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Study says homeowners shouldn't count on property appreciation creating wealth

20 Nov 12:29 | U.S. News

The American Dream of homeownership as the path to creating wealth may be due for a revision. A new study finds that the property appreciation most homeowners expect when buying a home may be relatively meaningless in terms of building wealth.read more »

Why do employees cheat? Too much pressure

16 Nov 17:01 | U.S. News

It can happen in the branch office or the boardroom. Volkswagen did it to pass emissions tests. Workplace cheating is a real and troublesome phenomenon, and new research from the University of Georgia explains how it starts--and how employers can help prevent it.read more »

One in 10 children work, agency reports at start of conference to end underage labour

15 Nov 12:32 | World

An estimated 152 million children around the world work, a practice that the international community at a conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is trying to eliminate.read more »

People will desire something even more if you increase their focus on it

13 Nov 10:18 | U.S. News

The relationship between desire and attention was long thought to only work in one direction: When a person desires something, they focus their attention on it. read more »

Racial profiling by retailers creates an unwelcome climate for black shoppers, study shows

9 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

Discrimination endured by black shoppers forces them to downplay their race or shy away from an activity among the most common and celebrated in American culture, according to new research.read more »

Unemployment triggers increase in child neglect, according to new research

6 Nov 2017 | U.S. News

The number of reported cases of child neglect in the United States of America increased as a result of the spike in unemployment following the financial crisis of 2007-08, according to new research.read more »

National Home Price NSA Index Reaches New High As Momentum Continues

1 Nov 2017 | Business

S&P Dow Jones Indices today released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices for August 2017 which shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the past 12 months.read more »

Daydreaming is good. It means you're smart

25 Oct 2017 | World

A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that daydreaming during meetings isn't necessarily a bad thing. It might be a sign that you're really smart and creative.read more »

How the financial press influences investors' opinion and behavior

25 Oct 2017 | Business

Researchers at the University of Luxembourg have found that the financial press can have detrimental or positive effects on the behaviour of investors and their opinion on the economy as a result of the language used in reporting.read more »

Consumer Agency to Ban Harmful Chemicals in Children's Toys

19 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

In a major victory for public health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted, 3-2, to ban several harmful phthalate chemicals from plastic used in children's toys and child care articles. read more »

Corporate social responsibility may get CEO's fired, study finds

17 Oct 2017 | World

Investing in product safety, employee diversity and carbon footprint reduction are all examples of corporate social responsibility (CSR) that can result in high praise for a chief executive -- or get them fired -- according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. read more »

Climate action window could close as early as 2023

12 Oct 2017 | U.S. News

As the Trump administration repeals the U.S. Clean Power Plan, a new study from the University of Michigan underscores the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions--from both environmental and economic perspectives.read more »

Nearly half of business owners have been victims of cyberattacks - but didn't know it

10 Oct 2017 | Business

One company became a victim when a cybercriminal infected it with a ransomware virus, taking its servers hostage and holding them for ransom.read more »

Global unemployment passes 200 million in 2017

10 Oct 2017 | World

More than 200 million people are out of work around the world – an increase of 3.4 million since last year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said, calling for policies that can recharge “sluggish” growth of small and medium-sized businesses.read more »

SB17-282: Vulnerability Summary for the Week of October 2, 2017

9 Oct 2017 | SciTech

Original release date: October 09, 2017 The US-CERT Cyber Security Bulletin provides a summary of new vulnerabilities that have been recorded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Vulnerability Database (NVD) in the past week. The NVD is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) / United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). For modified or updated entries, please visit the NVD, which contains historical vulnerability information.The vulnerabilities are based on the CVE vulnerability naming standard and are organized according to severity, determined by the read more »

Middle Managers May Turn To Unethical Behavior To Face Unrealistic Expectations

6 Oct 2017 | Business

While unethical behavior in organizations is often portrayed as flowing down from top management, or creeping up from low-level positions, a team of researchers suggest that middle management also can play a key role in promoting wide-spread unethical behavior among their subordinates.read more »

Pending Home Sales Fall 2.6 Percent in August

28 Sep 2017 | Business

Pending home sales sank in August for the fifth time in six months, and slower activity in the areas hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will likely pull existing sales for the year below the pace set in 2016, according to the National Association of Realtors.read more »

