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Quiz: Which mega-company owns your favorite food product?
Business
Published in 6-3-2015
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What do Klondike bars, Skippy peanut butter and SlimFast all have in common?

They're all owned by the same company: Unilever. The company probably best-associated with soap is actually the biggest ice cream maker in the world. And they own a lot more than that. Hellmann's Mayonnaise, Lipton Iced Tea, and abhorrent Marmite all fall under Unilever's enormous umbrella.

Here's why 'refuge rooms' are the new office trend
Business
Published in 6-3-2015
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The New York Times reported in a recent article that the average amount of space per office employee in North America decreased from 225 square feet in 2010 to 176 in 2012, according to CoreNet Global, a commercial real estate association. While smaller space means fewer expenses for a company, it also inevitably takes a toll on productivity  small spaces increase the chance of distraction, and ...>>
H-E-B, Whole Foods left out in bill to end liquor sales limits
Business
Published in 6-3-2015
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In the showdown between Walmart and Texas, two homegrown brands are getting left behind.

Why Girl Scout cookies in Houston taste different than the ones in Dallas
Business
Published in 6-3-2015
    444 Visits

The Houston-Dallas rivalry now has something else fight over: Who gets the best Girl Scout Cookies?

In Houston, you can Caramel deLites but you can't get Samoas. In Dallas, you can get Tagalongs, but you can't get Peanut Butter Patties.

New skepticism on financial research
Business
Published in 27-2-2015
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The idea is a challenge to basic Bogle indexation, and it has gathered billions in exchange-traded fund and institutional assets. Worse, if you leave enough graduate students alone with computers and demand a thesis topic, they are likely to discover something no one has ever seen before, even if it isn't there. From very basic factors - such as small-cap versus large-cap, or traditional va ...>>
The Motley Fool: Climbing the CD ladder
Business
Published in 27-2-2015
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What does it mean to "ladder" CDs? - G.S., Stockton, Minn. [...] if you're expecting rates to drop over the coming years, consider locking in current rates by buying long-term CDs. Certain beaten-down stocks can make great long-term investments, and Wynn Resorts (Nasdaq: WYNN) seems likely to be a good example. Part of its problem has been weak performance in the Chinese gambling hot spot ...>>
23 facts about Facebook worth sharing
Business
Published in 27-2-2015
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The rumors of Facebook's demise are greatly overshared. While online "experts" talk about how teens don't use the service anymore (even though 73 percent of teens worldwide do) and how the company's shaky IPO devastated investors (the company is still worth $200 billion), Facebook keeps on piling up the profits with every new post.

The personality types of all 50 states
Business
Published in 27-2-2015
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Personality and career assessment site Truity surveyed more than 12,000 residents in all 50 states and D.C. to find out if where you grew up has any bearing on your personality. Truity ranked the states based on the Big Five dimensions of personality: engaging with the world, getting along with others, responding to stress, using your mind, and organizing your life. Truity found that states li ...>>
5 types of coworkers nobody wants to work with
Business
Published in 27-2-2015
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"A toxic employee is an enormous liability for your company," writes Reuben Yonatan, the founder and CEO of GetVoIP, a digital telephone service, in a blog post on his website. Expensive, demoralizing, and infuriating, they can bring teamwork to a grinding halt, jeopardize goals, and generally make life worse for everybody else around them. Here's an infographic from GetVoIP that shows the ...>>
The Motley Fool: Stuffing, not surfing, the channel
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
    427 Visits

What does it mean if a company is reportedly "stuffing the channel"? - L.C., Chalmette, La. Since companies often record sales as soon as they ship products, channel stuffing can make it seem that business is booming. [...] if many of the products are not sold, they can end up returned to the manufacturer, resulting in sales that were already claimed never occurring. If you're a long-te ...>>

Couch Potato investing wins yet again
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
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In 2014, the basic Couch Potato Portfolio, a 50/50 mix of two low-cost index funds, returned 8.16 percent while the Morningstar average for all "moderate allocation" funds was only 6.21 percent. Even more impressive than the nearly 200-basis-point advantage, the added return was gained while having less portfolio volatility. Adjusted for what statistical types call volatility risk, the Couch Pot ...>>
The 10 most miserable states in America
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
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West Virginia ranked the lowest in both physical well-being as well as for "purpose" or liking what you do every day. The state's economy relies heavily on coal production, a dying industry that is rapidly losing jobs and has little career growth.  According to the Gallup-Healthways data, Illinois had the lowest community well-being rating, Rhode Island had the lowest social well-be ...>>

Federal regulators sue to block Sysco merger
Business
Published in 20-2-2015
    511 Visits
The Federal Trade Commission filed suit Thursday to stop the planned merger of Houston's Sysco Corp. and its largest competitor, US Foods, saying the combination would violate antitrust laws by significantly reducing competition nationwide. [...] the overwhelming majority of restaurants and food operators choose their foodservice distributor locally, where they have choices among many excell ...>>
Here are the Jaguars, Land Rovers and Range Rovers that will appear in the new Bond Movie
Business
Published in 13-2-2015
    974 Visits

In addition to the Aston, a trio of cars courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover's Special Operations department will feature in the film. The carbon-fiber C-X75 hybrid supercar concept first debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show to rave reviews and even managed to snag Autoweek's "Best in Show" award.  With 543 horsepower on tap, along with high-performance suspension, brakes, and tire ...>>

Over time, diversification works
Business
Published in 13-2-2015
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Financial planners demand it. These are funds that are supposed to find opportunity and safety somewhere, no matter where it is. Except it involves billions of dollars of real money for real people and real retirements. [...] what did the average moderate allocation fund do? The score: moderate allocation funds, 16.48 percent; world allocation funds, 10.07 percent. The stay-at-home funds also ...>>


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