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  • California Inc.: The roads should be clear this holiday weekend (just kidding)

    California Inc.: The roads should be clear this holiday weekend (just kidding)

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. Good times in the Golden State: We learned Friday that California added 31,700 net jobs...

  • How to figure out the right time for retirement

    How to figure out the right time for retirement

    Dear Liz: I hear so much talk about waiting to collect Social Security. What are good reasons to start collecting Social Security at age 62? I recently retired from the military with a monthly retirement of $4,400. I plan to work a civilian job until I'm 62 (eight more years). I'm in fairly good...

  • Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

    Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

    President Trump’s top trade official has issued new objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — including some likely to irk Canada and Mexico, as well as the U.S. recording industry and other major business interests, as talks continue this weekend. There are few surprises...

  • Spirit Airlines turns to Disney to improve its customer service

    Spirit Airlines turns to Disney to improve its customer service

    Spirit Airlines, the ultra-low-cost carrier from Florida, has reported some of the biggest profit margins of any airline in the country because of its practice of charging passenger fees for a long menu of basic services. But the airline also has had the highest rate of complaints by passengers...

  • An HOA needs an attorney retainer agreement, but a good one requires negotiation

    Question: Every year, the board automatically renews the association attorney’s retainer agreement and deposit. Without reading it the directors sign and send him a check for $60,000. This year, I spoke up and told my fellow board members that we should not make the deposit and not sign the agreement...

  • California fines Anthem $5 million for failing to address consumer grievances

    California fines Anthem $5 million for failing to address consumer grievances

    California’s managed-care regulator has fined insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross $5 million for repeatedly failing to resolve consumer grievances in a timely manner. The state Department of Managed Health Care criticized Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, for systemic violations...

  • Senate tax bill ditches stock option change after outcry from tech start-ups

    Senate tax bill ditches stock option change after outcry from tech start-ups

    A revised Senate tax bill has ditched a change in the treatment of stock options after an outcry from technology start-ups. The original bill released last week proposed to tax stock options on the date they vest instead of when they are cashed in. Technology start-ups such as Hyperloop One, Airbnb,...

  • Stocks decline for a second straight day, and oil prices fall

    Stocks decline for a second straight day, and oil prices fall

    Technology companies led U.S. stocks lower Wednesday, giving the market its biggest loss since early September. Grocery stores and packaged foods and beverage companies also accounted for much of the decline. Energy stocks fell as the price of crude oil slipped further the day after its biggest...

  • Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

    Some GOP senators raising doubts about revised Republican tax overhaul

    A gambit by Senate Republicans to make a large corporate tax cut permanent by having benefits for individuals expire at the end of 2025 created new problems for the legislation Wednesday as lawmakers were still grappling with the controversial decision to add the repeal of a key Obamacare provision....

  • Richard Cordray is resigning as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

    Richard Cordray is resigning as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

    The nation’s top consumer financial watchdog will step down this month, sparking concern from advocacy groups — and relief from financial firms — that the federal agency he has led since 2012 will soon be much friendlier to the industry it polices. Richard Cordray announced his impending resignation...

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  • Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    The holidays are known as the most wonderful time of the year, but they're also a great opportunity for reflection, particularly in a business setting. This is the time of year when you can look back on the last 12 months and appreciate everyone who helped make the year a success for your business....

  • Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    In business, dreams are easy. Finding the money to make them happen, however, can be difficult. Even established, successful businesses can get turned away for loans at banks. This was the case for Sole Bicycles, a popular maker of stylish, high-performance bikes based in Venice Beach, California....

  • 5 big changes for today's small businesses

    5 big changes for today's small businesses

    A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their reward...

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