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Are millennials taking over the supply chain?

16 Apr 14:37 | U.S. News

The way you get a cup of coffee, cook a meal at home and even purchase clothing is changing. What once was a $3 cup of coffee is now $15 with Starbucks Reserve. Meals are planned ahead of time with pre-packaged ingredients that are shipped to your doorstep by Blue Apron or Hello more »

US public companies have increasingly shorter lifespans, IU research says

11 Apr 2018 | U.S. News

At a time when more Americans are living longer, the companies where many people spend their working lives have increasingly shorter lifespans, according to research from Indiana University's Kelley School of more »

Who are the best gift-givers? Not who you'd think, says marketing research

10 Apr 2018 | World

Have you ever bought a gift for a friend, simply because it's a gift that you would like yourself? If so, that was likely a time that you projected your own attitudes onto your friend, assuming your friend shared your preferences. Such activity is called "social projection." read more »

Housing Sentiment Remains Volatile, Edges Back Up

9 Apr 2018 | U.S. News

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) shows the net share of respondents who said now is a good time to buy a home increased 10 percentage points compared to February. Additionally, the net share who reported that now is a good time to sell a home increased 3 percentage more »

Women use credit to bridge income gaps, while men are less cautious

5 Apr 2018 | U.S. News

When it comes to attitudes about money matters, gender often makes a difference. Take high-risk investments -- research shows women tend to be more cautious than their male counterparts. read more »

Want people to fund your Kickstarter project? Sell them on your reputation first

28 Mar 2018 | World

When trying to entice people to invest in your product on a crowdfunding website, potential funders are more concerned about your ethical characteristics than your actual ability to make and deliver the product, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New more »

Public willing to pay to improve water quality

28 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

Researchers from the University of Missouri have found in a nationwide survey that members of the public are more willing to pay for improved water quality than other ecosystem services such as flood control or protecting wildlife more »

Homebuyers should expect to have less choice and pay more this spring

20 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

Finding a home to buy is getting more difficult according to the latest Nationwide Health of Housing Markets Report. High demand and an ultra-low level of homes for sale is driving rapid price increases and – more importantly for prospective buyers – less time on the more »

Americans prefer economic inequality to playing Robin Hood, study finds

20 Mar 2018 | U.S. News

Voters in modern democracies, such as the United States and Germany, have long held the power to take from the rich, give to the poor and erase the huge economic inequalities that separate the vast majority of a nation's citizens from its super-wealthy elites. But given the chance to play Robin Hood, most people in these countries show little interest in making dramatic wealth more »

The family-owned-franchise penalty

6 Mar 2018 | World

While a family-owned business may have marketing appeal, franchisees that are family-owned don't, on average, perform as well financially as non-family owned franchisees. That critical insight was revealed in recent research that analyzed both existing franchise data and field more »

American service industry approaching a 'tipping point'

27 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

The average rate at which Americans tip for services has been increasing steadily for decades, which creates a growing pay disparity between tipped and nontipped workers. The practice has been branded over the years as classist, anti-egalitarian, and downright undemocratic, leading some restaurateurs to abandon it. read more »

Hitting rock bottom after job loss can be beneficial, study shows

20 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

We've all heard it said, "When you hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up." This can prove especially true in business, where bottoming out as a result of job loss can be necessary before finding the radical solution that will lead to a new work identity, according to new more »

Global dividends break new record in 2017, with more to come for the year ahead

19 Feb 2018 | World

A strengthening world economy and rising corporate confidence pushed global dividends to a new high in 2017, according to the Janus Henderson Global Dividend more »

Money only buys happiness for a certain amount

13 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

There is an optimal point to how much money it takes to make an individual happy, and that amount varies worldwide, according to research from Purdue more »

Millennials The Most Resolute Homebuyers In Current Economic Environment

8 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

Millennials all over the country are flocking to purchase new homes, especially single family homes, according to recent research from TD more »

Families who seem financially stable may not be protected against potential risks

7 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

About half of Americans (47 percent) say if they were to lose their primary source of income tomorrow, they could only maintain their current lifestyle for three months or less. read more »

World Bank sees improving global economy despite 'substantial' risks

7 Jun 2017 | World

Thanks to a pickup in manufacturing and trade, the global economy is recovering, but weak productivity and investment growth threaten long-term prospects in developing economies, the World Bank more »

Mortgage Rates At Lowest Since Mid-November

2 Jun 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates fell for the third week in a row, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to the lowest level in more than six months, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

Drone vs. Truck Deliveries: Which Create Less Carbon Pollution?

