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Consumer Confidence Tanking in Russia and Other CIS Countries, Surveys Indicate

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Russian Matroshka. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com Russian consumer confidence is the worst in a decade in one recent survey, and near the low-water ...

How Good Is Obamacare Now: 2016 First Semester Grades

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

In April 2014, I gave Obamacare a grade point average (GPA) a 2.0 (letter grade is C). By August 2014 the average had improved a little to 2.2 (C+). Has this changed now?

Will We Hold It Wednesday - S&P 1,900 Edition

Phil Davis | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

Oil can! That's right, once again tumbling oil prices are taking down the global markets as yesterday's little meeting between OPEC and the Ameri...

President Obama's Greatest Regret

Kirby Goidel | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

President Barack Obama has yet to win over many Republican or conservative admirers. Yet, there can be little doubt that most of his detractors are doing better today than they were on January 20, 2009 when he was first sworn into office.

How Are Fantasy Sports Like Our Fantasy Stock Markets?

Phil Davis | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

The difference is the stock market is a scam that has gone on for so long that no one dares to do anything about it. In reality, stock certificates are nothing more than another form of fiat currency that have been printed by our Corporate Masters which we, in turn, barter and trade for without putting any real thought into what they are actually worth.

Why Republicans Are Bad for Business

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Republican politicians bill themselves as pro-business, pro-growth, and pro-opportunity. Yet the financial facts say otherwise. Republican administrations bring hard times, for rich and poor alike. Why are their results so different from their aims? Perhaps Democrats are better at motivating workers.

Friday Talking Points -- Live, From the Moon

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Barack Obama is the second Honorable Mention recipient this week, for his impressive public opinion polling on job approval in January. He had his best month (measured by month-to-month improvement) of his entire second term, and the fourth-best month he's ever had as president.

Chinese Consumer Confidence and China's Economy in 2015

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

In any country, but most of all China, anxiety is unproductive. Although the jury is still out on the Chinese government's incremental reform agenda, the people support their leader. And regard him as a force of stability.

The Year Ahead

Omar K. Alghanim | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business
Omar K. Alghanim

As we head into a brand new year, the headlines are awash in news about our twin heartbreaks here in the Middle East. Oil is one part of the equation. The other is also commanding daily attention: I'm referring, of course, to the geopolitical drama involving Iraq and Syria.

Are Those TripAdvisor Reviews Reliable?

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 01.25.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

Some reviewers feel entitled and use the reviews to extract or obtain freebies from the hotels. Commenters who have a low number of reviews or a pattern of posting numerous harsh or auspicious reviews are dubious.

Running Against the 'Obama Economy' - And Winning?

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

I can't get my head around this: In the weeks leading up to the midterm elections we have had the following economic news: ♦ Unemployment is at ...

Time to Put Your Money in Motion?

Wm. Scott Page | Posted 11.30.2014 | Money
Wm. Scott Page

Many indicators suggest that our economy is nearing record levels, and now's an excellent time to assess a possible move.

Be Confident, But Be Thrifty

Terry Savage | Posted 11.12.2014 | Money
Terry Savage

Are you feeling better about the economy? The rest of America is becoming more optimistic. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment reached...

Trust: The Church and Facebook

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

You don't undo those things with better packaging, or a new release of an old product. You have to do the deep, soul-baring, painful work of repentance and asking forgiveness -- and do it without caring if this person ever comes to your church or not.

The Psychological Price Tag of Government Shutdown

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The agency doors are open and Washington has returned to a more normal state of dysfunction. What has 16 days of darkened offices, empty parks, and a powered off panda cam cost?

Republicans Shoot America in the Foot

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans can pummel their own party if they want to, but what's amazing is that 18 of them in the Senate and 144 in the House voted against restoring government services and paying America's debts.

Hillary Clinton Could Win All 50 States Running Against Banana Republicans in 2016

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Hillary Clinton represents to voters the ability to lead, the ability to govern, and the ability to grow the economy. If she runs against the Banana Republicans, who are so unpopular today, she could actually win all 50 states in November 2016. That's a happy prospect indeed, for Democrats.

No, What?

David Crisanti | Posted 08.15.2013 | Business
David Crisanti

If there were a media outlet that covered verbal ticks the way ESPN covered Brett Favre there would be breathless reports on the rise of the phrase ...

How to Engage the 5 Senses of Your Audience for Increased Sales

Britt Michaelian | Posted 04.27.2013 | Small Business
Britt Michaelian

In business, we need to make sure that we are tapping into as many of the senses as possible so that we can really connect with our audience. The more pleasurable the experience is for our audience, the better.

Consumers Freaking Out Over Horsemeat Scandal

Reuters | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business

* Concerns over horse sold as beef spread across Europe * Research company says shoppers changing habits or diet * Two t...

Arthur Delaney

More Americans Say Bad Economy Is New Normal

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 02.07.2013 | Business

More Americans believe today than they did two years ago that their country will never fully recover from the Great Recession. Fifty-six percent of...

Consumers, Why So Unhappy?

Harlan Green | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

It shouldn't be a secret by now: Consumers are unhappy. And it's not because we are too busy paying down our debts. It's really because no one in Washington has been focusing on job creation.

Why Consumers are Bummed Out

Robert Reich | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

The stock market is bullish. The housing market seems to have rebounded a bit. So why are consumers so glum? Because they're deeply worried about their jobs and their incomes -- as they have every right to be.

Fleeting Responsibility Abounds in 2013

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Is it any wonder that we are bombarded on a daily basis about the new lows to which public confidence in government agencies, elected officials and corporations has sunk?

Caroline Fairchild

The Surprising Industry With Huge Wage Growth

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business

Despite recent budgetary concerns surrounding the so-called fiscal cliff, U.S. wages appear to be growing -- even in industries where you wouldn’t e...