How do you settle a disagreement, personal or professional, when you're feeling angry, frustrated, and emotional? Five simple steps will help you work -- calmly -- through a dispute.
Given the wrenching market volatility in recent weeks, the idea of shielding your portfolio from a big decline while still being able to profit from future gains sounds mighty appealing. That's the promise of the so-called structured note, a product that's been popular with institutional investors for years. Now Wall Street is aggressively marketing these notes to individual investors. And retail sales of structured notes are booming: They increased by 46% in 2010 to a record $49.4 billion, according to Bloomberg, and are on track to be up again sharply in 2011.
The American economy, even in a recession, is driven by consumer spending -- providing 70 percent of gross domestic product.
Your manager and colleagues regard you as a creative genius, leading to thoughts of a promotion in your head.
The new generation of business students settling in at graduate programs around the world give a snapshot of larger trends in the world of aspiring executives.
Whether it's winning a raise or clinching a deal, negotiation is integral to business life.
Want to know a little more about your education options? CNN has compiled some fast facts about executive education programs.
When one meets a woman who says she had just climbed Mt. Everest, you get curious.
Home prices fell in the first quarter of 2010 but are still higher than they were a year ago.
"Naked short selling" is the buzz on Wall Street, since a German ban on it sent the stock market tumbling Tuesday. But no, it's not something kinky.
Zed Drebin has a pretty fantastical life.
Despite millions of unemployed job seekers desperate for work, many open positions are languishing unfilled. The reason? Not enough candidates.
Does your wife's closet look like a jewel box of shoes, while you wish your bank account could afford an actual box of jewels? Or maybe you're tired of your spouse snapping up the newest tech gadgets and instead want to spend the money on a vacation together.
All too often, troubled homeowners struggle nearly as much to reach their loan servicers as they do to pay their mortgage.
In these economically tough times, the dream for every marketing strategist is buzz -- your product picking up ever more sales by word-of-mouth as customers talk to potential new customers, all costing your company not a cent.
Business schools are not supposed to produced mere highly-trained automatons, inducted into the latest finance and marketing models. They are intended to produce leaders.
Business schools were once a distinctly American proposition, but now, as illustrated by the 2009 version of what is perhaps the leading league table for global MBAs, excellence is being spread around the world.
It's a tough economy, and that spells bad news for small business owners who are trying to get paid.
When you are fearful about the safety of your money, you tend to be more vulnerable to unscrupulous salespeople posing as trustworthy advisers. So a recent crackdown on dubious retirement credentials couldn't have come at a better time.
When you stash your cash away, you probably don't give that much thought to the risks involved. After all, it's safe, liquid cash - not shares of Lehman Brothers.
Business is booming for David Gao, owner of Arctic Food Services, a frozen-seafood distributor in St. Louis. His firm racked up $20 million in sales last year. But Gao still vented in a recent e-mail to FSB.
Imagine this hypothetical situation: You're a hard-nosed business trader and I'm a contact who's just passed on a great tip on some undervalued shares. Do you take me up on the advice? Well, to imagine some more, it depends on whether or not you argued with your spouse that morning.
With two-thirds of the economy propped up by consumer spending, Main Street may soon deliver harsher news than Wall Street
In these difficult economic days, spending in excess of $100,000 brushing up on your business skills might sound like a bit of an indulgence.
The Federal Reserve has adopted rules to give home buyers more protection from the types of shady lending practices that have contributed to the housing crisis
Joseph P. Lashinsky is the present chief executive officer and president of ZipRealty, having served on the Board of Directors since June 2007. He previously held the positions of Executive Vice President of Product Strategy and Development, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, and Vice President of Sales.
Jeremy Rifkin is an internationally renowned economist, social critic and author. Since 1977 he has been president of the Foundation On Economic Trends (FOET). For the last 14 years he has been a fellow at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program. He has written 17 highly successful and thought-provoking books including "The End of Work" (1995), "The Hydrogen Economy" (2002) and most recently "The European Dream" (2004).
It's entirely possible that in the future buying a house that is shocking pink, ultramodern or in a neighborhood that's up and coming (no Starbucks yet) could add an extra fee to your mortgage for what banks perceive as added risk.
Memo to the market gods: I can't take it anymore. One day fear of recession tanks stocks. The next day it's inflation or a collapsing investment bank. Frankly, the market needs Prozac.
In a presentation he made to students at the Wharton School earlier this month and a subsequent interview with Fortune, Warren Buffett shared his thoughts on everything from the economy to the credit crisis and the Bear Stearns bailout.
Why is a university good? Because it is good at teaching? Well, there is a lot more to it than that, particularly one aspect sometimes neglected when students assess potential institutions -- research.
The credit crunch has finally hit the traditional mortgage market.
According to business school tradition, the route to the top involves a mid-career hiatus to take an MBA before forging ahead into the boardroom. But there is another way -- the undergraduate path.
Dear FSB: Where can a successful company that has grown through reinvesting profits look to get investors to help take the company to the next level?
