May 1, 2015
Sungevity will offer devices from Sonnenbatterie to its customers wanting to store solar power. The race to put a battery in every basement has begun. Oakland solar company Sungevity said Wednesday that it will offer its customers a home battery system to store electricity from their rooftop solar arrays. Germany’s Sonnenbatterie will supply the batteries. The move comes one day before Tesla Motors is expected to unveil its long-...
May 1, 2015
Imagine yourself as a first-time homebuyer. You’re about to write the biggest check of your life for the down payment, not to mention taking on a monster loan. You have no idea who you can trust—from agent to lawyer to inspector—or what the process should be. And the list of—let’s face it—crappy experiences on the road to homeownership goes on. Must this meaningful life event be riddled with stress and...
May 1, 2015
Saturday’s Kentucky Derby already has one guaranteed winner: The company that hosts the storied race will earn about $83 million for a spectacle that lasts a little more than two minutes. Churchill Downs Inc. has seven casinos and tracks in the U.S., as well as its namesake property in Louisville. Yet the Run for the Roses will produce 30 percent of annual earnings, according to Cameron McKnight, a Wells Fargo Securities analyst. He...
April 29, 2015
House Republicans are pushing legislation to block predatory lending protections for American soldiers, under pressure from the banking lobby. GOP lawmakers tucked the deregulation item into the National Defense Authorization Act -- a major bill setting the military's funding, along with a number of other controversial terms on Guantanamo Bay and other issues. If the banking item is enacted, it would impose a one-year delay on new...
April 28, 2015
THE POSTMAN ONLY rang once. Curtis Green was at home, greeting the morning with 64 ounces of Coca-Cola and powdered mini doughnuts. Fingers frosted synthetic white, he was startled to hear someone at the door. It was 11 am, and surprise visits were uncommon at his modest house in Spanish Fork, Utah, a high-desert hamlet in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains. Green ambled over, adjusting his camouflage fanny pack. At 47 his body was already...
April 28, 2015
The $575bn industry that protects insurers from earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters risks a banking-style meltdown if it continues making “dangerous” changes to how it is structured, new research has found. After a three-year study of the reinsurance sector, a team of business school academics has found that some companies are now packaging together catastrophe risks in a similar way to the carving up of subprime...
April 25, 2015
  AmeriCares is responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal earlier today, causing buildings to collapse, setting off avalanches on Mount Everest and catapulting the region into chaos. The massive quake struck shortly beforenoon local time about 50 miles from Kathmandu and could be felt as far away as New Delhi. Nearly 1,000 people are reported to have died in Nepal and the death toll is quickly rising. Hospitals...
April 23, 2015
Veteran management guru Fred Kiel uses hard data to prove that soft factors like integrity, forgiveness, and compassion energize employees and customers — and deliver better returns. It’s rare to find a business book, let alone one on leadership, that is well researched, well documented, well written, convincing, credible, and imbued with a voice that one grows to both trust and admire. Fred Kiel’s 200-pager, Return on Character: The Real Reason...
April 23, 2015
Sure, the numbers bear out a huge drop in solar energy costs in recent years. But if there was any question that people other than environmentalists are beginning to view renewables as the likely energy standard of the future, action in the stock market this week should answer that. After announcing a new $1 billion fund to finance solar installations by commercial customers, SolarCity saw its stock price jump 4...
April 15, 2015
China’s economy grew in the first three months of 2015 at its slowest quarterly pace in six years, dragged down by an industrial slowdown and a weak housing market, the government announced Wednesday. Gross domestic product rose 7 percent from a year earlier, in line with economists’ forecasts. While the growth rate means China still ranks as one of the world’s fastest growing major economies, it marked the country’s slowest quarterly expansion...


Off the Wires

May 1, 2015
Saturday’s Kentucky Derby already has one guaranteed winner: The company that hosts the storied race will earn about $83 million for a...
April 28, 2015
The $575bn industry that protects insurers from earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters risks a banking-style meltdown if it continues making...
April 23, 2015
Sure, the numbers bear out a huge drop in solar energy costs in recent years. But if there was any question that people other than...
April 15, 2015
China’s economy grew in the first three months of 2015 at its slowest quarterly pace in six years, dragged down by an industrial slowdown and a weak...
April 12, 2015
Shareholders in the biggest US companies stand to receive a record $1tn in cash this year, as blue chips’ concerns over the global...

Value Blog

May 1, 2015
Sungevity will offer devices from Sonnenbatterie to its customers wanting to store solar power. The race to put a battery in every basement has...
May 1, 2015
Imagine yourself as a first-time homebuyer. You’re about to write the biggest check of your life for the down payment, not to mention taking...
April 29, 2015
House Republicans are pushing legislation to block predatory lending protections for American soldiers, under pressure from the banking lobby....
April 28, 2015
THE POSTMAN ONLY rang once. Curtis Green was at home, greeting the morning with 64 ounces of Coca-Cola and powdered mini doughnuts. Fingers frosted...
April 25, 2015
  AmeriCares is responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal earlier today, causing buildings to collapse, setting off...

Altruism Today

May 1, 2015
Scores of charities are providing assistance to help people devastated by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. But how can...
April 28, 2015
The commissioner informed team owners and members of Congress of the decision in letters dated Tuesday, saying he was eliminating a “...
April 23, 2015
The single father of five children works two jobs, including in the cafeteria of the US Senate, but still must rely on food stamps. Now he’s...
April 22, 2015
Source: Disability Scoop Persons with disabilities could and should be considered a population whose civil rights are, unfortunately,...
April 16, 2015
A new study suggests witnessing death, not just deployment or combat, raises soldiers' risk of suicide. The jury is still out on whether...

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