Business

Readers in Michigan: We Need More Skills, Not More Jobs

“I was like, O.K., is he ever going to be leaving?” she quipped to the nearly 100 community members who turned out for the forum on Nov. 28. The focus was jobs and the manufacturing economy, and we were joined onstage by Mindy Bradish-Orta, president of the Jackson County Chamber …

Read More »

Europe’s Central Bank, Lagging Behind Counterparts, Faces Eventful 2018

But investors and analysts have already begun speculating about whether the central bank will, at some point, rule out an extension of the debt purchases past September. That would set the stage for the bank to start raising rates for the first time in a decade. Statements recently by members …

Read More »

Bitcoin: What are Bitcoin futures and how will they affect the price? | City & Business | Finance

The popular cryptocurrency was listed a tradable future with the Chicago Board Operations Exchange (CBOE) on Sunday, marking its arrival on Wall Street. This is the first time in the crypto token’s volatile history that investors will be able to enter the bitcoin market through a major regulated exchange in …

Read More »

Janet Yellen Didn’t Set Out to Be a Feminist Hero

Despite his unorthodox decision to replace her, even Mr. Trump has agreed that Ms. Yellen has performed well in the job. In the Rose Garden announcing Mr. Powell’s nomination, the president called Ms. Yellen an “absolutely spectacular person” and said she had “done a terrific job.” Photo Janet L. Yellen …

Read More »

Conservative Groups Seeking Support for Tax Cuts Find It a Hard Sell

“The American people have waited 31 long years to see our broken tax code overhauled,” the leaders of the Koch’s political network insisted in a letter to members of Congress on Monday, urging swift approval of final legislation. They added that the time had come to put “more money in …

Read More »

The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

Even with a flurry of legislation, economists are skeptical that California can dent home prices anytime soon. Housing takes years to build. And five of the new housing bills included a union-backed measure that requires developers to pay prevailing wages on certain projects, something that critics say will increase the …

Read More »

F.C.C. Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality Worries Small Businesses

The regulations, established by the F.C.C. in 2015, have heavyweights on both sides of the debate. Internet giants like Google and Amazon say that net neutrality preserves free speech; telecom titans like AT&T and Verizon warn that the existing rules put a chokehold on free-market commerce. In a blog post …

Read More »

Amazon, in Hunt for Lower Prices, Recruits Indian Merchants

The India program is quite lucrative for Amazon’s bottom line. A merchant who chooses the full array of Amazon services, including buying advertising and contracting with the company to store and deliver the products from Amazon’s American warehouses, typically hands over about one-third of the item’s sale price in fees …

Read More »

First-time buyers WILL benefit from Hammond’s stamp duty changes | City & Business | Finance

On Wednesday, Philip Hammond announced in his budget that first-time buyers would no longer have to pay the tax if buying a house worth up to £300,000. Houses priced between £300,000 and £500,000 will also receive a partial discount.  The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said under the new rule …

Read More »