Dear FSB: I have trouble finding my starting point for product development. Every now and then I might discover something that has to be developed, manufactured or drawn, but I'm not quite sure where to start. Do you have any suggestions or a format/model for developing new products?
One of the key elements of any MBA is the internship -- in fact it is often the difference between securing your dream job and having to make do with something less exciting and challenging.
As well as educating the chief executives of the future, business schools have a broader role -- understanding the essential workings of not only companies, but also the wider economic system.
There are many superficial similarities between the worlds of the military and business, something Captain Robert M. Secher of the U.S. Marines knew only too well.
In the next five years, 1.4 million Americans will see their mortgage payments more than double. Already, half a million homeowners are 90 days behind on their payments. Foreclosure rates are up 30 percent from 2006.
Many people take MBAs with the intention of, somewhere down the line, picking up not only a fat salary check but also an impressive job title.
It's a common dilemma for a start-up business -- to expand, you need complex marketing data analysis, but this is an expensive process.
Another new survey of business schools, this time exclusively in the U.S., has confirmed one increasingly evident fact for those considering an MBA -- there is a clear elite in the field.
Business schools are generally seen as a fairly modern phenomenon, although some do have some significant heritage, for example the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, founded way back in 1881.
Nothing brings out the cold sweat in both policymakers and regular folks like the prospect of the baby boom's retirement. First there's the troublesome demographics. By 2020, when most boomers will...
If there is one phenomenon that defines modern business and makes it so utterly different to commerce in the past, it is technology.
IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE (SECOND EDITION), by Robert J. Shiller (2005) Originally written during the dotcom boom, this book explains the economic and psychological factors that contribute to the creat...
Business schools are not only about teaching students.
Nothing brings out the cold sweat in both policymakers and regular folks like the prospect of the baby boom's retirement.
If you're looking for that next big job or promotion, you might want to forgo your next resume workshop for a trip to the nearest library.
Startups operating on the cutting edge dominated FSB\'s fourth annual student business plan contest. Meet the winners and runners-up.
About the last place a prospective homebuyer might want to peruse MLS listings these days is in one of the country's most expensive markets, like San Francisco, where the median cost of a single-family dwelling has jumped 37 percent since 2003. (It's now more than triple the national figure.)
Executive MBAs, part-time MBAs for working managers, are a major -- not to mention very expensive -- commitment.
"A large part of what a good boss does is expedite things for employees - that is, help them get their jobs done by removing obstacles. This is not at all the same as 'making sure' they get their jobs done by raising the anxiety level. Most people are anxious enough already." So says David Sirota, head of Sirota Survey Intelligence, a research firm headquartered in Purchase, N.Y., that has surveyed millions of employees in Fortune 500 companies since its founding in 1972.
VALUE INVESTORS RELISH THEIR ROLE AS THE MARKET'S SKEPTICS. No high-flying glamour stocks for them. They seek out unloved companies at bargain prices, sit tight and wait for the crowd to come to it...
Hiring women from an impoverished township turns out to be a smart bet for a startup bakery.
While an MBA might be seen as the standard passport to big business success, increasing numbers of young students are now looking at a more direct route to the top: undergraduate business degrees.
From the Tower of London to Paris' Eiffel Tower, historic landmarks and one-of-a-kind attractions have long lured travelers to the world's great cities.
Technology has magically lowered the price of buying everything from stocks to airline tickets. But home buyers now pay eight times the closing costs they paid 40 years ago. Here's how residents of one Minnesota street were overcharged again and again on their home purchases, many by thousands of dollars. And why your street probably isn't all that different.
As well as a certificate for the office wall and letters after their name, MBA and EMBA students leave business schools with something even more valuable -- a network.
As competition between business schools to attract top-rate students continues to escalate, more attention is being given to the most effective ways of delivering relevant knowledge and skills.
Even as a fresh crop of students sharpen their pencils for the start of the 2005/06 academic year, the attention of business school recruitment departments has already shifted to next year's intake.
Take a look at some of the thousands of executive MBA course participants around the world and a consistent profile emerges of the kind of person likely to undertake such an endeavor.
They might make up slightly more than 50 percent of the world's population, but women are significantly under-represented when it comes to executive education, according to top-tier business schools.
Check the following listing for events and executive education programs from around the world.
Asia's rapidly growing economies have sparked an increase in demand for executive education -- and business schools throughout the world are responding with gusto.
A student's relationship with his or her business school doesn't necessarily finish when the course or degree is completed -- for many people that is just the beginning.
Next time an SUV roars past, don't forget to thank its driver for helping the environment--assuming the vehicle sports a TerraPass bumper sticker. That accessory means that the owner has agreed to ...
Six months ago, Chris and Suzanne Bernier were just getting by. The couple's debt load had grown to more than $9,000 in four years as they relied on credit cards to fund a new camper, vacations and stuff for children Eryn, 16, Dylan, 13, and C.J., 3.
