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Features by Tracey Samuelson

Why would anyone want to buy a bookstore?

Ask the chairman of Barnes and Noble, who may offer to buy out the bookstore chain -- but not the digital Nook.
Posted In: Barnes & Noble, bookstore

Where does the term 'sequester' come from?

Former Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) first used 'sequester' in a budget bill during the Reagan years. He still likes the term and the idea.
Posted In: sequester, Phil Gramm, federal budget

Payday lenders inspire mixed feelings from borrowers

New Pew report finds that payday borrowers feel both relief -- and that they are being taken advantage of.
Posted In: payday loans

Under Armour gets a makeover for women

The company that was founded by a former football player and is known for its hard-core, performance sportswear is testing a new branding strategy geared towards women.
Posted In: branding, women, fashion, clothing, Retail

Warren Buffett, 3G to buy Heinz, but it's not just about the ketchup

Legendary investor Warren Buffet announced Thursday morning that his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will team up with a Brazilian-backed investment firm to buy H. J. Heinz, the ketchup maker. The price tag? Just over $23 billion.
Posted In: Warren Buffett, Heinz ketchup

American Airlines and US Airways: How do two airlines become one?

American Airlines and US Airways have officially announced their long-suspected merger. Together the companies will become the largest airline in the world, but the consolidation process won’t be without its challenges.
Posted In: American Airlines, US Airways

Would Obama's $9 minimum wage help or hurt workers?

During his State of the Union address last night, President Obama proposed to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.
Posted In: minimum wage, State of the Union, Obama, poverty

American Express to launch pay-by-tweet

Starting Wednesday, American Express customers who link their cards to their Twitter accounts will be able to make purchases with a tweet.
Posted In: Twitter, american express, social media

Pope Benedict: Leading the church through crisis

As the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict has been the leader of a troubled brand, as the church was hit hard by the clergy-sex-abuse scandals.
Posted In: Catholic church, Pope Benedict XVI

Persuading us to save not spend our tax refund

Researchers to track a TurboTax reminder at the "golden moment" when taxpayers can be motivated to save.
Posted In: tax refund, Saving

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