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Fed On Target To Raise Interest Rates In Spring 2015

Last Wednesday, Janet Yellen presided over a press conference as the new chairman of the Federal Reserve following the conclusion of the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC’s) two day meeting and its release of the official FOMC statement.<p>Markets hung on every word and some confusion was created …

U.S. Treasury to Sell Stakes in Ally Financial

The Federal Government is finally getting out of the auto business once and for all. The U.S. Treasury announced this morning that it would be selling 95 million shares in Ally Financial as an Initial Public Offering, with the ultimate goal of selling off its full 177.3 million shares in the auto …

Paid App Market Is Shrinking With Stunning Speed

Tired and disgusted with free apps that try to hawk in-game purchases and ads to you at every turn? There is no escape; the entire app market is going freemium. The reason for the rapid transition is spelled out by App Annie’s new survey. It claims that revenue from paid apps dropped by a drastic …

Marketing to Millennials: The consumers to change the market landscape

<i>Jamie Gailewicz oversees the Bailey Brand Consulting Client Services team, where he is involved in the ongoing management of clients, delivering sound strategies and inventive solutions.</i><p>To sell to any audience, you have to understand it. Discovering how its members think, act, and purchase is only …

Facebook, Biogen, Cal-Maine are stocks to watch

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Biotech stocks and Internet names like Facebook Inc. could see active trade in Monday’s session after the past week’s …

How to look great without spending a fortune

Beauty may be only skin deep but the cost of looking your best might find you reaching deep into your pockets.<p>Spending on make-up, diet and exercise, fragrances, skin care, hair products and cosmetic surgery adds up to a staggering $160bn per year worldwide.<p>South Koreans have more plastic surgery …

A SILICON VALLEY DISASTER: A 21-Year-Old Stanford Kid Got $30 Million, Then Everything Blew Up

The week after Thanksgiving, 40 Clinkle employees gathered in the kitchen of their San Francisco office. It was the second time in two days they'd been called together for an all-hands meeting.<p>At the front of the room stood 22-year-old Clinkle CEO Lucas Duplan, eyes cast down. Next to him stood …