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

By on Oct 30, 2014

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 […]

Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Oct. 29
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Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Oct. 29

Welp, this happened. A planned supply mission to the International Space Station exploded on liftoff last night. The Antares rocket was unmanned, and thankfully no one was injured in the explosion. But the financial impact of the explosion is substantial. At least $200 million worth of equipment went up in flames, according to NPR. The […]

The NBA season is starting, and its salary bonanza is just beginning
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The NBA season is starting, and its salary bonanza is just beginning

The 2014-15 NBA season tips off Tuesday night, when the Orlando Magic play the New Orleans Pelicans, the Houston Rockets take on the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs. Expectations are the highest they’ve been in years, thanks to a giant reshuffling of superstars during the […]

Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 23
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Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 23

On Wednesday, a group of major companies pledged to offer their workers discounted solar systems. The New York Times reports that Cisco Systems, 3M, Kimberly-Clark and National Geographic will extend these solar benefits to its employees. Solar Community Initiative — a Geostellar program conceived by the World Wildlife Fund — will give more than 100,000 […]

The money tale of two World Series teams
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The money tale of two World Series teams

After a lot of extra-inning games, the 2014 World Series matchup has finally been decided. The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants have some things in common regarding how they got so deep into October — both reached the Series via wild card games and strong bullpens. But that’s where the similarities between these […]

Must Read Money Stories, Thursday Oct. 16
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Must Read Money Stories, Thursday Oct. 16

Global markets plummeted on Wednesday. Though Wall Street had a resurgence toward the end of the day, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped by 173.45 points yesterday. The dip came after a massive sell-off in Europe as the Eurozone continues to struggle. The New York Times says investors fear that governments don’t have the policy […]

How is social media changing conventional cause-marketing tactics?
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How is social media changing conventional cause-marketing tactics?

What do Scotch tape, chewing gum, golf balls and Kentucky Fried Chicken have in common?  Well, at least around October, they are among the myriad products whose packaging blooms pink. For nearly 30 years, October has been designated by activists as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM); here’s a primer on how it all got […]

Holiday hiring stories are coming very early this year
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Holiday hiring stories are coming very early this year

Yikes!  I had hoped to hold off till a little bit closer to, well, at least Halloween before tackling the holiday hiring scene.  But with word this last week of summer about the upsized holiday plans of corporations like UPS and Kohl’s, that reindeer has left the stable and your audience will be wondering where […]

Tipping can be arbitrary and in some cases discriminatory.
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Tipping campaign from Marriott spotlights low-paid hospitality industry

From the “seemed like a good idea at the time” department:  Marriott International’s launch this week of a campaign to encourage the tipping of hotel housekeepers landed like a lead balloon, and has a number of angles that business writers can localize to take advantage of the buzz. Marriott on Monday said it has partnered […]