Consumer optimism puts  U.S. economy on steady course

| Jan 31, 2015

Consumer optimism puts U.S. economy on steady course

There’s a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto ...

| Jan 29, 2015

Carmakers face rosy quarter as commodity prices slump

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are benefiting from a decline in the price of commodities like steel and rubber, which will make it cheaper to produce cars and give an extra boost to profits. Seven analysts who cover the industry said in ...

Austerity-battered Greeks favor radical left before vote

| Jan 24, 2015

Austerity-battered Greeks favor radical left before vote

The winds of political change are coursing through austerity-weary Greece, but a financial whirlwind may lurk round the corner. Opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s closely watched national election agree: The radical left opposition Syriza party, which has vowed to rewrite the terms of Greece’s ...

DPJ faces unity test over national security

| Jan 19, 2015

DPJ faces unity test over national security

Following the Democratic Party of Japan’s election of veteran member Katsuya Okada as leader on Sunday, the fractured group faces a real test of unity over national security. The internal election revealed wide gaps among candidates over key policies, including coming to the aid ...

What happened to the Swiss franc?

| Jan 17, 2015

What happened to the Swiss franc?

One of the world’s safest investments — the Swiss franc — has swung wildly this week after the central bank in Switzerland announced it would scrap its policy of limiting the rise of the currency. It may seem like an arcane move, but it’s ...

Sony Pictures had to draft new playbook on the fly

| Jan 11, 2015

Sony Pictures had to draft new playbook on the fly

by Tami Abdollaha

The network was crippled. Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a grim message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was dumped online, including ...