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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Banks have granted tens of billions of dollars in mortgage relief through settlements, the latest being JPMorgan Chase, which agreed to provide an additional $4 billion for troubled homeowners. But housing counselors around the country say that not enough has changed, and that the settlements, while a good template, aren't what is making a difference in communities hard-hit by foreclosure.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Longtime General Electric CEO and management icon Jack Welch popularized a management style in the 1980s that critics dubbed "rank and yank." The system ranks employees — with under-performers getting yanked from their jobs or the company. This old practice is in the news again. Microsoft recently did away with it. But other companies are embracing it.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Crowdfunding is popular among musicians, filmmakers and artists looking for a way to finance their next project. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is considering rules that would allow small companies to solicit investments over the Internet and sell shares to the public.
Friday, November 08, 2013
The monthly jobs report for October showed surprising strength. Employers added 204,000 jobs to payrolls. The unemployment did edge up a bit to 7.3 percent, but that was likely a result of the government shutdown.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Johnson & Johnson became the latest drugmaker to reach a costly agreement with the federal government over charges of improper marketing. The widely anticipated settlement, unveiled Monday, covers Natrecor, a drug for congestive heart failure, and antipsychotics Risperdal and Invega.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Johnson & Johnson will pay $2.2 billion to settle civil and criminal investigations related to mis-marketing of prescription drugs Risperdal, Invega and Natrecor.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
The housing market is working through the remnants of the financial crisis, and until recently the sector's recovery seemed to be on track. But recent drama in the national economy has left consumers reluctant to buy, experts say.
Monday, October 28, 2013
The Justice Department is negotiating a possible civil settlement with JP Morgan totaling $13 billion — $4 billion of which would be money returned to harmed homeowners. While the details are still emerging, previous settlements can help provide a picture of what works when it comes to restitution in big cases.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Amazon has been quietly making inroads into a new approach to retail, partnering with manufacturers to ship products directly from the warehouse to consumers, essentially taking out the middle man. The online retailing giant's move comes as it and its competitors experiment with faster delivery.
Monday, October 21, 2013
The Obama administration projected that within the first month of open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, half a million individuals or families would sign up. Nearly three weeks in, the actual number of enrollments looks to be much smaller. Technical issues have been a big factor.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Investors appear to once again be interested in the relative safety of U.S. stocks. A Bloomberg analysis shows investors pulling money out of emerging markets while simultaneously boosting purchases of U.S. equities.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
As early as September new Internet suffixes — from .nyc to .google to .ngo — will begin rolling out. It's a controversial plan that raised concerns about fraud, trademark infringement and customer confusion, but the Web's governing body says those issues have been addressed.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Gross domestic product, or GDP, grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the second quarter, compared with 1.1 percent in the previous quarter. This may mean that the economy is weathering government spending cuts without sustaining much damage.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Senate Banking Committee is looking into whether big banks should be allowed to own key commodity businesses, ranging from warehouses that store metals to oil pipelines. Consumer advocates say the banks sometimes create bottlenecks that push up prices. The banks, not surprisingly, say that's not so.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Wal-Mart's plans to come to Washington, D.C., are up in the air after the City Council voted to require the world's largest retailer to pay workers a living wage. The case highlights some of the difficulties — and opportunities — big-box stores sometimes face entering urban markets.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Homebuyers are on edge after a sudden jump in mortgage rates. Industry analysts wonder if the spike in rates will scare off potential buyers or push them into closing a deal before rates go up more.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The job of postmaster general was once one of the country's most politically powerful. But now Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe finds himself continually caught in the political crossfire. Donahoe is tangling with unions and members of Congress over how to manage the Postal Service's future.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
It has been more than five years since the collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac forced the government to move the mortgage giants into conservatorship. Congress is finally starting to grapple with what comes next.
Monday, June 24, 2013
The Supreme Court sided with employers in two harassment and discrimination cases. One case turned on whether one employee was another's supervisor, the other on whether the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center was justified in withdrawing an offer of employment.
Friday, June 14, 2013
The Federal Reserve's economic stimulus has helped keep mortgage rates at record lows in the years since the Great Recession. But rates are ticking upward, leaving some investors worried that the nascent housing recovery will suffer if the Fed unravels its policies too quickly.