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  • The Dangers of Investing in Your Company Stock

    As the economy recovers and workers begin contributing more cash to their retirement accounts, employees should be wary of investing too much in their company stock—be it out of loyalty, optimism, or some predesignated company plan.
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    Confessions of a Hedge-Fund Manager

    They were once masters of the financial universe; then they were derided as money-grubbing malcontents. But are they really as evil as they're made out to be?
  • Evaluating Time Magazine's New Online Pay Wall

    Like second marriages, Time's new, extra-confusing pay wall is the triumph of hope over experience. For several reasons I think this is destined to, if not fail, to at least not provide, shall we say, the optimal outcome for Time Inc.
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    Why a Higher Postal Rate Is Good for the Economy

    When the U.S. Postal Service loses money, it's effectively subsidizing inefficient business models and operations. And less mail would be better for the economy, better for businesses and consumers, and better for the environment.
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    What Should Obama and Congress Do About Jobs?

    The atrocious jobs numbers released Friday have added new fuel to the already heated debate over what the government should be doing to help unemployed Americans. But for the time being, it remains mostly an academic spat among wonks. The fact is that any real progress on solutions for unemployment has screeched to a halt on Capitol Hill and won’t get back on track until at least next week.
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    Why Are Retailers Ignoring Female Consumers?

    It may be a man’s world, but in the new millennium, it’s the women who are controlling the wallets. Yet mainstream retailers continue to largely ignore female consumers.
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    Women Will Rule the World

    When historians write about the great recession of 2007–08, they may very well have a new name for it: the Mancession. It’s a term already being bandied about in the popular media as business writers chronicle the sad tales of the main victims of the recession: men.
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    The Man Who Would Convict Goldman Sachs

    A prosecutor best known for putting terrorists behind bars is about to take on one of the biggest challenges of his career—proving Goldman Sachs committed fraud.
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    European Banks Are Worse Off Than Wall Street

    Blaming foreign speculators for the continent’s troubles may be a popular sport in Paris and Berlin, but most of those problems are entirely homegrown. Europe’s dirty secret is that its banking sector is sicker than Wall Street.
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    Netflix's (Surprisingly) Most-Rented Films of All Time

    Americans' taste in movies is--how to put this delicately?--not so demanding. But the list that Netflix publishes of its all-time most-rented movies is a delight, and a surprise. Of the top six films, three won the Oscar for Best Picture, and a fourth was nominated. See the full list here.
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    Why We Don't Need to Fear Deflation

    The talk about the economy in recent weeks has been somewhat deflating. There's the ongoing crisis in Europe, disappointing jobs numbers, a falling stock market-and the prospect of deflation itself.
  • Are Investors Turning the Page on Barnes & Noble?

    Stiff competition from Amazon and Apple is one reason for the gloomy income statement the company released this week: Barnes & Noble lost $32 million in the quarter ending May 1, compared with a $2 million loss during the same period last year.
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    Q&A: Suzanne McGee on Chasing Goldman Sachs

    In the hierarchy of Wall Street, Goldman Sachs has become the top dog: the cool, smart kid who finance geeks want to be. And, although Goldman’s top brass gets dragged down to Washington, D.C., the bank still reigns, at least financially.
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    Holding On to the Perks

    As we plow through the legislation to figure out the winners and the losers of the new financial rules, it’s worth pondering what Wall Street got out of the crisis. Most of the reaction, in fact, nods to it being a boon to the banks. And some of those benefits will remain intact even after the legislation passages. Here’s a look at the handouts given to Wall Street.
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    The Vanishing 9-to-5 Job

    The workplace is a vastly different environment than it was just 10 years ago. A look at how the recession is accelerating a cultural shift in the corporate world toward more flexible workdays.
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    It’s Casual Friday, Every Day

    Increasingly lax office culture means we have not two wardrobes—work and play—but one. These days, are there any fashions not allowed at work?
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    Top 10 Funny Video Takedowns of BP

    BP company leaders can't seem to avoid committing multiple gaffes and missteps, providing endless material for video satirists. Here are our picks for the best takedowns.
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    12 Secure Jobs for the Next Decade

    Despite the volatility in many sectors, there's still hope for job seekers across the spectrum of education and skills. NEWSWEEK consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics and career counselors to predict the most stable professions for years to come.
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    The Rise and Fall of Bear Stearns

