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American Business News for 19 Jan 2013

Where to Put All That Gold

Wall Street Journal - 19 Jan 2013 02:18
Investors who have loaded up on physical gold and other hard assets are encountering a problem: Where should they store the stuff? We look at the options.
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LOGO QUIZ: Can You IdentifyWe recently heard about an upscale British department store that has asked popular brands to create logos that exclude their names, thus reducing "visual clutter." This got us to thinking, are brand... names really necessary on a logo? Some brands, like Apple, are instantly recognizable from a simple image -- no words necessary. Other brands are completely reliant on the names in their logos. We've consulted the Logo Quiz game in the iTunes App Store to gather images of brands whose logos may be tricky to identify without the name of the company printed across it. Which channel is this? Discovery Channel Look familiar? See the rest of the story at Business Insider Please follow Advertising on Twitter and Facebook.
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IRA Donations Get a Break

Wall Street Journal - 19 Jan 2013 02:48
New rules reinstate tax treatment for gifts to charity.
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Water Could Be The World's Next Biggest Market

Business Insider - 19 Jan 2013 14:04
Water Could Be The World'sIn Uganda, a beer brewer is paying communities to protect wetlands in a bid to secure a steady supply of water for its businesses. In neighbouring Kenya, flower companies, ranchers and hotels are... giving farmers vouchers for seeds and tools in exchange for efforts to reduce farm runoff, which can damage irrigation systems and spoil landscapes. In China, a government-backed scheme is giving tens of thousands of people health insurance benefits in exchange for land management practices that could improve the quality of drinking water. The number of projects that pay communities - either cash or in-kind compensation, such as training or even land rights - to protect or revive water supplies has doubled over the past four years, according to analysts at Ecosystem Marketplace, an online portal...
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Money Funds Lose Luster

Wall Street Journal - 19 Jan 2013 01:56
Poor returns and looming rules spur interest in alternatives to money-market mutual funds. We weigh the options.
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AD OF THE DAY: This Is TheRussia-- home to some of the craziest advertising you'll ever see -- has now taught the world a lesson on how to advertise meat. This ad, for Cherkashin meats, shows people jumping off their sofas and... out of bath tubs in slow motion, with dramatic movie trailer-like music playing in the background, as if they were responding to some sort of emergency. What holy terror are these ordinary Russians reacting to? We won't spoil it for you. Here's the commercial, created by Voskhod: SEE ALSO: AD OF THE DAY: Listen To Your Heart -- Especially If Your Heart Is A Furry Monster On Your Sofa Please follow Advertising on Twitter and Facebook. Join the conversation about this story
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Boeing Closer to Answer onIt is possible that the Dreamliner's batteries were overcharged, but to lift a grounding order, Boeing must demonstrate that it can prevent similar episodes from happening.
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The 19 Richest New Members Of Congress

Business Insider - 19 Jan 2013 02:08
The 19 Richest New Members OfThe freshmen in the 113th Congress are, on average, wealthier than the incumbents. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the median net worth of the 94 incoming lawmakers at the end of 2011... was $1,066,515. But even among this wealthy group of people, there are several multi-millionaires. We've compiled a list of all of the incoming freshment who have an estimated average net worth greater than $5 million. 1. John Delaney (D-Md.) Net Worth: Between $46,886,140 and $231,164,999 How he earned it: In 1993, Delaney co-founded Health Care Financial Partners, a company that made loans to small healthcare service providers. The company was listed on the NYSE by 1998. In 2000, Delaney founded CapitalSource, a commercial lender in Maryland. That too is now listed on the NYSE. His average...
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Reconciliation

Washington Post - 19 Jan 2013 02:00
Ezra's hosting MSNBC's "The Last Word" tonight at 10 p.m. The cast of "The Wire," here's where they all are now. Not good: "A rough calculation of current rates of soil degradation suggests we have... about 60 years of topsoil left."
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LipoScience revives IPO plans

News Observer - 19 Jan 2013 00:17
Medical diagnostics company LipoScience is reviving its plans for an initial public offering of common stock but scaling back the amount of money it hopes to raise from investors. In...
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US Mint Runs Out of 2013 Silver Coin

ABC News - 19 Jan 2013 13:38
US Mint Runs Out of 2013The U.S. Mint has stopped selling its 2013 American Eagle silver bullion coins.
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The Dumbest Things People TrySome of the more outrageous items surrendered to TSA, during just one weekend at LAX.
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Jeffrey Sprecher's Improbable Path to Buying the N.Y.S.E.

The New York Times - 19 Jan 2013 23:51
Jeffrey Sprecher's ImprobableA bold deal by the owner of IntercontinentalExchange to acquire the New York Stock Exchange shows how technology is transforming the world's markets.
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Preoccupations: Matthew May,The author of "The Laws of Subtraction" says that success often comes from knowing what to leave out of a project or situation.
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Walmart Accused Of Scam For 2nd Year In A Row

The Huffington Post - 19 Jan 2013 23:37
Sure go ahead and regift that present your friend bought for you at Walmart, but whatever you do, don't return it. The world's largest retailer...
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The Federal Reserve's new, more aggressive monetary policy has opponents within the central bank, but they don't have history on their side.
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Obamas volunteer as inauguration weekend begins

Market Watch - 19 Jan 2013 23:32
A three-day weekend marking the start of U.S. President Barack Obama's second term as well as the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. got under way Saturday with a day of service by... volunteers around the country.
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Prototype: Milk & Honey, anTwo sisters with experience in the film and toy industries -- but not in the fashion or tech fields -- started an online company that lets customers design their own shoes.
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Letters: New Careers, After 50

The New York Times - 19 Jan 2013 23:05
Readers respond to "Over 50, and Under No Illusions" (Jan. 13).
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Letters: Fund Managers' Pay

The New York Times - 19 Jan 2013 23:05
A reader responds to "Funds Aren't Wielding Much Power Over Executive Pay" (Mutual Funds Report, Jan. 13).
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Letters: The Debt Ceiling and Beyond

The New York Times - 19 Jan 2013 23:05
Readers respond to "Above the Debt Ceiling, Boehner Might Find a Blue Sky" (Economic View, Jan. 13).
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Corner Office: Kon Leong of ZLKon Leong, the chief executive of ZL Technologies, an e-mail and file archiving company, says creativity comes from knowing how to reach outside of your own borders.
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Fair Game: A Fed Voice, AskingChopping the biggest banks into pieces would better protect the nation's taxpayers, says the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
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Strategies: The Gun Makers in Your Fund Portfolio

The New York Times - 19 Jan 2013 22:53
Strategies: The Gun Makers inWhatever their position on gun control, many investors own shares of firearms makers at least indirectly, through their mutual and exchange-traded funds.
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