Talking Biz News

Rethinking the executive profile

William D. Cohan’s exceptional profile of Robert Rubin in Bloomberg Businessweek should be on everyone’s must-read list, especially younger journalists and students. Not to gush too much, but it’s balanced, fair, critical and interesting....

The business of music

Tuesday night I did what I do at least once a week and headed to a local bar to check out a band. We caught a set from the talented group Onward, Soldiers (check...

Why we care that FedEx cut forecasts

The era of rising corporate profits may be over. As Nelson Schwartz wrote on Sept. 16, gains in earnings at large companies are declining, after outpacing the broader economy since the last recession. From...

The business of fashion

While skimming through my go-to financial news websites this past week, I couldn’t help but notice the number of articles dedicated to New York Fashion Week, which officially ended Thursday night. This struck me...

Do colleges collude on price?

I’ve been reading a lot about college education these days—in part, because newspaper financial sections seem full of articles on the topic. In addition, I recently became an official college tuition payer and will...

Covering QE3

The Federal Reserve announced Thursday another round of bond-buying, $40 billion a month for the foreseeable future, and said it would continue to hold interest rates near zero until mid-2015. The Fed also said...

The cost of economic uncertainty

It’s no secret that our economy runs on consumers’ willingness to buy — everything from pet supplies to clothing to appliances. But leading up to the always-crucial holiday season, how are retailers supposed to...