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Features by Steve Tripoli

Right time to buy... heating oil?

Now's the time of year when many people who heat their homes with oil get a chance to lock in prices for next winter. But there's no guarantee prices won't fall. Steve Tripoli looks at whether it's worth the gamble.

Will new contract rules help small biz?

Small businesses are supposed to get 23% of federal government contracts. Yet, big companies have been winning some of those jobs. New rules take effect tomorrow that are intended to change that. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Washington

Nuts & Bolts: Small-time capital

When you're not up for venture capital but still need cash, where do you go? Steve Tripoli talks to small business-owners about how they approached the money chase... and how they'd do it differently if they could start again.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Private equity may have tax bill coming

With The Blackstone Group going public today, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts may be next. But Congress is looking into how private-equity earnings are taxed. So how can anyone know what the companies will be worth? Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Investing, Taxes, Wall Street

Nuts & Bolts: Pulling the plug

Business isn't going so well, but how do you know when to cut your losses? It's a difficult decision, and the serial entrepreneurs among our listeners have some smart advice for the first-timers. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

More mortgages gone bad

Looks like we haven't seen the worst of the foreclosure crisis yet. New data shows filings are up significantly. The outlook for the real estate market is grim, and it could be bad news for the economy as well, Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Housing

Nuts & Bolts: Lessons of failure

Lots of small-business owners say they never would have succeeded if they hadn't failed first. Steve Tripoli brings us the common lessons of some failed entrepreneurs.

Housing slumps, but homes still pricey

Stagnating wages combined with a growing number of house-hungry families could lead to a housing affordability challenge that could have ripple effects for the U.S. economy. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Jobs

Despite advances, stem-cell investors still wary

Backers of stem-cell research say federal funding's needed, because wary investors won't step up to the plate. Investors worry that promising new therapies won't be profitable for years. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Science

Making it easier for the poor to spend

Wal-Mart plans to unveil a pre-paid Visa card aimed at the 80 million U.S. residents who don't have bank accounts. Steve Tripoli reports that the nation's largest retailer may have something to teach competitors about servicing the poor.
Posted In: Retail

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