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Robyn Greenspan

How to Update Your Job Search Strategy to Land Faster

Robyn Greenspan | June 24, 2012 | Business
Here are the problems job seekers recently said they were encountering, and our solutions to mitigate them.
Dan Solin

Families That Cheat Investors Together, Stay Together

Dan Solin | June 24, 2012 | Business
Outright theft of your assets has now become a family affair. The SEC recently announced two cases where investors lost millions of dollars to family scammers.
Anna Cuevas

2.3 Million Children Are Victims of Foreclosure

Anna Cuevas | June 24, 2012 | Business
Of the 2.3 million children who have lost their homes to foreclosure, one out of every 10 have been negatively affected.
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

New Study Shows Violence Costing America Over $460 Billion

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | June 24, 2012 | Politics
The U.S. Peace Index is based on analysis of homicide, violent crime, policing, incarceration rates and availability of small arms data. With improvements in all five of these indicators from the 2011 to the 2012 USPI, the U.S. was found to be more peaceful than at any time since 1991.
Jeffrey Abelson

Does the Invisible Hand Really Know Best?

Jeffrey Abelson | June 24, 2012 | Books
Is the free market really free? Or does it come at the expense of civic values we neglect at our peril? That's one of many questions I found myself pondering after reading What Money Can't Buy by Michael J. Sandel.
Richard Barrington

Beware of Regional Rate Differences

Richard Barrington | June 24, 2012 | Money
Regional and community banks are often recommended as a solution to the low interest rates offered by large banks -- and for good reason. Unfortunately, the viability of this solution may depend on where you live.
Michael Martin

Richard Sandor: A Legend in Financial Innovation

Michael Martin | June 24, 2012 | Business
Richard Sandor is not a household name but he should be. He is quite frankly one of the most important people in finance today given his 40 years of innovation.
Marni Salup

Social Media's Modern Day Role in PR and Marketing Campaigns: Highlights and Thoughts

Marni Salup | June 24, 2012 | Business
After many inquires, much analysis, and contemplation, I thought I would highlight a few recurring points that keep resurfacing amongst friends and clients when asked about social media and the role it is now playing in our public relations and marketing campaigns.
Alex Nowrasteh

Economic Judgment on Arizona's Immigration Law

Alex Nowrasteh | June 24, 2012 | Politics
Arizona's immigration law burdens businesses with regulation and penalizes workers. It has driven tens of thousands of laborers, consumers and entrepreneurs from the state. This policy is an unfunded mandate that raises the cost of hiring workers and expanding production.
Greg Voakes

The Average Taco Bell Customer Visits Taco Bell Every 11 Days (Infographic)

Greg Voakes | June 24, 2012 | Business
Taco Bell had an arguably sketchy 2011 fiscal year, frontloaded by an almost devastating lawsuit against the quality of their meat, 2012 seems to be the year of rebound for the brand.
Jason Gilbert

What Apple's Huge Quarter Means For The iPhone 5

Jason Gilbert | June 24, 2012 | Technology
If you were hoping for a radically redesigned iPhone 5 to come out really, really soon, you now officially have 35.1 million of your peers to blame. Apple reported its first quarter earnings Tuesday afternoon, and the numbers were once again Macauley-Culkin-in-Richie-Rich-enormous: $39.1 billion in revenue, accounted for by...
Charity Knight

Oil Prices Back Above $100 a Barrel -- Is It a New Dawn for Green Cars?

Charity Knight | June 24, 2012 | Business
Oil export sanctions on Iran, in response to its nuclear program and its association to extreme conflict zone Syria, has caused the price of a barrel of oil to reach a global maximum of $102. Although lower than January prices ($113), will this change consumer automotive trends to...
Harvey Rosenfield

Obama to Wall Street: This Is How You Thank Me?

