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  • "Companies are really digging in on identifying what areas it makes sense to focus their benefits programs," said Robert Newbury, director at pay consulting firm Towers Watson.

  • NEW YORK, March 6- Shopping for employee health insurance on private marketplaces might be the way of the future for tens of millions. However, expert opinions about growth have been based on projections, not actual consumer behavior in the exchanges that only really got going last year.

  • *JPMorgan puts global company cash pile at over $5 trln. They spent nearly $3 trillion on buybacks globally since 2008, Thomson Reuters data shows, a rise of more than $150 billion from the 2002-2007 period. European M&A is down nearly a quarter on last year to $511 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • Stern Advice-How to make smart benefits choices for 2014 Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 12:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 30- If you have been waiting years for a decent raise, you will probably have to keep waiting- the average salary increase in the United States planned for 2014 will be only 2.9 percent, according to a Towers Watson survey. And rather than being shared equally, that raise will be aimed disproportionately at workplace stars.

  • Companies foot the bill when CEO spouses tag along Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 2:20 PM ET

    Many companies continue to pick up the tab for CEOs' spouses who accompany them on business trips. USA Today reports.

  • Meet the guys cashing in on Obamacare Friday, 18 Oct 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    The health-care industry is going to get a big makeover during the coming years and venture capitalists say there's a lot of money to be made.

  • Betting on private health exchange boom Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 | 2:16 PM ET
    A Walgreens store in Boston.

    Private health insurance exchanges look like the wave of the future—and investors soon could be surfing to profits.

  • Big changes for Walgreen employee health benefits Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 | 6:47 AM ET
    FILE - In this June 20, 2011 file photo, a Walgreens pharmacy sign is displayed in Philadelphia. The nation's largest drugstore chain says it earned $353 million, or 39 per share, in its 2012 fiscal fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    Walgreen is moving its employees to a health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Friday.

  • Why your company health benefits may change Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | 11:19 AM ET
    The Time Warner Center in New York City.

    Private health exchanges, where employees and retirees buy insurance from a menu of plans with subsidies, are on track to explode in the near future.

  • Blaming Obamacare: Fair or a cop-out? Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 11:49 AM ET

    Some businesses are making a scapegoat of Obamacare, blaming the president's extensive health reform for cuts that hurt workers.

  • Obamacare tax: 40% of companies to change plans Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 11:53 AM ET

    Bigger companies expect health-care costs to increase under Obamacare—and most are concerned with getting hit by a tax on pricier plans under the health-reform law, a survey finds.

  • Why Rich Western Investors Are Returning Home Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 1:29 AM ET

    The world's biggest investors are seeking more stable cash income at home, as aging societies and tighter regulation dull risk appetite.

  • Health Insurance Evolution Becomes a Revolution Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 8:01 PM ET
    Aaron Lemma receives a flu shot by Dr. Sassan Naderi at the Premier Care walk-in health clinic which administers flu shots on January 10, 2013 in New York City.

    Health insurance was already evolving before the Affordable Care Act. But this year the law's sweeping changes will reshape how you get health care.

  • Futures Higher After S&P Hits Record High Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | 8:39 AM ET

    U.S. stock market index futures signaled a higher open on Tuesday, as shares in Europe and Japan rallied on upbeat bank earnings and a weak yen, respectively.

  • Stocks to Watch in a Rising M&A Tide Tuesday, 5 Mar 2013 | 1:11 PM ET

    Here are a handful of stocks to watch if small-cap and mid-cap mergers accelerate in 2013. TheStreet.com reports.

  • Healthcare: Higher Medicaid Costs Tuesday, 4 Dec 2012 | 11:27 AM ET

    How everyone will deal with the effects of Obamacare in 2013.

  • *Low rates cut interest income by $400 billion since 2008. WASHINGTON, Oct 25- The Federal Reserve's strategy of holding interest rates near zero to spur the U.S. economy is creating a level of uncertainty for American savers that may be softening the policy's punch.

  • Oct 12- Towers Watson& Co:. *Peter Childs, principal accounting officer, announced his resignation, to. assume CFO position at another firm.

  • YOUR MONEY-Should you buy extra insurance at work? Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 11- Does an office perk count as a benefit if you pay for it yourself? Apparently so, because an increasing number of companies are using so-called voluntary benefits to bulk up workplace offerings.

  • YOUR MONEY - Is your boss watching your cholesterol? Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    Workers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc pay a surcharge of $10 per pay period if they smoke, for example. "Companies are struggling to get people more engaged in their health, and financial incentives are an increasingly important piece of that puzzle," says Tom Billet, senior consultant for human resource consulting firm Towers Watson.

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