31 May 2017 | U.S. News

Delivering packages with drones can reduce carbon dioxide emissions in certain circumstances as compared to truck deliveries, a new study from University of Washington transportation engineers more »

Existing-Home Sales Slip 2.3 Percent

30 May 2017 | U.S. News

Stubbornly low supply levels held down existing-home sales in April and also pushed the median number of days a home was on the market to a new low of 29 days, according to the National Association of Realtorsread more »

Seven Charged With Conspiring To Steal Trade Secrets For Chinese Manufacturing Company

29 May 2017 | U.S. News

A criminal complaint has been unsealed charging seven individuals with conspiring to steal trade secrets from a business in the U.S. on behalf of a company in China that was engaged in manufacturing a high-performance, naval-grade product for military and civilian more »

73% Of Americans Have Financial Regrets

24 May 2017 | U.S. News

Nearly 3-in-4 U.S. adults have financial regrets, according to a new report. The most common is not saving for retirement early enough, followed by not saving enough for emergency expenses and taking on too much credit card more »

Foreign Buyers And Immigration Expected To Drive Future Demand For U.S. Housing

22 May 2017 | U.S. News

U.S. real estate markets are increasingly becoming international, and changing demographics brought forth by immigration and growing interest from foreigners are positioned to bolster home sales activity and prices, according to more »

Mortgage Rates Slide To 5-Month Low

19 May 2017 | Business

With a flurry of news breaking in Washington, mortgage rates moved to the downside with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to a five-month low of 4.15 percent, according to's weekly national more »

April Home Sales Cooler Than Typical Spring Season

17 May 2017 | Business

The brisk start to the 2017 home-selling season slowed down in April with home sales dropping 4.1% below March and 4.5% below the previous April, according to this month's RE/MAX National Housing Report. read more »

Mortgage Rates Rebound Slightly

12 May 2017 | Business

After barely moving in the past 3 weeks, mortgage rates moved slightly higher this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.22 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

The Dark Side Of Helping Coworkers

11 May 2017 | Business

If you show up at work tired, you may want to focus strictly on your own tasks. New research suggests helping coworkers in the morning can lead to mental exhaustion and self-serving behavior in the afternoon that ultimately can create a toxic work more »

Abusing Power Hurts Leaders, Too

10 May 2017 | Business

We know that power can corrupt, making people act in ways that harm others. But new research from the University of Florida shows that when the powerful misbehave, they hurt themselves, more »

Retirement Associated With Lower Stress, But Only If You Were In A Top Job

8 May 2017 | U.S. News

A new paper suggests that the period around retirement may widen socio-economic inequalities in stress and more »

Mortgage Rates Dawdle Leading Up To Fed Announcement

5 May 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates were little changed leading up to this week's Federal Reserve announcement, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inching lower to 4.18 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

Small Business Owners' Confidence About U.S. Economy

5 May 2017 | Business

Optimism among business owners about the U.S. economy and the outlook for their own businesses has reached levels never-before seen in the 15-year history of the PNC Economic Outlook, a biannual telephone survey of small- and medium-sized business more »

Staking Self-Worth On The Pursuit Of Money Has Negative Psychological Consequences

28 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Although people living in consumer-based cultures such as the U.S. often believe that they will be happier if they acquire more money, the findings of a newly published paper suggest that there may be downsides to this more »

Mortgage Rates Show Slight Rebound

28 Apr 2017 | Business

After falling for three consecutive weeks, mortgage rates reversed course this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.19 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% In March

24 Apr 2017 | Business

Existing-home sales took off in March to their highest pace in over 10 years, and severe supply shortages resulted in the typical home coming off the market significantly faster than in February and a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »

Real Estate Economists Predict Moderate Growth Through 2019

21 Apr 2017 | 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 more »

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

20 Apr 2017 | 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 more »

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

18 Apr 2017 | 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 more »

Understanding Money Reduces Worry About Old Age: Study

17 Apr 2017 | Business

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

E-Commerce Fraud Increased 33 Percent In 2016

17 Apr 2017 | 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 2017 | 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 more »

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

12 Apr 2017 | 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 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'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 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 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 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'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 »