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Is It Time to Break Up Google?

By JONATHAN TAPLINAPRIL 22, 2017

In just 10 years, the world’s five largest companies by market capitalization have all changed, save for one: Microsoft. Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Citigroup and Shell Oil are out and Apple, Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon and Facebook have taken their place.

They’re all tech companies, and each dominates its […]

By |April 23rd, 2017|business and finance|1 Comment

Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Shuttering at a Record Pace

Years of overbuilding and the rise of online shopping have come to a head; malls as ‘energy suckers’

By Suzanne Kapner
April 21, 2017 7:53 p.m. ET

American retailers are closing stores at a record pace this year as they feel the fallout from decades of overbuilding and the rise of online shopping.

Just this past week, women’s apparel […]

By |April 22nd, 2017|business and finance|5 Comments

The Financial Planning Association of New Jersey Spring Conference will feature nationally-recognized business journalist Ron Insana

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How has a Trump Presidency affected the markets, financial planning and your bottom line?

April 21,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

East Rutherford NJ, The Financial Planning Association of New Jersey (FPANJ) will host it’s Spring Conference, on Thursday, May 4. the theme is “Navigating the Winds of Change: The DOL, the Fed, and Washington,” and […]

By |April 22nd, 2017|business and finance|0 Comments

Former U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett Tapped to lead U.S. Export-Import Bank

April 15,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

President Donald Trump said Friday he would nominate former U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, who had supported closing the U.S. Export-Import Bank, to head the credit agency. Garrett’s fight against the agency was well documented on this blog. Garrett’s considered the agency’s action nothing tantamount to corporate welfare.

Mr. Garrett voted […]

By |April 15th, 2017|business and finance|1 Comment

The number of reluctant part-time workers is still higher than before the Great Recession

Published: Apr 9, 2017 12:57 p.m. ET

Millions of Americans don’t want to work part-time.

The U.S. economy added just 98,000 jobs in March, the smallest gain in nearly a year, after adding more than 200,000 jobs in January and February. Economists predicted that the number of jobs created in March would hit 180,000, so the actual […]

By |April 9th, 2017|business and finance|0 Comments

3 Reasons Your Small Business Should Offer An Employee-Retirement Plan

April 8,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Small business owners probably think they have enough headaches already, what with meeting payroll, dealing with government regulations and pleasing customers.

Setting up a retirement plan for their employees is just extra red tape – and possibly expense – they can do without.

But creating such a plan is […]

By |April 8th, 2017|business and finance|0 Comments

Manufacturers’ Optimism Hits 20-Year High in NAM Survey

As Manufacturers Meet President Trump to Talk Regulations, Taxes and Infrastructure, Industry Is More Confident in Improving Business Climate

by Jennifer Drogus
March 31, 2017

Washington, D.C., Fresh off the heels of the third straight month of manufacturing job growth, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today released the first Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey since President Donald Trump took […]

By |April 1st, 2017|business and finance|0 Comments

Extreme couponing helps Virginia woman feed the hungry

THOMAS BARLAS Staff Writer

Lauren Puryear literally took her quest to feed the hungry to the extreme.

The thousands of coupons she has clipped, along with others donated to her cause, are paying off, primarily in urban centers in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Coupons have helped the 29-year-old Virginia resident and New Jersey native from Union County put […]

By |March 27th, 2017|business and finance|0 Comments

Pricey N.J. college gets stung by credit agency junk rating

By Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on March 20, 2017 at 2:13 PM, updated March 20, 2017 at 4:30 PM

MADISON — New Jersey’s second-most expensive college has been losing money and faces a difficult path to regaining financial stability, according to a Wall Street credit rating agency.

Moody’s Investors Service on Friday downgraded Drew […]

By |March 21st, 2017|business and finance|1 Comment

Big Bird Is Rich, So Why Does He Need Taxpayer Money?

As night follows day, defenders of big government trotted out “Sesame Street’s” Big Bird as the poster child of President Trump’s terrible spending cuts.

The Daily Beast story on Trump’s budget proposal to cut taxpayer funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting features an ax-wielding man about to chop Big Bird’s head off. Politico has a […]

By |March 19th, 2017|business and finance|0 Comments