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  • Must Read Money Stories Friday, Nov. 7
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    Must Read Money Stories Friday, Nov. 7

    2014, Economy, Featured, Must Read Money Stories

    It’s jobs report day, it’s jobs report day! Bloomberg writes that this morning’s jobs report came in at a slightly lower number than expected. But October was still the ninth straight month of jobs gains. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, dropped to its lowest level in six years.   Emergent Detroit. Detroit’s historic bankruptcy could be wrapping up. The […]

  • Consumers soon may be boiling over higher pasta prices
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    Consumers soon may be boiling over higher pasta prices

    2014, Featured, News, Retail | Lifestyle

    There is word from Italy that may send tempers bubbling among foodies. Reuters reports that Italy’s durum crop – the type of wheat used for pasta – was the smallest in 13 years. As a result, pasta makers face the highest costs in four years for the prized wheat variety, which is milled into the […]

  • The backlash is growing against Thanksgiving Day sales
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    The backlash is growing against Thanksgiving Day sales

    2014, Featured, Retail | Lifestyle, Story ideas

    I worked retail during high school and college. The two toughest days for us were the day after Thanksgiving, which has come to be known as Black Friday, and the last day of sales before Christmas. On those days, I rode home like a zombie, my feet hurting, my eyes blurring. So, I can’t even […]

  • Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Nov. 6
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    Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Nov. 6

    2014, Featured, News, Politics, Technology

    What does the Republican wave mean for big business? Now that the GOP controls both houses of Congress, business leaders from all sectors are hopeful that the money issues important to them — ranging from the Keystone XL oil pipeline to reduced financial regulation — will finally get meaningful legislative action, The New York Times […]

  • Major League Baseball becomes a year round business
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    Major League Baseball becomes a year round business

    Featured, Sports, Story ideas

    The World Series ended on Wednesday night, and on Thursday afternoon, I was attending a Major League Baseball game. Not one involving a big-league team, but rather, a game involving two teams in the Arizona Fall League. I’ll admit that before I moved to Phoenix, I thought of the AFL as the old football league. […]

  • Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Nov. 5
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    Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Nov. 5

    2014, Economy, Featured, Manufacturing | Large companies, Must Read Money Stories, News, Politics

    Yeah, but what does it mean? The big story of the day is — well, duh. With Republicans now in control of the Senate, there are all kinds of prognostications about what that may mean for the future. The Wall Street Journal writes business leaders are optimistic that Republican rule in both chambers of Congress […]

  • Animal fat in airplanes: could biofuels help airlines’ bottom lines?
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    Animal fat in airplanes: could biofuels help airlines’ bottom lines?

    2014, Beats, Green | Sustainability, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    In 2006, jet fuel became the biggest expense on the balance sheets of U.S. airlines.  And airlines have been battered by volatile fuel prices in the past 10 years, even when they buy hedges to protect against cost spikes. Right now, oil prices are down, but nobody expects them to stay there. That is why […]

  • Tampa Bay isn't letting Joe Maddon go quietly
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    Tampa Bay isn’t letting Joe Maddon go quietly

    Featured, Sports

    The Chicago Cubs’ 2014 season was a bust, as they finished fifth in the National League Central division, far out of the postseason once again. But their dismal ’14 didn’t stop a rabid fan base from building hopes for the season to come. The Cubs are awash in young talent — infielder Javier Baez, outfielder […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 4
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    Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 4

    Economy, Featured, Media | Advertising, Must Read Money Stories, News, Technology, Uncategorized

    Happy Election Day! As many voters head to the polls, the economy might not be on their minds. The Upshot writes that the state of the U.S. economy is only a major factor in presidential election years. When we’re voting for our commander in chief the correlation between growth in GDP and vote shares (for […]

  • Awash in spending: 2014 U.S. Senate election races
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    Awash in spending: 2014 U.S. Senate election races

    Featured, News, Politics, Story ideas

    Voters across the country go to the polls on Tuesday to vote in mid-term election races that will decide the future makeup of the U.S. House and Senate. 2014 is likely to set a record for mid-term election spending, with as much as $4 billion in outlays, as we wrote earlier this fall. The spending […]

