NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks gained ground early Monday as they came off their best week in 2015, but faded in the afternoon and sustained small losses for the day.
Technology stocks fell more than the rest of the market. Pfizer and Allergan slipped after announcing a deal to combine and create the world's largest drug company. GameStop skidded after reporting weak results.
4. Corporate America's problem: Falling profit, revenue - Friday, November 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate America has a profit problem. U.S company earnings are falling for the first time since 2009, when the economy was still reeling from the Great Recession.
The main culprit is the plunging price of oil, which has decimated earnings at big energy companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Mining companies have also taken a beating because of tumbling prices for gold, silver and copper.5. Best Buy reports weak 3Q sales, cautious outlook - Friday, November 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy shares plunged Thursday after reporting disappointing quarterly sales and a cautious outlook for the key holiday shopping season as it faces price pressures and tougher competition from online stores.6. Stocks march higher, ending their best week so far this year - Friday, November 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week of the year Friday as big gains by retailers and technology companies pushed major indexes higher.
Stocks faded as Friday wore on, but they still finished higher. The S&P 500 index climbed almost 3.3 percent this week. By just a hair, that was the biggest weekly gain for the index in 2015.
7. Stocks indexes mixed in midday trading; Square soars in IPO - Friday, November 13, 2015
U.S. stocks edged mostly lower in midday trading Thursday as traders weighed a mix of company earnings news. Health care stocks were among the biggest decliners after UnitedHealth Group cut its earnings forecast. Payments company Square soared in its market debut.8. Lower fuel prices spark Holiday travel jump - Friday, November 13, 2015
Americans might have more reasons to travel this holiday season as airfare trends continue to work in favor of the consumer.
Jet fuel prices have declined nearly 35 percent this year, and airfares this summer saw the biggest fare decline in 20 years, leading to projections that the end of the year would continue to see those falling prices.9. Teaching the ABCs of money management - Friday, November 06, 2015
There’s a little jingle in your pocket, and you can’t wait to spend it.
So what will you buy? Will you purchase candy or a toy? Is there enough for a present for Mom or Grandma? Or, after you read “M is for Money” An Economics Alphabet” by Debbie & Michael Shoulders, illustrated by Marty Kelley and learn a little more, will you put the jingle in your bank?10. Consolidation of state’s newspapers bad for taxpayers - Friday, November 06, 2015
The federal government isn’t likely to descend on Tennessee with trust-busting vengeance once three of the state’s four largest newspapers are owned by the same company.
Newspapers are too far down a virtual slippery slope of monopolism to retrieve from the hands of Gannett, which recently announced it plans to pay $280 million for Journal Media Group, the owner of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and Knoxville News Sentinel.11. Nissan, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford post big October sales gains; record year in sight - Friday, October 30, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. is speeding toward what could be a record year for auto sales.
Sales of new cars and trucks rose by double-digit percentages at most major automakers in October, and companies are raising their expectations for the rest of the year. Ford now expects total U.S. sales of 17.4 million this year, just topping the record of 17.35 million from 2001.
12. Time Warner Cable plans for TV on the Internet - Friday, October 30, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Hate your cable box? In a few weeks, Time Warner Cable is going to start testing in New York City a cable service that doesn't need one and is delivered over their customers' home Internet.13. Events - Friday, October 30, 2015
Moving Forward Speaker Series: Getting Transportation Right - People and Communities Matter. Featured speaker is Beverly Scott, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates, LLC. Scott, a Fisk alumna, whose career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades and includes four appointments as general manager/CEO of the transportation agencies in Massachusetts, Atlanta, Sacramento and Rhode Island, will highlight the role of transportation in achieving local and regional goals and share her insight on what it takes to gain and sustain public support for increased investment in transportation. Thursday, 4:30-5 p.m. registration and networking, 5-6 p.m. program. Fisk University, Jubilee Hall, Appleton Room, 1000 17th Avenue, North, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615-743-311014. Real estate sales boom continues but it’s still not 2006 - Friday, October 23, 2015
Real estate sales were up 10.3 percent for September compared to September 2014, Greater Nashville Association of Realtors (GNAR) numbers show, and year-to-date sales are up 13.3 percent over the same period last year with 28,252 closings.15. Tennessee universities embrace online courses - Friday, October 23, 2015
When MOOCs (massive open online courses) hit the Internet three years ago, they promised to bring the resources of the world’s top universities to the furthest corners of the globe – at least those with Internet access.16. Oprah Winfrey goes on diet, gains Weight Watchers deal - Friday, October 16, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is going on a diet again, but this time she stands to gain a lot of money from her efforts.
