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Real Estate Economists Predict Moderate Growth Through 2019

21 Apr 11:10 | Business

The U.S. economy and commercial real estate industry are, in general, expected to experience moderate growth through much of 2019, according to a new three-year economic forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate.read more »

Immigrant Backlash Not Impacting Hiring Of Job Candidates Born Outside The United States

20 Apr 11:03 | U.S. News

In the midst of ongoing debate around immigration, U.S. employers plan to reach beyond borders to help fill U.S. jobs. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, a third of employers (33 percent) say they plan to hire immigrant workers in 2017, with 16 percent planning to do so in the second quarter.read more »

Spring Homebuying Season Kicks Off Strongly As Prices And Sales Propel Higher

18 Apr 11:10 | U.S. News

California's spring housing market posted a strong start to the year as existing home sales and median price registered healthy gains in March on both a monthly and annual basis, as did every major region in the state, the California Association of Realtors said.read more »

Understanding Money Reduces Worry About Old Age: Study

17 Apr 15:11 | Business

People who possess a greater understanding of finance are less likely to fret about life in their twilight years.read more »

E-Commerce Fraud Increased 33 Percent In 2016

17 Apr 11:07 | U.S. News

Understanding where fraud takes place matters so businesses and consumers can be diligent in protecting themselves. Fraudsters continue to migrate their activities online as more merchants switch to EMV terminals and consumers receive chip-and-pin credit cards. read more »

Struggling With Different Work Identities? Your Work May Suffer

13 Apr 15:11 | Business

Few people are just one person at work. You may be both a manager and an employee. Or you may be a salesperson who represents two very different brands. Now a new study suggests that how you juggle those different work identities may affect your job performance.read more »

Immigrants' Strong Desire For Homeownership Will Shape U.S. Housing Markets

12 Apr 11:17 | Business

The housing and neighborhood location choices of immigrants will have a significant impact on urban growth in the U.S. for decades to come, particularly as more foreign-born residents seek to own homes in suburban communities, according to new research from the Urban Land Institute's Terwilliger Center for Housing.read more »

Mortgage Rates Lowest Since Mid-January

7 Apr 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates fell to the lowest levels in nearly three months, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.24 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

How Much Money Do You Need to Make to Live Comfortably?

6 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The latest GOBankingRates study reveals that only 11 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities have a median income high enough to cover what's needed to live comfortably.read more »

Airbnb Fans And Critics Both Correct In Home-Sharing Debate, Says Study

5 Apr 2017 | Business

Most Airbnb hosts in Manhattan make less than $10,000 a year, but hosts who rent out their homes for more than 90 days each year make $20,000 or more, generating 80 percent of the revenue, says a new study by Columbia University researchers.read more »

New World Auction Record For Any Diamond Or Jewel

5 Apr 2017 | World

Sotheby's in Hong Kong has set a new world auction record for any diamond or jewel when The Pink Star, a 59.60-carat oval fancy vivid pink and internally flawless diamond, sold for $71.2 million. read more »

Fed Rate Hikes Affecting Homeowners

4 Apr 2017 | Business

Although the Fed's recent interest rate hike signals renewed confidence in our economy and job market, many homeowners and home equity line of credit (HELOC) borrowers are questioning how this increase will impact their loans. read more »

8 In 10 Americans Say Female Leaders Have To Work Harder Than Men To Prove Themselves

3 Apr 2017 | Business

When it comes to women in the American workforce, nearly 8 in 10 (79%) adults say that female leaders have to work harder than men to prove themselves.read more »

Mortgage Rates Show Little Change

31 Mar 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates were only slightly changed this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inching higher to 4.30 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

Home Prices Indices Set 31-Month High

29 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

The S&P Dow Jones Indices for January 2017 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the past 12 months. read more »

New International Banking Rules Would Not Prevent Another Financial Crisis

28 Mar 2017 | Business

Current regulations aimed at reducing risk of crisis in the financial sector will not effectively reduce that risk, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)read more »

Rising Flood Insurance Costs Growing Burden In New York City

28 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Flood insurance is already difficult to afford for many homeowners in New York City, and the situation will only worsen as flood maps are revised to reflect current risk and if the federal government continues to move toward risk-based rates, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the RAND Corporation.read more »

Eight Out Of Ten Women Feel They Have Not Reached Their Full Potential

24 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Girls and women around the world view inner strength as important as happiness – and those two qualities are nearly two times more significant than physical beauty and wealth. Yet, eight out of 10 women feel they have not reached their full potential, according to new global research.read more »