If you want to stem the flood of high school players and underclassmen into the National Basketball Association, a good place to start is with the salary restrictions placed on rookie contracts.
Great entrepreneur takes world by storm is the headline that David DePaolo imagined would accompany his handsome photo on the cover of Fortune magazine. Such dreams were in part what drove him and ...
As American tweens (ages 8 to 15) make more and more spending decisions, a new retail chain called Five Below has a slogan they might like: "Whatever you've got will buy a lot." Provided, of course...
SALEM, Ore. (CNN/Money) - Forget Trump. Next week, student teams from a dozen business schools will test their real estate savvy in the third annual Real Estate Challenge.
So many investors -- maybe even you -- bought into some wild notions about stocks in the headiest days of the bull market. Today, perhaps a bit poorer, you're certainly wiser.
Editor's note: Campus Vibe is a feature that provides student perspectives on the 2004 election from selected colleges across the United States. This week's contributor is Spencer Willig, news director for WQHS, the University of Pennsylvania student radio station. The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of CNN, its affiliates or the University of Pennsylvania.
Did bedtime reading for young Jerry Useem consist of the collected works of Peter Drucker? Naaah. But for some reason, Useem has long shown uncanny interest in the arcana of management and business...
This market needs a warning Label: "Danger! Excessive exposure causes investor whiplash!" Take the first week of March. The Dow stormed ahead with astounding back-to-back 200-point gains--the bigge...
$940 Average amount that American households plan to spend on gifts, decorations, greeting cards and food this holiday season, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation
This economy has been rough on investors. But at least they can take comfort in the fact that Jeff Bezos isn't faring any better. Amazon held huge stakes in now defunct businesses like Webvan, Kozm...
The Internet boom may have inspired some people to drop out of school, but it also spurred some to give a little back. And what better gift than some can't-miss--er, wasn't-supposed-to-miss--stock?...
It's 5:30 A.M. at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School. MBA students are everywhere, sipping coffee, wiping the sleep from their eyes, and climbing on a bus for the 90-mile ride...
More companies are giving employees access to their 401(k) plans over the Internet. But how does such a change affect investment behavior? A recent study by Metrick--along with Harvard Associate Pr...
It boasts the country's best business school, according to a recent Business Week poll, but the University of Pennsylvania barely musters a passing grade when it comes to managing its $3 billion en...
For Chris Shenon and his wife, Amanda, Nasdaq's recent dive couldn't have come at a better time. The thirtysomething couple had been looking for a house in Silicon Valley for months but had been be...
Charlie Tillett remembers the year he entered MIT's business plan competition. It was 1991, and the second-year business student counted himself among the 50 or so active members of the school's Ne...
Here's a business-school case study for class discussion: What happens when all the MBA students ditch school to seek their fortunes on the Web?
Getting the entrepreneurial bug, are you? Tired of reading about all these pubescent little CEOs who did nothing more clever than sell books or airline tickets over the Internet and made a billion?...
How can a big institutional investor buy a million shares of IBM without sending the value reeling? If it buys in one lump, the rest of Wall Street is bound to figure out someone big is in the mark...
Intruders of questionable value, unqualified busybodies with little practical experience--that's how corporate executives often seem to view the management consultants their companies hire. Yet com...
Is there anyone anywhere who can explain how it is exactly that the stock market, despite the absence of such necessary propellants as, say, strong earnings growth, can continue its ascent into unp...
IT HAPPENED, AMAZINGLY, just three years ago: The Industrial Age gave way to the Information Age. In 1991 companies for the first time spent more on computing and communications gear -- the capital...
How many moviegoers will line up for The Age of Innocence, this fall's most heavily hyped film? For Columbia Pictures, which sank $30 million into this literary period piece from director Martin Sc...
American competitiveness is ailing because workers can't spell, do long division, or tell you who Sophocles was, right? Not necessarily, argues Peter Cappelli, an associate professor at the Wharton...
How do family-controlled firms stack up against the market? At the Pitcairn group's request, Wharton professor Peter Davis identified and analyzed a broad sample of companies with at least 10% fami...
Investors, wondering whether to buy or sell? Yale Hirsch, who publishes Smart Money, an Old Tappan, New Jersey, newsletter, and the annual Stock Trader's Almanac, says the answer may lie in how Sta...
The nation's top business schools have been churning out consultants like crazy, and now the chickens are coming home to roost at one such institution. Wharton has picked as its new dean Thomas Ger...
Fallout from the crash keeps pouring down. Among the latest developments: -- Hordes of investors are filing claims with arbitration panels against brokers. Common complaints: unauthorized trading a...
In case you missed it, health insurance premiums went up this year -- way up. ''The increases range from 15% to 25%, with some going as high as 50%,'' says Robert Waldron of the Health Insurance As...
Forward Indicators Dept.: Looking for a sure sign that corporate America has regained its composure after the unpleasantness in the financial markets? Just watch for a revival of talk about ethics ...
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