Weight Watchers said Monday that it signed a five-year deal with the former talk show host. Winfrey, a co-owner of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, is paying about $43.2 million for a 10 percent stake in the weight loss company.
17. Nature vs. nurture: What’s more important in sales - Friday, October 16, 2015
Is greatness born, or is it made? While sales skills can be taught, the learning curve is shorter for candidates with two key character traits: empathy and drive.
The best believe they are fulfilling need, not just pushing a product. They have an ability to identify a prospect’s needs by asking probing questions, connecting emotionally with the prospect while they explain how their products or services can uniquely solve the prospect’s problem.18. US stocks edge higher after a big week; Oil slumps - Friday, October 09, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing higher as traders look ahead to a busy week for corporate earnings.
The subdued trading Monday followed the best week for the market this year.
19. Angus Deaton wins Nobel economics prize for work on poverty - Friday, October 09, 2015
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Angus Deaton of Princeton University won the Nobel prize in economics Monday for improving understanding of poverty and how people in poor countries respond to changes in economic policy.20. Customer-friendly upgrades for gov't health insurance site - Friday, October 02, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's health insurance website is getting long-awaited upgrades that should help consumers find out whether their doctors and medications are covered, and get a better estimate of costs.21. Target to match online prices with online rivals - Friday, September 25, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Starting Thursday, Target will now match its online prices with more than two dozen online competitors including Amazon.com and Walmart.com.22. Events - Friday, September 25, 2015
Real Estate Investors Network. Davidson County Lunch. Join active, experienced investors to discuss deals you’d like to sell or buy, as well as discuss real estate trends and topics of interest with seasoned pros. Today, 11:15 a.m., Anatolia’s Restaurant, 48 White Bridge Rd, Nashville. Information: www.rein.org. Additional October opportunities:23. From Banner to bankruptcy - Friday, September 25, 2015
More than 17 years after the Nashville Banner ceased publication, another chapter in the story – perhaps the last – has been written in Winchester’s Eastern District bankruptcy court with the final disposition of Irby C. Simpkins Jr.’s Chapter 7 case.24. Early bird Pendley gets the best produce - Friday, September 18, 2015
Chef Edgar Pendley says he burns “a lot of diesel making sure we got good produce” for the folks in the 12South neighborhood, as well as those who may stop to purchase tomatoes, sweet corn, okra and even his own homemade bacon and sausage on their way home from work.25. GM will pay $900 million over ignition switch scandal - Friday, September 18, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors agreed to pay $900 million to fend off criminal prosecution over the deadly ignition-switch scandal, striking a deal that brought criticism down on the Justice Department for not bringing charges against individual employees.26. GM will pay $900 million over ignition switch scandal - Friday, September 11, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors agreed to pay $900 million to fend off criminal prosecution over the deadly ignition-switch scandal, striking a deal that brought criticism down on the Justice Department for not bringing charges against individual employees.27. King of Beers: Makers of Budweiser, Miller eye global merger - Friday, September 11, 2015
LONDON (AP) — The makers of Budweiser aren't satisfied with being the kings of beer. They want an empire.
Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewing company and the owner of Budweiser, announced Wednesday it wants to buy SABMiller, the second-largest brewer — and the maker of long-time rival brand Miller Genuine Draft.28. 6 ways to gauge if your business is built to last - Friday, September 18, 2015
Perhaps Benjamin Franklin summarized a major business challenge best: “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
Change is constant.
The reality of running a business, or advising those who do, is that the targets always move – sometimes quickly, sometimes more subtly.29. Fun not fuel-saving focus in Las Vegas debut of Toyota Prius - Friday, September 04, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Where does a practical car like the Toyota Prius go to reinvent itself? The same place many people go to let loose and have fun: Las Vegas.