    Alan “Ace” Greenberg, the defiant former CEO of Bear Stearns, discloses his regrets, his beef with mortgage brokers, and why he thinks financial reform isn’t necessary.
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    Obama's Energy Pipe Dreams

    Just once, it would be nice if a president would level with Americans on energy. Barack Obama isn't that president. His speech the other night was about political damage control: his own. It was full of misinformation and mythology. Obama held out a gleaming vision of an America that would convert to the "clean" energy of, presumably, wind, solar, and biomass. It isn't going to happen for many, many decades, if ever.
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    Trust Us, Asks Oil Industry in Face of Deepwater Drilling Moratorium

    Representatives of several oil companies will stand in front of a federal judge today and ask for a moratorium on deepwater drilling to be lifted. The government argues that more work needs to be done to assess the issues associated with drilling at depth. BP CEO Tony Hayward argues ... well, nothing really. He was busy racing his yacht over the weekend.
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    BP May Suffer Harsher Treatment Because of Its Roots

    Ever since oil began gushing from the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, BP has become as British as Wimbledon, as foreign as football played with a round ball. As a result, it's possible the company will suffer harsher treatment at the hands of consumers and lawmakers.
  • Telecom Dividends a Nice Buying Opportunity

    After years of mounting customer outrage over its clogged network, AT&T has finally scrapped its unlimited-data plan and raised the price on heavy data users. It’s a wonder it took so long. Since the iPhone debuted exclusively on AT&T in June 2007, Apple stock has risen 110 percent, while AT&T is down 38 percent. The $30-a-month unlimited plan was designed to attract customers, and with 50 million iPhones sold, it did. But AT&T’s network was crippled as a few users hogged bandwidth: 3 percent of AT&T’s smart-phone customers use 40 percent of its data. AT&T now offers a two-tiered system: 200 megabytes for $15 a month; two gigs for $25. Use more than that, and you’ll pay extra. Network strain is likely to ease as a result, and analysts believe others will follow AT&T and that the switch will usher in a new era of (more profitable) metered data-pricing.
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    Global Economy: Is Brazil Finally Booming?

    "Look out for the Brazilians and the Indians," the CEO of a large Fortune 500 consumer products company told me at a lunch a few months ago. And he wasn't talking about the World Cup. He was responding to a question about where the next wave of foreign investors in U.S. assets will come from. A few years ago, dealmakers were abuzz—and many analysts were fearful—about the prospect of sovereign wealth funds from the Persian Gulf and China shifting their strategies from buying U.S. government bonds to purchasing U.S. companies. Since many of those bubble-era deals exploded, the sovereign wealth funds have become much less aggressive about entering the U.S. market.
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    Why States Need Stimulus

    The federal government has to step in with aid for the states. The Obama administration has asked for about $50 billion for 2011, but experts say they'd really need about twice that. The trick, however, is that you don't want to reward profligate spending under the cover of mitigating an economic disaster. And helping states solely on the size of their budget holes would do exactly that.
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    Five Reasons Why Tesla Will Never Make Money, According to Tesla

    The SEC filing for Tesla Motors, Inc.’s public offering reads like a laundry list of how and why the company will never make money. Tesla announced Tuesday that it would publicly sell 10 million shares for $14 to $16 a piece on June 29. The “risk factors” section alone clocks in at 42 pages.
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    BP—Blah Performance

    President Obama's Oval Office speech about the Gulf oil spill was almost enough to make you miss President George W. Bush. Maybe not the actual presidency of George W. Bush, but at least the platonic ideal of the presidency of George W. Bush—the M.B.A. president, the chief executive as CEO.
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    Shattering Glass Ceilings

    Landmark cases against Novartis and Wal-Mart are wending their way through court and changing the way we all think about work.
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    Companies Had Better Cater to Women

    Even before the financial crisis, the spending power of women was increasing in both rich and poor countries. The downturn has accelerated the trend, particularly in the United States. American men lost more jobs (they worked in the hardest-hit areas like financial services and manufacturing), whereas women started more companies.
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    The Reluctant Recovery

    It's psychology, stupid. Not since World War II has an economic recovery been so hobbled by poor confidence. Every recession leaves a legacy of anxiety and uncertainty. But the present residue is exceptional, because the recession was savage and--more important--its origins (hous­ing bubble, financial crisis) were unfamiliar.
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    The Politics of Parsimony

    Politicians worldwide are buying votes by cutting spending. Slow-growing, highly indebted countries in Southern Europe (Spain, Italy, Portugal) see austerity as a way to avoid the fate of Greece. Others are reacting to fears of stimulus-induced inflation.
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    Q&A With Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

