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    Jobless Homeowners Could Get Aid

    Jobless Homeowners Could Get Aid
    The Obama administration is engaged in high-level talks about providing financial assistance to homeowners who've lost their jobs and can't afford their mortgage payments. The Treasury Department held meetings on the subject as recently as Thursday with key stakeholders, according to Laura Armstrong, a spokeswoman for Hope Now, an alliance of non-profits and mortgage servicers, and more discussions are planned. Proposals ...
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    Guns and Gold Point to a Better Economy

    Guns and Gold Point to a Better Economy
    All sorts of arcane measures show fewer investors expect utter financial calamity. But guns and gold tell the story even more clearly. Stocks of both large gold-mining companies and the top publicly traded maker of guns are up this year, but lagging behind the broader market's rebound since March. Shares of gold miners Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining are up 36% ...
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    NEW! SalesHQ is now on Twitter

    NEW! SalesHQ is now on Twitter
    What is Twitter? A free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' brief updates (otherwise known as tweets). Users exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? We decided to start microblogging because, well...its fun :) We get to tell you what we are working on, thinking about ...
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    Fitch Expects Sales Volumes of Ethylene and Its Derivatives to Remain Low

    Fitch Expects Sales Volumes of Ethylene and Its Derivatives to Remain Low
    Absent clear signs of a rebound in cyclical end-user markets such as construction and housing, automotives, and those markets depending on discretionary consumer spending, Fitch Ratings expects low sales volumes of ethylene and its derivatives for the remainder of 2009, as detailed in the report released today. A potential 2010 recovery will only be slow and gradual rather than v-shaped. The ...
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    Downturn Dating: Hearts Flutter as Markets Stutter

    Downturn Dating: Hearts Flutter as Markets Stutter
    Credit the recession for staycations and bringing us more game-night parties at home. But also give it a shout for spurring more first dates. Economic woes, it seems, unleash something practically primal in many of us who find ourselves without a partner: a hard-wired desire for companionship. Some singles are now hunting for dates with the same fervor others are showing ...
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    Children Learn How to Be Entrepreneurs

    Children Learn How to Be Entrepreneurs
    At 10, Lamont Williams' ideal business is to grow vegetables in the backyard of his house and sell them at a farmer's market. "A lot of people like sweets, so I am trying to sell more veggies," said the rising fifth-grader at W.A. Walton Elementary School in Prince George County. "Since this is nutritional, people will be buying it." This summer, ...
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    Five Dont's for Marketing in Tough Times

    Five Dont's for Marketing in Tough Times
    Unpredictable. Slow. Bleak. Grim. Gloomy. All words that have been used to describe the economic outlook for the balance of 2008—and depending upon who you talk to, the scenario for 2009 and beyond. Standard & Poor's believes the economic difficulties we've been experiencing due to the mortgage mess and skyrocketing oil prices will be at their worst early next year (BusinessWeek.com, ...
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    Top-Selling Cars in the U.S.

    Top-Selling Cars in the U.S.
    Top-selling vehicles in the US in July By The Associated Press Automakers released July U.S. sales figures Monday. These were the top-selling vehicles, as well as the total number sold and the percent change in sales from July 2008. Rank Vehicle June 2009 Sales Percent Change 1. Ford F-series 36,327 -19.0 2. Toyota Camry/Solara 33,974 -19.4 3. Honda Civic 30,037 ...
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    Analysis: Why New Leaders Disappoint

    Analysis: Why New Leaders Disappoint
    It's inadvisable to promote employees based solely on past performance. And when you do bump them up, you mustn't desert them at the helm In what way could the firing and hiring of Della, an animal shelter manager paid a fairly modest salary, hold important lessons for high-level corporate executives and their boards? Well, in just about every way, say business ...
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    Ways to Control Your Holiday Spending

    Ways to Control Your Holiday Spending
    After a holiday season last year that saw some of the deepest pre-Christmas price cutting in decades, the savvy shopper might think it best to wait until the last minute to scoop up bargains this year. But there's considerable evidence that's neither a smart move for those seeking discounts nor the best way to stay on budget. Consumers may have gotten ...
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    Telecommuting: Once a Perk, Now a Necessity

