Business

9 Workplace Hacks to Increase Productivity and Happiness (but Most Bosses Don't Think of Them)

Here's one: Sit by a window (no joke).<p>Since people, culture, and productivity in the workplace are the little planets that revolve around my professional universe, I subscribe to and receive a ton of information, research, and product offers from companies that know what they're talking about.<p>One …

The Workplace

The Most Popular Social Networks With Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers

Although Facebook is the most popular social network across generations, it's not as dominant with younger consumers as with older consumers, …

Millennials

9 Skills You Should Learn That Pay Dividends Forever

Some of the most important skills in life are not taught in school. Here are 9 you won't want to miss out on.<p>The further along you are in your career, the easier it is to fall back on the mistaken assumption that you've made it and have all the skills you need to succeed. The tendency is to focus …

Emotional Intelligence

The pros and cons of forming an LLC

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>The limited liability company was first offered as an option for structuring businesses 40 years ago in Wyoming. By the late 1990s, all states had laws authorizing the organizing of businesses under the hybrid structure. Today, LLCs are …

Taxes

This 1 Ability Will Make or Break Your Success As An Entrepreneur

To build a successful startup, you'll need to pivot. Here's how to do it right.<p>Entrepreneurship is an emotional roller coaster ride. Day in and day out, you can never really know what to expect.<p>But there is one thing you can count on. At some point in your career, as an effective entrepreneur, …

Entrepreneurship

A Modern Guide to Social Media Content Marketing, Part 4: Facebook

<i>This is the fourth installment in a five-part series of articles focusing on best practices to up your content marketing game on the “big four” of</i> …

Social Media Marketing

3 Stocks to Hold for the Next 50 Years

Long-term opportunity could make Clorox, The Walt Disney Company, and Intuitive Surgical top stocks to own over the next five decades.<p><b>Clorox</b> …

Investing

This "shopping" service could change your life — here's why millions of people love it

If you're one of those people who enjoys wearing new clothing but dreads shopping for them, you're not alone.<p>Many people avoid the mall and stores for myriad reasons, from long lines to overly aggressive salespeople. And though millennials are known for preferring e-commerce (54% of them make their …

eCommerce

Most Americans failed this eight-question retirement quiz

Getting retirement right is a big deal. Getting it wrong is even worse.<p>The data vary from survey to survey, but we know for a fact that far too many Americans have saved little (or nothing) and most of the rest of us probably haven't saved enough.<p>Fidelity Investments decided to tackle this problem …

Retirement

Survey: Your Star Performers Hate Your Open Plan Office (and Struggle to Work There)

More than half of highly talented employees say the noise at work is driving them insane.<p>If you're looking for reasons to dislike open plan offices, you won't to search long. Stories of employees hiding in broom closets to avoid distractions abound, and there are plenty of studies testifying that …

The Workplace

Technical SEO 101: Get Your Websites Ranked on Google [Infographic]

SEO success may start with great content, but it doesn't end there. Technical SEO is also vitally important. This infographic guides you through …

SEO

These haunting photos reveal a new normal in America as the country plunges into a retail apocalypse

The retail apocalypse has descended on America.<p>More than 3,500 stores are expected to close across the US in the next couple of months.<p>Department stores like Macy's, Sears, and JCPenney, and retailers including BCBG, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Bebe have all been forced to close up dozens of …

eCommerce

Amazon has a new weapon in its war on brick-and-mortar retail (AMZN)

Mario Tama/Getty Images<p>The environment for brick-and-mortar stores is abysmal.<p>The rise of e-commerce and titanic shifts in how shoppers spend their money has hit malls and stores hard. Visits to malls declined by 50% between 2010 and 2013, according to the real-estate research firm Cushman & …

Fortune 500

Google Needs All the Clicks It Can Get

Google managed to find $12 billion in new advertising revenue last year. The next $12 billion might be the real trick, especially if its biggest customers curb their spending.<p>Investors should be concerned by recent moves by major brands to suspend their ads from Google’s network. The internet …

Google

Omnichannel Is Dead. Long Live Omnichannel.

“Omnichannel” has been one of retail’s favorite buzzwords for years now. At this week’s recently concluded (and excellent) ShopTalk conference, several speakers challenged the relevance of omnichannel. This conversation is long overdue.<p>The shift from a “multichannel” strategy–being active in …

eCommerce

Does Paying Off Your Credit Cards in Full Each Month Actually Hurt Your Credit Score?

