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Have We Turned the Confidence Corner? Millionaires Think So

A number of recent reports seem to suggest that various segments of the corporate and consumer markets—perhaps even Ben Bernanke—are feeling more confident about the direction of the economy, a suggestion punctuated Wednesday by the release of Spectrem Group’s Millionaire Investor Confidence Index (SMICI), which rose to its highest level in nine months. The SMICI,… Continue Reading

Shareholders Asking Companies to Reveal Political Outlays

With nine months remaining before the U.S. presidential elections, some investors have expressed themselves politically via an earlier set of votes: Nearly one-third of shareholder resolutions filed for the upcoming annual-meeting season ask companies to reveal more about their campaign spending and lobbying, according to a report released on February 28. If they don’t persuade companies to… Continue Reading

Economists see more reasons for optimism this year, but maintaining slow growth expectations

Economists are increasingly confident that some pillars of the economy will improve this year, but they still remain cautious in their expectations on the overall pace of economic growth. The National Association for Business Economics said Monday that forecasters have raised their expectations for employment, new home construction and business spending this year. But they… Continue Reading

Lessons From ‘The Office’ for Your Office

How many times have you watched NBC’s hit TV series “The Office” and cringed? There’s a reason for that response–the show is sometimes a little too close for comfort. Between office parties and office romances, weddings, awards ceremonies and double entendrés, “The Office” is one hilariously uncomfortable situation after another. In addition to being entertainment,… Continue Reading

With election looming, White House, GOP tiptoe towards tax overhaul

Corporate tax reform is creeping back into the picture, although experts predict the election will chase the issue off the agenda this year. Congressional Republicans and the White House are flirting with plans to overhaul the corporate tax system. But any perceived progress is expected to stall out despite a push from business groups to… Continue Reading

WRAPUP 4-U.S. jobs, factory data strengthen growth outlook

The number of Americans filing for new unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell to a near four-year low last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was quickening. Other data on Thursday showing solid expansion in factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic area this month and builders breaking more ground on new residential projects in January offered more evidence… Continue Reading