Brightly-lit displays on a Las Vegas Strip rooftop-turned-nightclub reminded the gathered crowd of executives, car dealers and automotive journalists on Tuesday night that the Prius could be modern, sleek and edgy.30. Investors are fleeing once-popular emerging markets - Friday, August 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — If you think investors in U.S. stocks have had it rough, consider the hapless folks who followed Wall Street's advice to buy emerging-market stocks.
The MSCI Emerging Markets index has lost 25 percent over the past year, while the most widely held U.S. fund, the Vanguard Total Stock Market index, is down less than 1 percent.
31. Average US rate on 30-year mortgage drops to 3.84 percent - Friday, August 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped this week to their lowest levels since May, in a week marked by turmoil in global markets that was stoked by economic developments in China.32. China probing brokers, regulators for possible stock crimes - Friday, August 21, 2015
BEIJING (AP) — Employees of one of China's biggest securities firms and one current and one former employee of its market regulator are under investigation on suspicion of illegal stock trading, state media reported Wednesday, amid the collapse of a stock price boom.33. US stocks rebound to log best day in 4 years - Friday, August 21, 2015
The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances.34. US stocks extend losses as early rally fades - Friday, August 21, 2015
A rally in U.S. stocks evaporated in the minutes before the closing bell Tuesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points and extending Wall Street's losing streak to six days.35. AP survey: Dimmer outlook for US economy, wages and hiring - Friday, August 21, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the economy's fitful and sluggish six-year recovery from the Great Recession, analysts have foreseen a sunnier future: Growth would pick up in six months, or in a year.36. Opportunity knocks homeowners for loop - Friday, August 21, 2015
“We buy Ugly Houses” and “We will pay cash for your home” signs are proliferating some neighborhoods again.
I have never met a builder who constructed an ugly home. Just as parents love their children, builders love their homes. And as Ray Stevens sang in the early 1970s and continues to sing even today, “Everything is beautiful in its own way.”37. Affordable homes in an unaffordable market - Friday, August 21, 2015
The gold rush of residential development throughout Middle Tennessee conceals what some in the region say is a growing crisis in affordable housing.
New homes and condos come on to the market every day, and even more are under construction or still in the planning stage, but those homes are often on the higher end of the price scale.38. Lexus GS 350 is a practical, fun luxury sedan - Friday, August 14, 2015
Luxury car buyers who are driving enthusiasts with a practical streak should be sure to look at the 2015 Lexus GS.
The midsize luxury sedan has a starting retail price that’s thousands less than the popular 2015 BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and comes with more front and rear legroom than its two German competitors and a longer powertrain warranty. Better yet, Consumer Reports magazine lists the predicted reliability of the GS 350 as much better than average - another leg up on BMW and Mercedes.39. Raise gas tax or borrow? How to fund state's backlog of road projects - Friday, August 14, 2015
Tennessee has an $8 billion backlog of transportation projects and not enough funds to pay for them, largely because the state gas tax, which funds those projects, hasn’t been increased in 26 years.40. Restoring your online reputation is a task for experts. And it's expensive - Friday, August 14, 2015
As a property manager, Mark Hill is used to putting out fires. But when a disgruntled tenant took to the Internet to flame him and his business, Hill was the one calling for help.
“He was bound and determined to try to wreck us online,” Hill says of the angry tenant.41. US stocks jump as oil's bounce boosts energy stocks - Friday, August 07, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A resurgent energy sector and another big acquisition by Warren Buffett propelled the stock market to its best day in three months on Monday.
Energy stocks jumped, following the price of oil higher. Crude rebounded after dropping to its lowest level of the year in early trading. Industrial stocks also climbed sharply after Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy Precision Castparts, a maker of industrial components, for $32 billion.
42. Greatest restaurants in Nashville? Too many choices - Friday, August 07, 2015
Country music isn’t the only big draw in Nashville these days. The city is at the top of its food game and has become a popular destination for food lovers across the country.
