The economic roots of Hong Kong’s fight

Protesters gather in Hong Kong. (Aaron Tam/AFP/Getty)

WONKBLOG | Mainland China’s growth has been good for Hong Kong in certain ways, but not for residents’ standard of living. And they’re not happy about it.

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eBay to spin off PayPal in 2015

eBay to spin off PayPal in 2015

In today’s climate of fast-moving innovation in e-commerce and new competition in the online payments space, eBay no longer believes it’s advantageous for the businesses to be tethered together.

Worth the money: The highest-paying majors

Worth the money: The highest-paying majors

New research shows that, for almost every major, lifetime earnings are higher for college grads. But some majors pay a lot better than others.

A quarter century later, DOD test program still untested

A quarter century later, DOD test program still untested

It was meant to help small contractors win more government work — but even DOD believes it doesn’t work.

Career Coach: How to make business
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Career Coach: How to make business <br>more attractive to women

One hypothesis for why women don’t seem as interested in business careers is because so few reach top positions.

Commentary: The power of the team

Commentary: The power of the team

The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals show what happens when an organization acts like an organism.

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Nationals put some mustard on season-ticket sales pitch

Nationals put some mustard on season-ticket sales pitch

Washington baseball team throws in autographs, photos, discounts; sales bullpen includes GM Mike Rizzo.

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Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Scammers are out to get our money. Let’s band together to stop them.

AARP’s Fraud Watch Network lets you sign up to get scam alerts — and share warnings.

Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

The shorts vs. Northwest Biotherapeutics

The stock market ordeal of Northwest Biotheraputics illustrates the reasons why Main Street hates Wall Street.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Nationals put some mustard on season-ticket sales pitch

Washington baseball team throws in autographs, photos, discounts; sales bullpen includes GM Mike Rizzo.

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US stocks edge higher in early trading

U.S. stocks are opening slightly higher as investors set aside worries about the protests in Hong Kong.

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Why one investor bought land instead of homes during the housing bust

Why one investor bought land instead of homes during the housing bust

David Lichtenstein, chief executive of Lightstone Group, says he’s sure land values in hard-hit real estate markets will have made a full comeback five years from now.

The one percent is way more politically active than you are

The one percent is way more politically active than you are

The rich participate in politics at two to three times the rate of average Americans.

The Fed and Treasury should work more closely together. Say what?

The Fed and Treasury should work more closely together. Say what?

A Brookings paper argues that quantitative easing has already blurred the lines between fiscal and monetary policy. The Fed and Treasury should just acknowledge it.

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It’s time for a new type of manager

It’s time for a new type of manager

If you want your company to be innovative, you can’t run it using old management techniques.

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High auto insurance is hurting low-income families, says report

High auto insurance is hurting low-income families, says report

Researchers found that the five largest auto insurers do not offer basic policies to safe drivers for less than $500 a year in more than one-third of the nation’s low-income areas.

Morningstar downgrades Pimco Total Return fund

Morningstar downgrades Pimco Total Return fund

Analysts says strong outflows could “wreak havoc” on the fund, but stated confidence in the new management.

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The FCC just sacked the sports blackout rule

The FCC just sacked the sports blackout rule

The agency will no longer stand behind sports leagues that take non-sold-out games off free, broadcast TV.

Mozilla: Just 5 percent of computer science kids go into nonprofits. We’re going to change that.

Mozilla: Just 5 percent of computer science kids go into nonprofits. We’re going to change that.

A new fellowship from the maker of the Firefox browser will place civic-minded tech geeks at public interest groups.

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