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Jed Kolko

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Trulia's Housing Barometer: Recovery Slowly, Steadily Pushes Ahead

Jed Kolko | Posted July 22, 2012

Aside from a dip in March, the recovery is slowly but steadily pushing ahead. The housing market is now 37% of the way back to normal, compared with just 20% back to normal a year ago.
Richard Barrington

BIO

Testing the Fed's Predictions

Richard Barrington | Posted July 22, 2012

How good is the Federal Reserve at its job? That can be a difficult question to answer. Monetary policy is subjective, and it can take years before the results become apparent. However, MoneyRates.com has found a way to hold the Fed accountable...
Dr. Susan Corso

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What the Defense of Marriage Act Has Wrought in One Family: An Open Letter to President Obama

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted July 22, 2012

Mr. President, no taxpayer should have to go through this sort of harassment ever again. Distress understates the case. I'm sad beyond sad that I have to defend my marriage, my choice of profession, and my integrity to my own government.
Credit.com

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The Easy Way to Fix a Credit Report Error

Credit.com | Posted July 22, 2012

The information in your credit reports is what's used to create your credit scores, so you don't want to let mistakes on your credit reports potentially throw your credit scores out of whack. Here's how to dispute credit report mistakes, step-by-step.
Dr. Bonnie Snyder

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The Majority of the Unemployed Went to College?

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | Posted July 22, 2012

I thought I had lost the capacity to be shocked, but I was wrong. Recently, Investors Business Daily reported that for the first time in history, the majority of jobless workers (57 percent) have attended college.
Jeanne Kelly

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4 Reasons Why You Should Check Your Score (Even If You Don't Plan to Borrow Money in the Near Future)

Jeanne Kelly | Posted May 22, 2012

It's common to believe that a credit score is really only helpful when you want to borrow money and therefore (so the questionable logic goes) you don't need to check your score until you want to borrow money. Here are four reasons why that way of thinking is wrong.
Susan Feldman & Alison Pincus

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How Do You Know When You Have a Good Business Idea?

Susan Feldman & Alison Pincus | Posted July 22, 2012

Despite starting a new business during the worst economic downturn of our lifetime, our passion consumed us and we forged ahead. Good times or bad, an innovative business can prevail.
Ann Bauer

BIO

A Marriage Made of Money

Ann Bauer | Posted July 22, 2012

Given the choice between the flailing middle class and obscene wealth...? I think I might actually take the first. Because I remember how it felt being married to someone who had a different approach to money and a completely different set of priorities. It was profoundly lonely.
Nathaniel Loewentheil

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Scott Brown and Wall Street -- Holding On Tight

Nathaniel Loewentheil | Posted July 22, 2012

Anyone who reads Scott Brown's letter carefully can see it for the transparent and disingenuous attempt by Brown that it is to look concerned about the havoc in the financial markets.
Carol Roth

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Four Steps to Managing Your Online Reputation

Carol Roth | Posted July 22, 2012

For a small business, online gossip or negative reviews can be the difference between securing or losing a potential customer (and sometimes hundreds of them). So, how do you manage your online reputation? Here are four best practices for your small business to implement.
Chris Barnes

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Repurposing Ideas: 5 Uses For Sugar That Don't Involve Baking

Chris Barnes | Posted October 1, 2012

Sugar is one of those kitchen staples you will always have on hand. (While I've admittedly forgotten to buy things like paper towels at the grocery store, I've never forgotten sugar for some reason.) Whether you prefer the standard white granules or the fancier raw version, sugar can do much...
Ron Ashkenas

BIO

It's Time to Rethink Continuous Improvement

Ron Ashkenas | Posted July 22, 2012

Six Sigma, Kaizen, Lean, and other variations on continuous improvement can be hazardous to your organization's health. While it may be heresy to say this, recent evidence suggests that it's time to question these methods.
Katie Hawkes

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Grad School: Worth the Price Tag?

Katie Hawkes | Posted July 22, 2012

Maybe if we stopped viewing the value of education for the value of its price tag, we'd get a clearer picture of the pros and cons of grad school. Not everything can be properly evaluated with a financial measuring stick.
Brett King

BIO

Who Will Win the Battle for the Mobile Wallet?

Brett King | Posted July 22, 2012

Over the next five years paying with your phone will become as commonplace as paying with cash, which is why every man, his bank and his phone company are in the battle to win the mobile wallet space. So who's going to win?
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

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The Loyalty Obsession, and Why It's Hurting Your Business

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted July 22, 2012

We all grew up with the understanding that loyalty was good -- one of the most important virtues. But today, too many organizations value loyalty to the extreme -- to the extent that many would rather hire or promote an extremely loyal person over someone more qualified.
Jonathan Littman

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Shorting Apple

Jonathan Littman | Posted July 22, 2012

The Apple product narrative has been pretty darn consistent -- constant evolution through radical innovation. Apple is furiously evolving, and in ways that outsiders seldom anticipate.
Algernon Austin

BIO

Latinos And The Good Jobs Crisis

Algernon Austin | Posted July 22, 2012

If Latinos are to fully recover from the ravages of the Great Recession, they will need not simply jobs, but jobs that lead to increased earnings over time and that also have good benefits. In short, they will need what we call "good jobs."