From the ranks of Microsoft’s permatemps

(John Lok / for The Washington Post)

Philippe Boucher’s union is tiny (33 members), but its message got through to the tech giant.

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Yellen says rate increase may be warranted later in year

Yellen says rate increase may be warranted later in year

The chair of the Federal Reserve board says that “the appropriate time has not yet arrived.”

Stocks close with slight gains, but still end the week lower

Stocks close with slight gains, but still end the week lower

A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday.

US economy growth slowed in fourth quarter

US economy growth slowed in fourth quarter

But the outlook for the rest of the year looks brighter, thanks to a recovering job market that should boost consumer spending.

Congress moves forward on measures for small-business contractors

Congress moves forward on measures for small-business contractors

The proposed legislation seeks to funnel more contracts to small businesses.

Main Street Morning: Entrepreneurs on welfare

Main Street Morning: Entrepreneurs on welfare

Our rundown of news affecting start-ups and small businesses.

Pair of suburban office buildings drop $126M in value since 2007

Pair of suburban office buildings drop $126M in value since 2007

A slowdown in federal spending hurt. So did a growing desire by tenants to be closer to mass transit and places with a downtown feel.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

The vicious cycle of payday loans

These short-term loans rarely are — so they’re great business for lenders, but not for consumers.

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

Ritholtz: Admitting my 2014 mistakes

If a columnist writes about other people’s financial errors, he has to admit his own. Mea culpa.

Allan Sloan

Allan Sloan

The Dow we know and love, but don’t really use

Despite is high profile, the famous stock average isn’t useful as an investment tool.

Warren Brown

Warren Brown

On Wheels: 2015 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon, a fuel’s errand

Warren Brown sees an excellent little diesel Bimmer. But the price is a real bummer.

Market News

Stocks close with slight gains, but still end the week lower

Stocks close with slight gains, but still end the week lower

A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday.

Wonkblog

Are you sure you need those peanuts? Room service costs in 15 U.S. cities

Are you sure you need those peanuts? Room service costs in 15 U.S. cities

According to TripAdvisor data, a package of peanuts will set you back $12.80 at your hotel room in Boston.

No, inequality actually doesn’t help everyone

No, inequality actually doesn’t help everyone

Not all inequality is created equal. Some of it really does benefit everybody, but a lot of it only benefits everybody in the top 1 percent.

Why it’s not enough for fast food companies to “give consumers what they want”

Why it’s not enough for fast food companies to “give consumers what they want”

How can what people want suffice when what people want simply ends up marginalizing you?

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On Leadership

Testing, testing. Who’s happy at work? An interview with Google’s Laszlo Bock

Testing, testing. Who’s happy at work? An interview with Google’s Laszlo Bock

At Google, Laszlo Bock’s team has examined questions like: What’s the ideal number of interviewers needed to assess a job candidate?

What makes good government leaders

What makes good government leaders

Being in a position of authority doesn’t mean you’re a leader.

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Get There

Don’t wait to save for retirement

Don’t wait to save for retirement

Put it off in your 20s and you’ll pay handsomely to make up the savings for the rest of your life.

The case for not paying off your mortgage by retirement

The case for not paying off your mortgage by retirement

Being debt free doesn’t beat having cash in the bank, one financial adviser argues.

The Switch

Jury rejects Silicon Valley ‘boys’ club’ bias suit

Jury rejects Silicon Valley ‘boys’ club’ bias suit

A San Francisco jury found that the prestigious firm did not discriminate against the former junior partner.

Someone hijacked the Google of China to attack anti-censorship tools

Someone hijacked the Google of China to attack anti-censorship tools

Baidu’s Web tools apparently were used to attack methods for skirting online censorship in China.

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