July 8, 2013 |
Where are the great minds and best decisions in business - and what have been the great failures? Here are some answers and, perhaps, some lessons for the rest of us. What do Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, and Ross Perot have in common? According to the "Great Minds in Business" feature section at Entrepreneur.com, they are among many visionary entrepreneurs. The site has biographical sketches of dozens of such visionaries, including Steve Jobs, hip-hop promoter Russell Simmons, and McDonald's Corp.
July 1, 2013 |
Gold prices just wrapped up their worst quarter - down 23 percent - since at least 1920, according to Bloomberg News. The shiny metal, valued at $1,227.05 an ounce Friday, has lost its glow, for now. What's going on with gold? The decline "is feeding on itself," according to experts cited in this article at CNBC's Market Insider. Writer Patti Domm quotes a list of those experts who note that factors affecting gold's decline include a slowdown in gold-buying by China and India, shattered confidence that gold's rise in value would continue unabated, and the failure of predictions, going back years, that inflation was about to take off. Gold could fall below $1,000 an ounce, according to an investment specialist who, it should be pointed out, has made financial bets that will pay off if gold continues to decline.
June 24, 2013 |
In a volatile financial market, you may wonder if it is safe to keep investing. While taking extra care is in order as stocks and bonds gyrate, many experts say staying the course is usually the best thing to do. Fortunes are made during difficult financial times, investment writer Joshua Kennon says in an article at About.com titled, "Are bad economic times a good time to invest?" Uncertain times pose opportunities. "Warren Buffett has said that stocks are the only things people don't want when they are cheaper," Kennon writes.
June 17, 2013 |
Personal financial success - however you define it - is more likely if you've set goals and have a plan to reach them. Oh, and you'll need a job, too. Get some advice on setting goals (and getting a job) from these sites. You've grown up. You may or may not be what you wanted to be. But now what? What do you want to be next? At the U.S. News Money site, Kimberly Palmer summarizes some of the guidance from a book by eldercare expert Bart Astor, Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life - which Palmer says is meant to help baby boomers set goals and pursue them.
June 10, 2013 |
Your Money Building credit for the first time or rebuilding it after a personal disaster can be tough. But with help, it can be done. Web Wealth by Reid Kanaley, D3.
June 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - America as a whole has regained the household wealth it lost in the recession and then some, thanks to higher stock and home prices. The average household, though, has a way to go. The Federal Reserve said Thursday that U.S. household wealth jumped $3 trillion to $70.3 trillion in the first quarter. That topped the peak of $68 trillion in the third quarter of 2007, just before the recession began. The recession cost Americans $15.6 trillion in wealth. Because of inflation and a rising population, the average household has recovered only about 45 percent of the wealth it lost, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
June 2, 2013
The Burning Air By Erin Kelly Pamela Dorman Books. 321 pp. $26.95 Reviewed by Katie Haegele The Poison Tree and The Dark Rose , Erin Kelly's first two novels, were engrossing thrillers with wonderful plot twists and loose ends that didn't get tied up until the very last page. Set partially in the '90s, both novels are romantic and gothic, with crumbling London mansions and pouty heroines who go around smoking clove cigarettes and studying medieval tapestry.
May 29, 2013
Despite their constitutional right to an attorney, poor criminal defendants are often represented by harried public defenders struggling to keep up with huge caseloads. But that's better than their lot in civil disputes, which can involve matters as serious as domestic abuse, child custody, and housing. In those cases, poor Americans often stand at the bar entirely alone. Without the access to an attorney that criminal defendants were assured by the Supreme Court's historic Gideon v. Wainwright decision 50 years ago, indigent civil litigants have to turn to legal-aid agencies.