But where do you go when you want to experience the best of the best?43. Best hotel rooms in Nashville – with or without helicopter - Friday, August 07, 2015
Tod Roadarmel, director of sales and marketing for the nearly 2-year-old Omni Hotel downtown, is awestruck by the vitality of Nashville’s hospitality industry. In town since 1988, he remembers when pre-Bridgestone Arena Broadway was not a place you’d want to be late at night.44. US auto sales strong in July; Nissan posts 8% increase - Friday, July 31, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — More Americans are buying cars that say "look at me." Luxury vehicles like Audis and Volvos drove off dealer lots at a furious pace in July and, combined with sizzling demand for SUVs, helped the auto industry roll on toward its best annual sales since before the recession. July sales rose 5 percent to more than 1.5 million, according to Autodata Corp.45. Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means - Friday, July 24, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.46. US stocks sink; S&P 500 index notches another losing week - Friday, July 24, 2015
The U.S. stock market capped a four-day losing streak with its biggest drop of the week.
Disappointing quarterly results and outlooks from several companies pulled the major stock indexes sharply lower on Friday. New signs pointing to a slowing of China's economy also added to investor jitters, bringing down the price of oil and other commodities.
47. Families face tough decisions as cost of elder care soars - Friday, July 17, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Doris Ranzman had followed the expert advice, planning ahead in case she wound up unable to care for herself one day. But when a nursing-home bill tops $14,000 a month, the best-laid plans get tossed aside.48. Congress' to-do list grows; misstep could mean govt shutdown - Friday, July 17, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' midsummer to-do list may take until Christmas to clear.
At the top are maintaining the flow of highway funding, easing automatic budget cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies, renewing tax breaks and raising the debt limit. A misstep at any of several points could trigger a partial government shutdown.49. As Amazon turns 20, a look at its biggest bets - Friday, July 17, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.
The company had an inauspicious start in July 1995 at the dawn of the Web as an online bookseller. It narrowly escaped the dot-com bust of 2000 to reinvent online retailing. And eventually, it morphed into the global e-commerce powerhouse it is today with $89 billion in annual revenue.50. As Amazon turns 20, a look at its biggest bets - Friday, July 10, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.
The company had an inauspicious start in July 1995 at the dawn of the Web as an online bookseller. It narrowly escaped the dot-com bust of 2000 to reinvent online retailing. And eventually, it morphed into the global e-commerce powerhouse it is today with $89 billion in annual revenue.
51. New tricks: How to change careers later in life - Friday, July 17, 2015
This week, a reader reached out to me with a question many people are facing.
“A friend is seeking to leave education after 13 years and re-enter business where she worked as a tech writer,” she states. “She teaches math and computer science and is incredibly detail-oriented, smart, concise and reliable.52. Shoppers disappointed in much-hyped 'Prime Day' sales - Friday, July 10, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Amazon aimed for Christmas in July with its much-hyped "Prime Day" sale. But some shoppers found a lump of coal instead.
The online retailer said Prime Day would offer bigger sales than those during the winter holiday shopping season. The goal was to boost $99 annual Prime loyalty program memberships during the sluggish summer months. The sale gained so much attention, other retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and Best Buy, had sales of their own.53. For VU’s Williams, it’s not all about game-day attendance - Friday, July 17, 2015
Vanderbilt, the smallest and only private school in the SEC, has always lagged the league in attendance.
The Commodores, even during the back-to-back 9-4 teams of 2012 (37,860) and ’13 (35,675), failed to fill the stadium (capacity (40,550).54. Earning the right to ask clients tough questions - Friday, July 10, 2015
The world’s best salespeople excel at asking engaging questions and actively listening to a prospect’s response without interruption.
They master the art of posing high-impact questions that generate insightful responses, which offer a glimpse into a prospect’s decision-making process, competitors also under consideration, the likelihood of purchase, or even the factors that will be weighed most heavily by decision makers.55. Nissan, SUVs among big winners in June US auto sales - Friday, June 26, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much.56. Survey: US businesses step up hiring in June to 237,000 - Friday, June 26, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added jobs at a robust pace in June, a private survey found, evidence that rising consumer spending and a healthy housing market are supporting more hiring.
Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 237,000 jobs last month, up from 203,000 in May. That is the most since December, according to the ADP's tally.
57. International economists release critical Puerto Rico report - Friday, June 26, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — International economists released a critical report on Puerto Rico's economy Monday on the heels of the governor's warning that the island can't pay its $72 billion public debt.58. Here's why home sales are finally surging - Friday, June 19, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Real estate has gotten hot again.