Mortgage Rates Reverse Course

24 Mar 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates slipped lower this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 4.29 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

Too Much Structured Knowledge Hurts Creativity, Shows Rotman Study

23 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Structure organizes human activities and help us understand the world with less effort, but it can be the killer of creativity, concludes a study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.read more »

Existing-Home Sales Stumble In February

23 Mar 2017 | Business

After starting the year at the fastest pace in almost a decade, existing-home sales slid in February but remained above year ago levels both nationally and in all major regions, according to the National Association of Realtors.read more »

Harris Poll Finds Half Of Americans Say CEOs Have a Bad Reputation

21 Mar 2017 | Business

Fifty percent of Americans rate the reputations of today's CEOs and corporate leaders as "bad," according to research from The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient (RQ, which has identified movement, trends and insights in a changing corporate reputation landscape for the past 18 years.read more »

Skilled Workers More Prone To Mistakes When Interrupted

20 Mar 2017 | Business

Expertise is clearly beneficial in the workplace, yet highly trained workers in some occupations could actually be at risk for making errors when interrupted, indicates a new study by two Michigan State University psychology researchers.read more »

Home Prices at New High in February Amid Record Low Inventory

20 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

February home prices reached a new high as steady demand combined with record low inventory drove prices up, according to this month's RE/MAX National Housing Report that surveys 53 metro areas.read more »

20 Worst Paying Jobs For Women In America

20 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

What are the worst paying jobs in America for women? 24/7 Wall St. reviewed female weekly earnings as a percentage of male weekly earnings in full-time wage and salary jobs using data from the Bureau of Labor statistics to identify the 20 worst paying jobs for women in America.read more »

Research First To Show Effectiveness Of Federal Reserve Emergency Lending 2007-09

17 Mar 2017 | Business

This week, the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates for just the third time in nine years. While many Americans know the Fed for its role in making monetary policy, it serves another lesser-known but hugely important purpose: providing temporary, short-term funds to banks as a "lender of last resort."read more »

Mortgage Rates Hit Multi-Year Highs

17 Mar 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates increased for a third consecutive week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to 4.44 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

Growth Forecast Unchanged Ahead Of Expected Rate Hike

16 Mar 2017 | Business

Growth expectations for 2017 remain subject to both upside and downside risks from potential policy changes as the Federal Reserve considers raising interest rates for the second time in three months, according to the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group's March 2017 Economic and Housing Outlook.read more »

U.S. Employer Confidence Remains Positive

15 Mar 2017 | Business

U.S. employers expect the hiring pace to remain positive in Q2 2017 with 22 percent of employers planning to add staff between April and June, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.read more »

Two In Three Americans Favor Enhancing Women's Status In Society

13 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

As Americans took part in International Women's Day, a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity, a new Harris Poll finds that two in three Americans (66%) say they favor efforts to strengthen and change women's status in society. read more »

Female Pessimism About Pay Could Sustain The Gender Pay Gap

10 Mar 2017 | World

Efforts to end the gender pay gap could be thwarted by the tendency for women to be pessimistic about their earning potential, shows new research from the University of Bath.read more »

Mortgage Rates Jump To Nearly 3-Year High

10 Mar 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates increased for a second week in a row, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate rising to the highest level since April 2014 at 4.38 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey.read more »

The 25 Highest Paying Jobs In America For 2017: Glassdoor

9 Mar 2017 | Business

The job and recruiting marketplace, Glassdoor, has announced the results of its newest jobs report identifying the 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America. read more »

Financial Speculation Led To Unsustainable Global Housing Crisis

3 Mar 2017 | World

The world's money markets have priced people out of cities, an independent expert has said, blaming financial markets and speculators for treating housing as a “place to park capital.”read more »

Mortgage Rates Rebound Following President's Speech

3 Mar 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates moved up slightly from one week ago, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate nosing higher to 4.31 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

Finally, live TV made for you

28 Feb 2017 | Media

There’s no question that people love TV, from live sports to breaking news to sitcoms and dramas. But the truth is, there are a lot of limitations in how to watch TV today. Unlike online video, people can't watch TV when they want, on any screen and on their terms, without commitments. Consumers have made it clear that they want live TV without all the hassle. They don’t want to worry about their DVR filling up. They don't want to miss a great game or their favorite show because they’re on the go. They tell us they want TV to be more like YouTube.Well, we’ve got some good news! We’re bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV. To do this, we’ve worked closely with our network and affiliate partners to evolve TV for the way we watch today.Meet YouTube TV. It’s live TV designed for the YouTube generation—those who want to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments. read more »

