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10 Economic Indicators That Mislead Small Businesses

Gene Marks | Posted 06.18.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Being a small business owner I'm an eternal optimist. But small business owners need to pay close attention when the media says that something "increased" or "got better." Always say to yourself: "Better? Compared to what?"

Limits to Growth: Of Stuff, Value, and GDP

Brian Czech | Posted 06.15.2012 | Business
Brian Czech

I'm starting to think that perpetual growth notions are the Achilles heel of the human brain. They pop up like munchkins on a wackamole machine. You s...

The U.S. Export and Import Bank Should Help Finance Sales of Domestic Firms That Compete with Imports

Robert E. Scott | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business
Robert E. Scott

Promoting exports while ignoring the negative impacts of imports has become an executive mantra in Washington. It's time to end that single-minded focus.

Why 2013 Budgets Won't Cut It and the Untapped Treasury in Violence

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Politicians need to realize that in the pursuit of available funds, there are untapped dividends available where they may least suspect it. Increasing the peace not only improves quality of life but the economy as well.

20 Metros Recovering Worst From The Recession

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business

In the elusive quest for a sustainable economic recovery, some areas have fared better than others. Only 19 of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan a...

Bank Fraud Watchdogs In Asia 'Have Got A Bicycle' To 'Catch A Ferrari'

Reuters | Eveline Danubrata | Posted 05.27.2012 | Business

By Eveline Danubrata SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Many banks still do not have enough teeth to tackle fraud, which costs Asia around $1 billio...

10 Countries With The Most Workplace Diversity

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 03.16.2012 | Business

High school history books might call the United States the world's melting pot, but that characterization doesn't quite hold true in today's workplace...

Fiscal Affairs: The Fetishization of Balance

James Kwak | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business
James Kwak

Thomas Friedman's fetishizing of balance as an end in itself, in order to brand himself as a reasonable centrist who wishes we could all get along, is not going to get us anywhere.

8 Things About The Economy That Scare Small Business

Gene Marks | Posted 05.07.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Small business owners are scared. Which is why we're still not hiring and still not overly optimistic. What are we so scared about? I can name 8 things right off the bat.

A 'Seismic' Shift In The Small Business Economy

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2012 | Small Business

(By Lynn Adler - Reuters) - A "seismic" shift to service-based small businesses away from manufacturing, transportation and construction is stifling e...

Is President Obama Only Running for Re-Election During Bad News Days?

Dee Evans | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Dee Evans

Whenever a bad news topic arises like high gas prices or Iran, Obama's face is plastered all over the news with the caption, "What Does This Mean for the President's Re-Election Chances?" But, when there is good news on the horizon... nothing.

Questionable Economics From The Economist

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 04.29.2012 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

The Obama administration is already on the case here, requiring agencies to come up with plans to revisit old rules and identifying outdated regulations for the chopping block. This strategy represents the most robust effort of any president to clean out cobwebs in agency rules.

What America's Manufacturing Sector and Labor Policies Can Learn From Germany

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2012 | Business
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The German manufacturing strategy is based on making existing products better again and again, or as a Mercedes ad put it: "We are inventing the car. Since 1886."

Classic American Brand: We Like China Better

Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

Not satisfied with what they've found at home, a classic American brand is looking overseas to feed its need for sales. The Gap is planning on open...

Bonnie Kavoussi

It's Only Getting Worse: Economists' Latest Dire Prediction | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

"The economy that we had before the recession is gone," said Kenneth Goldstein, economist at the Conference Board. "It's not coming back." The U.S....

The Fed's New Transparency: Too Much information?

Richard Barrington | Posted 04.10.2012 | Business
Richard Barrington

A series of inaccurate forecasts could make people doubt the ability of the FOMC. Opinions on the new reporting detail will vary, but ultimately the verdict may lay in the hands of whoever eventually succeeds Ben Bernanke as Fed chairman.

Casino Industry Accounts For Significant Slice Of U.S. Economy: Study

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

As the U.S. economy sagged, gambling was there to try and prop it up. At least that's the finding of the American Gaming Association. The trade ass...

Mark Gongloff

Consumer Borrowing Spree May Not Be Healthiest Economic Sign | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business

Consumer credit posted a second straight eye-popping monthly gain in December, according to a new Fed report, which some are taking as a sign of a new...

Corporate Austerity Not the Answer in 2012

Harlan Green | Posted 04.03.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

How to cure the record income inequality that has resulted from so much power going to Wall Street and the corporations? At least, let us return to the income tax brackets that brought so much prosperity to the middle class during the 1960s and 1970s. What were they?

Initial GDP Estimate: Hope for Interest Rates?

Richard Barrington | Posted 04.03.2012 | Business
Richard Barrington

The initial estimate released Friday for fourth-quarter GDP hinted at something long missing from the U.S. economy: positive momentum. But can it be sustained?

It's the Years, Not the Mileage: IMF Analysis of Pension Reforms in Advanced Economies

Benedict Clements | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Benedict Clements

Advanced countries face difficult choices as they undertake fiscal adjustment. While pension reforms will certainly need to be part of the picture, we must keep in mind the vital role pensions play in reducing old-age poverty.

Bonnie Kavoussi

Americans Save Less As Economic Growth Remains Sluggish And Real Wages Fall | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.27.2012 | Business

At a time that the U.S. economy is struggling to pick up steam, Americans are struggling just to keep up. Over the last three months of last year,...

Private Businesses Are Improving, But a Big Unknown Lurks

Brian Hamilton | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
Brian Hamilton

Are the best years of the United States behind us? I don't think so, but the national debt will remain the biggest threat to this glacier of an economy.

The U.S. Has Lost These Industries To China

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale, Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Americans are used to the U.S. being the leader, or a top-ranked nation, in many areas. But in a number of industries and business...

Most U.S. Companies Don't Expect To Step Up Hiring

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Few U.S. companies plan to step up hiring in the next six months although they do expect the economy to be a bit str...