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The family-owned-franchise penalty

6 Mar 2018 | World

While a family-owned business may have marketing appeal, franchisees that are family-owned don't, on average, perform as well financially as non-family owned franchisees. That critical insight was revealed in recent research that analyzed both existing franchise data and field more »

American service industry approaching a 'tipping point'

27 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

The average rate at which Americans tip for services has been increasing steadily for decades, which creates a growing pay disparity between tipped and nontipped workers. The practice has been branded over the years as classist, anti-egalitarian, and downright undemocratic, leading some restaurateurs to abandon it. read more »

Hitting rock bottom after job loss can be beneficial, study shows

20 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

We've all heard it said, "When you hit rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up." This can prove especially true in business, where bottoming out as a result of job loss can be necessary before finding the radical solution that will lead to a new work identity, according to new more »

Global dividends break new record in 2017, with more to come for the year ahead

19 Feb 2018 | World

A strengthening world economy and rising corporate confidence pushed global dividends to a new high in 2017, according to the Janus Henderson Global Dividend more »

Money only buys happiness for a certain amount

13 Feb 2018 | U.S. News

There is an optimal point to how much money it takes to make an individual happy, and that amount varies worldwide, according to research from Purdue more »

Millennials The Most Resolute Homebuyers In Current Economic Environment

8 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

Millennials all over the country are flocking to purchase new homes, especially single family homes, according to recent research from TD more »

Families who seem financially stable may not be protected against potential risks

7 Jun 2017 | U.S. News

About half of Americans (47 percent) say if they were to lose their primary source of income tomorrow, they could only maintain their current lifestyle for three months or less. read more »

World Bank sees improving global economy despite 'substantial' risks

7 Jun 2017 | World

Thanks to a pickup in manufacturing and trade, the global economy is recovering, but weak productivity and investment growth threaten long-term prospects in developing economies, the World Bank more »

Mortgage Rates At Lowest Since Mid-November

2 Jun 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates fell for the third week in a row, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to the lowest level in more than six months, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

Drone vs. Truck Deliveries: Which Create Less Carbon Pollution?

31 May 2017 | U.S. News

Delivering packages with drones can reduce carbon dioxide emissions in certain circumstances as compared to truck deliveries, a new study from University of Washington transportation engineers more »

Existing-Home Sales Slip 2.3 Percent

30 May 2017 | U.S. News

Stubbornly low supply levels held down existing-home sales in April and also pushed the median number of days a home was on the market to a new low of 29 days, according to the National Association of Realtorsread more »

Seven Charged With Conspiring To Steal Trade Secrets For Chinese Manufacturing Company

29 May 2017 | U.S. News

A criminal complaint has been unsealed charging seven individuals with conspiring to steal trade secrets from a business in the U.S. on behalf of a company in China that was engaged in manufacturing a high-performance, naval-grade product for military and civilian more »

73% Of Americans Have Financial Regrets

24 May 2017 | U.S. News

Nearly 3-in-4 U.S. adults have financial regrets, according to a new report. The most common is not saving for retirement early enough, followed by not saving enough for emergency expenses and taking on too much credit card more »

Foreign Buyers And Immigration Expected To Drive Future Demand For U.S. Housing

22 May 2017 | U.S. News

U.S. real estate markets are increasingly becoming international, and changing demographics brought forth by immigration and growing interest from foreigners are positioned to bolster home sales activity and prices, according to more »

Mortgage Rates Slide To 5-Month Low

19 May 2017 | Business

With a flurry of news breaking in Washington, mortgage rates moved to the downside with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling to a five-month low of 4.15 percent, according to's weekly national more »

April Home Sales Cooler Than Typical Spring Season

17 May 2017 | Business

The brisk start to the 2017 home-selling season slowed down in April with home sales dropping 4.1% below March and 4.5% below the previous April, according to this month's RE/MAX National Housing Report. read more »

