Features by Jill Barshay

The return of the one-year T-bill

For the first time in seven years, the government will be selling the one-year T-bill. Jill Barshay reports the government needs money badly enough to bring back old Treasuries and safe, short-term debt.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

TransUnion to offer free credit scores

Your credit score could mean all the difference in the world when you need to borrow money. Thanks to a massive class-action lawsuit, TransUnion will be offering millions a free peek at theirs. Jill Barshay explains.

Hardcover book market goes soft

Publishing is a world of increased competition, shrinking margins and long waits to see any green. Jill Barshay reports on how publishing houses are coping with changing times.

Bear Stearns to cease roar

After 85 years on Wall Street, investment bank Bear Stearns will soon disappear. This morning, the bank's shareholders vote on the JP Morgan buyout. Jill Barshay reports why the bank is ready to accept a low buyout.
Posted In: Wall Street

Time for a pre-nuptial workout

When preparing for their big day, brides have another small detail to consider: How fit they'll look in that strapless gown. Many brides are flocking to the gym before they walk down the aisle. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Health

Car costs up, car sales down

A new study says one million fewer cars will be sold this year. Higher commodity prices are also making it more expensive for automakers to make cars. Jill Barshay reports the result could be vehicles made with less materials.
Posted In: Auto

A degree in doing church business

Running a church can be like maintaining a small business. To keep clergy prepared, some universities have been offering MBA-like programs in church management. Jill Barshay has more.
Posted In: Education

eBay changes its feedback rules

Starting today, eBay's feedback forum will bar sellers from posting negative or neutral comments about buyers. Jill Barshay reports some are nervous about letting negative tirades go unanswered.
Posted In: Retail

Times are changing for private equity

Blackstone releases its first-quarter profits today on the heels of a 90 percent profit loss for last year. Jill Barshay reports analysts are forecasting big changes in practice for the private-equity industry.
Posted In: Investing

Suppliers come to small businesses' aid

Banks are reporting more loans to small businesses going bad. That means the small businesses left standing are having a harder time getting credit. And that hurts their suppliers. Jill Barshay reports on some creative solutions to keep business flowing.
Posted In: Economy


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