Talking Biz News

Clap yours hands and say….oh, wait

The federal government said Tuesday that consumer spending rose 3.3 percent more in 2011 than in 2010. On the face, that’s just fantastic. But, dig a little deeper and the picture isn’t as pretty....

Playing favorites and what that means

It’s no secret that certain reporters have better access to companies, executives and information. Many have such incredible access they’re household names – creating their own brands for breaking news. This is great for...

The pension problem

As if we didn’t have enough to think about, The Wall Street Journal pointed out yet another looming national crisis: pension funding. Michael Corkery writes in the Sep. 21 edition of the paper about...

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...