Mortgage Rates Rebound Slightly

12 May 2017 | Business

After barely moving in the past 3 weeks, mortgage rates moved slightly higher this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.22 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

The Dark Side Of Helping Coworkers

11 May 2017 | Business

If you show up at work tired, you may want to focus strictly on your own tasks. New research suggests helping coworkers in the morning can lead to mental exhaustion and self-serving behavior in the afternoon that ultimately can create a toxic work more »

Abusing Power Hurts Leaders, Too

10 May 2017 | Business

We know that power can corrupt, making people act in ways that harm others. But new research from the University of Florida shows that when the powerful misbehave, they hurt themselves, more »

Retirement Associated With Lower Stress, But Only If You Were In A Top Job

8 May 2017 | U.S. News

A new paper suggests that the period around retirement may widen socio-economic inequalities in stress and more »

Mortgage Rates Dawdle Leading Up To Fed Announcement

5 May 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates were little changed leading up to this week's Federal Reserve announcement, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inching lower to 4.18 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

Small Business Owners' Confidence About U.S. Economy

5 May 2017 | Business

Optimism among business owners about the U.S. economy and the outlook for their own businesses has reached levels never-before seen in the 15-year history of the PNC Economic Outlook, a biannual telephone survey of small- and medium-sized business more »

Staking Self-Worth On The Pursuit Of Money Has Negative Psychological Consequences

28 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Although people living in consumer-based cultures such as the U.S. often believe that they will be happier if they acquire more money, the findings of a newly published paper suggest that there may be downsides to this more »

Mortgage Rates Show Slight Rebound

28 Apr 2017 | Business

After falling for three consecutive weeks, mortgage rates reversed course this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.19 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% In March

24 Apr 2017 | Business

Existing-home sales took off in March to their highest pace in over 10 years, and severe supply shortages resulted in the typical home coming off the market significantly faster than in February and a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. read more »

Real Estate Economists Predict Moderate Growth Through 2019

21 Apr 2017 | Business

The U.S. economy and commercial real estate industry are, in general, expected to experience moderate growth through much of 2019, according to a new three-year economic forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real more »

Immigrant Backlash Not Impacting Hiring Of Job Candidates Born Outside The United States

20 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

In the midst of ongoing debate around immigration, U.S. employers plan to reach beyond borders to help fill U.S. jobs. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, a third of employers (33 percent) say they plan to hire immigrant workers in 2017, with 16 percent planning to do so in the second more »

Spring Homebuying Season Kicks Off Strongly As Prices And Sales Propel Higher

18 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

California's spring housing market posted a strong start to the year as existing home sales and median price registered healthy gains in March on both a monthly and annual basis, as did every major region in the state, the California Association of Realtors more »

Understanding Money Reduces Worry About Old Age: Study

17 Apr 2017 | Business

People who possess a greater understanding of finance are less likely to fret about life in their twilight more »

E-Commerce Fraud Increased 33 Percent In 2016

17 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

Understanding where fraud takes place matters so businesses and consumers can be diligent in protecting themselves. Fraudsters continue to migrate their activities online as more merchants switch to EMV terminals and consumers receive chip-and-pin credit cards. read more »

Struggling With Different Work Identities? Your Work May Suffer

13 Apr 2017 | Business

Few people are just one person at work. You may be both a manager and an employee. Or you may be a salesperson who represents two very different brands. Now a new study suggests that how you juggle those different work identities may affect your job more »

Immigrants' Strong Desire For Homeownership Will Shape U.S. Housing Markets

12 Apr 2017 | Business

The housing and neighborhood location choices of immigrants will have a significant impact on urban growth in the U.S. for decades to come, particularly as more foreign-born residents seek to own homes in suburban communities, according to new research from the Urban Land Institute's Terwilliger Center for more »

Mortgage Rates Lowest Since Mid-January

7 Apr 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates fell to the lowest levels in nearly three months, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate now 4.24 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

How Much Money Do You Need to Make to Live Comfortably?

