The Trump effect on small businesses

Alberto Guglielmi/Getty Images Lisa Hall has mixed feelings about Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election. The New York restaurant owner does not agree with all of his politics, but she feels squeezed by some burdens on her business and is optimistic Trump will help her and other small-business owners. Trump has vowed to lower…

Who needs polls? Cookies can pick winner

Gita Kulinitch Studio/Shutterstock.com Dying to know who will win the election? Look to the cookie. Each presidential election, Family Circle has asked the candidates’ spouses to share a cookie recipe. Family Circle publishes both recipes, and readers are asked to bake and vote. The cookie poll has correctly forecast the election five out of six…

The job market is still healing

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images This election season had enough October surprises, right? At least the jobs report for last month didn’t dump another one on us. The employment data that arrived on Friday was largely as expected: The jobless rate fell back to 4.9 percent, and hiring continued at a familiar pace, helping to remove further slack from…

Please tell us our pay is improving

© Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com With employers adding an average of nearly 180,000 jobs a month so far this year, we have every reason to believe that pace is continuing here in 2016’s closing act. The Labor Department on Friday releases the October employment report, which should show steady job creation even for an economy that’s…

6 things we learned from the debates

Drew Angerer-Win McNamee/Getty Images Congratulations, you’ve survived all 3 presidential debates. Through it all, you have witnessed character assassination, unseemly theatrics and more than a few tall tales. You may have even learned something along the way. Despite it all, when it comes to your money Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did, in fact, outline…

Clinton-Trump round 2 and consumers

Pool/Getty Images The second presidential debate had everything you were expecting, including discussion of the lewd language in the video that everyone was talking about over the weekend. But along with all the mature-audiences stuff, Clinton-Trump round 2 also offered occasional detours into economic, kitchen-table issues raised via questions submitted online and by undecided voters…

‘Sexism still exists.’ Yes, it’s 2016.

‘Sexism still exists.’ Yes, it’s 2016. John Wildgoose/Getty Images Chelsea Ross’ ability was recognized during her time as a server at a high-end restaurant. She earned the best tables and the best sections. But she felt she was held back from the ultimate position, a coveted bartender job that resulted in the most money, simply…

Market hits trifecta of all-time highs

Jordan Siemens-Getty Images The 3 major stock market indexes – the Dow Jones industrial average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite — all zoomed to record highs for Thursday’s closing bell. The last time the 3 indexes hit highs in concert was in 1999, also the last time the 17-year cicadas emerged in the…

Take that, Brexit! US hiring is solid

Don Mason/Getty Images The government’s employment report for July has come in looking better than bland. In fact, it’s somewhat reassuring, after the jolting swings in hiring seen in May and June. Job creation last month edged above this year’s trend, showing that fears of an immediate hit to the U.S. economy from the U.K.’s decision to…