Multinationals Operating In Tax Havens Avoid Reporting Specifics, Finds Study

26 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

In the era of a renewed spotlight on offshore tax havens, a new study suggests U.S. tax reporting rules still make it easy for corporations to quietly shift and shelter profits in low-tax jurisdictions, avoiding public scrutiny.read more »

Exhausted Employees Cost American Companies Millions of Dollars Annually

26 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

New research reveals that a U.S. employer with 1,000 workers stands to lose about $1.4 million each year in absenteeism, diminished productivity, and healthcare costs because of exhausted employees, many of whom have undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders.read more »

Student Debt Delaying Millennial Homeownership by 7 Years

19 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

Despite being in the prime years to buy their first home, an overwhelming majority of millennials with student debt currently do not own a home and believe this debt is to blame for what they typically expect to be a seven-year delay from buying.read more »

People Become More Economically Conservative When Angered

5 Sep 2017 | U.S. News

The motorist tailgating you on the highway might be doing more than just getting you upset -- they could also be influencing your political views.read more »

Existing-Home Sales Slide 1.3 Percent in July

25 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

Listings in July typically went under contract in under 30 days for the fourth consecutive month because of high buyer demand, but existing-home sales ultimately pulled back as large declines in the Northeast and Midwest outweighed sales increases in the South and West, according to the National Association of Realtors.read more »

People favor highly reviewed products, even when they shouldn't

22 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

When we're trying to decide which cell phone case to buy or which hotel room to book, we often rely on the ratings and reviews of others to help us choose. But new research suggests that we tend to use this information in ways that can actually work to our disadvantage.read more »

Trying to resist the urge to splurge? Ditch the smartphone

17 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

You are more likely to indulge in guilty pleasures when shopping online with a touchscreen versus a desktop computer, according to research from UBC's Okanagan campus.read more »

Coke or Pepsi? Partner's choices can make you miserable

16 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

It might not seem like a big deal if you like Coke while your partner likes Pepsi -- but new research suggests preferring different brands can affect our happiness in relationships more than shared interests or personality traits.read more »

SB17-219: Vulnerability Summary for the Week of July 31, 2017

7 Aug 2017 | SciTech

Original release date: August 07, 2017 The US-CERT Cyber Security Bulletin provides a summary of new vulnerabilities that have been recorded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Vulnerability Database (NVD) in the past week. The NVD is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) / United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). For modified or updated entries, please visit the NVD, which contains historical vulnerability information.The vulnerabilities are based on the CVE vulnerability naming standard and are organized according to severity, determined by the read more »

Pending Home Sales Recover In June, Grow 1.5 Percent

1 Aug 2017 | U.S. News

After declining for three straight months, pending home sales reversed course in June as all major regions, except for the Midwest, saw an increase in contract activity, according to the National Association of Realtors.read more »

More Millennials List Dogs Than Marriage Or Children As Factor In Home-Buying Decisions

27 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

A third of millennial-aged Americans (ages 18 to 36) who purchased their first home (33%) say the desire to have a better space or yard for a dog influenced their decision to purchase their first home, according to a new survey.read more »

Existing-Home Sales Retreat 1.8 Percent In June

25 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Existing-home sales slipped in June as low supply kept homes selling at a near record pace but ultimately ended up muting overall activity, according to the National Association of Realtors. Only the Midwest saw an increase in sales last month.read more »

Hiring Risk Executives To Protect US Banks Backfired, Contributing To 2008 Crash

21 Jul 2017 | Business

When America's major banks created executive positions to reduce exposure to financial risk more than a decade ago, their intent was similar to an employer who designates a fire warden to protect a workplace against smoke and flames. However, the unintended consequence was like giving the fire warden job to a pyromaniac.read more »

Millennial Spending Habits Differ From Older Generations

21 Jul 2017 | U.S. News

Millennials are spending their money differently than older generations on things like groceries, gas, restaurants and travel, according to a new Bankrate.com report. read more »

Employees Waste More Than One Day a Week on Non-Work Activities

20 Jul 2017 | Business

If you've ever felt like there's not enough time in the work week, your cell phone and list of errands may be to blame. Professionals surveyed said they squander an average of 56 minutes per day, or the equivalent of nearly five hours a week, using their mobile device for non-work activities in the office. read more »