Home sales are on pace for their best year since 2007.
First-time buyers are streaming back into the market. Prices are skyrocketing, aided by a stronger job market and tantalizingly low mortgage rates that are creating pressure for buyers to act fast.59. Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dead at 95 - Friday, June 19, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Roberts, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95.60. Hops growers rush to meet rising demand from craft brewers - Friday, June 12, 2015
MOXEE, Wash. (AP) — These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.61. Playing big outdoor stadiums costly, risky - Friday, June 12, 2015
Tickets still are available from most on-line brokers for The Stones' ZIP Code Tour stop in Nashville.
And while the band should reasonably fill the LP Field, it is not without risk that they’re playing stadiums this time around, according to Gary Bongiovanni, editor of Pollstar, a trade publication that covers the international concert business.62. CMA Fest a blast for artists, merchants - Friday, June 05, 2015
The Glimmer Twins wannabe in the white cowboy hat and the 21-year-old blonde who has worked her tail off to climb from the audience to one of the main stages at CMA Music Festival display different but genuine levels of excitement about Music City’s biggest week.63. A biz-altering essential: Repeatable sales process - Friday, May 22, 2015
The old adage, “nothing happens until a sale is made” couldn’t be truer.
And for many a start-up, identifying a predictable, repeatable sales process that ensures needed sales targets are always met can seem like the Holy Grail – enticing but ever elusive.64. Acura MDX surpassing German SUVs in US sales - Friday, May 22, 2015
More Americans are choosing Acura’s MDX mid-size, luxury sport utility vehicle this year than the competing crossover SUVs from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.
The 2016 MDX is a bargain, with a base price at least $5,440 less than the German brands. Plus, unlike the 2015 BMW X5 and 2015 Mercedes ML350, the base MDX comes standard with leather-covered seats.65. Renters appear more satisfied in many pricey US cities - Friday, May 15, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — High rents are worth it. At least that's the sentiment of apartment dwellers in New York, San Francisco and Washington, who say they're more satisfied living in those cities than do renters in far more affordable areas such as Milwaukee, Albuquerque and Detroit.66. US stock indexes edge higher as energy stocks gain - Friday, May 15, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Thursday as the price of oil climbed, boosting energy stocks. Among individual stocks, Salesforce.com and Best Buy were among the biggest gainers after reporting earnings that exceeded the forecasts of Wall Street analysts.67. Lexus’ flagship LS460: Is it a car or a haven? - Friday, May 15, 2015
It’s misleading to call the 2015 Lexus LS 460 a car, or even a luxury sedan.
The quiet interior, silky smooth ride and roomy, upscale environment of this flagship Lexus make it more of a haven from the stresses of the day than an automobile. Heck, the LS 460 doesn’t even have to be moving for a driver and passenger to begin to feel tension dissipating.68. Small banks find ways to compete with giants - Friday, May 15, 2015
Nashville’s InsBank began 15 years ago, founded by a group of insurance agents. Originally, it was known as Insurors Bank of Tennessee, its target market was independent insurance agents in the state. But that has changed somewhat over the years as the bank has evolved from that particular niche.69. Got a dream? Launch it with help from crowdfunding - Friday, May 15, 2015
One friend helped Annie Klaver get into her corporate job, and 131 helped her get out. More specifically, 131 people pledged a total of $15,556 on Indiegogo, enabling Klaver to launch her new outdoor company, River Queen Voyages, this month.70. Vanderbilt poll: Majority support Insure Tennessee plan - Friday, May 08, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - An overwhelming majority of Tennesseans support Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's failed proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income residents, according to a new Vanderbilt University poll released Wednesday.71. US stocks jump the most since March following hiring gains - Friday, May 08, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market had its best day in two months Friday following encouraging news about the job market.
The surge was enough to push two of the three major indexes to gains for the week.
72. Car buyers think big in 1Q, boosting profit at GM - Friday, April 24, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Encouraged by lower gas prices, consumers in the U.S. spent big in the first quarter on vehicles that carry lots of passengers and cargo — and deliver hefty profit margins for General Motors.73. Truck, SUV profits push GM 1Q profit 8 times above year ago - Friday, April 17, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — First-quarter profit at General Motors rose nearly eight times above a year ago as U.S. consumers spent big on pickups and SUVs and the company didn't have to set aside a huge stack of money to pay for recalls.74. Your guide to trying on, ordering Apple Watch - Friday, April 03, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Buying an Apple Watch won't be as simple as walking into an Apple store and handing over your credit card.
