August 21, 2014

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National News

DealBook: Texas Car Lender Is Accused of Distortion in Subprime Inquiry

First Investors Financial Services Group is accused of giving credit reporting agencies flawed data about thousands of car buyers.






China’s Effort to Produce Natural Gas Falls Far Short

The nation, facing severe pollution from coal and a rising dependence on energy imports, has had limited success in extracting natural gas from coal and shale.






Bits Blog: Next for Virtual Reality: Video, Without the Games

The buzz around virtual reality is about how the technology can be used for games. But a new company called Jaunt, which just raised nearly $28 million, wants to use it to make films.






High & Low Finance: Regulators Struggle With Conflicts in Credit Ratings and Audits

Two industries with obvious conflicts of interest are having trouble adjusting to government regulation, and regulators are having trouble deciding what to do about them.






Blogs

THE ART OF SELLING

Attack of the Sales Staff

I recently visited a local store that employs what I would describe as the “swarm” tactic of sales. The moment that a customer or would-be customer walks through the door, there is a group of eager salespeople waiting to accompany them throughout their shopping experience....

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International Intelligence

While the adage, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do,” may still be true, business colleagues, clients, friends and associates should be treated with sensitivity whether they’re visiting this country or you’re in theirs. It’s always wise to do a little research and...

Meeting Mayhem

Meetings can be one of the most productive ways to conduct business. They also can waste valuable time and serve as a source of considerable frustration.  Whenever you bring a group of people together there’s always a good chance that at least one person in the room will cause...

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