'Smart' Money Moving To 'Green' Financing, Says Report

17 Jul 2017 | World

Even though investments towards sustainable development in developing countries have fallen short by nearly $2.5 trillion each year, emerging financial products and encouraging policies illustrate that both public and private sectors are serious about correcting that trend, a new report says.read more »

Over 44 Million Americans Have a 'Side Hustle'

13 Jul 2017 | Business

Over 44 million American adults have a side hustle – that is, a way to earn extra money other than a main source of income – according to a new report from Bankrate.com. read more »

Generous People Live Happier Lives

12 Jul 2017 | SciTech

Generosity makes people happier, even if they are only a little generous. People who act solely out of self-interest are less happy. Merely promising to be more generous is enough to trigger a change in our brains that makes us happier. This is what UZH neuroeconomists found in a recent study. read more »

Mortgage Rates Continue To Rise

7 Jul 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates nudged higher for the third week in a row, as the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 4.16 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

Mortgage Rates Inch Higher

30 Jun 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates were slightly higher for the second week in a row, as the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 4.07 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey.read more »

Tech Company Video Ads Still Dominated By White Males

28 Jun 2017 | Business

Consumer tech companies that are serious about attracting more women and people from minority groups into their workforce might want to revisit the video advertisements featured on their websites. read more »

Nearly 1 In 4 Has No Emergency Savings

28 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

Nearly a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings, according to a new report from Bankrate.com. However, the percentage of those without an emergency fund currently sits at a six year low, down to 24% this year from 28% last year.read more »

Night Shifts May Hinder Body's Ability To Repair DNA Damage

27 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

Night shift work may hinder the body's ability to repair DNA damage caused by normal cellular processes, suggests a new study. Suppression of the hormone melatonin, which regulates the internal body clock (circadian rhythm) might have a role, the findings suggest.read more »

Eating your feelings? The link between job stress, junk food and sleep

23 Jun 2017 | SciTech

Stress during the workday can lead to overeating and unhealthy food choices at dinnertime, but there could be a buffer to this harmful pattern.read more »

Mortgage Rates Nudge Higher, But Remain Near 7-Month Lows

23 Jun 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates were slightly higher this week, as the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 4.05 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

Existing-Home Sales Rise 1.1 Percent In May; Median Sales Price Ascends To New High

22 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

Existing-home sales rebounded in May following a notable decline in April, and low inventory levels helped propel the median sales price to a new high while pushing down the median days a home is on the market to a new low, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »

Close Failing Banks Before They Cost US Billions Of Dollars, Says Study

21 Jun 2017 | Business

Billions of dollars could be saved if Congress revises a law to allow regulators to be more aggressive in reducing losses from insolvent banks, according to a recent study co-authored by a faculty member from Florida Atlantic University's College of Business.read more »

The 10 U.S. Cities Where The Cost Of Living Is Rising Fastest

20 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

American household debt totaled a record $12.73 trillion as of March 2017, so cost of living concerns are more pertinent than ever.read more »

May's Brisk Home Sales Set Post-Recession Records

19 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

After a brief dip in April home sales, the U.S. housing market returned to seasonally high sales in May, increasing 20.6% from the previous month and 4.3% from May 2016, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. read more »

'Purposeful Leaders' Are Winning Hearts And Minds In Workplaces, Study Finds

16 Jun 2017 | Business

People are happier and more productive when their leaders show strong morals, a clear vision and commitment to stakeholders, a new study has found.read more »

Mortgage Rates Hovering At 7-Month Lows

16 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

Mortgage rates were little changed this week, as the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inched lower and remains at the lowest level in seven months according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

'Big Food' Companies Have Less Power Than You Might Think

15 Jun 2017 | SciTech

A Dartmouth study finds that "Big Food" companies are striving to make food more sustainable from farm to factory but have less power than you might think. read more »

Research Finds CEOs Who Appear On CNBC Can See Their Pay Rise Over $200,000 Per Year

14 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

New research that examined 4,452 CEOs from 2,666 U.S. firms, as well as 104,129 news articles and 6,567 CNBC interviews, found that CEOs who appeared in CNBC interviews could expect their compensation to increase by $210,239 on average, notwithstanding firm performance and other mitigating factors.read more »

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