Credit bureaus compute our scores using secret algorithms, which has led to confusion and a host of inaccurate urban myths about the best ways to …

Personal Finance

Dow Tumbles 120 Points on Deepening D.C. Health-Care Uncertainty

The House may not vote on health-care reform Thursday, but the stock market is voting right now.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen by about 120 points in the second half of the trading session after conservative members of Congress said in the early afternoon that they still opposed the …

Health Care

Trump Tantrum Looms on Wall Street if Healthcare Plan Fails

The Trump Trade could start looking more like a Trump Tantrum if the new U.S. administration's healthcare bill stalls in Congress, prompting worries on Wall Street about tax cuts and other measures aimed at promoting economic growth.<p>Investors are dialing back hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump …

Wall Street

J.C. Penney store closings latest sign that ecommerce may finally be devastating brick-and-mortar retail

ANALYSIS:<p>This week, J.C. Penney released details of its plans to shutter 138 stores (out of 1,014) and to cut 5,000 retail jobs.<p>This is part of the ongoing reinvention of a company that seemed to be on the verge of collapse just a few years ago. J.C. Penney says physical stores remain vital to its …

eCommerce

It only took us five minutes to find a big brand advertising on a hate group's YouTube

Google's facing an advertiser revolt this week after it came to light that several big brands' ads were served on YouTube videos promoting terrorism, extremism, and other violent forms of hate.<p>More than 250 brands have split from YouTube after various investigations in the <i>Times of London</i> outed the …

Advertising

17 Things You Should Leave Off Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile

Sometimes, all you get is one chance to appeal to companies you'd like to work at. Don't blow it.<p>As recruiting season swoops in, how we present ourselves to places we're applying to for a new job becomes more and more important. Sometimes, all you get is one chance--through your resume or your …

Employment

These are the watches worn by the most powerful CEOs in the world

For some businessmen, a wristwatch is more than a time-telling device. It's a statement.<p>"A watch is the greatest icebreaker there is," says Hamilton Powell, the CEO of Crown & Caliber, an online secondary market for luxury watches.<p>"In an unfamiliar city, I can approach a complete stranger and with …

Watches

The World's Saddest (And Happiest) Countries

Economics

The 15 best jobs if you’re under 25—and they pay at least $40k

You might love watching reruns of Law & Order, but just because you get a kick out of watching people duke it out in a courtroom on TV doesn’t mean you should go to law school. Yet 25% of high-school students choose their future career based on something they saw on TV or in a movie, according to …

Employment

This Gold Rally Has Recent History on Its Side

Gold has staged an impressive rebound since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates last week and reiterated that the pace of increases will accelerate. But is a rally logical?<p>Some would argue that higher rates portend faster inflation and that gold is a good hedge against inflation, thus …

gold

A look at clothing companies that are closing stores

NEW YORK (AP) — A number of retailers, particularly clothing stores, are shuttering locations as shoppers move online and find fashion inspiration from social media. Some analysts believe the trend will only accelerate later this year.<p>A look at some of the brands that are closing stores or …

Finance

Ford says profit will fall 50%

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Ford Motor said its profit will fall by about 50% in the current quarter, due to weakness in the auto industry that's already been reported by rivals such as General Motors.<p>The guidance sent Ford shares down about 1.1% in early trading. Shares of Ford rivals GM, Fiat Chrysler and …

Markets

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise to 258,000

WASHINGTON—The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week, though the overall level remained consistent with a labor market that’s adding jobs.<p>Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 in the week …

Jobless Claims

How To Invest A Lumpsum Amount Of Money In An All-Time High Stock Market

Between 2009 and 2017, the market went up on one of the most amazing streak:<p><i>Source: YCharts</i><p>As you can see, for an investor waiting on the side lines, …

Stocks

At Valeant, Papa Brings Home the Bacon

Who said banks are where the money is?<p>It seems that giant financial institutions with happy investors don’t pay nearly as well as floundering drug companies.<p>Valeant Pharmaceuticals International said in a securities filing Thursday that CEO Joseph Papa earned more than $62 million in total …

Wall Street