Why a college degree shouldn’t be a commodity

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WONKBLOG | The government has called on colleges to do more to prepare students for the workforce. But the move overshadows the point of an education.

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    Pfizer’s attempt to gobble up AstraZeneca is biggest turkey

    Others on the list for 2014 are three high-profile hacking targets — Apple, Target and Home Depot — plus GM.

    Companies, Congress still waiting for crowdfunding

    Companies, Congress still waiting for crowdfunding

    New rules were supposed to be in place in 2012. Now, it looks like the wait may continue well into 2015.

    When a nearly $1 billion divorce settlement award isn’t enough

    When a nearly $1 billion divorce settlement award isn’t enough

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    What does the Pentagon’s latest call for innovation mean for contractors?

    What does the Pentagon’s latest call for innovation mean for contractors?

    While the department’s other measures have specific outcomes for contractors, the picture isn’t as clear with Hagel’s program.

    Best Buy is latest retailer to show fresh momentum going into the holidays

    Best Buy is latest retailer to show fresh momentum going into the holidays

    Profits rose in the third quarter for the big-box retailer, thanks to sales of televisions, tablets and computers.

    Fixed mortgage rates fall for the second week in a row

    Fixed mortgage rates fall for the second week in a row

    The 30-year fixed-rate average drops to 3.99 percent, falling below 4 percent for the first time in three weeks.

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    Michelle Singletary

    Michelle Singletary

    Are you overly optimistic about how long you can work?

    Retirement expectations and reality often don’t match; working full time after 65 is not always an option.

    Barry Ritholtz

    Barry Ritholtz

    Secular market’s significance is not to be underestimated

    These extended financial periods — some of which can last decades — come to define each market era.

    Thomas Heath

    Thomas Heath

    Riding Web roller coaster with ‘King of Domain Names’

    District native Mike Mann, who is a former runaway, says he has made and lost fortunes.

    Market News

    Dow, S&P 500 edge back up to record highs

    Dow, S&P 500 edge back up to record highs

    U.S. stocks are back at record levels as investors were encouraged by good news on housing, the job market and corporate earnings.

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    Here’s exactly what Obama is going to do about immigration -- and how to qualify

    Here’s exactly what Obama is going to do about immigration -- and how to qualify

    A quick overview of Obama’s immigration order.

    The average student debt burden in each state--in one alarming map

    Six of the 10 states with the highest debt loads are located in the Northeast.

    Why your bathtub is actually far scarier than ebola

    Why your bathtub is actually far scarier than ebola

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    What presidential leadership scholars think of Obama’s immigration move

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    How to craft a successful career

    How to craft a successful career

    An interview with Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson about Shakespeare, paternity leave and running one of the Web’s fastest-growing companies.

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    What lenders shouldn’t be asking of people with disabilities

    What lenders shouldn’t be asking of people with disabilities

    Borrowers must provide written proof that they are receiving the disability income and disclose how much they’re receiving. But the lenders shouldn’t be asking for much beyond that.

    Wells Fargo and Discover to offer student loan modifications

    Wells Fargo and Discover to offer student loan modifications

    Student-loan repayment terms are being relaxed by Wells Fargo, and similar changes are in the works at Discover Financial Services.

    The Switch

    Obama’s immigration order gives tech community some — but not all — of what it wants

    Obama’s immigration order gives tech community some — but not all — of what it wants

    Obama wants to increase opportunities for foreign students and recent graduates from U.S. schools to work in high-tech jobs in the United States. That is likely to make Silicon Valley very happy.

    Comcast is testing a way to tell you exactly when the cable guy is coming

    Comcast is testing a way to tell you exactly when the cable guy is coming

    The country’s “worst company” is trying a new trick to rehabilitate its image: letting consumers track technicians.

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