Rachel Sherman

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Levi Strauss to cut 800 jobs

Levi Strauss & Co. will eliminate about 800 jobs, almost 20 percent of its nonretail and nonmanufacturing employees, over the next 12 to 18 months.<p>The privately held San Francisco company said its restructuring plan will help it become more competitive, lower costs and improve its financial …

Levi Strauss

Interest in Obamacare surges ahead of enrollment deadline

WASHINGTON— As Monday's deadline approaches to sign up for insurance under PresidentObama's health law, more than 1 million people a day are visiting HealthCare.gov, Obama administration officials said Wednesday.<p>The site — the main portal for insurance marketplaces in 36 states — drew 1.2 million …

Health Care

Do I Really Have to Sign Up? Last-Minute Obamacare Answers

It’s now down to the final days for people to sign up for health insurance on the new state and federal exchanges. The White House and its allies are making a final push to get people to sign up by March 31. At last count, 5 million people had.<p>Polls show people still are confused about the law’s …

Health Care

Senator Warns Of A Student Loan Bubble

Each year, the federal government provides more than $150 billion in grants and loans to help students pay for college. And while a bachelor's degree has become increasingly valuable, young people are taking on record levels of debt to earn that degree.<p>That's the backdrop for a Senate hearing …

San Francisco nears top for job growth

San Francisco is second to only Riverside, Calif., in job growth from 2012 to 2013, according to recent rankings from Arizona State University.<p>The city's non-agricultural job growth rate was 3.9 percent during that time, compared to Riverside's rate of 4 percent. Los Angeles and San Diego also …

Employment

Google’s brilliant plan to get millions to adopt its e-money system: Gmail

In May 2013, Google soft-launched a straightforward scheme for sending money to other people. It lets you connect Gmail with a Google Wallet account and send money to a friend for free (from a linked bank account) or for a small fee (from a credit card).<p>While the service has been available since …

FinTech

The missing Malaysia Airlines flight threatens a crucial engine of the country’s economy

Chinese citizens, furious with Malaysia’s bungled handling of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, are canceling their vacation plans, encouraged by celebrities like Chinese actor Chen Kun, who called for a travel boycott of Malaysia. Travel agents in China say bookings have already dropped 50% in …

Malaysia Airlines

Spotify is planning an IPO for this fall

Spotify could take itself public some time in the fall of 2014.<p>The popular music-streaming company has participated in informal chats with some of the investment banks likely to fight for a role in a potential IPO, sources familiar with the process said. The six-year-old service may start holding …

Credit Cards

Court blocks BlackBerry executive’s move to Apple

BlackBerry Ltd. has won a lawsuit to keep one of its most senior executives from jumping ship to Apple Inc. – at least temporarily.<p>A ruling released by the Ontario Superior Court this week offers a glimpse of the uncertainty within BlackBerry's senior executive ranks late last year, as the company …

Home Sales Drop for Eighth Straight Month

Home buyers signed fewer contracts to buy existing homes in February. So-called pending home sales fell for the eighth-straight month, down 0.8 percent from a downward revised January reading, according to the National Association of Realtors.<p>Sales are now down 10.5 percent from a year ago. Pending …

Real Estate

Associated Press News

Dollar gains; euro weaker on ECB easing talk

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The dollar gained against the euro and other rivals Thursday as investors bet the Federal Reserve will start hiking rates …

Russia’s economy is not in great shape—but it’s nowhere near as bad as in 1998

Russia’s economy is not looking great: The country appears on track for just 0.3% growth this year compared with 1.3% in 2013, and 3.4% in 2012—and the effect of recent Western sanctions will only make things worse. Russians are sending their money abroad at a pace four times greater than last year.<p>…

Russia

Pending U.S. home sales drop in February, marking 8th straight decline

In the latest sign of a continuing slowdown in the housing market, a key predictor of home-sale volume fell for the eighth straight month in February, though the outlook was brighter in the West.<p>The National Assn. of Realtors' index of pending home sales dropped 0.8% for the month, the group said …

Real Estate