Check out the colorful and stunning interiors of Google's Munich and Tel Aviv offices.
Check out the colorful and stunning interiors of Google's Munich and Tel Aviv offices.
Wondering: This moron is now blaming Obama for planning protests against him? As usual, he has no evidence. What really worries me is that we have a sick man in the White House. It makes me wonder if there should be a provision in the Constitution for a panel of psychiatrists to declare someone unfit to lead the country.
Costco is expected to raise its membership fees by nearly 10% in the next couple of months. The warehouse chain's fees will most likely increase by $5, to $60, for its basic membership and by $10, to $120, for its executive membership, according to UBS analyst Michael Lasser. The fee hike could be announced Thursday along with the company's second-quarter earnings report, though it is more likely to come in the third quarter, Lasser wrote in a research note published Monday.
Flying comes with plenty of headaches, but those can quickly become migraines depending on the airline you choose. Spirit Airlines ranks worst among the 10 major U.S. carriers, according to a new study from The Points Guy, with the lowest scores for on-time arrivals, cabin comfort, frequent flyer program and customer satisfaction. Its only redeeming quality: The Florida-based airline offered the lowest fares, which may be enough to convince budget-conscious travelers to choose the carrier.
Retirement, contrary to popular opinion, is not the time in which your satisfaction with life declines and your health deteriorates. Instead, it’s the exact opposite: Retirement is likely to improve your overall happiness and health, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. And that improvement happens immediately, according to the authors of the paper, Aspen Gorry and Devon Gorry, both professors at Utah State University, and Sita Slavov, a professor at George Mason University. Read: Does Retirement Improve Health and Life Satisfaction? But is it so obvious that retiring is better than working, and that you start to feel happier and healthier as soon as you
Although President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to cut federal taxes, state taxes are rising across the U.S. as financially strapped states search for funds to repair deteriorating infrastructure and close widening budget shortfalls. Alaska currently has no income or state sales tax. Raising existing state taxes or imposing new ones could backfire if they lead to fewer taxpayers.
Warren Buffett just fired a warning signal for the entire retail industry, and especially for Walmart. In an interview with CNBC's Becky Quick on Monday, Buffett called retailing "too tough" and warned against investing in the industry. "That is a tough, tough, tough competitive force," Buffett said, referring to Amazon.
President Donald Trump has a Commerce secretary. Vice President Mike Pence has administered the oath of office to Wilbur Ross on Tuesday, a day after the Senate voted 72-27 to confirm him. Ross has said the administration will work quickly to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.
"Logan" star Hugh Jackman on who could play his Wolverine character after him and what situations might tempt him into considering the role in the future. Photo: 20th Century Fox
Want to improve your credit score? The two big consumer credit scoring companies are FICO, whose scores are most commonly used in lending decisions, and VantageScore, a company created by the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) whose scores have been gaining ground among lenders. The most influential factor in your credit score is your payment history, so staying on top of bills is crucial.
Is the dying Sears Holding Corp. (SHLD) back in growth mode? Apparently it's having visions that all is just fine and dandy. With little fanfare, Sears opened a full-service auto care facility called DieHard Auto Center Driven by Sears in San Antonio last week. The news of its debut was first reported by Automotive News. Similar to a Pep Boys, Sears' auto service stop provides oil changes, tire replacement and vehicle repairs and assessments. Unlike Sears Auto Centers, the Diehard Auto Center isn't attached to a Sears store or in a parking lot of one. In effect, the store may be nothing more than Sears trying to showcase the brand's potential. To raise cash last May, Sears put its three best-known
The unlimited plan will now cost $90 per month, starting Thursday, for a single smartphone line, a $10 price cut from its previous plan, AT&T said in an e-mail. Customers can also subscribe to AT&T's video service plans such as DirecTV and DirecTV Now for a slightly higher rental, but will also get a $25 video credit, the company said. Verizon Communications Inc earlier this month unveiled an $80 unlimited plan, its first such offer in more than five years.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals will report earnings on February 28, and analysts up and down Wall Street remain skeptical that the company can get back on its feet after a nightmarish run. In 2017, we expect Valeant will try to distance itself from the reality of its current business and current business trends. In our experience, management teams that try to do this usually talk about being excited for non-specific things like pipeline opportunities that are a year or two away, or talk about the number of launches in a given year but not their sales potential, or talk about investing in the launches to justify larger than expected spending for the promise of unattainable peak sales at some far distant time.
Janet Yellen knows why the stock market has been on a record tear. The chairwoman of the Federal Reserve earlier this month offered up a pretty clear explanation for investors’ recent elation over equities in her testimony in front of the House Financial Services Committee. “I think market participants likely are anticipating shifts in fiscal policy that will stimulate growth and perhaps raise earnings,” Yellen said, responding to a question about what is behind the markets' meltup. That description is what most on Wall Street refer to as the Trump rally. That is a revival of so-called animal spirits inspired by expectations that President Donald Trump will unfurl a host of pro-business policies,
Amit Singhal, the well-funded transportation company’s senior vice president of engineering, is out. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked Singhal to resign Monday morning, according to Recode. Singhal is stepping down from his post after Uber execs were alerted about sexual harassment allegations that the engineer faced in his time at .
