expected. The Federal Reserve is insisting that monetary policy change is far off, but stocks still sold off. Madison Business Review contributor Bryce Roth breaks down what moved markets.

Recently, non-fungible tokens have surged in popularity, allowing digital files, from art to music, to be sold for ownership. While highly profitable for some, many others find this form of income as objectionable: drawbacks include environmental degradation and a ruined market for digital creators. 

Target’s long-time slogan of “expect more, pay less” may prove to be prophetic for investors, given a bevy of catalysts that lifted the retailer to a record 2020. Here’s a detailed breakdown of Target’s fundamentals to analyze whether the retailer's stock is set to retest its all-time high.