Christian Science Monitor | Business
Tools and Guides, Finance QuestionsAs Fed normalizes policy, economy’s ‘new normal’ is anything but.
The Federal Reserve is launching a major transition away from the extraordinary measures it used to boost recovery from recession. But the problem of sub-par economic growth remains.Details
Equifax breach: What you can do ... and what public pressure may do
Hackers broke into the credit-report company Equifax and stole personal data on up to 143 million Americans. Individual actions can help control the damage. And collective action may lead to new safeguards.Details
US oil industry, stronger than during Katrina, expects rapid recovery from Harvey
Last week's hurricane caused gasoline prices to jump 27 cents, only about half the increase Americans saw after the 2005 Katrina storm. Why? Because the energy industry has far more flexibility than it did 12 years ago.Details
Lego rebuilds its business model amid falling sales
After rebounding from near bankruptcy to achieve record sales by adding new toys, online content, and film franchises, Lego looks to simplify. With a new CEO, the company will eliminate 1,400 jobs in an effort to jumpstart growth.Details
US wages are rising, maybe faster than you think
Median weekly earnings jumped 4.2 percent in the past 12 months, the fastest gain since 2007. And demographic trends suggest the economy’s ‘slice of pie’ for workers could keep growing.Details
Furloughed railroad workers rehired en masse, but is coal really growing?
Warren Buffett's BNSF Railway has called back roughly 4,000 of the 5,000 furloughed workers across its system last year, reflecting stronger volumes of coal, grain, and intermodal containers and trailers, a spokesman said.Details
Amazon's announcement of Whole Foods price cuts sends shares of rival grocers tumbling
The company’s purchase of Whole Foods has been hanging over a brick-and-mortar retail sector unsure of how to respond to the world’s biggest online retailer.Details
Pitch from hometowns to skilled workers: Come home
Recruiters in areas with a dearth of professionals, including Maine, are successfully targeting talent that has local roots, but left for school and careers.Details
Wal-Mart joins with Google to deliver voice-enabled shopping
Wal-Mart has announced plans to collaborate with Google's Home device to offer voice shopping. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, seems to be keeping a close eye on Amazon, whose smart speaker, Echo, has met with success nationwide.Details
Trump-era shift: CEOs find a voice for moral outrage
Corporate America started the year ready to engage with a controversial but business-minded president. This week CEOs have risen in chorus to denounce Trump's lackluster response to racism.Details
Can do-good ethos survive public ownership? Etsy is a test.
The artisan marketplace says people and profits can coexist. But investors turn up the earnings pressure.Details
Amazon launches new service to target impulse buying
The online retail giant has rolled out Instant Pickup on several college campuses throughout the US. The service offers a way for consumers to receive orders in a matter of minutes.Details
Amazon ramps up research on pre-made meals, but will home cooks buy them?
The online retail giant may be hoping to access a market of customers looking for quick-and-easy meals using a technology originally developed for the military to extend the shelf life of foods while retaining flavor, texture, and nutrients.Details
Troubling trend behind sexist memo at Google
The internet allows fringe groups to open for ‘debate’ topics that have long been settled, including Silicon Valley’s need to diversify its workforce.Details
Google VP rejects employee’s challenge to its diversity programs
An employee's online memo highlights tensions in the workplace over company programs that are implemented to increase employee diversity.Details