  • Dropping oil prices pose a difficult situation for Russia
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    Dropping oil prices pose a difficult situation for Russia

    2014, Featured, News, Story ideas

    Oil prices have fallen 29 percent since June, according to Bloomberg News.  This may be welcome news for the developed world, but it creates a particularly difficult situation for Russia, which is already faced with sanctions by the West. In the short term, economists believe its accumulated reserves and floating ruble are enough to cushion […]

  • 6 airports that are making money off the environment
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    6 airports that are making money off the environment

    2014, Beats, Green | Sustainability, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    Taking care of the environment is not only good for the planet, it can also bring in extra money to airports. The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $10.2 million in grants to six airports around the country under the Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program, which encourages facilities to cut emissions and improve air quality. The […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Nov. 3
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    Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Nov. 3

    2014, Fashion, Featured, Must Read Money Stories, News, Retail | Lifestyle, Story ideas, Technology

    Taylor Swift, mini-mogul. In case you missed it, Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, came out last week. It may be the only album to go platinum in 2014. New York Magazine decided to crunch some numbers on Swift’s wealth. It calculated she owns $86 million in real estate, from Newport, RI, to Nashville and Los […]

  • The big expense of marathon training
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    The big expense of marathon training

    2014, Featured, News, Retail | Lifestyle, Sports, Story ideas

    Last week, we told you about the upfront costs for running a marathon. On Sunday, perhaps you got fired up watching the New York City marathon and decided, “I’m going to give it a try next year!” But the financial burden of marathon running isn’t only in the cost of the event. Training can be […]

  • LAST CHANCE, #MONEYNERDS: Apply For Reynolds Week 2015
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    LAST CHANCE, #MONEYNERDS: Apply For Reynolds Week 2015

    2014, Biz Journalism Professors, Reynolds Week, Strictly Financials Seminar

    We know you procrastinate. We all do. But even the Reynolds Center has its limits. Apply NOW (and we mean NOW) to attend Reynolds Week 2015. The deadline is Saturday, Nov. 1, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Choose from two tracks, for #moneynerds of all stripes: • Strictly Financials, a deep dive into financial and […]

  • Eat More Better: The economics of enjoyable eating
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    Eat More Better: The economics of enjoyable eating

    2014, Books, Featured

    Dan Pashman loves to talk about food. He loves to eat worthy food, too.  His podcast, The Sporkful, declares, “It’s not for foodies. It’s for eaters.” Pashman has talked about everything from modern bagels to hot sauce to whether whoopie pies are pies (a show last summer that just happened to feature me). Now, Pashman […]

  • Must Read Money Stories Friday, Oct. 31
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    Must Read Money Stories Friday, Oct. 31

    2014, Featured, Must Read Money Stories, Uncategorized

    Glitch causes “flash blast” at NYSE. The New York Stock Exchange experienced another technical glitch that affected markets yesterday. The Wall Street Journal reports the glitch caused the NYSE to shut down trading in New York, and instead conduct trades through a disaster recovery center in Chicago. The WSJ reports this is the first time […]

  • The big costs of marathon running
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    The big costs of marathon running

    2014, Featured, News, Personal finance, Retail | Lifestyle, Sports, Story ideas

    The annual TCS NYC Marathon is this weekend and with 50,000 plus runners headed for the five boroughs, this single event brings over $300 million dollars into the local economy. It is estimated that athletes in NYC spent on average about $1,800 dollars each during the course of their weekend. For a sport that should […]

  • Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 30
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    Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 30

    Economy, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Featured, Investing | Banking, Media | Advertising, Must Read Money Stories, News, Technology

    Low oil prices could have a significant impact on Iran nuclear talks. The New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink reports that Western negotiators are recalculating their negotiation tactics to account for this “new wild card.” Iranian president Hassan Rouhani was elected largely on the promise that he’d negotiate with the West and lift crippling sanctions on […]

  • Delia Ephron, numbers worrier
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    Delia Ephron, numbers worrier

    2014, Books, News

    Delia Ephron is a humorist, author, producer, and, oh yes, the sister of the late director and writer Nora Ephron. It also turns out that she worries about numbers. Recently, she appeared in New York with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal as part of the public radio program’s live road shows. Ephron, the author of  Sister […]