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Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies

A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production is hammering major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad.

Small Business Saturday... Night?

Small Business Saturday... Night?

Small Business Administration hopes to help locally owned restaurants and bars cash in on the campaign.

Black Thursday brings out deal hunters

Black Thursday brings out deal hunters

The National Retail Federation expects the industry to see 4.1 percent sales growth during the holiday.

How Facebook plans to become one of the most powerful tools in politics

How Facebook plans to become one of the most powerful tools in politics

A look at the digital Godzilla’s campaign toolkit.

Pentagon imposes strict standards on security firms

Pentagon imposes strict standards on security firms

The effort gives the DOD the ability to more easily hold private security contractors accountable.

Black Friday cheat sheet: Your guide to retail’s big weekend

Black Friday cheat sheet: Your guide to retail’s big weekend

Here’s when the big sales are slated to kick off.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Saying no to a store credit account

How to get a game plan to avoid the temptation.

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

You just signed a
$325 million deal. Now what?

Giancarlo Stanton’s baseball deal isn’t as much as it sounds like, and he still needs to budget and plan ahead.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Doggett parking’s real dividend is in its Heroes charity

Washington nonprofit helps families of fallen police, firefighters move forward; it was Bud Doggett’s Way.

Market News

US stock market opens mixed as oil tumbles

U.S. stocks are opening mixed as tumbling oil prices weigh on energy shares but give a lift to airlines and delivery companies.

Wonkblog

Why couples move for a man’s job, but not a woman’s

Why couples move for a man’s job, but not a woman’s

A new study offers a different take on the “trailing spouse,” namely women who move to accommodate their husband’s career.

Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others.

Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates

And Jar Jar Binks is more popular than Congress.

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On Leadership

Great leadership books for your holiday shopping list

Great leadership books for your holiday shopping list

As the holidays begin, here’s a look at several new books that would make for professionally useful gifts.

Is dishonesty just part of the banking culture?

Is dishonesty just part of the banking culture?

New research suggests when bankers are reminded of their profession, they’re more likely to cheat.

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Get There

How to limit your chances of fraud during the holidays

How to limit your chances of fraud during the holidays

These steps will reduce your chances of paying for someone else’s shopping spree.

How and where you’ll spend your money on Black Friday, in charts

How and where you’ll spend your money on Black Friday, in charts

Remember when people used to elbow their way through crowds at sunrise to get the best deals? Those days are over.

The Switch

In 2014, the Internet added an entire United States to its user base

In 2014, the Internet added an entire United States to its user base

The caveat: even that growing global online population tends to look a lot like that of the United States -- relatively well-off, generally educated, and fairly young.

#HappyTracksgiving : How your travels are tracked this holiday season

#HappyTracksgiving : How your travels are tracked this holiday season

Traveling by train? air? hot air balloon? Someone is always watching you.

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