More evidence of the wealth divide

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Even with the economy in a funk and many Americans pulling back on spending, the rich are again buying designer clothing, luxury cars and about anything that catches their fancy. Luxury goods stores, which fared much worse than other retailers in the recession, are more than recovering — they are zooming. Many high-end businesses are… Read more »

Who’s Next?

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The struggling town of Central Falls Rhode Island filed a bankruptcy petition on Monday, August 1. A Boston bankruptcy judge held the first hearing on Wednesday August 3, stressing that the court is in “unchartered waters” as it sorts through the $80 million in unfunded pension and benefits liabilities and a $5 million budget deficit…. Read more »

What’s the news about Spotify?

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Online music service Spotify has launched what it hopes to be an iTunes rival, allowing users to synch music on their iPods and other MP3 players without using Apple’s proprietary service. Can Spotify’s success in Europe be repeated on American soil? This question should be put to test starting now as the music-streaming company officially… Read more »

Negotiating Down Student Loans

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According to these experts, it is possible that you can negotiate down your student loans. Outstanding student loan debt is a major problem for many graduates. It is possible to negotiate with your creditors and possibly reduce or even eliminate your student loan debt. If you’re not up to the negotiations yourself, you can hire… Read more »

Barry Minkow UPDATE

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Barry Minkow, a sixteen year old wonder-boy of Wall Street in 1983 created ZZZ Best as a carpet cleaning and later insurance restoration business.  He took the company public in 1986, making him the youngest CEO of a public company and had a net worth exceeding $100 million at age 21.  The only problem was… Read more »

What good is a logo?

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Australia, which has already banned the public display of tobacco products in retail outlets, wants to outlaw logos on cigarette packs and force them to be sold in plain dark-olive packaging, carrying health warnings instead of company logos. Cigarette brand names will appear on the packages in the same size and style of printing. The… Read more »

OK, tell me again, how is this NOT a prosecutable felony?

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In late June 2004, a plant manager in charge of a Mexican plant of Tyson Foods sent a memo to his headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas about 2 women who did not work for Tyson’s but were being paid from his payroll, the equivalent of $2,700 per month (and had been for years). The women happened to… Read more »

KPMG in the News

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Although KPMG LLP, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms, a former female Senior Manager, Donna Kassman, filed a $350 million class action discrimination lawsuit against the company on June 2, since the numbers tell a different story entirely. Women comprise about half of KPMG’s employees, but are conspicuously absent from the top leadership positions…. Read more »

Do great products translate into great profits?

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So far the summer of 2011 has seen its share of giant wildfires. Recently GelTech Solutions, Inc. was profiled in CNN – Your Money’s segment on small businesses for its product – FireIce. The company is committed to continuing the work of developing sustainable solutions that solve common problems and maintain the integrity of the… Read more »

Fraud in Medicare Part D

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Crooks are taking advantage of lax oversight in Medicare’s Part D prescription-drug program to obtain highly addictive drugs including oxycodone, Ritalin, and methadone, according to results of a federal investigation. Pharmacies and other Medicare contractors are supposed to enter in a form a number that identifies prescribers. But in many cases, that information is being… Read more »