Harvey Rosenfield | June 24, 2012 | Politics
If corporations are people, as the Republican majority on the Supreme Court says, then the defining trait of the modern corporate personality is ingratitude.
Maureen Anderson

A Wavy Line: The Shortest Distance Between My Boss and Me

Maureen Anderson | June 24, 2012 | Business
"Sally, get in the truck," my superintendent said late one afternoon the summer I worked construction, using the nickname I'd been assigned -- though I still don't know why. The look on my super's face was... not good... as he continued: "We're going for a ride." I'd been driving "the...
Patricia Yarberry Allen

Why Walmart Needs a Female CEO

Patricia Yarberry Allen | June 24, 2012 | Women
Walmart and the founding family could make an important decision to change the last decade of corporate behavior by hiring a competent female CEO.
David Coates

Republican Base, Manufacturing Base: Which Is the More Important?

David Coates | June 24, 2012 | Business
The American economy is in trouble now primarily because the industrial policy to which the Republican Party currently subscribes remains hugely influential and entirely inadequate.
Michael Pento

Decoupling Myth Destroyed

Michael Pento | June 24, 2012 | Business
Downward pressure on the U.S. economy is already becoming apparent. Data on home sales, industrial production, jobless claims and regional manufacturing surveys have all recently disappointed.
Wendy Gordon

Mushrooms Grow As Polystyrene Alternative

Wendy Gordon | June 24, 2012 | Green
Their mothers must be proud. The idea for their ingenious new packaging material, made from mycelium -- the hidden roots of mushrooms -- came from the fungus growing under their dorm room beds.
William Petrocelli

The Justice Department Jumps Into Amazon's Pocket

William Petrocelli | June 24, 2012 | Books
Sometimes the DOJ goes after companies that have done nothing wrong, but more often it lets big-time antitrust violators get away with murder. In a recent case -- one that has roiled the publishing industry -- the DOJ has managed to do both.
Peri Pakroo

Strong Brands Depend on Systems and Consistency

Peri Pakroo | June 24, 2012 | Small Business
I'm sure you know the kind of business I'm talking about. It's that place that has an innovative or high-quality product or service, is cute and charming, is obviously run with love and passion, has lovely well-intentioned staff -- but just doesn't have its act together. Sound familiar?
Dave Johnson

1% Vs. 99% Battle Comes to GE Detroit Shareholder Meeting Tomorrow

Dave Johnson | June 24, 2012 | Detroit
The cause of our terrible economic inequality is clear: the 1% have too much power, and use that power to enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of us -- the 99%.
John C.K. Daly

Argentina Moves Towards Nationalizing YPF Repsol -- Good Nationalist Ploy, Bad Business

John C.K. Daly | June 24, 2012 | World
In Argentina the government of President Christina Kirchner Fernandez is moving to reclaim the YPF energy company. Looking behind the scenes, what is really driving Argentina's seemingly quixotic energy policies?
Craig K. Comstock

Space Wealth

Craig K. Comstock | June 24, 2012 | Technology
As the current brouhaha about asteroid mining shows, visionaries may toil quietly until famous or rich people decide to enact an idea.
Michelle Chen

Apple's Two Faces: Power Gaps Between Brazil and China Foxconn Workers

Michelle Chen | June 24, 2012 | World
Apple presides over a global technology empire, but the economic landscapes it shapes around the world are strangely uneven. As long as corporations can freely cross national boundaries, workers' rights should be just as global.
Bryce Longton

Tumblr's All Star Staffers

Bryce Longton | June 24, 2012 | Small Business
It's neither the office space nor the clever perks that make Tumblr such an of-the-moment place to work: it's the people.
Christopher Hytry Derrington

The JOBS Act Is Now Law -- So Now What?

Christopher Hytry Derrington | June 24, 2012 | Business
Thousands of us entrepreneurs will benefit from the JOBS Act. This could become a very viable and exciting way for small companies to raise capital. But not yet. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has nine months to draw up the regulations.
Mark Gongloff

PBS Frontline Investigation Into Financial Crisis Suggests Another Disaster On Horizon

Mark Gongloff | June 24, 2012 | Business
Curtis Arnold

Best Credit Cards for Going Green

Curtis Arnold | June 24, 2012 | Business
Not all cards are as green as they claim; industry observers often accuse banks of "greenwashing" their most basic cards with logos of well-known charities, without addressing long-term environmental preservation efforts.
John Paul Rollert

Greg Smith, Adam Smith and the 'Self-Interest' of Goldman Sachs

John Paul Rollert | June 24, 2012 | Business
When it comes to doing business, can we make a meaningful distinction between self-interest and selfishness?
Robert Teitelman

Spain, a Housing Bubble and Who Knew What

Robert Teitelman | June 24, 2012 | World
What was the situation in Spain? The construction bubble was widely recognized, discussed, worried over and even acted upon in the years before the bust.
Terry Connelly

Reasons for Optimism on the U.S. Economy -- We're the King of the World!

