October 25, 2013 The administration official put in charge of fixing the HealthCare.gov site says it will be running "smoothly" by the end of November.
October 24, 2013 With the federally run health insurance exchange at HealthCare.gov mired in technology problems, there's a lot of talk about how long people who need insurance can wait to buy it. Tardy purchasers face a potential tax penalty.
October 22, 2013 The 50-square-foot Coffee Haus from Briggo offers made-to-order espressos, cappuccinos and other specialty brews from direct-trade beans. Like any good neighborhood barista, it will even remember your favorite order.
October 22, 2013 The September jobs report showed a labor market moving forward, but at a slow pace. That may push the Federal Reserve to keep trying to stimulate the economy.
October 22, 2013 As the busy holiday shopping season looms, the giant retailer raised its minimum order from $25 to $35. The change took effect Monday, the company says.
October 19, 2013 The Web is full of sites promoting views that many find offensive — and often, those sites do business with credit card companies. Some advocacy groups are pressuring Visa and MasterCard to end those relationships, but others worry these campaigns will have a chilling effect on free speech online.
October 18, 2013 The federal shutdown had economists worried, but consumers have had something to smile about. Gasoline prices are the lowest in three years — under $3 a gallon in some places. Analysts credit greater supplies, lower demand, the easing of Middle East tensions and even a slow hurricane season.
October 17, 2013 Franchising is commonplace throughout the retail and service economy, whose pioneers included a former servant turned hair salon owner in the late 19th century. Such businesses are not for everyone, but Gary Robins, who owns dozens of Supercuts, says the setup has allowed him to grow more quickly than if he were on his own.
October 15, 2013 Tuesday is the deadline for taxpayers who requested an extension on their 2012 tax returns. With most of its staff currently furloughed, the Internal Revenue Service is not answering calls, issuing refunds or collecting audits. Even so, don't expect a filing reprieve; the midnight deadline is still in effect.
October 15, 2013 Banks use credit scores and similar metrics to assess creditworthiness. A company called Kabbage that lends working capital to small businesses does some of that but also relies on unconventional measures, using real-time data from things like UPS shipments, eBay, Facebook and Twitter.
October 14, 2013 Three economists won the Nobel for their work on the prices of stocks and other assets. Two of the winners have very different views about bubbles.