Economists predict good news will flow from economic reports this week
MarketWatch: Economists are looking a few days into the future and predicting positive reports on the health of the economy from a range of data that will be released in the next few days. Among the highlights, they say, are a continued pickup in manufacturing that will boost hiring next year, more gains in housing and a rebound in consumer confidence.
Friends in the end? The top business spats of 2013
CNNMoney: This year has been one of contentious deals, big tech smack-talking, and investor name-calling. Here is a look at the top business feuds.
Households on wrong side of income gap are running out of options for extra income
Bloomberg: Rising income inequality is starting to hit home for many American households as they run short of places to reach for a few extra bucks. As the gap between the rich and poor widened over the last three decades, families at the bottom found ways to deal with the squeeze on earnings. Housewives joined the workforce. Husbands took second jobs and labored longer hours. Homeowners tapped into the rising value of their properties to borrow money to spend. Those strategies finally may have run their course.