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    Gold prices are soaring because of growing inflation fears—both the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve seem to be on the path to permanently easy money with the Greek bailout and huge U.S. budget deficits.

  • Help Wanted

    Every entrepreneur has to master a variety of important skills but they may not be the skill set that helps you stay current in your field.

  • Trade

    The Commerce Department reported the March deficit on international trade in goods and services increased to $40.4 billion from $39.4 billion in February.

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    Wednesday, the Commerce Department will report the March deficit on international trade in goods and services. Analysts expect it to increase to $41.0 billion from $39.7 billion in February. My forecast is in line with the consensus.

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    For the unemployed trying to find a job, there are advantages to making your own job by starting your own business.

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    By establishing a 750 billion euro fund to bailout Greece and aid other struggling governments, Germany and other strong European states are chasing a dream—a single European currency and broader European unity—that may have no place in reality.

  • Unemployment

    The Labor Department reported the economy added 290,000 jobs in April but the unemployment rate increased to 9.9 percent from 9.7 percent the previous three months.

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    One recent study confirms that those in positions of power are much better at lying than those in relatively powerless positions.

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    Real GDP increased about $162 billion since the second quarter of 2009, when the economy bottomed out. Wall Street for 2009 paid out bonuses of nearly $150 billion on profits twice that amount. The rest of the economy, on balance, went backwards.

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    A crowd of an estimated 7,500 workers and union leaders marched down Broadway toward the city's financial district. Check out the images.

  • Wall Street Protests

    Noisy protesters with signs took over two bank building lobbies on Thursday in a prelude to a Wall Street rally by workers and union leaders angry over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks.

  • Wall Street traders and executives will be greeted by thousands of angry protesters from the AFL-CIO after markets close Thursday.  The main issue is to remind them of their continuing responsibilities to mend the economy, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told CNBC.

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    Workers and union leaders angry over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks are planning to rally on Wall Street.

  • Business Mistake

    Remember the sheaf of papers you signed off on when you started work? Somewhere in there was your company's official Ethics Policy....nine out of 10 new hires simply sign off on that paper without given it more than a cursory glance. But today this policy may be under attack.

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    Step back for a moment and imagine that your company is in Goldman's position right now: Universally reviled; Accused of betting against not only its own customers but the entire economic wellbeing of the country; At the center of an international political storm (one example: the bank has become a talking point in the UK general election); So unpopular that you can't find political support even among the most pro-business members of the opposition.

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    It might not be business as your parents or grandparents would have known it, but there's little doubt that we're witnessing a paradigm shift in business culture around the world right now—with particular focus on doing business remotely.

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    With a static national unemployment rate and the economy barely past its recessionary level, we have a new decade of business to get used to. A green decade, that is.

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    From the recent Vault.com and SixFigureStart Ask Anything teleclass, here are some questions on salary: Lisa asks: What’s the best way to approach a recruiter about salary negotiation?

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    Earlier this year, I discussed the phenomenon of "Chief Sustainability Officers" and how companies, especially post-Copenhagen, are realizing that a quick fix for their bruised reputation is to name an executive their eco-officer. It makes them look good and provides great PR.

  • The Nike ad featuring Tiger Woods, seen here, will premiere tonight.

    No matter what you may think of Woods on a professional or personal level—or the issues of taste involved in splicing quotes to create an ad campaign around the concept of a dead parent expressing disappointment in the actions of their adult offspring—the question is one that we could all benefit by asking ourselves and those around us more often.