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- Jan 1 20172 minutes
The Right Way To Leave Your Partners
LIKE MANY SMALL-BUSINESS owners, Victoria Collins had much of her retirement savings locked up in her company. In 1990, she co-founded a financial planning firm that later became First Foundation, an Irvine, California–based investment adviser. Befo
- Nov 28 20162 minutes
It’s Wrong to Bully Central Banks
The long-cherished principle of independence for central banks seems to be under attack around the world. That principle is worth defending: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, for one, went too far in his repeated criticism of Federal Reserve Chair J
- Apr 3 20174 minutes
The Mystery of the 4,555 Percent Return
Lily Katz and Zeke Faux, with Bloomberg News • An obscure stock included in the Russell 2000 Index goes wild • “There’s no subjectivity to the process” Investors who put money into U.S. index funds usually aren’t looking for surprises. Sometimes t
- Oct 16 20161 minute
THE STORY OF THE ECONOMY in the Obama years is in many ways a tale of loose money. Back in the grim autumn of 2008, Chair Ben Bernanke took the most important weapon in his arsenal, the Fed-funds target rate, and slashed it all the way to zero—an unp
- Aug 1 20161 minute
How Money Rates Colleges
To make our first cut, colleges must have 500 or more full-time undergraduates and a six-year graduation rate of at least the median for their type (public or private). We also screened out schools with low grades from bond-rating agencies and those
- Dec 15 20162 minutes
No Time To Wait
WHEN I WAS 37, my brother-in-law’s next-door neighbor Tony told me to stop renting and buy an apartment. I couldn’t afford it, I told him. “You won’t be able to afford it next year either,” he said. “Only by then, you’ll have spent another year in re
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
Who’s Picking up the Education Tab?
THE PROBLEM of skyrocketing college costs is, by at least some measures, even worse than we thought. The total amount of outstanding student debt has roughly tripled in the past decade, creeping toward $1.3 trillion, and 1 in 10 borrowers is now eith
- Nov 1 20163 minutes
How to Invest, Whoever Wins
No matter how much you dislike him or her, the next President isn’t likely to hurt the stock market. But 2017 could still be rocky for the economy. Here’s what you’ll need in your postelection portfolio.
- Aug 1 20162 minutes
Riding Out Necessary Risk
STICKING WITH STOCKS IN RETIREMENT CAN MAKE YOU NERVOUS. BUT A WRITTEN POLICY CAN CALM YOUR FEARS.
- Jan 1 20164 minutes
7 Smart Financial Steps to Take in 2016
Is this the year you want your financial picture to shine? We’ve got some good news: There are no tax increases looming, and the banking, housing and labor markets are solid. That means this is the perfect time to shore up your personal finances and
- Mar 1 20132 minutes
The Right Way to Adjust Your Prices
Stop undervaluing your products and services, and look at what your pricing strategy really says about you.
- Jan 1 20172 minutes
2017 Franchise Outlook: Forecasting The Near Future In Franchising
Franchisers are indicating a belief that a healthy 2017 is in the offing, on the basis of a strong hiring performance just before the start of 2016’s final quarter. The ADP National Franchise Report shows franchisers adding 26,000 jobs in September.
- Mar 1 20172 minutes
Surviving Your Customer Breakup
It’s easy to let yourself rely on big, lucrative clients. But what happens if they ditch you?
- Jun 1 20162 minutes
We Don’t Want Your Money
Large enterprise customers can be enticing—but they can upend your product, your staff, and the stability of your business
- Aug 1 20162 minutes
Giving Away The Store
Sharing equity with your workers is a worthwhile investment—so long as you know what you’re doing
- Mar 5 20171 minute
So How Has the Trump Presidency Affected Property Values?
“MOST OF HIS properties were built in the late ’80s and early ’90s as luxury buildings, but what defined luxury then is not what defines luxury now. So the buildings from that era—Trump Palace, Trump International, Trump Parc—are on the upper end of
- Apr 10 20174 minutes
The Fed Keeps Its Eye on Swings in the Stock Market
Matthew Boesler • Janet Yellen may be leaning toward the idea that Wall Street can be an early economic indicator • “Animal spirits in financial markets wax and wane” William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, has long beli
- Dec 1 20161 minute
What's the Right Price for My Product?
Get it right and making a profit is easy. Get it wrong and you may bankrupt your business fast. But it isn’t a guessing game; there is a right price, and you can figure it out by answering these three questions. 1. What’s your overall operating budge
- Aug 1 20161 minute
The Dos And Don’ts Of Sharing Equity
DO Educate Your Employees Be prepared to tell your staff from the outset how their shares can be monetized with or without a sale or initial public offering, what will happen if they leave the company, and so on, stresses Will Ferguson of Mercer: “I
- Feb 1 20142 minutes
More Money, More Problems: The Down Side of a Mega Valuation
The bragging rights may be tempting, but achieving a jaw-dropping valuation for your company can cause problems down the line.
- Jun 20 20161 minute
What a Disappointing U.S. Jobs Report Means
JULIA ZORTHIAN ANOTHER U.S. JOBS REPORT, ANOTHER ROUND of shock and disappointment. On June 4, the government reported that employers added a paltry 38,000 workers in May—far fewer than the 155,000 expected. While the unemployment rate dipped to 4.7
- Dec 15 201616 minutes
Where Should Investors Turn Now?
Stocks look expensive and the bond market has turned volatile. But our panel of market experts continues to see profitable opportunities ahead.
- Nov 14 20163 minutes
Boring Funds Get Weird
In a low-yield era, Europe’s institutional investors have had to take a broader view | “A pension fund owning a sex shop is not very normal, but ... ”
- Mar 1 20161 minute
How to Be a Successful Failure
The CEO of a startup we funded called to tell us his tough decision: He had $1 million in the bank, and he was shutting down his company. Crazy, right? Not really. He had set a benchmark for progress and failed to reach it, and so he was returning th
- Jan 19 20173 minutes
Why Are Banks Doing So Well Following Trump's Win?
Despite anticipation that the so-called Trump rally in the markets would continue through the close of 2016, most analysts were waiting for January’s bank-earnings reports before declaring the “Trump bump” official. Now those reports are in, and it’s
- Jan 6 20173 minutes
What Donald Trump Owes Wall Street
Wells Fargo. JPMorgan Chase. Fidelity Investments. Prudential PLC. Vanguard Group. These are among the major financial institutions that own business debt held by Donald Trump, according to an investigation just published by the Wall Street Journal.
- Feb 6 20172 minutes
Rutgers Over Princeton In Epic Nerd Fight
A contest where college students are judged on their Fed policies | “It’s intimidating, because these people are economists”
- Aug 1 20152 minutes
The Truth About Bridge Loans
“We’ll likely need a bridge.” That’s one of the most dreaded phrases we can hear from the CEOs of companies we invest in. Bridge financing, put simply, is an IOU backed by the promise of raising more money in the future. When it happens, you’ll inev
- Jun 30 201612 minutes
Can Topology Prevent Another Financial Crash?: New regulations are applying network science to restructure global finance.
Could Kevin Bacon have saved us from the 2008 financial crisis? Probably not. But the network science behind six degrees of Kevin Bacon just well may have. According to the famous saying, every movie actor is separated from Kevin Bacon by six degrees
- Dec 6 20164 minutes
What We Learned From Interviews With 100 American Workers
Two Atlantic staffers discuss Inside Jobs, a months-long reporting project that included conversations with an obituary writer, a janitor, a train conductor, and many others.