Using quantifiable measures called factors to identify promising investments has exploded. But it’s not for amateurs.

  • Nir Kaissar and Noah Smith | Bloomberg
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To keep up with ravenous demand from Prime subscribers, the company is offloading the costs and risks to mom-and-pop delivery startups. 

  • Spencer Soper and Thomas Black | Bloomberg
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New York legislators are pledging to change laws that have allowed predatory lenders to use the state court system to seize the assets of thousands of small businesses across the country.

  • Zachary R. Mider and Zeke Faux | Bloomberg
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Apollo Global Management LLC and Ares Management LP are among private equity titans that scored a victory earlier this year when they persuaded Congress to let lending companies they control ramp up risk.

  • Elizabeth Dexheimer | Bloomberg
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Welcome to Tuesday, Americas. Here’s the latest news and analysis from Bloomberg Economics to help get your day started:

  • Zoe Schneeweiss | Bloomberg
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Constellation Brands Inc., maker of Corona beer for the U.S. and Svedka vodka, will invest $100 million in female-founded alcoholic beverage companies over the next 10 years in an effort to support women in the male-dominated liquor and beer industry.

  • Jordyn Holman | Bloomberg
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Two U.S. senators are seeking to outlaw a legal tactic that predatory lenders have frequently used to seize money from small businesses.

  • Zeke Faux and Zachary R. Mider | Bloomberg
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Companies added fewer workers than forecast to U.S. payrolls in November, though the pace of gains remained relatively healthy.

  • Katia Dmitrieva | Bloomberg
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office is “looking into” the city marshal program, and one marshal’s reappointment is on hold, a spokeswoman said.

  • Zachary R. Mider and Zeke Faux | Bloomberg
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Bank of Montreal has long seen its U.S. loan growth slanted more toward businesses than individual consumers, a focus that helped the lender post record earnings in its fiscal fourth quarter.

  • Doug Alexander | Bloomberg
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New York’s attorney general has opened an investigation into potential abuses by finance firms that offer quick money to small businesses nationwide, according to a person familiar with the probe.

  • Zeke Faux and Zachary R. Mider | Bloomberg
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After a global controversy over a Chinese scientist’s surprise claims that he’d edited the DNA of human embryos, U.S. regulators blessed a small company’s quest to use the same genetic technology in a new medicine.

  • Rebecca Spalding | Bloomberg
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“My job is to make it look effortless, to look like it’s the most fun ever and it’s never a job. But it is a job.” 

  • Aki Ito | Bloomberg
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Subscribe to Bloomberg Benchmark on Apple PodcastsSubscribe to Bloomberg Benchmark on Pocket CastsMost U.S. economic data, such as jobs and consumer spending, is based not on actual data, but on surveys of Americans and businesses. What if you could look at every single purchase that people make, or peek at the bank accounts of every small business? The JPMorgan Chase Institute is trying to do just that -- using the bank’s vast customer data -- and sniff out trends in the economy that are invisi

  • Scott Lanman and Daniel Moss | Bloomberg
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Amazon saw its biggest shopping day in history on Cyber Monday, with the most products ordered worldwide than any other day.

  • Polina Noskova | Bloomberg
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The Black Friday frenzy is over -- sort of.

  • Claire Boston | Bloomberg
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Lowe’s Cos. continued to revamp its operations under new Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison, saying it will exit about a dozen stores in Mexico and two small business units. These moves came as it reported a sluggish third quarter and cut its annual forecast.

  • Matt Townsend | Bloomberg
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It’s that rules are for other people, not the Trumps, a principle that the first daughter has hewed to in her business career.

  • Timothy L. O'Brien | Bloomberg
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s $250 billion economic battle with China has run into a one-man obstacle. A trade-war whisperer working for the other side.

  • Daniela Wei | Bloomberg
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s $250 billion economic battle with China has run into a one-man obstacle. A trade-war whisperer working for the other side.

  • Daniela Wei | Bloomberg
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