    Online shoe retailer Zappos made a name for itself with topnotch customer service. It paid off: Amazon bought it for $1.2 billion last fall. In his new book, Delivering Happiness, CEO Tony Hsieh talks about Zappos’s unique business approach and giving customers that “wow” feeling.
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    A Modest Proposal

    As Western economies begin to recover, extravagant, eye-popping architecture is giving way to a subtler new aesthetic. In the U.S. and Europe, architectural values are shifting from can-you-top-this designs toward more efficient, functional building.
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    Britain's BP Problem

    Four thousand miles of ocean won’t insulate the U.K. from BP’s catastrophic mess in the Gulf of Mexico. The woes of Britain’s second-largest company are sure to spill into the country’s already faltering economy. Last week Business Secretary Vince Cable warned of “major, indirect effects on the British economy” from the spill, with investors among the principal victims.
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    How BP and the Oil Industry Got Into Such a Mess

    With the release of his new book, investigative journalist Tom Bower gives us a glimpse of what the oil spill debacle must look like from the boardroom. NEWSWEEK chatted with Bower about how the industry got itself into this mess, and where it might be headed next.
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    How Victoria's Secret Made Lingerie Mainstream

    Over the past 28 years, by making lingerie affordable, accessible, and acceptable, Victoria's Secret has created a middle ground in intimate apparel. Meet the man who brought sexy undergarments into the mainstream.
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    Jérôme Kerviel's Trial Seems Insignificant Now

    Jérôme Kerviel, the rogue trader who lost billions for the French bank Société Générale, begins his trial today. The financial calamities we've witnessed since his crime make his $5.9 billion loss seem almost quaint.
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    Why Does BP CEO Tony Hayward Still Have a Job?

    Despite being in charge as BP has failed—and failed, and failed again—to stop the flow of crude oil into the Gulf and some poor turns of phrase ("I want my life back") the BP leader may have the most secure corporate seat in Great Britain.
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    Federal Commission Says Goldman Sachs Is Holding Back Information

    The federal panel investigating the financial crisis subpoenaed Goldman Sachs on Monday for information on the company's role in contributing to the recession, with commission chairman Phil Angelides citing Goldman's "deliberate effort to run out the clock" as a factor in the subpoena.
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    Boycott BP? Don't Bother

    It might make you feel better to drive past that yellow-and-green sunburst when you need to fill your tank. But where is your money really going instead?
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    Overconfident and Underregulated

    Cost-cutting by BP, careless rig operators, and lax regulators have all been fingered as plausible culprits in the blowout. President Obama has appointed a commission to investigate the causes. There will be extensive analyses. But the stark contrast between the disaster's magnitude and the previous safety record points to another perverse possibility.
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    Gross: The True Costs of 'Tough' Oil

    The ongoing debacle in the Gulf of Mexico is a sign of many things. We’ve entered an age in North America when the production of energy, especially from fossil fuels, comes with ever-more-expensive environmental tradeoffs.
  • China Passes Japan as Most Important Asian Partner

    For the first time since 1985, China has overtaken Japan as America’s most important Asian partner, according to a new survey from the Japanese Foreign Ministry and Gallup that polled 200 U.S. opinion leaders. The results reflect China’s meteoric rise in economic and diplomatic power and influence:
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    The Risks and Rewards of Crisis Investing

    Investors hate risk. So when one country sinks another’s ship, killing 46 sailors, and threatens “all-out war,” it sounds like a good time to sell, right? Wrong. Political crises sometimes can be a great time to buy. When South Korea released a report on May 19 proving that the North was behind a torpedo attack two months earlier, tensions heightened and stock prices tumbled. But steely-nerved investors swooped in, and those who bought a broad index of South Korean stocks at the low made a 12 percent return in about a week—and it’s still trading roughly 13 percent off this year’s high, making for plenty of upside opportunity.
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    A Tale of Two Recessions

    One hallmark of this recession has been the disparities in how the unemployment rate has affected different groups of people.
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    'Know What You Don't Know'

    Cisco Systems, Inc. was once best known as the plumber of the Internet, for building the infrastructure and networking equipment that allows worldwide information sharing. CEO John Chambers on the company's new push into leisure products.
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    The Economic Recovery Is Real

    To a degree, the crisis of confidence that began in the summer of 2008 never really ended. Why fears of a second recession are overblown.