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Karen Mracek
Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
10 States Adding the Most Net Jobs in 2013
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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
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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
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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
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Housing Recovery Firmly Under Way

Gains among states will be uneven, but progress will continue through 2014
March 13, 2013
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Sweet Holiday Season on Tap for Retailers
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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
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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
Europe Pulling Back from the Brink
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Europe Pulling Back from the Brink

Stronger economic ties show nations' willingness to preserve the euro and presage even more unification in years to come.
July 17, 2012
Is the Bailout for Spain Good Enough?
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Is the Bailout for Spain Good Enough?

Though Spain will get what it needs to keep its banks and its finances afloat, investor concerns about euro recession and the prospect of contagion li…
June 12, 2012
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Greece's Exit from the Euro Is Imminent
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Greece's Exit from the Euro Is Imminent

But it's likely the currency will stay intact, and fallout in the U.S. will be minimal.
June 5, 2012
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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
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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
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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
U.S. Can Survive a European Recession
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U.S. Can Survive a European Recession

A downturn in Europe will cut U.S. exports and raise credit costs, but won’t have a big impact.
November 21, 2011
Business Lending to Rise in 2012
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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
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Holiday Sales Growth Will Surprise Retailers

Keeping costs in check will be the key to a profitable holiday season.
October 3, 2011
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Global Problems Threaten Fragile U.S. Recovery
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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
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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
Firms Find the Lending Rules Have Changed
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Firms Find the Lending Rules Have Changed

Going forward, business fundamentals will be more important than owners' personal finances.
May 27, 2011
Oil, Gas Prices Ride Mideast Worries
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Oil, Gas Prices Ride Mideast Worries

How high will they go? Much depends on Saudi Arabia.
March 1, 2011
A Uniform Standard for Financial Professionals
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A Uniform Standard for Financial Professionals

Securities regulators have a chance to stand for average investors.
February 4, 2011
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GOP Targeting Bernanke and the Fed
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GOP Targeting Bernanke and the Fed

Republican opponents of the central bank have their eyes on its mission to promote employment.
January 5, 2011
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The Cashless Lifestyle Catches On
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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
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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
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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
Smart Credit Cards Give Customers Charging Choices
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Smart Credit Cards Give Customers Charging Choices

Debit or credit, airline miles or cash back -- the option could be in a button on your card.
November 9, 2010