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Takata’s Air-Bag Crisis May Spur Maintenance Changes in Japan

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tokyo — Takata Corp.’s air-bag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices. Drivers may need to start having chemicals in their air bags swapped out because of degradation over time, said Fumihiko Ike, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and Honda. The discussions among carmakers follow recalls of …

Study: Knowledge About Retirement Is Shaky

Sunday, December 21, 2014

When are reverse mortgages due? What triggers early withdrawal penalties? What exactly is covered by Medicare, again? Retirement planning is hard, and most people struggle to understand the fundamentals, according to a new report by the American College of Financial Services, a nonprofit that educates financial advisers. Only 20 percent of people in or near retirement who were surveyed by the group passed …

At the Hospitals: Dec. 21, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

APD Names Associate VP For Information Services Lebanon — Kristen Kneisel was recently appointed associate vice president for information services at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. Kneisel served most recently as the interim director and project manager for information services at the hospital. Her experience in information systems and healthcare include working with …

Money Talk: Credit Mix Can Help Troubled Scores

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Question: I am working on paying my bad debt from the past to rebuild my scores. I have one credit card that I pay in full every month, but no installment loan. I recently was given the opportunity to take a car loan with monthly payments I could …

He’s Making a List: Tuck Professor Highlights Best, Worst CEOs of the Year

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hanover — What do Dick Costolo of Twitter, Eddie Lampert of Sears Holdings, Philip Clarke of Tesco, Dov Charney of American Apparel and Ricardo Salgado of Banco Espirito Santo, have in common? They’re all corporate chieftains, right? Well, …

Consumer Confidential: Firms’ Don’t-Call-Us Policies Speak Volumes

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Expecting a company to actually speak with its customers is so 20th century. Call me old school when it comes to customer service. I believe that when you treat people fairly and respectfully, they’ll keep bringing you their business. That means reasonable prices and high-quality products. It also …

O.J. Drinkers On the Decline

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Orange juice remains the nation’s most popular fruit beverage. The problem is many Americans just don’t drink it anymore. Annual consumption for a juice that became a U.S. breakfast staple after World War II is now the lowest in at least 18 years. While smaller orange crops in …

Compromises Make It a Nice Ride

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The 2015 Audi A3 Prestige 2.0 TDI sedan is a ceremony of contradictions — light, but strong and tightly hewn; small, but powerful when and where it counts; economical, but indisputably luxurious. Were it a politician, it would …

Audi A3 Prestige 2.0 Sedan

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bottom line: Audi has done one heck of a nice job here. I am tempted to complain about the price, well north of $40,000. But I can’t put my heart into that gripe. This is such a darned nice, common-sense, well-executed, well-equipped little car. Ride, acceleration and handling: …

Car Insurance Industry Shakeup

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Chicago — Car insurance industry, meet potential disrupters Google and Apple. Currently, nearly all mainstream insurers that offer driver-monitoring programs use relatively expensive devices that plug into a portal under the dashboard. Usage-based insurance programs, also called telematics, …

Winners, Losers, And Why

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Since 2010, Sydney Finkelstein, a leading academic on corporate leadership and strategy who teaches management at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, has researched and compiled a list of the five “worst” CEOs of the year. The list’s purpose is to show students how a CEO’s actions …

T-Mobile Agrees to Pay $90 Million To Settle ‘Cramming’ Allegations

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New York — T-Mobile USA agreed to pay $90 million to resolve federal and state claims that it charged consumers for extra services without authorization, a practice known as “cramming” that has become a target of regulators. The fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier, a Deutsche Telekom unit, was accused …

The Holiday Shipping News

Sunday, December 21, 2014

San Jose, Calif. — This week will be a 24/7, backbreaking, sleep-deprived haul for couriers such as FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the U.S. Postal Service, the last connections to deliver many much-anticipated Christmas gifts. And there …