While the coffee giant has recently launched an initiative to improve customer service and better support in-store staff, many baristas say Starbucks has refused to address underlying issues. Business Insider spoke with a dozen current and former Starbucks workers on condition of anonymity in an attempt to get to the bottom of what in-store employees think Starbucks needs to fix. Starbucks says it's talking with partners, the company's term for retail employees, to improve work conditions.
Jim Cramer hasn't recommended bonds ever since the Great Recession because interest rates are so low. "In general, for the last few years, even when the stock market has been getting absolutely pounded, bonds simply haven't represented very good values versus equities," the " Mad Money " host said. Cramer has always had the notion that excessive prudence can be one of the most reckless strategies of all.
Speeding toward financial independence is easier when you know which financial choices can slow you down. "At first blush, buying the latest and greatest version of the ultimate driving machine may seem like a value worthy of your hard-earned money," says California financial advisor Anthony M. Montenegro of Blackmont Advisors.