6 Apr 2017 | U.S. News

The latest GOBankingRates study reveals that only 11 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities have a median income high enough to cover what's needed to live more »

Airbnb Fans And Critics Both Correct In Home-Sharing Debate, Says Study

5 Apr 2017 | Business

Most Airbnb hosts in Manhattan make less than $10,000 a year, but hosts who rent out their homes for more than 90 days each year make $20,000 or more, generating 80 percent of the revenue, says a new study by Columbia University more »

New World Auction Record For Any Diamond Or Jewel

5 Apr 2017 | World

Sotheby's in Hong Kong has set a new world auction record for any diamond or jewel when The Pink Star, a 59.60-carat oval fancy vivid pink and internally flawless diamond, sold for $71.2 million. read more »

Fed Rate Hikes Affecting Homeowners

4 Apr 2017 | Business

Although the Fed's recent interest rate hike signals renewed confidence in our economy and job market, many homeowners and home equity line of credit (HELOC) borrowers are questioning how this increase will impact their loans. read more »

8 In 10 Americans Say Female Leaders Have To Work Harder Than Men To Prove Themselves

3 Apr 2017 | Business

When it comes to women in the American workforce, nearly 8 in 10 (79%) adults say that female leaders have to work harder than men to prove more »

Mortgage Rates Show Little Change

31 Mar 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates were only slightly changed this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate inching higher to 4.30 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

Home Prices Indices Set 31-Month High

29 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

The S&P Dow Jones Indices for January 2017 shows that home prices continued their rise across the country over the past 12 months. read more »

New International Banking Rules Would Not Prevent Another Financial Crisis

28 Mar 2017 | Business

Current regulations aimed at reducing risk of crisis in the financial sector will not effectively reduce that risk, according to new research from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)read more »

Rising Flood Insurance Costs Growing Burden In New York City

28 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Flood insurance is already difficult to afford for many homeowners in New York City, and the situation will only worsen as flood maps are revised to reflect current risk and if the federal government continues to move toward risk-based rates, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the RAND more »

Eight Out Of Ten Women Feel They Have Not Reached Their Full Potential

24 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

Girls and women around the world view inner strength as important as happiness – and those two qualities are nearly two times more significant than physical beauty and wealth. Yet, eight out of 10 women feel they have not reached their full potential, according to new global more »

Mortgage Rates Reverse Course

24 Mar 2017 | Business

Mortgage rates slipped lower this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropping to 4.29 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »

Too Much Structured Knowledge Hurts Creativity, Shows Rotman Study

23 Mar 2017 | SciTech

Structure organizes human activities and help us understand the world with less effort, but it can be the killer of creativity, concludes a study from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of more »

Existing-Home Sales Stumble In February

23 Mar 2017 | Business

After starting the year at the fastest pace in almost a decade, existing-home sales slid in February but remained above year ago levels both nationally and in all major regions, according to the National Association of more »

Harris Poll Finds Half Of Americans Say CEOs Have a Bad Reputation

21 Mar 2017 | Business

Fifty percent of Americans rate the reputations of today's CEOs and corporate leaders as "bad," according to research from The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient (RQ, which has identified movement, trends and insights in a changing corporate reputation landscape for the past 18 more »

Skilled Workers More Prone To Mistakes When Interrupted

20 Mar 2017 | Business

Expertise is clearly beneficial in the workplace, yet highly trained workers in some occupations could actually be at risk for making errors when interrupted, indicates a new study by two Michigan State University psychology more »

Home Prices at New High in February Amid Record Low Inventory

20 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

February home prices reached a new high as steady demand combined with record low inventory drove prices up, according to this month's RE/MAX National Housing Report that surveys 53 metro more »

20 Worst Paying Jobs For Women In America

20 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

What are the worst paying jobs in America for women? 24/7 Wall St. reviewed female weekly earnings as a percentage of male weekly earnings in full-time wage and salary jobs using data from the Bureau of Labor statistics to identify the 20 worst paying jobs for women in more »