Economy

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Most and Least Polluted Big American Cities

A great deal has been made of the filth in cities in places like China and India. However, there are large cities in America that are very polluted, and several ...
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10 Companies With the Worst Reputations

A good reputation is a fragile thing, whether a person's or a company's. And, like beauty, a good reputation is often in the eye of the beholder. Corporate reputations take ...
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FOMC Minutes Highlight Stock Market Rally Risks & Massive Expansion Of Its ‘Dual Mandate’

Wednesday's economic reporting included the Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee from the January 31 to February 1 meeting. While much of this data should be known by the ...
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Why Women Underestimate Their Creditworthiness While Men Overestimate Theirs

When it comes to creditworthiness, women are less sanguine about their credit scores than men when in fact women's credit scores are higher. Overall, 51% of Americans think they have excellent ...
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Have Business Leaders Donned Rose-Colored Glasses?

There's not much doubt that the election of President Donald Trump put some air under stock prices. Since November 9, the day after the election, both the Dow Jones Industrial ...
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Los Angeles Has World’s Worst Traffic Jams

Among 1,064 cities measured based on traffic congestion, Los Angeles ranks as the worst, according to a new study. The research covered 240 cities. Traffic measurements were taken in 38 ...
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Do CEO IQs Matter as Much as Looks?

Is it better for the CEO of a company to be smart or to look smart? Is there such a thing as too smart or too pretty? Does it matter? Maybe ...
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Why Louisiana Is the Worst State for Business

Unemployment has steadily declined and remains close to a 10-year low. And with investors confident about the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the 20,000 mark early this ...
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Salt Lake City, Utah

Why Utah Is the Best State for Business

Unemployment has steadily declined and remains close to a 10-year low. And with investors confident about the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the 20,000 mark early this ...
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Credit Card Rewards Don’t Appeal to 43 Million Americans

While competition among credit card issuers generates dozens of enticements to shed a current card in favor of a new card offering more rewards, 48% of Americans rarely, if ever, ...
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Road Tests for Old People May Not Improve Safety

In theory, the reflexes and eyesight of elderly Americans affect their ability to drive safely. The same should hold true for the effects of cognitive decline. New data show that ...
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American Household Debt Almost Back at Pre-Recession Levels

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Center for Microeconomic Data has released its reading for the level of household debt for the fourth quarter of 2016. As the headline ...
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Sea Piracy Now Threatening African West Coast

Not so many years ago, reports of piracy offshore of Somalia were both common and well-reported. In 2015 and through the first three quarters of 2016, there have been exactly ...
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Consumer Prices and Inflation May Have Just Forced Janet Yellen Into Interest Rate Hikes

There is an old saying that comes to mind here: Be careful what you wish for, you might actually get it! That's how some economic watchers are likely to feel ...
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Janet Yellen Talks Up Growth and Interest Rates to Congress

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave her semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress on Tuesday. This was before the Senate Banking Committee, and some might interpret her words as a ...
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