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New Minimum Wage Laws Kill Opportunities for Low-income Youth

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Steve Mariotti

California, New York and now Washington D.C. are passing laws requiring small businesses to pay a minimum wage of $15 per hour. These laws are an atte...

Fighting Against the $15 Minimum Wage

Dan Lambert | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Dan Lambert

New Yorkers are fighting for higher wages, with increasing intensity over the past several months. In early April, between 10,000 and 15,000 laborers and students marched on New York. The genesis of the protest seems to be from the fast food industry as well as activist students.

The Bigger Issue: Will Americans Ever Get Past Their Peeping Tom Mentality?

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 11.03.2014 | Entertainment
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Jokes are made about the salivating, ugly Americans ogling topless sunbathers at European beaches, but the schizophrenic nature of our country's relationship with sex has passed from laughable to lamentable to downright detrimental.

American Postsecondary Education: A Prada Handbag or an Irish Potato?

Charles Kolb | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Charles Kolb

The promise of the American Dream has begun to fade, as college costs have now risen to such a level that for many they have become like unaffordable luxury goods. US postsecondary education costs have risen at a rate more than twice the cost increases in health care -- a figure which everyone knows is unsustainable.

Walmart's Big 'Made In America' Problem

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business

(Repeating to additional subscribers) By James B. Kelleher June 4 (Reuters) - When Walmart pledged last year to buy an ...

Fed Driven

Michael Farr | Posted 06.20.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

As the government's role as economic hall monitor is debated and global markets and foreign economies adjust to their own challenges, our focus is on investing in the old-fashioned companies with strong balance sheets, increasing earnings, strong cash flow, and seasoned management teams.

When It Comes to the World's Oil Supply, There Is No Free Market

T. Boone Pickens | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
T. Boone Pickens

Whenever I bring up the importance of getting America the energy plan it deserves, someone always says, "Boone, let's not pick winners and losers. Let's let the market decide." There's only problem with that statement.

Stop Competing!

James Burwood | Posted 08.12.2012 | Business
James Burwood

Growing up in the '80s my introduction to capitalism was very much of the red-braces, huge mobile phones and Porsche 911 variety. Competition was good, and the more competition there was, the better it was for everyone, right?

Data at Last, Data at Last: Thank God Almighty, Data at Last (Sort of)

David Isenberg | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

One wonders why all the PMSC trade association crack analysts and interns have not been publicizing his work. After all it is not every day that one finds factual data supporting, at least partially, their claims. Oh well, perhaps they're on a long coffee break or out for a run.

Shepard Faireyâ„¢: On Street Art And Street Cred

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 09.02.2011 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Shepard Fairey has grown up before the eyes of fans, peers and would be competitors. Undaunted by criticism he gets from both sides of his chosen voca...

Volatile Commodity Prices Are Costing Consumers Big Time

New York Times | GRAHAM BOWLEY and WILLIAM NEUMAN | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business

The extreme volatility of commodities prices and the unpredictability that comes with it is increasing the cost of doing business for everyone....

Sales Of Existing Homes Rises 3.7 Percent In March As Prices Fall

Posted 06.20.2011 | Business

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes rose more than expected in March, a trade group said on Wednesday, suggesting the housing market's downward trend...

All-Cash Buyers Exploiting A Stumbling Housing Market

Bloomberg News | John Gittelsohn | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business

As lenders tighten mortgage standards and consumers stay on the sidelines amid a five-year slide in home prices, all-cash purchases are surging. The d...

In Education, Basic Demands Are Being Ignored

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

For the last 30 minutes or so, I have been listening to a father talk about his two young children, ages 7 and 10.

WikiLeaks Reveals Imminent Saudi Oil Peak

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Saudi Arabia no longer has the capacity to prevent prices from rising because it can't meet world demand. And if Saudi Arabia no longer has an ability to raise production, who does?

Minimum Wage Increases Actually HELP Employment, Study Says

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Increasing the minimum wage does not aggravate unemployment, despite conventional wisdom to the contrary, a new study shows (hat tip to Economix). Ev...

Sen. Sherrod Brown Sticks up for Sports Fans Over NFL's Blackout Policy

Brian Frederick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Brian Frederick

If an NFL game is not sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff, league rules mandate that the game be blacked out in the local market. Last season, the NFL blacked out 22 games and this season looks worse.

Barry Ritholtz: Housing Prices Are Still Too High, So Prices Will Keep Falling (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Barry Ritholtz, founder of investment research firm Fusion IQ and writer of the popular blog, The Big Picture, is known for his bearish views -- and t...

Help Wanted: Mexican Drug Kingpin

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

Mexico's drug-related violence will not end with the death of drug kingpin Beltran Leyva. Until we recognize that the U.S.-led global war on drugs is the systemic cause of the carnage, violence will intensify.

Oil and a Never-Ending Recession

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

Higher oil prices mean recessions, recessions mean less consumption, then lower oil prices, which leads to less exploration and supply, which leads to higher oil prices and recession again.

Fighting Drugs by Focusing on Demand

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It seemed strange that so many people finished their meals together with Colombia's former-president César Gaviria. We sat next to him at a dinner...