The smartwatch is Apple's first new product category in five years and comes in 54 configurations — more than any other Apple gadget. So starting Friday, Apple stores will have staff trained to help you choose. You'll then have to place your order for shipping later. Even after the watch starts shipping on April 24, there's no walking in and walking out with a watch.75. Adapt or die: Keeping your business relevant - Friday, April 03, 2015
Why do so many great organizations struggle with change? After all, “the only thing that is constant is change,” according to Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and the sentiment couldn’t be truer today.76. Camry Hybrid: Great choice for a family sedan - Friday, April 03, 2015
The roomy, fuel-sipping Toyota Camry Hybrid family sedan gets better for 2015 with more appealing exterior styling, upgraded interior, improved ride and handling and quieter passenger cabin.
Coming just three years after the launch of the current generation Camry Hybrid, the changes are more than expected for a mid-cycle refresh of a mid-size sedan. They better position the Camry Hybrid against stylish-looking competitors such as the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans.77. High nursing home bills squeeze insurers, driving rates up - Friday, March 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy that will cover your expenses.
Now, there's a new problem: Even insurers think it's unaffordable.78. Toyota’s 2015 Sienna climbs to best-selling van - Friday, March 20, 2015
Toyota’s Sienna, the best-selling family van in the country this year, has refreshed styling, stiffened vehicle structure, more safety equipment and new features for 2015.
The Sienna’s new “Driver Easy Speak” feature helps parents be heard by children, or other passengers, in the second and third row of seats. It transmits the driver’s voice through the rear speakers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t reduce or mute the volume of the audio system at the same time.79. US stocks fall broadly a day after Nasdaq passes 5,000 mark - Friday, February 27, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell from record highs on Tuesday and the Nasdaq dropped below 5,000 a day after passing that milestone for the first time since the dot-com era 15 years ago.
The losses were modest but broad, with eight industry sectors in the Standard and Poor's 500 index falling. Higher oil prices helped oil drillers and other energy companies buck the trend. They eked out a 0.2 percent rise for the day.
80. Nasdaq closes above 5,000 for first time in 15 years - Friday, February 27, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The Nasdaq composite closed above 5,000 for the first time since its dot-com era peak nearly 15 years ago after merger news and an encouraging economic report helped push U.S. stocks broadly higher on Monday.81. Bid to block health exchange in Tennessee seen as 'overkill' - Friday, February 27, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - Some Republican lawmakers still reveling in the recent defeat of a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are now setting their sights on 230,000 people enrolled through the federal health insurance exchange.82. Best time to buy big-ticket items - Friday, February 20, 2015
You’ve got money to spend, but is it the right time to spend it? Here’s what the experts say.
A European vacation
Dana Moore, a principal with HMS Investment Advisors, says now is the time to pull the trigger if you’ve been dreaming of a trip overseas.83. Smyrna-made Nissan Rogue’s good reviews defy its name - Friday, February 13, 2015
Despite its name, there’s nothing too rogue about Nissan’s compact Rogue sport utility vehicle.
In fact, the five-door, 2015 Rogue is an easy runabout, with good people- and cargo-hauling capability and a not-too-big and not-too-small overall size.84. Nashville’s most romantic restaurants - Friday, February 06, 2015
Romance means something different for everyone, but most people can agree that if there is low lighting, soft music, a charming companion and something delicious to eat, you’ve already got the makings of one outstanding evening.85. Pay down that debt by investing in real estate - Friday, January 30, 2015
My father was born (1928) and raised in Franklin, when it was a sleepy little standalone hamlet unrelated to Nashville. In the mid-90s, I met him for lunch at the Shoney’s near I-65 off of Highway 96.86. Both sides dig in for Insure Tennessee special session - Friday, January 30, 2015
Battle lines have been drawn for a Feb. 2 special session of the state Legislature to determine the fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee proposal, which would use federal funds to catch some 280,000 working people falling through a health insurance coverage gap.87. American Airlines tops Street 4Q forecasts - Friday, January 23, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is logging record profits and rewarding shareholders just one year removed from bankruptcy court and a big merger.
