Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. Aetna's acquisition of Humana would make it the largest provider of Medicare Advantage coverage, with 4.4 million members, a figure that could change depending on...» Read More
I got some interesting email replies to my previous post on housing numbers. Take a look: I've returned to California after a six year corporate move to find my Southern California tract house selling for $1 million more than I sold it for in 2001? I am not in the market. The house was barely worth what I sold it for in 2001. I have an excellent credit rating, equity in the bank and am leasing for now. We are Leasing a new 3,100 square foot home in a new development for the price of an apartment. Why buy?
Are outages and maintenance issues causing our refineries to operate too inefficiently? James Halloran, energy analyst with National City’s private client group, appeared on “Morning Call” to discuss how refining capacity is affecting what you pay at the pump.
An increasing number of employers are offering flexible-work arrangements as a way of attracting and retaining top talent. The trend is being aided by technology and driven by shifting demographics and a more global economy.
John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy analysis, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that Health Savings Accounts are growing faster than IRAs at the “same point of their evolution.”
The top executive at Coldwell Banker said this is the best time in ten years to buy a house because interest rates remain low, inventory is high and prices have stabilized.“It’s still a buyer’s market,” Jim Gillespie told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. “This is absolutely the best time to buy.”
Baby boomers who don’t want to retire to a distant locale (some place warmer or cheaper) may be causing a long-term drag on the U.S. housing sector – and the economy. According to a survey done by Home Depot – 89% of older Americans want to stay in their present houses for as long as possible. But companies like Home Depot are seeing a business opportunity in reaching out to boomers who want to stay put.