The Week: Most Recent Business Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 02 Sep 2014 10:08:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Business Posts from THE WEEKTue, 02 Sep 2014 10:08:00 -04008 ways procrastination can exhaust your wallet<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>You know the obvious ways that procrastination can impact your life: the annoyed looks you get from friends when you're late for dinner &mdash; again. The "we need to talk" meeting that your boss schedules because you've missed yet another deadline.</p><p>But what you might not realize is that you pay a bigger price for constantly putting tasks off &mdash; both in opportunity costs and in actual costs that impact your wallet.</p><p>Unfortunately, procrastinating is a hard habit to break, says Shari McGuire, a time-management expert and author of <em>Take Back Your Time: 101 Simple Tips to Shrink Your Work...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By Molly TriffinTue, 02 Sep 2014 10:08:00 -0400Personal finance tips: How your credit score affects your car insurance, and more<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1"> Credit scores and car insurance<br /></span></strong>Bad credit could be driving up your car insurance, said Andrea Coombes at <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. A new study of five large auto insurers has found that credit history can make or break a driver's premium, leaving motorists with no credit paying 65 percent more than those with good credit. Depending on where you live, that differential can go even higher. In Washington, D.C., drivers with no credit can pay premiums 126 percent higher than those with good credit. Drivers in California, Massachusetts, and Hawaii can rest easy &mdash; those states ban the use of credit...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sergio-hernandez" ><span class="byline">Sergio Hernandez</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:35:00 -0400How American businessmen are ruining American business -- and the U.S. economy<img src="" /></P><p>For nearly 50 years, Gallup has been asking Americans if "big government," "big business," or "big labor" is the greatest threat to the United States in the future. And never have more of us been more cynical about politicians and federal bureaucrats, with 72 percent of polled Americans picking big government, 21 percent big business, and 5 percent big labor. We worry much more about Washington screwing up America than we do Apple, Exxon Mobil, or Walmart taking us down.</p><p>Those results are hardly surprising, what with fear about rocketing federal debt, the ballooning costs of Social Security and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/james-pethokoukis" ><span class="byline">James Pethokoukis</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:08:00 -0400The keys to succeeding with a job recruiter<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>After a successful annual review, Amethyst Polk, 30, was feeling confident about her job as a NASA project analyst. Her boss praised her performance, assuring her that, despite the organization's recent budget cuts, her position was secure.</p><p>So Polk was floored when &mdash; just a few months after her review &mdash; she was suddenly laid off in another round of furloughs.</p><p>Since she knew that her chances of finding another job were best if she acted quickly, Polk hit the pavement.</p><p>"I tried all of the usual tactics to find a job &mdash;,, job fairs &mdash; but none of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Molly TriffinMon, 01 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0400How one toxic boss can poison your entire office<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Imagine this email from your boss: "From what I've observed, your ideas have been pretty lousy and have little potential to be successful. I question the value you add to this team and your ability to deliver high quality work &mdash; don't bring the team down, okay?"</p><p>If you actually receive notes this mean at work, your commitment to your employer is probably as low as the effort you're willing to put into your job. You might feel distressed and depressed, or go out of your way to be counter-productive. You're certainly likely to leave.</p><p>Researchers have spent years tallying the personal and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Paul BisceglioMon, 01 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0400The impossibility of the night shift<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Maintaining a regular circadian rhythm is crucial for human health. But almost 15 percent of full-time salaried workers in the United States work the graveyard shift, making them susceptible to sleep-cycle issues that, according to a new study, "can jeopardize occupational health and safety by causing human errors and changes in basic biological and physiological functions."</p><p>Whether it's an emergency room doctor, a security guard, or a night editor, a person working odd hours is 30 percent more likely to fall asleep on the job or have insomnia than a day-working counterpart. That problem, called...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Avital AndrewsSun, 31 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0400Rejoice! Businesses are investing!<img src="" /></P><p>There has been a slew of positive economic signs in 2014. Stocks continue to soar to record highs. Jobs are being created at the best pace since the 1990s. GDP grew last quarter at a blazing 4.2 percent pace. Even food stamp usage has begun falling after years and years of going in the other direction. Corporate profits are at all-time highs.</p><p>But the one big piece missing from the puzzle (alongside wage growth, which is still relatively lackluster) was capital expenditure. U.S. firms were sitting on huge piles of cash, and after 2011 they stopped investing it in the way you would expect to see...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:13:00 -0400Even critics of the euro didn't see this coming<img src="" /></P><p>Even long-term critics of the euro &mdash; the European Union's single currency shared by 18 European countries &mdash; expected that a single currency would boost trade among participants by reducing conversion costs and exchange rate fluctuations. This was one of the chief justifications of the project.</p><p>As Allister Heath of <em>The Telegraph</em> points out, critics of the project (such as myself) have focused on other problems, e.g., the dangers of a one-size-fits-all approach to interest rates and monetary policy, as well as the loss of countries' ability to devalue their currencies to stimulate their...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:48:00 -0400How to budget in New York City<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>There's no doubt that living in a metropolis like New York City can be exciting. There's never a shortage of entertainment options &mdash; Broadway shows! Concerts! Museums! &mdash; or shiny career opportunities for the ambitious.</p><p>But as any current (or former) New Yorker will tell you, it can also be expensive. Make that <em>really expensive</em>.<span ><br /></span></p><div class="want-more-block"><p>The rents in this town are some of the highest in the country &mdash; three times the national average, according to a recent study. And while you may be able to save money on certain expenses &mdash; like transportation by taking the subway instead of...</p></div> <a href="">More</a>By Marisa TorrieriTue, 26 Aug 2014 16:37:00 -0400France's economic woes won't end anytime soon<img src="" /></P><p>The French government collapsed yesterday when all of President Francois Hollande's ministers resigned over what <em>The Economist</em> called "bitter internal disagreements over economic policy." Precipitated by public comments economic minister Arnaud Montebourg made about the failure of Hollande's fiscal austerity policies, the resignations were a stunning setback for the government.</p><p>Sadly, they will ultimately be futile.</p><p>Like his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, Hollande has spent much of his presidency dealing with the aftershocks of the 2008 financial crisis. After initially bouncing back in 2009 and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:31:00 -0400