Deep down your employees want to do much more than you may think. Do you view them as a difficult bunch that will never live up to your expectations? Or perhaps you know there’s more to them but you’re not sure how to activate that potential. For both these groups, I have one message:
Analysis of the latest Federal Reserve data found that despite a recent pause in credit card balance increases, Americans are on pace to amass a collective $4 trillion in consumer debt by the end of 2018. Collectively, Americans owe more than 26 percent of their income on consumer debt, up from 22 percent in 2010. (PRNewsfoto/LendingTree)
The skyrocketing cost of tuition has caused skyrocketing popularity in online degree programs. Since the year 1982, tuition has risen upwards of 400%. But for more than a decade now, distance education enrollments have been growing despite traditional enrollments continuing to decrease. Colleges and universities are constantly evolving to provide online options for their
Economic growth is expected to continue in the U.S. throughout 2018, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in their Spring 2018 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2018 continue to be positive in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors according to the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) Business Survey Committees. Manufacturing SummarySixty-two percent of respondents
by Robert Donachie A combination of geopolitical events, environmental regulations, and rising demand will beset U.S. commuters with higher-than-average gas prices this summer. Pump prices typically rise during the summer months as Americans take to the open roads for vacation trips. Currently, the national average price for gasoline is about $2.80 a gallon
The US labor market continues to tighten, although job growth in April was 164,000, a little below expectations. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in April, one of the lowest rates in recent history. The broader measure of labor underutilization U-6 declined to 7.8 percent, the lowest rate since 2001. The tightening labor
To sell for the most money, homeowners should put their home on the market on a Wednesday, according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. To sell the fastest, list on Thursday, Redfin says. The Redfin analysis, based on a sample of 100,000 homes that sold in 2017, found homes listed on Sunday performed the
“Recent headlines and articles trumpet the good news: President Donald J. Trump’s economic policies are growing the economy, producing record-high confidence, and creating new jobs.” President Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda has steadily shown results that mean higher earnings for working families, more jobs for American workers and a bright future for those entering
Existing-home sales and contract signings both saw modest gains in March, even as low supply and higher mortgage rates continued to affect overall affordability, according to the National Association of Realtors. The association released a 56-second animated video summarizing how the housing market performed in March, as well as a look at consumer optimism about
We all want to land our dream job and have a career that interests us and that we love going into each day. The first step to this is your resume. So, here are 12 tips to improve it and set you up on the road to success. 1. Grab The Recruiter’s Attention The
Top technology talent may be in high demand, but that doesn’t mean IT job seekers can skate through the application process. In a survey conducted by staffing firm Robert Half Technology, CIOs shared what they consider to be deal breakers when evaluating candidates for open roles. Technology executives said the biggest resume red flags
While self-employment offers outstanding fulfillment, it comes with a good share of challenges. Unlike most employees who lead a comfortable life with a certain paycheck and tax requirements, self-employment individuals have to cope with different sets of financial encounters. Even when you are used to this industry, you have to deal with the challenges.
by Robert Donachie The 2017 Republican tax reform bill did little to change the fact that the top 20 percent of income earners in America pay a higher share of income taxes. The top 20 percent of income earners in 2018 will pay roughly 87 percent of income taxes, an increase of 3
The White House issued a press release Friday highlighting news stories that touted the Trump economy. From the office of the press secretary: “The U.S. economy has added an average of 202,000 jobs each month so far this year, as the unemployment rate remains at a 17-year low, economic growth is accelerating, business and
Survey Reveals Workers Favor Frequent Job Changes, but Managers Aren’t on Board The tenure tide is shifting, and substantially more workers — especially those from younger generations — see rewards in job hopping than before, according to new research from global staffing firm Robert Half. Sixty-four percent of professionals polled think changing roles every
Private companies added 241,000 positions with construction and manufacturing leading the way in March according to the newest ADP/Moody’s analytics report. The report highlights continued optimism in the economy as experts had only expected the economy to produce an additional 205,000 jobs last month. The March number is up dramatically year-over-year from just 122,000
President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. is not in a trade war with China because America lost that war decades ago. “We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by the foolish, or incompetent, people who represented the U.S. Now we have a Trade Deficit
PNC Survey shows optimism running at historic highs in all categories. Half (49 percent) of business leaders anticipating an increase in employee compensation; highest rate since fall 2007. Six out of 10 expect demand for their company’s products or services to increase. Two-thirds expect increased profits, exceeding the prior high set in spring 2005.
by Chris White Tesla has less than six months to go before the electric automaker enters complete insolvency due to chronic business problems, according to one Chicago-based investment group founder. Analysts are blasting Tesla as the Silicon Valley company’s shares and bonds continue to flounder amid concerns about the safety of electric car technology.
In this day and age, it has never been easier to set up your own business and come up with a successful and exciting brand. That’s not to say there isn’t a lot of work involved – of course there is. But, there is also more opportunity than ever before to start and launch
Posted by: Rich Mitchell in Money March 26, 2018 According to Pew Research, more U.S. households are renting now than at any point in the last 50 years. Erie Insurance shares a few tips to make the process of finding a new apartment a little less overwhelming. Know what you’re paying for. There’s more to renting
A new report released today highlights the hidden dangers to retail stemming from online businesses, such as Amazon’s new Prime Wardrobe, Trunk Club, Stitch Fix, Warby Parker, and ASOS, which have introduced Try Before You Buy (TBYB) options for customers. The trend is threatening to overwhelm retailers – many of which are already reaching crisis point – with a huge
Orbitz announced today that it has identified and remediated a data security incident affecting a legacy travel booking platform. “While conducting an investigation of a legacy Orbitz platform, we determined on March 1, 2018 that there was evidence suggesting that, between October 1, 2017 and December 22, 2017, an attacker may have accessed personal information stored on this consumer
Although Java programming language was introduced back in 1995, it is still widely used all over world. This software is particularly popular thanks to its simplicity. Moreover, Java helps to power different applications. That is the reason why every educated person working in an IT industry should know the basics of this programming language.
Starting your own business is a great way of taking control of your life and shaping your own future. However, it can also be very challenging and this is why you need to have certain qualities if you want to start a business that flourishes and become successful. Business expert, Simon Arias, believes that
by Michael Bastasch The number of food stamp dependent Americans hit a six-year low in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, reflecting an improving economy and falling unemployment, according to a U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) report. An average of 42.2 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program in
Employment Outlook remains optimistic at +18% driven by Leisure & Hospitality (+28%) as the economy picks up and Americans dine out Employers in Manufacturing report biggest growth in hiring plans, up +7% from Q2 2017 Employers in the Midwest again report the most optimistic Outlook in the U.S. U.S. employer hiring confidence is staying
President Donald Trump issued an executive order prohibiting the takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom based on the outcome of a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) – the same panel that allowed Russia to purchase Uranium One and 20% of America’s uranium reserves under President Obama. Broadcom was in
Eighty percent of Americans expecting a tax refund this year plan to save 25 percent or more, according to a new SunTrust survey. Other plans for tax refunds include paying down debt (35 percent), travel/entertainment (22 percent), retail purchases (18 percent) and home improvement (13 percent). (PRNewsfoto/SunTrust Banks, Inc.) Eighty percent of Americans expecting
According to new economic studies released today, opening the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to offshore oil and natural gas development would be an economic catalyst – promoting U.S. jobs, investments, and increased tax revenue – for states across the country. “The oil and natural gas industry is a major contributor to the American economy