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I'm a financial planner, and here are 21 ways I know you're financially unstable

Anytime I can help someone save for their financial future I get excited.<p>Unfortunately, after several minutes the excitement wore off.<p>The relative had just started his new job and hadn't even put a single penny into the 401k yet. He was reading about the benefits his 401k offered and the one that …

Personal Finance

For GE, breaking up is hard to do

When Jeff Immelt made the biggest announcement in his 14 years as General Electric’s CEO this past April, he did it the same way he handles ordinary …

GE Capital sale process puts employees in a pickle

General Electric (GE) this week is expecting bids for its middle-market lending unit, called Antares, which reportedly could fetch upwards of $16 …

3 Money Questions We Are Too Embarrassed to Ask

<i>By Gerri Detweiler, Credit.com</i><p>It's happened to me more than once. Someone finds out what I do and pulls me aside to ask a question about a financial or credit problem they're having. They're usually embarrassed and sometimes worry about being judged. I can't blame them. Money troubles can be hard …

6 Financial Items to Include on Your Spring Cleaning List

When most of us think of spring-cleaning, we think about dusting and sweeping and polishing. But there are other areas besides your home that could …

Best Personal Finance Apps For Android

To save money you can either try a piggy bank or have a personal finance app for your Android device. There are many <b>personal finance apps</b> available …

How Technology Can Help Work/Life Balance

Smartphones have made it more difficult than ever for people to separate their jobs from the rest of their lives. It doesn’t have to be that way.<p>They’re convenient. They let us work anywhere and anytime. But they also play on our anxieties and insecurities and leave us much more bound to work than …

Samsung Unveils Curved Phone, Virtual Reality Headset

Company Also Launches the Latest Version of its Smartphone-Tablet Hybrid<p>Samsung Electronics Co. released a smartphone with a display that curves around one side of the phone, along with a virtual reality headset, as it looks beyond the traditional handset to fend off competition.<p>The South Korean …

Virtual Reality

As Google Builds Out Own Content, Some Advertisers Feel Pushed Aside

Advertisers Fret as Search Engine Results Include More of Its Own Content<p>Just before Google Inc. went public 10 years ago, co-founder Larry Page said he wanted to get the search engine's users "out of Google and to the right place as fast as possible."<p>Today, Mr. Page's Google often is doing the …

Search Engines

Johnson & Johnson Pulls Hysterectomy Device From Hospitals

FDA Advised Doctors Not to Use the Device Due to Cancer Risk in Women<p>Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it was withdrawing a surgical tool that can spread cancer in women, effectively removing the device's largest manufacturer from the market amid a contentious debate over its use.<p>The company plans …

Johnson & Johnson

Advertising's New Frontier: Talk to the Bot

Chat App Kik Unveils Feature That Lets Users Converse With Dozens of Brands<p>This month, with little fanfare, the most popular chat app among teens in the U.S. launched a feature that could be the future of advertising. Or, at the least, it marks the dawn of a new age in how brands engage.<p>People …

Chatbots

When CEOs and CFOs Share an Alma Mater

By<p>Maxwell Murphy<p>Maxwell Murphy<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@kmaxwellmurphy<p>On 500-mile road trips to watch Mizzou basketball games, executives David Haffner and Matthew Flanigan talk strategy.<p>Afterward, the University of Missouri alumni munch hot slices at Shakespeare's Pizza and map out …

College & University

Books Archives - Signature Reads

What Corporate Climbers Can Teach Us

'Dark' Personality Traits Can Help People Rise Through Ranks<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p>Every office full of ambitious people has them. And we have all worked with at least one—the co-worker with an inexplicable ability to rise …

Side Effects: Telling the Real From the Imagined

Fear of side effects prompts many patients to stop taking their medicine<p>The long list of side effects rattled off at the end of TV drug ads and found on many websites is giving some doctors a headache.<p>Many people often believe, research shows, they are experiencing side effects even when they're …

Medicine

The Psychology of Clutter

What Different Types of Crowded Closets Suggest About Their Owners<p>Jennifer James and her husband don't have a lot of clutter—but they do find it hard to part with their children's things. The guest cottage behind their home in Oklahoma City is half-filled with old toys, outgrown clothing, artwork, …

Wal-Mart Looks to Grow by Embracing Smaller Stores

Retailer Tries New Business Models as Its Superstores Fall Out of Favor<p>Just weeks after being named chief executive of the world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart's Doug McMillon held a meeting with his top executives and gave them a homework assignment: Read "The Everything Store," the tell-all book …

Walmart

As Food Prices Rise, Fed Keeps a Watchful Eye

Central Bank Officials Sometimes Look Past Food-Cost Increases<p>U.S. food prices are on the rise, raising a sensitive question: When the cost of a hamburger patty soars, does it count as inflation?<p>It does to everyone who eats and especially poorer Americans, whose food costs absorb a larger portion …

Federal Reserve

Political Battle Over Export Bank Heats Up

New House Leadership, Conservative Groups Seek to Shut It Down<p>By<p>Michael R. Crittenden<p>WASHINGTON—Lawmakers at a recent House hearing on the future of the Export-Import Bank were given an extra piece of reading material: a personalized index card laying out exactly which companies in their districts …

General Electric

Google's Nest Labs Opens Its Platform to Outside Developers

Nest Aims to Establish Itself as Operating System for Web-Connected Devices in the Home<p>Google Inc.'s Nest Labs is opening its platform to outside developers, a big step by the thermostat and smoke-detector maker to establish itself in a crowded market to be the operating system for …

Internet of Things

Amazon Unveils 'Fire Phone' Smartphone

Company Moves Into Handset Market Dominated by Samsung, Apple<p>SEATTLE—Amazon.com Inc. long-awaited smartphone, unveiled Wednesday, boasts features like a screen with holographic images, hands-free scrolling and software that can recognize merchandise and art through its camera lens.<p>But it may be …

Mobile

First Data Raises $3.5 Billion in Capital

Credit-Card Processor Owned by KKR & Co. Says Most of the Money Comes From New Investors<p>First Data Corp., a credit-card processor owned by KKR & Co., said it raised $3.5 billion in equity, with most of it coming from new investors.<p>The company, which has had to contend with a large debt load, said …

Venture Capital

Samsung Galaxy S5 Cameras are Failing: Here’s How to Handle It

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 is having some serious camera problems. After about two weeks on the market, an undisclosed number of Galaxy S5 smartphones are experiencing camera glitches that render the smartphone’s shooter useless.