Alexander E.M. Hess

Alex joined 24/7 Wall St. in 2012. He writes special reports on topics ranging from consumer affairs to international economics. Prior to joining, he attended Hobart College.

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Source: ThinkstockAs gas prices continue to fall, some Americans believe that the federal government should raise its gas tax, which has been unchanged at 18.3 cents per gallon since 1993. Yet,...
To be truly hated, a company must alienate a large number of people. It may irritate consumers with bad customer service, upset employees by paying low wages, and disappoint Wall Street with...
Last year was extremely good for the American car industry. Sales of light vehicles rose by 5.9% to more than 16.5 million on the back of low gas prices, consumer-friendly interest rates, and an...
The stocks of many public companies have soared in the past year, even with a larger number of them posting only mediocre financial results. The overall market improvement has been that...
The United States has a health problem. Across the country, life expectancies routinely fail to meet the standards set by other developed nations. Differences in life expectancy between the United...
Source: ThinkstockThe United States has a health problem. Across the country, life expectancies routinely fail to meet the standards set by other developed nations. Differences in life expectancy...
Source: McDonald's CorporationWhat makes a company truly poorly run? Businesses make mistakes almost daily, and industries can transform rapidly, eroding even a market leader’s competitive...
As businesses continue to innovate and new technologies continue to be developed and rolled-out, new opportunities to grow emerge. At the same time, what can constitute an opportunity for one...
American beer sales have been trending downwards in recent years. After peaking at nearly 219 million barrels in 2008, total U.S. shipments have declined since, reaching just 211.7 million barrels in...
Source: Wikimedia CommonsEvery year, new global trends emerge, old ones play out, and the financial markets adjust. This can offer new opportunities for investors to make money if their forecasts are...
Source: thinkstock.comRacial disparities in social and economic outcomes exist in all parts of the United States. Black Americans make about 62 cents for every dollar earned by white Americans. Black...
Source: thinkstock.comEvery year, new global trends emerge, old ones play out, and the financial markets adjust. This can offer new opportunities for investors to make money if their forecasts are...
Source: ThinkstcokHow well run is your state? Assessing a state’s management quality is hardly easy. The current economic climate and standard of living in any given state are not only the results...
Source: thinkstock.comNot one country in the world has successfully eliminated its gender gap, according to a recent report from the World Economic Forum (WEF). But while the scope of gender...
Source: thinkstock.comFor many homebuyers, the top consideration when searching for a place to live is where their children will go to school. As a result, consistently stellar schools often go...