The week's top business news and investment advice, including end of QE2 plays, European equities, financial favorites and more.
A late rally for stocks this week helped stock investors end the first half of 2011 with gains. The Dow finished the first half higher by 7.2 percent following a small positive gain for the second quarter due to a late June rally.
Most of us set financial goals but don't make the time to follow-up. And three out of four people say the reason is today's fast pace of society, according to a new survey. In other words, we'd rather go to the beach than do our financial homework!
Investment professionals have a new pitch: The sky could soon be falling. So-called black swan funds — named for rare and unexpected events — offer a way to profit in the event of a market collapse, the New York Times reports.
John Russo's chemical lab in North Kingstown has been growing in recent years, even despite a deflated economy, and he expects to add another 15 to 20 positions to his 49 employees over the next year.
Reaction to the latest jobless numbers, with CNBC's Rick Santelli and Steve Liesman.
Prejudice in society undermines the development of human capital and could set back the recovery of economies hit by the financial crisis, according to a new report by UBS.
To adapt the exchange between Ernest Hemingway and his literary agent: the super-rich are very different from the rich. They have even more money, according to the FT.
CNBC's Scott Cohn has the story behind this year's top state for business: Virginia.
There are some interesting changes among the ranks of America’s Top—and bottom—States for Business. Accordingly, we’ve adjusted the categories. Here is the updated methodology:
So, which states have the highest cost of living? You won’t get more for your money in these ten states.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera takes a closer look at the country's complex unemployment issues.
Why aren’t businesses hiring? There is a lot of analysis about this, but, to get a better understanding, it may be best to work in reverse by looking at the past and figuring out what the relative strength or weakness of conditions are today and then examine which policies, if any, might work.
There’s growing impatience about subpar job creation as well as stubbornly high unemployment. Here are the ten biggest annual declines and the states in which they took place.
The White House said Monday that a "significant" deal with Republicans on cutting government spending and raising the nation's debt limit is still possible, even as the administration hardened its stance on the need for increased tax revenue to be part of any agreement.
For the first time in our five-year old study, states are de-emphasizing their cost of doing business—including taxes and utility rates—while placing more emphasis on quality of life and transportation/infrastructure. So we're adjusting our weightings and point system.
Which states are best for business? Test your knowledge.
Much has been made about how many homeowners — and even traders — got bamboozled by the financial crisis. Well guess what: Now, even your kids don't trust banks — or the stock market.
Uncertainties about the Greek debt situation and the removal of the security blanket of Fed easing could combine for another week of volatility as the second quarter draws to an end.
CNBC's Steve Liesman talks to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner about the economy and the potential to get a debt deal done, from a pizza shop in New Hampshire.