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Top 100 Stories to Know for 19 Jan 2020 - Global

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UPS, FedEx Fees on HeavyFedEx and UPS are escalating their war on bulky items by levying a $24 fee on packages weighing more than 50 pounds.
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Wells Fargo Struggles With Aging Systems

Wall Street Journal - 11 Jan 2020 12:30
Banking giant Wells Fargo, known for its stagecoach logo, has struggled with modern technology, hampering important businesses and making it harder to satisfy regulators' demands.
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U.S. Pork Producers Didn't Bring Home the Bacon in 2019

Wall Street Journal - 8 Jan 2020 12:30
Hog farmers missed 'the opportunity of a lifetime' last year during the trade war with China.
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Some British Gas customersBritish Gas customers with prepayment meters have been left fuming after claiming they were not told about the supplier switching from Paypoint to Payzone terminals.
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Small Businesses Rush toThe growth of online lending has been a boon to hair salons, bakeries and other small businesses that don't qualify for bank credit. Yet this tech-enabled source of credit can mire some in debt they... can't repay, raising concern about inadequate regulation.
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Tech Startups Face NewThe discounts and freebies many tech startups have used to lure customers have fallen out of favor as investors lose patience with failure to turn a profit.
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Botched Predictions, StrifeDennis Muilenburg repeatedly assured directors the 737 MAX would fly again soon. Eventually the board grew alarmed that the job wasn't getting done. "His greatest weakness was his optimism."
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This KFC Ad Shockingly RevealsThe gifts are unwrapped, the gingerbread cookies eaten, the 'nog swilled. What follows is the inevitable post-Christmas letdown. No more surprises. Precious little excitement. If that scenario has... ever bummed you out, imagine what it must be like for Santa. He preps all year for this single day, and his whole identity is tied up...
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Drugmakers Test New Ways to Pay for Six-Figure Treatments

Wall Street Journal - 13 Jan 2020 12:35
Drugmakers Test New Ways toDrugmakers, facing increased resistance to high prices of many new drug therapies, are trying out new reimbursement models that depend on collecting more and better patient data.
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Banks try pooling resources to help defray AML costs

American Banker - 13 Jan 2020 04:00
A North Carolina group is trying to take regulators' cue to work together. A successful effort could encourage others to follow its lead.
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Two McDonald's Executives Allege Racial Discrimination

Wall Street Journal - 8 Jan 2020 02:05
Two McDonald's ExecutivesTwo African-American executives at McDonald's sued the company alleging racial discrimination and civil rights abuses, including actions overseen by current leaders.
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This Bloody Clever Dracula AdDracula, the gothic masterpiece from Bram Stoker, is the century-old gift that keeps on giving--not only to fans and content producers, but also to marketers looking for a juicy project to sink their... teeth into. Ad mavens in the U.K. have captured the essence of vampiric DNA and blended it with modern outdoor ad tech...
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Comerica CEO won't rule out acquisitions

American Banker - 3 Jan 2020 04:00
While his focus is on organic growth in Texas and California, Curt Farmer says he would consider a deal in those states if the right one comes along.
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Whether it's retirement or a down payment, New Year's is one of the best times to make a financial plan, behavioral economists say. Here are some of their tips and strategies.
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Juul Scales Back Overseas Expansion

Wall Street Journal - 16 Jan 2020 05:07
Juul Scales Back OverseasJuul Labs told staff this week it may exit the South Korean market and has postponed its planned launch in New Zealand, as the troubled e-cigarette company scales back its expansion outside the U.S.
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How to find common ground whenSometimes, workplace conflict seems insurmountable. Here’s how to get to a place of agreement. Polarization and conflict seem to be everywhere these days, and the workplace is no exception. When you... spend a great deal of time with colleagues and managers, chances are that some conflicts are going to arise. Whether it’s disagreement on the best course of action to solve a thorny project issue, or a bigger-picture conflict over the direction of the company, finding common ground can be a challenge. Read Full Story
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Have We Outgrown the Need for Affirmative Action?

The New Yorker - 13 Jan 2020 13:00
Have We Outgrown the Need forLouis Menand on the past and future of a long-embattled policy.
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Employers Are Swimming in Options for Training Workers

Wall Street Journal - 7 Jan 2020 12:30
Employers Are Swimming inCompanies are racing to offer emerging-skills training for employees. But with thousands of education options to choose from, it's not easy to discern worthwhile programs from those that are a waste... of money.
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Regulators worry insurers are underplaying the dangers of a product tied to the performance of the U.S. stock market
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Muni-Bond Shopping Spree Shows No Sign of Stopping

Wall Street Journal - 2 Jan 2020 16:10
Investors are heading into this year still eager for municipal bonds after a 2019 buying binge supercharged returns.
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Google's food orderingSundar Pichai's sudden hankering for a piece of the online food-ordering business has Wall Street predicting major indigestion for the industry.
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How Google Can Beat the Odds

Wall Street Journal - 26 Dec 2019 18:28
Over the last decade, Alphabet's stock has developed a distinctive pattern of doing well in odd years and poorly in even years.
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SEC wants to let small investors into big IPOs

New York Post - 26 Dec 2019 04:52
SEC wants to let smallWall Street's top watchdog wants mom-and-pop investors to grab a slice of the next Facebook before it goes public -- but critics fret that they'll fall prey to the next WeWork. Jay Clayton, chairman... of the Securities and Exchange Commission, unveiled a proposal last week to water down requirements for becoming an "accredited investor" who...
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New CEO Tim Wennes is counting on soon-to-launch digital offerings to boost consumer loans and deposits and playing up Santander's international reach in a bid to win over middle-market and corporate... clients.
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