Yahoo Finance Originals: Business

  • Clinton and Trump should beware the 'infrastructure genie'

    Roads! Bridges! They’re coming to save the US economy. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both want to spend 12-figure sums to rebuild infrastructure, create thousands of jobs and stimulate economic growth. Clinton, the Democrat, wants to spend close to $300 billion on new construction, which would…

    Rick Newman
  • 34-year-old Facebook employee sees better investing opportunities than stocks

    Christy Liu found herself in an enviable predicament in October 2012 when her travel discovery startup Wanderfly got acquired by TripAdvisor (TRIP). About a year ago, she decided to invest $50,000 of her assets into the company.

    Melody Hahm
  • 2 things are missing from Hillary Clinton’s plan to create jobs

    Hillary Clinton describes herself as a wonk who sweats the details, and her economic plan proves the point: Yahoo Finance has tallied nearly 90 new programs or policies Clinton wants to enact on the economy alone. On the stump this week, Clinton is touting her familiar short list for stoking…

    Rick Newman
  • Walmart's new Olympics ad highlights American job creator

    If you were one of them (and didn’t fast-forward through the commercials), you probably saw an ad for Walmart that blasted Aerosmith’s “Dream On” over video of American factory workers. Walmart made the pledge in 2013, and while the company won’t reveal an exact figure, says it is on track to meet…

    Kevin Chupka
  • Here’s what rich people get when they donate millions to politicians

    If you believe Bernie Sanders, the rich run the political system and the rest have no say at all. A lot of Americans agree, especially since the notorious Citizens United Supreme Court decision in 2010 allowed the wealthy to donate as much as they want to political causes. “It’s about the…

    Rick Newman
  • Why Portland's wizard of weed doesn't like 'marijuana'

    Jeremy Plumb has been called the “Wizard of Weed” and was voted best “budtender” in Portland, Oregon, last year. It’s no wonder: Plumb is a virtual encyclopedia of information about marijuana’s therapeutic effects, history and chemical complexity. “Cannabis” is the word preferred by Plumb, who is…

    Antony Michels
  • Corporate America doesn’t like either presidential candidate

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have each won the support of some corporate big shots. “We’ve commented on the bad ideas of both major candidates,” John Murphy, senior vice president for international policy at the US Chamber of Commerce, tells Yahoo Finance in the video above.

    Antony Michels
  • Why nobody is helping America’s displaced workers

    The little guy has an unusually loud voice in this year’s presidential election. Angry voters who feel they’re falling behind in the global economy have animated the entire campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who wants to tear up trade deals and impose sharp new tariffs on…

    Rick Newman
  • Why flying a kite could be the future of clean energy

    David Schaefer wants to sell $50,000 kites to farmers to help them generate electricity by harnessing the power of the wind. Schaefer, 54, is the CEO of eWind Solutions, a Beaverton, Oregon, company he founded in 2013 after quitting his job as director of mechanical engineering at Xerox. …

    Antony Michels
  • CEO of Europe's biggest hotel group on a new, uncertain environment

    This interview was taped before the tragic events in Nice, France. Included below is a statement from AccorHotels’ CEO on the events. Uncertainty and tragedy have dominated Europe in recent days, from the attack in Nice, France to the coup attempt in Turkey, both of which followed a terrorism…

    Nicole Sinclair
  • Why one food giant is disclosing more about its GMOs than it needs to

    Congress has passed a bill that would require labels on foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. The last step is for President Obama to sign it into law. The bill gives food companies a variety of choices when it comes to labeling their products.

    Melody Hahm
  • Sanders drags Clinton into his war on the 1 percent

    Sen. Bernie Sanders finally acknowledged reality by endorsing his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, who will officially become her party’s nominee for president at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia in late July. Sanders shook up the party with his rants on corporate greed and his calls…

    Rick Newman
  • Pokémon Go is much bigger than Nintendo — here's why

    Japanese gaming giant Nintendo has seen its stock (NTDOY) shoot up 57% in the past five days and its market cap grow by nearly $10 billion, and it’s all because of one thing: Pokémon GO. If you’ve somehow missed the news of this viral smash hit, Pokémon GO is a new mobile game that uses…

    Daniel Roberts
  • Why you should drop 2 months’ rent on a piece of art

    Last year, I bought my then-boyfriend a $1,800 limited edition photographic print of Mendocino, Calif. by Canadian photographer Michael Levin. Reasonably so, considering we oftentimes hear about Sotheby’s (BID) or Christie’s auctions where Rothko paintings sell for $82 million and Picasso works go…

    Melody Hahm
  • Here's one thing Hillary Clinton and Kim Kardashian have in common

    Kim Kardashian West and Hillary Clinton have very little in common. One is famous for being famous and the other is presumptively the first female presidential nominee from a major political party. Kardashian often endorses the product on her Instagram and website and is an investor in the company.

    Nicole Goodkind
  • Donald Trump's casinos were the worst part of his business portfolio

    The likely Republican presidential candidate has staunchly defended his forays into gambling meccas in Atlantic City, N.J., which began in the early 1980s and officially ended earlier this year, when billionaire Carl Icahn bought the final rump stake Trump held in the Taj Mahal casino. Trump…

    Rick Newman