    Telecommuting: Once a Perk, Now a Necessity
    Eve Gelb's life was once a blur of hour-and-a-half commutes on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. What memories: The NPR fatigue. The stale minivan air. The deep identification with the characters in Waiting for Godot. But that's all in the past. Gelb, a project manager at a giant HMO, SCAN Health Plan, has given up her Ethan Allen-style office, yanked ...
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    Paypal Outage Frustrates Merchants, Consumers

    Paypal Outage Frustrates Merchants, Consumers
    PayPal suffered periodic breakdowns that crimped Internet sales for more than four hours Monday. The main outage occurred from 1:30 p.m. EDT through 2:30 p.m. when PayPal was unable to process any transactions worldwide, according to company spokesman Anuj Nayar. The online payment service continued to experience scattered problems until about 6:10 p.m EDT. A bad piece of hardware caused the ...
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    Advertising Entrepreneur Wears Your Shirt

    Advertising Entrepreneur Wears Your Shirt
    Jason Sadler started a company, IWearYourShirt.com, which, as the name implies, is a service where Sadler wears your company shirt; uploads a video of him wearing your shirt to YouTube and Ustream.tv, posts photos on his blog and on Flickr, and tweets about it on Twitter. In other words, he became a human billboard with a valuable social media following. With ...
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    Microsoft to Rival Apple by Opening Stores

    Microsoft to Rival Apple by Opening Stores
    Microsoft announced plans Thursday to open its own chain of branded stores as it looks to catch up with rival Apple's successful move into retailing. The world's largest software company, which also makes the Xbox video game console and the Zune digital music player, did not say how many stores it was looking to open, or when, or which of its ...
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    Repeat Buyers Boost Home Sales

    Repeat Buyers Boost Home Sales
    More repeat buyers appear to be buying homes, contributing to a slight uptick in existing-home sales this spring. First-time buyers' share of existing-home sales in April declined to 40% from over half in March, according to the National Association of Realtors. The majority of buyers are now repeat buyers, which includes owner-occupants who are moving up to larger or more expensive ...
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    Sales Up at Ford

    Sales Up at Ford
    Ford Motor Co. said Sunday that U.S. sales of its new cars and trucks in July exceeded those of July 2008, the first year-over-year sales increase for a domestic automaker since January 2008. Part of the reason for Ford's increase was consumers' enthusiastic response to the federal government's cash-for-clunkers program, which provides vouchers of $3,500-$4,500 on the trade-in of gas guzzlers ...
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    Should You Move to Guam?

    Should You Move to Guam?
    Guam's economy generated $6.2 billion in sales in 2007, up from $4.6 billion in 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 Economic Census of Island Areas: Geographic Area Series for Guam. The economic census profiles Guam's economy every 5 years. In 2007, Guam had 3,143 businesses with paid employees. These businesses employed 52,394 people and accounted for $1.1 billion in ...
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    Strength of Holiday Shopping Season is Tricky to Predict

    Strength of Holiday Shopping Season is Tricky to Predict
    Retailers are bracing for another weak holiday season - or not. A recent survey by the retail trade publication RIS News showed only one in six retailers believe this holiday season will be worse than last, but more than 85% said "weak customer demand" will be their biggest challenge. Consumer insights firm BIGresearch reports nearly a third of consumers say they ...
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    How Doodling Can Boost Brainpower

    How Doodling Can Boost Brainpower
    It seems those of us who covered our school books with scribbles may not have had an entirely wasted education. For doodling may actually be good for the brain, scientists claim. Far from being a sign of inattention, it is thought to focus the mind and stop daydreaming, allowing people to persevere with dull tasks. Researcher Jackie Andrade, who conducted a ...
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    Report Finds TV Sales Staying Strong in Recession

    Report Finds TV Sales Staying Strong in Recession
    Never mind the lousy economy: Flat-panel TVs are still flying off the shelves in the U.S. and Canada. Sales of new flat-panel TVs totaled 7.8 million in the first three months of the year, an increase of 17 percent from the same period in 2008, research firm iSuppli Corp. said Wednesday. Sales had declined in the fourth quarter from the year ...