All 30 pay dividends, too, and that steady income can beef up total returns during markets both good and bad. Any stock carries risk, of course, but it's fair to say that as a group Dow stocks are among the more reliable names that investors can buy. There are eight stocks in the Dow that have taken the concept of reliability to a whole new level when it comes to dividends.
The single most common complaint I've heard about Windows 10 is its lack of control over update timing. That's annoying enough for monthly security updates, which typically take just a few minutes to install. But when a feature update (the new name for major version upgrades that now arrive twice a year) kicks off its installation without warning, it can render the PC unusable for an hour or more. In two previous feature updates, Windows 10 added options to defer the installation of updates and to pause them temporarily. These settings were primarily aimed at enterprise admins, however, with the most useful options requiring changes to Group Policy. The Windows 10 Creators Update, due for release
Imagine being able to carry a whopping 70 hours of 4K video in your pocket. Kingston makes this a reality. At a price. Must read: 10 things Steve Jobs would hate about Apple today Back in January at CES 2017, Kingston unveiled the new DataTraveler Ultimate GT (the GT stands for Generation Terabyte), the world's highest capacity USB flash drive, coming in 1TB and 2TB offerings for those who want to transport large amounts of data with them without relying on hard drives or cloud storage. Now we have a price. Are you sitting down? The one terabyte model is listed at $1,319, but it's currently on offer for a much more reasonable $942.50. That's the "reasonably priced" version. The two terabyte version
A common mistake income investors make is chasing high yield stocks. While it's important for a dividend stock to offer a decent yield, it's more important to check if that dividend is supported by healthy earnings and free cash flow growth. Mattel Mattel's forward yield of 5.8% looks tempting, but a closer look indicates that dividend could be cut soon. The toymaker spent 145% of its earnings and 225% of its free cash flow on dividends over the past 12 months -- which isn't sustainable unless those figures rise substantially this year. Analysts expect Mattel's revenue to rise just 6% this year, due to tough currency headwinds, waning sales of its Monster High dolls, and its loss of the Disney
Jim Cramer was shocked when Warren Buffett revealed to CNBC on Monday that Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) had more than doubled its position in Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), to 133 million shares. Buffett revealed to "Squawk Box" that after Jan. 1 and before Apple's earnings on Jan. 31, Berkshire Hathaway purchased 120 million shares. Cramer marveled at the simplicity of Buffett's approach when he explained that when he takes his great-grandkids and their friends to Dairy Queen, they all have an iPhone.
Because federal tax law reaches deep into all aspects of our lives, it's no surprise that the rules that affect us change as our lives change. Being alert to the rolling changes that come at various life stages is the key to holding down your tax bill to the legal minimum. When you turn 65, the IRS offers a gift in the form of a bigger standard deduction.
Amazon's (AMZN) Jeff Bezos is surely "cursing the sky" after Walmart (WMT) posted killer e-commerce growth in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, said Eric Schiffer, CEO of online marketing agency DigitalMarketing.com. Walmart said its sales from e-commerce gained a whopping 29%, helped by the $3.3 billion September acquisition of Jet.com, led by founder and CEO Marc Lore. Lore also founded Quidsi, the company behind Diapers.com and Soap.com, which was bought by Amazon in 2010 for $550 million. Lore stayed with Quidsi for roughly two years while under Amazon's control. "I think Amazon letting Marc go was the biggest mistake in history since Caesar let Mark Antony go to Egypt to be with Cleopatra,"
Stocks continued to inch higher despite confusion around the Fed minutes, weak markets in Europe and concerns mounting over key administration initiatives like tax reform. Year to date, utilities are up just shy of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) 5.74% return. To date, traditional treasury ETFs, like iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bonds (TLT) have just been marking time, but iShares TIPS Bond Fund (TIP), utilities, REITS, and iShares S&P US Pref Stock Idx Fund (PFF) have been ripping off the lows—threatening to break out from weeks of consolidation.
On its face, Kinder Morgan (KMI) seems to be struggling. Warren Buffett exited his position in the energy infrastructure company. A regulatory probe is under way. And the company reported lower-than-expected revenues in eight of the last ten quarters. Unsurprisingly, the stock is down 4.5% since it reported an earnings and revenue miss on Jan. 18. However, not all is lost. The company has begun talks to raise capital for its ambitious Trans Mountain project. Besides, the low expectations for the stock are setting it up for double-digit growth even if you exclude the 2.35% dividend yield. Kinder Morgan's $40 billion of debt has scared many investors away. But for companies that manage energy infrastructure
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) _ Frontier Communications Corp. (FTR) on Monday reported a loss of $80 million in its fourth quarter. The Norwalk, Connecticut-based company said it had a loss of 12 cents per share. Losses, adjusted
Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett doesn't often invest in airlines. According to the legendary investor, the capital-intensive nature of the business and frequent bankruptcies have made airlines a tough buy. In an interview with CNBC on Monday, Buffett called the industry a "disaster for capital" and said the glamor of airlines makes them attractive for investors.