iOS app Android app


Politics, Economics and Indian Imperialism

Anuraag Girdhar | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Anuraag Girdhar

Though preceding him by over 1,800 years, Chanakya is often called the "Indian Machiavelli" for his political assertions. Maybe his statecraft was motivated by the very nascent beginnings of economics. Maybe war elephants aren't so different from financial derivatives after all.

The Indentured Future

Steve Cinelli | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
Steve Cinelli

Red has become the new black as debt provides a temporal increase in consumption, while transferring appreciation from labor to the capital side of the economy. Have we created an environment of investment or indenture?

Change Our Story: My 'Complex' Week

Peter Buffett | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

Instead of reductionist thinking -- which science and much analyzing is wont to do. I prefer expansionist thinking. What's possible? What have we not thought of?

The Biggest Wedding Budget Mistakes

Bridal Guide | Posted 10.02.2013 | Weddings
Bridal Guide

Warning: budget hazards ahead! Here, the most common wedding-spending pitfalls and surefire ways to avoid them.

Despite higher income tax, state finances continue downward spiral in Illinois!

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.30.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A bill filed by Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) is intensifying speculation that the 2011 personal and corporate income tax hikes could become permanent. T...

Mark Gongloff

Hey, Guess What Thing Banks Are Taking Over Now | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business

Here's yet another thing banks are taking over: the stock market. Financial stocks are the second-biggest sector in the Standard & Poor's 500-stock...

Bankruptcy Won't Fix Detroit

Bob Kleine | Posted 09.25.2013 | Detroit
Bob Kleine

It's easy to blame Detroit's problems on corruption, unions and overly generous pension benefits, but none of which were the primary cause of bankruptcy. Detroit may have mismanaged finances, but the state's cuts to revenue sharing doomed the city.

Recent Grads: Passion Is the Secret Ingredient to Success in Finance

Skiddy von Stade | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Skiddy von Stade

A successful future in the finance sector depends on your ability to turn your passion into drive. Take the advice of these top players in finance to fuel you through the start of your career.

Defining Financial Literacy in a New Economic Age

John Hope Bryant | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

Financial education is the baseline, pioneered for underserved and mainstream America. For these young people, the issues were not emotional or self-esteem based, but fundamentals-based.

Bitcoin, Money of the Future? | Posted 09.22.2013 | Small Business

While it is still premature to assess the long-term impact of such crypto-currency systems, Bitcoin is in high demand at the moment.

Due to Global Warming, End Is Virtually Certain for NYC, Boston, Miami, Holland

Eric Zuesse | Posted 09.19.2013 | Green
Eric Zuesse

A new article in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is headlined "The Multimillennial Sea-Level Commitment of Glo...

Happy Birthday to Dodd-Frank, a Law That Isn't Working

Ted Kaufman | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Ted Kaufman

Failure was built into Dodd-Frank from the beginning. Instead of writing laws that addressed the abuses that led to the crisis, it nearly always kicked the can down to agencies, instructing them to write new regulations.

Don't Get Squeezed by Cramer's Embrace of a Medieval Mathematician

Dan Solin | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

Fibonacci was a brilliant mathematician, but even he couldn't predict tomorrow's news. Don't bet your financial future on anyone who says they can.

Reduce Finance Industry Unemployment: Stop Making the Wrong Hires

Skiddy von Stade | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business
Skiddy von Stade

The Web is buzzing with potential job candidates, but if you're not engaging them, you're likely to miss out on finding well-matched employees to fill your positions.

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Nick Beecroft | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business
Nick Beecroft

I never thought the day would come when I was so nauseatingly sanguine about the prospects for markets and for many major economies (although not the Eurozone, of course). Let's start with China.

Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Jeanette Cajide | Posted 09.04.2013 | Business
Jeanette Cajide

In the late 1990s, there were no "women's circles" or "diversity groups" or "power lunches with other women" like there are now. Never once it entered my mind "I cannot do this because I am a woman" and no one at my bank said, "Well, as a woman you should think about changing careers."

Talking About a Little Illinois Revolution This Independence Day

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.03.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Those demonstrations in Egypt and Brazil, and the Arab Spring uprisings that came before them, remind me once again that our government can be better if we're willing, together, to put in some effort. To speak up. To demand change. To attend a meeting now and then.

Public Employee Salaries and Metra Severances Grow -- As Does Our Anger

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 08.27.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

For now, we're just seething over all the gold-plated salaries and perks some public employees and quasi-public employees get and wondering when our politicians will wake up. When will they start spending our money as if it were coming out of their pockets, for a change?

Bitcoin: Huge Hype Belies Low Awareness

Michel Floyd | Posted 08.25.2013 | Technology
Michel Floyd

It's pretty safe to say Bitcoin is still in the early adopter phase of its life. The good news is that there's still plenty of room to grow.

U.S.-EU Trade Negotiations Must Include Financial Services

Judd A. Gregg | Posted 08.20.2013 | DC
Judd A. Gregg

This past Monday President Obama and European officials formally announced the beginning of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Par...

Slick Tricks to Separate You From Your Money

Dan Solin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

If these all-star managers can't pick stocks or time the market, Wall Street is concerned you might figure out that your local broker doesn't have much of a chance of doing so either.

Mark Gongloff

Why Wall Street Is To Blame For The Lousy Job Market | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business

Having a hard time finding a decent-paying job? Thank Wall Street. In a New York Times column on Tuesday, Bruce Bartlett, former economic advisor t...

Dodd-Frank on a Precipice

Daniel Dicker | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Daniel Dicker

The Dodd-Frank rulemaking process, now in its fourth year, has been so long, wonky and arcane that it has entirely lost the interest of the public and the press -- as perhaps was the plan of its detractors.

Guiding Us Through the Alphabet Soup of Stuff That Matters to Clean Energy

Mike Casey | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Mike Casey

The PTC, ITC and MLPs are highly valuable, and should be part of the mix of policies encouraging renewable energy in the United States. It's also crucially important that we provide a fair, consistent policy basis for clean energy development in the United States.

Prosperity and the American Advantage

Judd A. Gregg | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business
Judd A. Gregg

That sound you hear is the humming engine of the American economy starting to pick up speed. Our economy is the engine that creates American grow...