Finally, live TV made for you

28 Feb 2017 | Media

There’s no question that people love TV, from live sports to breaking news to sitcoms and dramas. But the truth is, there are a lot of limitations in how to watch TV today. Unlike online video, people can't watch TV when they want, on any screen and on their terms, without commitments. Consumers have made it clear that they want live TV without all the hassle. They don’t want to worry about their DVR filling up. They don't want to miss a great game or their favorite show because they’re on the go. They tell us they want TV to be more like YouTube.Well, we’ve got some good news! We’re bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV. To do this, we’ve worked closely with our network and affiliate partners to evolve TV for the way we watch today.Meet YouTube TV. It’s live TV designed for the YouTube generation—those who want to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments. read more »

Pending Home Sales Weaken In January

28 Feb 2017 | Business

Insufficient supply levels led to a lull in contract activity in the Midwest and West, which dragged down pending home sales in January to their lowest level in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors.read more »

83 Percent Of Women Over 25 Who Plan To Have Children Are Postponing Starting a Family

27 Feb 2017 | Business

Eighty-three percent of women over the age of 25 who plan to have children are postponing starting a family to focus on their career, compared to 79 percent of men, found a recent CareerBuilder survey. read more »

Tooth Fairy Payouts Post Record Gains

24 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

An unlikely but accurate economic indicator, Tooth Fairy payouts are soaring, posting record gains in 2016 and early 2017. read more »

Mortgage Rates Slide Back

24 Feb 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates pulled back this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate retreating to 4.29 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national survey. read more »

What Do Your Co-Workers Really Think Of You?

23 Feb 2017 | Business

Everyday in the workplace, colleagues actively compete for a limited amount of perks, including raises, promotions, bonuses and recognition. But new research shows that, more than often than not, people fall short in determining which co-workers might be trying to edge them out on the job. read more »

Existing-Home Sales Jump In January

23 Feb 2017 | Business

Existing-home sales stepped out to a fast start in 2017, surpassing a recent cyclical high and increasing in January to the fastest pace in almost a decade, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »

Bank Card Default Rate Hits 42-Month High In January 2017

22 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Data through January 2017, released by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices shows the composite rate up three basis points from the previous month at 0.92% in January. read more »

Do You Really Get Paid Less If You're 'Ugly'?

17 Feb 2017 | Business

Do beautiful people earn more while those who are not so gorgeous are paid less? It's not as simple as that, according to researchers.read more »

Teleworking May Seem Easier, But It Could Disrupt Your Work-Life Balance

16 Feb 2017 | World

Using smartphones, laptops and other technology to work from home can be a blessing – it does away with rush hour traffic, for example – but it also diminishes personal space and contact with colleagues, according to a new study.read more »

California Wine Exports Reach Record $1.62 Billion In 2016

15 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.62 billion in winery revenues in 2016, a new record. Despite challenges from a strong dollar, winery revenues were up 1% from 2015. Volume was 412.7 million liters or 45.9 million cases.read more »

When Home Buying, Selling And Renovating, It's An Animal House, Say Realtors

14 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

When making decisions about buying, selling or renovating their homes, Americans, by and large, take their pets' needs into account, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors. read more »

Surrounding Real Estate Shows Increase In Value If Near Transit Station

13 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

A national meta-analysis led by a UTA researcher shows that single-family property increases only about 2.3 percent when located next to a transit station.read more »

SEC Charges Chinese Citizens Who Reaped Massive Profits From Insider Trading on Comcast-Dreamworks Acquisition

10 Feb 2017 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it obtained an emergency court order freezing brokerage accounts holding more than $29 million in illegal profits from insider trading in advance of the April 2016 acquisition of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. by Comcast Corp. The SEC alleges that in the weeks leading up to the news of the acquisition, Shaohua (Michael) Yin amassed more than $56 million of DreamWorks stock in the U.S. brokerage accounts of five Chinese nationals, including his elderly parents.  DreamWorks stock price rose 47.3% once the acquisition was announced.   In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York, the SEC alleged the five accounts reaped $29 million from the DreamWorks trades.  The complaint also alleges the accounts profited from other suspicious trading in another U.S.-based company and three China-based companies ahead of market-moving news. Yin, a partner at Summitview Capital Manaread more »

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