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Sunday, 04 October 2015


Leaflets lie on a table at a booth at a military veterans' job fair in Carson, California October 3, 2014.

Broad U.S. jobs trends withstand weak September

02 October 2015

Knee-jerk reports of the labor market’s sudden ill health are exaggerated. Sure, many fewer jobs than expected – 142,000 – were created last month as workforce participation fell. But underemployment, long-term joblessness and other metrics are still showing steady improvement.

Customers leave an Albertsons grocery store with their purchases in Burbank, California July 17, 2012.

Albertsons may have limited investment shelf life

02 October 2015

The U.S. grocer is seeking $2 bln in an IPO. Although it’s larded with $11 bln in debt from a nine-year shopping spree under buyout firm Cerberus, deal-related cost savings make it worth dropping in the trolley for now. Growth for Albertsons, however, probably has an expiry date.

Edward Hadas

Edward Hadas: VW shows two sides of pushy culture

02 October 2015

If the carmaker’s workers had been on the lookout for bad news, the scandal over falsifying emissions could have been avoided. But VW’s management was geared for growth. The problem is perennial. The determination that drives business success also sows the seeds of its undoing.

A reveller, dressed as a unicorn, in southern England December 21, 2012.

Online lending unicorns like SoFi need stamina

01 October 2015

The student loan refinancing startup raised $1 bln this week, and online loan shop Avant pulled in $325 mln. The involvement of smart investors suggests these multibillion-dollar upstarts have room to run. More important, though, is whether they can endure the credit cycle.

An ant whose species was not previously found in Hong Kong was caught in a wetland park in the territory January 27, 2005.

Lazy ants upend economic folklore

02 October 2015

The thrifty and hardworking insect is the stuff of fable. It’s also a long way from the truth, according to recent entomological research. Almost half of an ant colony has no obvious employment. It’s time for a new formic fable: communities need a leisure class to be successful.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts (R) presents new Associate Justice Samuel Alito on the front steps of the Supreme Court in Washington February 16, 2006.

Wall Street a lousy judge of Supreme Court rulings

01 October 2015

Big decisions on issues like Obamacare can roil the stocks of winners and losers. Yet fragmented opinions, obscure language and arcane topics make distinguishing between the two surprisingly tough. The top tribunal’s return on Monday may prompt an investor run on legal advice.

Peter Scher

Guest view: A big dividend from investing in data

01 October 2015

U.S. officials haven’t collected employer training information in two decades. It’s one example of a larger problem. Peter Scher, JPMorgan’s head of corporate responsibility, says more public and private funding of data gathering and analysis would help the U.S. economy grow.