Karen Mracek

Karen Mracek

Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
10 States Adding the Most Net Jobs in 2013
business

10 States Adding the Most Net Jobs in 2013

Just 10 states will account for more than half of total U.S.
April 5, 2013
States Reviving Incentives for Firms to Relocate
Economic Forecasts

States Reviving Incentives for Firms to Relocate

With revenues up, state officials are again courting companies considering moving in or expanding. But it'll be tough to prove the lures actually pay …
April 1, 2013
States Adding the Most Jobs in 2013
business

States Adding the Most Jobs in 2013

Expect a lot of regional disparity in job growth and economic vigor this year.
March 26, 2013
Housing Recovery Firmly Under Way
real estate

Housing Recovery Firmly Under Way

Gains among states will be uneven, but progress will continue through 2014
March 13, 2013
Sweet Holiday Season on Tap for Retailers
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Economic Forecasts

Sweet Holiday Season on Tap for Retailers

Fiscal cliff? Whatever! Consumers are ready to spend, even if it means more debt.
October 11, 2012
Middle-Class Spenders Will Lead Global Growth
Economic Forecasts

Middle-Class Spenders Will Lead Global Growth

Wealthier overseas consumers spell opportunity for American vendors who can take advantage.
August 7, 2012
Integrated Shopping Is the Future of Retail
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Integrated Shopping Is the Future of Retail

Retailers that combine bricks-and-mortar stores with online and mobile sales will find success reaching and engaging customers.
July 24, 2012
Rising Sales Spur Small-Business Growth
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Rising Sales Spur Small-Business Growth

Smalls see opportunities to expand as lending loosens up.
May 7, 2012
A Tale of Two Housing Recoveries
Economic Forecasts

A Tale of Two Housing Recoveries

Want to know how quickly home prices in your state will rebound? See how foreclosures are handled.
March 28, 2012
More Borrowing, But Less Consumer Debt
Economic Forecasts

More Borrowing, But Less Consumer Debt

Two-thirds of the economy comes from consumer spending, so banks making it easier for consumers to borrow is a plus for growth.
February 23, 2012
Business Lending to Rise in 2012
Business Costs & Regulation

Business Lending to Rise in 2012

Banks have healed from the financial crisis. They might even find themselves competing for customers.
November 7, 2011
Holiday Sales Growth Will Surprise Retailers
Economic Forecasts

Holiday Sales Growth Will Surprise Retailers

Keeping costs in check will be the key to a profitable holiday season.
October 3, 2011
Global Problems Threaten Fragile U.S. Recovery
Economic Forecasts

Global Problems Threaten Fragile U.S. Recovery

European sovereign debt problems and slower emerging-market growth will weigh on the U.S. economic recovery.
August 12, 2011
Big Firms Prosper as Small Business Struggles
Economic Forecasts

Big Firms Prosper as Small Business Struggles

Record corporate profits suggest that the economy should be booming. But small firms — the main engine for job growth — still have it tough, particula…
July 27, 2011
A Uniform Standard for Financial Professionals
Business Costs & Regulation

A Uniform Standard for Financial Professionals

Securities regulators have a chance to stand for average investors.
February 4, 2011
The Cashless Lifestyle Catches On
Technology

The Cashless Lifestyle Catches On

New electronic transfer technologies will turn paper and coin into historical anachronisms.
December 15, 2010
Biometric ID: The Next Step in Bank Security
Technology

Biometric ID: The Next Step in Bank Security

Banks go high-tech in their attempts to verify identity.
December 9, 2010
Finance Industry May Begin Adding Jobs
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Finance Industry May Begin Adding Jobs

Hottest finance jobs include compliance specialists and tax managers.
December 6, 2010
Participation in Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans Falls
Economic Forecasts

Participation in Employer Sponsored Retirement Plans Falls

One big trend is: no job, no 401(k). But even among the employed, participation is down.
November 10, 2010
Bad News on Earnings? Be More Skeptical
Investor Psychology

Bad News on Earnings? Be More Skeptical

In something of a surprise, a study shows positive earnings forecasts from companies are more reliable.
October 20, 2010
Fees Higher as Banks Seek Additional Revenue
Business Costs & Regulation

Fees Higher as Banks Seek Additional Revenue

It will still pay to shop around, but finding free checking and other services will get harder.
October 14, 2010
Obama's Warren Move Muddies Waters
Business Costs & Regulation

Obama's Warren Move Muddies Waters

The president’s decision to make Elizabeth Warren a special assistant rather than head of the new consumer bureau skirted a nasty Senate battle, but i…
September 27, 2010