The airline is getting a huge lift from cheaper fuel — savings could top $5 billion this year — and travel demand that shows no sign of weakening. CEO Doug Parker says 2015 is shaping up as another strong year.
88. OK, baby boomers: Time for some hard decisions - Friday, January 23, 2015
She works in her yard, maintains a garden, watches her diet and is waiting for her exercise group to get started at the FiftyForward Center in Madison.
Asked about long-term care insurance, Eva Mai Nelson says, “I’ve thought about it. I don’t think it’s worthwhile to buy at my age.” She’s 83.89. Belly up, baby! New Hampshire considers alcohol label change - Friday, January 16, 2015
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Babies and bottles normally get along just fine, unless a picture of that baby happens to be plastered to the front of a bottle of beer being sold in New Hampshire.
Currently, that bottle of Breakfast Stout crafted by Founders Brewery Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is illegal in the Granite State but legislation proposed this year would permit brewers to peddle their ales, stouts, porters and lagers even if the label shows images of minors.90. Litany of problems pushes Target into giving up on Canada - Friday, January 16, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,000 employees.
Target said it didn't see how it could stop losing money before at least 2021 on its first international expansion. The closing links Target with a series of other retailers who have learned the hard way that the northern border is tough to cross.91. Millennial challenge: Do I rent or do I own? - Friday, January 16, 2015
Mike Smalling is a mortgage loan originator with F&M Mortgage and is a lifer in mortgage lending. He recently penned a book entitled “Your Mortgage Matters,” and the work provides information for those new to home buying, as well as those that have bought and sold numerous homes.92. Government policy change aims to help first-time homebuyers - Friday, January 09, 2015
Uncle Sam wants to make it more affordable for Americans to buy their first home.
The recent policy changes affect government-backed home loans and could make it less costly for first-time buyers to come up with a down payment or to afford private mortgage insurance.93. GM's new electric could upstage Tesla — and its own Volt - Friday, January 09, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own.94. Who doesn’t need a 707-horsepower street car? - Friday, January 09, 2015
Want some attention and excitement in the new year? Try the newest Dodge Challenger - the one with a 707-horsepower, supercharged Hemi V-8 under the hood.
Popular Mechanics magazine calls the top-of-the-line, new-for 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat the “wildest muscle car Detroit (has) ever built” and named it “Best Muscle Car” for 2015.95. OK, it’s a great house! Can we please see it? - Friday, January 09, 2015
In Nashville real estate circles, it is difficult to say goodbye to 2014. We loved that 2014 and she was wonderful.
Missing her already, we hope she returns in 2015. But for the current trend to continue, Nashville is going to need some inventory.96. TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant - Friday, January 02, 2015
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.97. Strong dollar makes world travel cheaper for Americans - Friday, January 02, 2015
DALLAS (AP) — Trips in Europe or Asia should be cheaper for Americans this year.
Thank a stronger dollar.
Since the middle of last year, it has been gaining against the euro, the British pound, the Swiss franc, the Russian ruble, the Indian rupee, the Japanese yen and other currencies.98. Nissan sets record as auto sales finish strong 2014 - Friday, January 02, 2015
DETROIT (AP) — Buoyed by a resurgent economy, holiday sales, cheap gasoline and a love affair with pickup trucks, Americans headed to car dealers in droves last month, pushing full-year sales to what's likely to be the highest level since 2006.99. Sector-by-sector breakdown of 2014's market moves - Friday, January 02, 2015
It was another great year for the stock market in 2014, but as is often the case the gains were not evenly distributed across industries.
Many investors just wanted to play it safe with high-yielding, low-volatility stocks like power companies. A collapse in the price of oil left energy stocks with the biggest loss in the Standard & Poor's 500 index. Airlines gained as their fuel costs dropped.100. Bull market for stocks keeps on going in 2014 - Friday, January 02, 2015
Stocks delivered again in 2014. Even after a poor start in January and wobbles in October and December, the U.S. market has climbed 13 percent and is ending the year close to record levels.
The solid gain has pushed the bull run for stocks into its sixth year, the longest such streak since the 1990s.