Economic Conditions

Investors

In a Sea of Economic Volatility, Financial Stability Is Needed More Than Ever

Throughout all the economic turmoil, one investment vehicle offers a sense of relief.
Competition

5 Signs That Your Competitors Are Lazy

Examine your competition and use these strategies to get ahead of them online.
Small Businesses

U.S. Small-Business Confidence Hits New Two-Year Low

There are persistent worries about sales and profits, the latest indication that economic growth braked sharply in the first quarter.
Economic Conditions

Regardless of Outcome, Sanders Has Shed Light on the Problem of Income Inequality

Politics aside, Bernie Sanders has at least made Americans think about crushing student-loan debt and more.
Self-Employment

Why the Self-Employed Will Finally Have a Bigger Voice in 2016

With contract work eclipsing traditional full-time jobs, issues plaguing the growing on-demand economy need to be addressed this year.
Entrepreneur Mindset

Don't Waste Your Focus on Things You Can't Control

Some pro golfers complained that this year's U.S. Open course was too hard. They should have focused on playing better.
Economic Conditions

Gasoline Lifts U.S. Consumer Prices; Economy Picks Up Speed

Price stability and a strengthening economy, highlighted by a tightening labor market, likely will push the Federal Reserve a step closer to raising interest rates later this year.
Economic Conditions

U.S. Economy Picking Up Steam After Weak First Quarter

Data suggest the economic outlook has brightened thanks to a low in jobless claims, a rise in consumer spending and a solid increase in wages.
Economic Conditions

Strong Dollar Puts Pressure on 'Made in USA' Firms

The dollar's run-up over the past six months is pinching small exporters, who say they're facing pricing pressure and overseas competition.
Loans

Why Small Businesses Don't Want a Loan

The reason may be due to uncertainties caused by the financial crisis and how home values have fallen so much.
Predictions

What Will Soar and Fail in Tech and Business This Year

The tech guru whose predictions are closely followed by Silicon Valley luminaries has some thoughts about what to expect in 2015.
Cuba

How Entrepreneurs Will Eventually Breathe Freedom Into Cuba

The diplomatic opening with Cuba will slowly allow the export of opportunity, not just goods, to the Cuban people.
Small Businesses

For Small Businesses, Positive Change Is On the Horizon

These three pressures building in the small-business sector are going to help jump start a revolution in how things are done.
McDonald's

McDonald's Franchisees Brace for Sales Slowdown

Despite lower gas prices padding Americans' wallets, McDonald's U.S. franchisees forecast negative trends to continue.
Economic Conditions

U.S. Retail Sales Weak, Cast a Cloud on Consumer Spending

Economists had expected core retail sales to rise last month. They fell.