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Dan Solin

The Hidden Message in JP Morgan's $2-Billion Loss

Dan Solin | Posted May 15, 2012

Unless you were living under a rock, you are aware of JP Morgan's stunning $2-billion loss. According to The Wall Street Journal the loss was caused by a trader in London nicknamed "the London whale." Mr. Whale guessed wrong in making complicated trades tied to the values of...

Bethy Hardeman

Congrats, Class of 2012! Now Good Luck Finding a Job

Bethy Hardeman | Posted May 15, 2012

College graduates of 2012, rejoice! You've conquered four years of homework and research papers, and you'll soon be crossing a stage to receive the coveted title of "bachelor."

But after the dust settles and the graduation parties become just a Facebook photo album of memories, you'll have bigger things to...

Jared Gutstadt

Tips From the Rock 'n' Roll CEO #2: Be a Punk, Start a Company (And Wear a Hoodie While You're At It)

Jared Gutstadt | Posted May 15, 2012

By the '70s, rock had become a bloated mass with few points of entry. That paradigm was smashed by punks like the Clash and the Ramones, who, armed with talent and ideas, bypassed the existing machine by simply 'starting up.' Sound familiar?

The punk idea is one of the most...

Can You "Sort of" Be an Identity Theft Victim? | Posted May 15, 2012

What can you do if someone is not exactly using your information to commit identity theft, but has hijacked some of your personal information? Is there such a thing as "sort-of identity theft" -- or is that like being "half pregnant?" A reader wrote us with that dilemma:

Melinda Emerson

Are You Doing Your No. 1 Job as an Entrepreneur?

Melinda Emerson | Posted May 15, 2012

Your skills as an entrepreneur can make the difference between a booming enterprise and closing your doors far too soon. Your No. 1 job as a small business owner is to sell. Your job is to motivate, inspire and convince customers, potential investors, and often family that your business idea...

Marc Ostrofsky

"Conversion Rate" Marketing: The Whole Point Behind Driving Traffic to Your Website

Marc Ostrofsky | Posted May 15, 2012

The purpose of driving traffic to your online business is to get customers. Once a prospect lands on your site, you still have to convert that prospect into a buyer. You might be able to drive 100,000 visitors to your site, but your efforts aren't worth much if your site...

Paul Szep

The Daily Szep -- A Wall St. Banker

Paul Szep | Posted May 15, 2012

Dr. Bonnie Snyder

Forget Driver's Licenses: Student Loan Debt Is the New Teen Rite of Passage

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | Posted May 15, 2012

For generations, one of the most eagerly anticipated rites of passage for teenagers was getting their first driver's license. I still remember it as one of the most exciting days of my entire life. Finally, I was free and could go anywhere I wanted on my own!

Today, teens...

Dr. Sasha Galbraith

Why Women Slackers Are More Productive at Work

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted May 15, 2012

Give it up, ladies. The fight for equal pay is useless. We are never going to earn as much as men because we don't work as many hours. That's the argument from Kay Hymowitz, who has apparently solved the mystery of the pay gap in her Wall Street Journal op-ed,...

Richard Zombeck

Below the Fold: JPMorgan's $2 Billion Fail Whale

Richard Zombeck | Posted May 15, 2012

A wrap-up of stories and posts you might have missed or overlooked -- the ones below the fold.

Unless you had the unusual good fortune to be removed from technology and the 24-hour onslaught of media you probably know that JPMorgan Chase lost on a $2 Billion bet that...

Eric Schoenberg

A Tale of Two Loopholes: The President's Taxes and Mine

Eric Schoenberg | Posted May 15, 2012

President Obama recently released his 2011 tax return, showing an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $789,674 on which he paid federal income tax of $162,074, or 20.5 percent. The president noted that, like Warren Buffett, his secretary paid a slightly higher rate than he did.

I still haven't...

Ellen Brown

Indentured Servitude for Seniors: Social Security Garnished for Student Debts

Ellen Brown | Posted May 15, 2012

The Social Security program... represents our commitment as a society to the belief that workers should not live in dread that a disability, death, or old age could leave them or their families destitute.

-- President Jimmy Carter, December 20, 1977.

[This law] assures the elderly that America...