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  • he number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell less than expected last week, but a lingering backlog of applications in California makes it difficult to get a good read of labor market conditions. While other data on Thursday showed manufacturing growing at its slowest pace in a year in early October, economists […]

  • It will cost a middle-income family about $241,080 to raise a baby born in 2012 from birth to age 18, according to an annual report by the US Department of Agriculture. The figure rises to $301,970 when adjusted for inflation and represents a 2.6 percent increase from 2011, the report said. The costs include child […]

  • Last week on Forbes.com I offered you my list of frivolous things that luxury real estate buyers waste too much money and attention on. Zen parks, electronics systems, outdoor showers—it’s not surprising that buyers shopping for high-end homes in big cities find these amenities tantalizing. While sex sells, so does quality. And although a seductive […]

  • President Obama on Monday pitched his healthcare overhaul as a good “product” that is simply having problems at the check-out line. He urged Americans to call an 800 number or shop in person while his team works out kinks in the federal insurance marketplace’s online sign-up. “Nobody’s madder than me that the website’s not working […]

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he number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell less than expected last week, but a lingering backlog of applications in California makes it difficult to get a good read of labor market conditions. While other data on Thursday showed manufacturing growing at its slowest pace in a year in early October, economists said fundamentals for the factory sector remained fairly healthy. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits […]

It will cost a middle-income family about $241,080 to raise a baby born in 2012 from birth to age 18, according to an annual report by the US Department of Agriculture. The figure rises to $301,970 when adjusted for inflation and represents a 2.6 percent increase from 2011, the report said. The costs include child care, education, health care, housing, and food. It’s more expensive to raise a child in […]

Last week on Forbes.com I offered you my list of frivolous things that luxury real estate buyers waste too much money and attention on. Zen parks, electronics systems, outdoor showers—it’s not surprising that buyers shopping for high-end homes in big cities find these amenities tantalizing. While sex sells, so does quality. And although a seductive marketing campaign can generate premiums unknown, there are certain attributes that a luxury property can’t […]

President Obama on Monday pitched his healthcare overhaul as a good “product” that is simply having problems at the check-out line. He urged Americans to call an 800 number or shop in person while his team works out kinks in the federal insurance marketplace’s online sign-up. “Nobody’s madder than me that the website’s not working as well as it should, which means it’s going to get fixed,” Obama said before […]

Existing home sales slipped in September as higher prices hurt affordability, the National Association of Realtors says. Limited inventory continues to push up prices in much of the country, the association said Monday. Home sales dropped 1.9% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.29 million from 5.39 million in August. They were still 10.7% above year ago levels. The decline was expected, says Lawrence Yun, NAR chief […]

Obamacare has survived a Supreme Court appeal, a government shutdown and ongoing challenges by opposing politicians. With few exceptions, every American must have health insurance by March 31 or pay a penalty fee. That’s right: The marketplaces that are central to the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — launched on October 1, despite the shutdown showdown and the much-anticipated premiere of “The Walking Dead.” The government has […]

We’ve all been on job interviews where we found ourselves thrown off by a question. As much as we try to prepare for what someone will ask us, there’s no way of knowing what bizarre inquiries will be made as we try to impress a prospective employer. At big companies like Google and Dell, and even start ups like LivingSocial, it’s common practice to quiz candidates with some unusual questions. […]

“In the old days, if you could fog a mirror you could get a credit card,” says Adam Levin, co-founder of credit.com. It was easy. Arguably too easy. During 2008, as the financial crisis peaked, Americans were carrying $1 trillion in debt on the pesky plastic and struggling to pay all the interest and the fees for late payments, over limit charges and what have you. Then Congress passed the […]

Now that Windows 8.1 is finally alive and kicking, Microsoft can take a second to look back and talk about the way it improved its modern operating system. In a blog post published today, Microsoft’s Ryan Gavin discussed about the increasing user base of the new Windows and explained that 8.1 was designed in a such a way so that it could deliver a fresh perspective. While hearing big words […]

For the first time ever, Google shares (NASDAQ: GOOG) have crossed the $1,000 a share mark. Google stock is soaring in early trading, up more than $110 a share, a gain of nearly 13 percent just today. It’s been a great 2013 for Google shareholders. The stock is up over 40 percent this year and over the last 5 years shares have surged almost 170 percent. For investors who jumped […]