Terry Connelly | June 24, 2012 | Business
In short, we have a chance to have an "American decade" economically. All we are missing is a little optimism -- well, OK, a lot of optimism, and lot more skepticism about the folks peddling pessimism as if it were the new true religion.
Élisabeth Badinter

A Philosopher's Case Against Modern Motherhood

Élisabeth Badinter | June 24, 2012 | Parents
With all of its demands, the naturalist ideal of the 21st century means that it takes a woman as much time and energy to raise two children as our grandmothers spent raising four.
Daniel Burrus

How to Make Your Company More Like Apple

Daniel Burrus | June 24, 2012 | Business
How has Apple managed to make their product so appealing to a broad demographic... and how can you do the same? The answer is simple: Apple has a long-term strategy.
Melissa Fay Greene

Why Elisabeth Badinter Is Wrong, And Motherhood Is Not A Prison

Melissa Fay Greene | June 24, 2012 | Parents
Philosopher Elisabeth Badinter assumes that her description of a child centered world is the result of new social pressures on women. What's really new are the novel ways that modern mothers of young children are finding to cope.
Murray Low

12 Outrageous Business Plans (PHOTOS)

Murray Low | June 24, 2012 | Small Business
Each student is free to interpret Columbia Business School's call for an "outrageous business plan" as they see fit. Some create typical businesses that solve outrageous problems, and others create disruptive businesses that solve ordinary problems in an outrageous way.
Jake Blumgart

Wells Fargo and Other Megabanks Don't Care About Your Business

Jake Blumgart | June 24, 2012 | Business
If moving your money to a credit union won't make Bank of America or Wells Fargo small enough to fail, it is a rational consumer decision. Making the switch may not be a revolutionary act, but it will certainly make your life easier.
Michael Hinshaw

Instagram vs. Kodak: Smart Customers Sidestep Stupid Companies

Michael Hinshaw | June 24, 2012 | Business
The bigger question is why a larger, established company like Kodak didn't invent Instagram, or an app like it. They have the resources, the talent and the opportunity. What is it that stalled -- possibly fatally -- this once-smart company?
Jesse Aizenstat

The Big Six Book Publishers Need to Innovate Like the Good Americans That They Are

Jesse Aizenstat | June 24, 2012 | Books
It's a sad day for the Big Six publishers -- but not because they're in a bitter race to the bottom. It's sad because of their thinking. These publishers would rather close the doors and slash their staff than innovate in a changing market.
Jared Bernstein

Social Security Trust Fund Exhaustion: A Moving Target

Jared Bernstein | June 24, 2012 | Politics
When the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare programs release their annual reports, one of the first thing folks look for is whether the life of the trust funds that finance these retirement security programs have been extended or reduced. Well, the reports came out on Monday, and the key takeaway from where I sit is that these remain critically important programs whose future can and should be ensured by policy actions designed to enable both programs to continue to provide retirement security for generations to come. As with so much else in our fiscal and economic landscape these days, the best thing to do in the near term is everything we can to get the recession behind us and get back on a stronger growth path.
Jerry Jasinowski

The New Procurement

Jerry Jasinowski | June 24, 2012 | Business
By comprehensively managing procurement, manufacturers have an opportunity to produce goods at home while significantly reducing costs through better management of indirect spending.
Cottage Country

Canadian Cottage Country: The New Hamptons?

Cottage Country | July 25, 2016 | Canada Travel
Raymond J. Learsy

President Obama Speaks and the Oil Speculators React

Raymond J. Learsy | June 24, 2012 | Business
Natural gas, as traded today on U.S. exchanges, is a uniquely isolated American commodity and any attempt at influencing its price, overt or otherwise, would fall under the purview of the nation's anti-trust laws and its stated prohibitions to all manner of collusion.