Brian Hagan

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Rising household debt is cause for alarm, warns thinktank IPPR

George Osborne has been warned that his policies to boost the economy will lead to ballooning household debt.<p>The Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPR), the left-of-centre thinktank, said the chancellor's attempts to increase business lending had been a failure and that by resorting to …

6 market surprises for 2014

“The Beatles have no future in show business,” wrote an executive at London’s Decca records as he turned down the chance to sign the Liverpool group …

Europe

It's Not Just Poor People Getting Hosed When Congress Lets Unemployment Insurance Expire

NEW YORK -- David Torian is an Ivy League-educated lawyer and a onetime chief of staff to then-Rep. Michael McNulty (D-N.Y.). He has 23 years of experience in congressional and government relations, witnessed and practiced politics at the highest level, and has been well compensated along the …

Stock winners and losers of 2013 offer lessons

Investors are gleeful about how stocks are steamrolling to a big year, but many may not realize how many big blue-chips have missed the train.<p>All told, 48 stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500, including big names IBM, Intuitive Surgical, J.C. Penney, Caterpillar and Abercrombie & Fitch, are down …