Business

Twitter Shares Tumble

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

San Francisco — The recent negativity shown toward many Internet companies hit Twitter hard Monday, as the social-media leader’s stock price fell to its lowest level ever ahead of its upcoming quarterly earnings report. Shortly after trading began, Twitter shares fell more than 5 percent, to $14.87, hitting their lowest point since the company went public in November 2013. The losses added to Twitter’s stock-price downfall, which has shaved more …

Agency Upgrades D-H Accreditation

Monday, February 8, 2016

Lebanon — An accreditation agency that monitors the quality of hospital residency programs for training doctors just out of medical school has upgraded the status of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, which sponsors 47 such programs, and of the hospital’s training program in surgery. The actions by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education upgraded the ratings of the hospital and its third largest …

Social Security Q&A: What Is Substantial Gainful Activity?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Question: What is substantial gainful activity? Answer: Social Security uses the term “substantial gainful activity,” or “SGA,” to describe a level of work activity and earnings. Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. If you earn more than a certain amount and are doing productive work, Social Security generally considers that you are …

Social Security Q&A: Explaining Different Disability Documents

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Question: What is the difference between the disability application and the disability report? Do I have to complete both? Answer: A disability application is a claim for Social Security disability benefits. A disability report provides information about your current physical or mental condition that is needed to process …

Some Funds Offer Stability, But at a Price

Sunday, January 31, 2016

New York — Freaked out by the stock market’s big swings? Then the investment industry has something it built just for you: funds that hope to offer a steadier ride. That sounds especially comforting after this year’s jarring …

People in Business: Jan. 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Alison Bruce, of East Corinth, has been promoted to senior vice president at Ledyard National Bank. Bruce celebrated her 16th anniversary with the bank last year. Her new title is an acknowledgement of how her role has expanded …

Business Notes: Jan. 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Norwich — The Bike Hub, which sold and repaired bicycles and related gear from its shop on Route 5 adjacent to Fogg’s Hardware and Building Supply, closed its doors on Jan. 23. Owner Bill McFadden posted the news on the store’s Facebook page, announcing “we will still be …

Developers Thinking Inside The Box — the Cargo Box

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Los Angeles — Slinging fresh juices and smoothies at two shops in Los Angeles, the owners of The Juice were initially skeptical when approached with an unusual proposition for a new location: a pop-up housed in a shipping …

Bee Business Beginning to Boom

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Janesville, Wis. — There’s a serious buzz surrounding bees these days, and at least one Wisconsin retailer is seeking to build some business out of it. Blain’s Farm and Fleet, based in this city about 60 miles southwest …

Consumer Confidential: When Collectors Call, Demand Proof of Your Debt

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Suzanne Husted went through a rough patch about a decade ago and had to take out a pair of $300 payday loans to get by. She said she paid each back within a couple of months. Now she’s getting calls from two different debt collectors insisting that $2,400 …

Rivier University Offers Job ‘Guarantee’

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Concord — A small Catholic university in southern New Hampshire is becoming the latest college to offer a money-back guarantee of sorts to its students. Rivier University, which has a total student population of about 2,600 in Nashua, …

Next Big Workplace Perk: College Debt Relief

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Minneapolis — A growing number of companies are dangling a recruitment perk that is tailor-made for the millennial generation: debt relief. Free snacks and gym memberships don’t hold the allure they once did for young people entering the working world. Buried under student loans of more than $29,000 …

Money Talk: Growth Requires Accepting Some Risk

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Question: What is the best way to protect my 401(k) now and in the future when I draw from it for retirement? What is the least risky place to “bank it”? I have a fear of a crashing stock market in the middle of my retirement years. Answer: …