The IMF Sees a New Great Depression, Americans Go From Blandly Affluent to Authentic Chic

 

Government and Economy

IMF Sees Parallels Between Today and the Great Depression

In spite the unprecedented steps already taken by central banks and governments across the globe, the International Monetary Fund is warning world leaders of "worrisome parallels" between the current global economic crisis and the Great Depression. Telegraph.co.uk

Is Bland Affluence Giving Way to Authenticity Chic?

Americans seem to be looking for simpler—and cheaper—ways to live. Columnist Peggy Noonan explores what may be a growing trend toward an easier way of life. WSJ.com

Management and Financial Issues

In-N-Out Burger: A Tale of Survival

In-N-Out Burger, a popular regional chain of hamburger joints, has been able to hold its own against industry giants like Burger King and McDonald's. Here is how they did it. BusinessWeek.com

Credit Woes Getting Personal for Some Entrepreneurs

There is no question that small business owners are facing credit problems like never before, but now the credit crunch is taking a toll on the personal finances of some. WSJ.com

Playing the Venture Capital Game

Even in tough economic times like today, venture capital money is available for startups with vision and a foolproof plan. Here is how to find it. CNNMoney.com

After the Bank Fails

Banks are failing and some small business owners are now facing foreclosure after their loans were bought by junk-loan buyers intent on collecting either the cash or the collateral. NYTimes.com

Technology Issues

Emerging From the Shadow of Twitter
Set aside Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook for just a moment and have a look at these social networking sites that are building audiences, winning over advertisers and may give the big boys a run for their money. ClickZ.com

Not Even a Mac Can Protect You Against Your Own Stupidity

Apple's Mac is certainly a very secure machine, but it cannot guard against the stupidity of its users, and that is the problem. ZDNet.com

Benefits and Labor Issues

Survey: Nearly Half of Defined-Benefit Plans Closed to New Participants

According to a new survey, 44% of the companies that have defined-benefit plans have closed their plans to new participants, and an additional 3% are planning to do the same within the next 18 months. Workforce.com

Sales and Marketing

B2B Sales: Is Your Website a Good Salesperson?
When you want to evaluate whether your business-to-business website is geared to your customers' needs, you should start with your sales team. ClickZ.com

Four Things to Know about Selling to Men in This Recession
When it comes to making purchases, men are known to be notorious risk-takers; but they are more hesitant to buy in this economy. That means that when it comes to men, it's time to change your sales approach. ManageSmarter.com

Build Your Brand

In tough economic times, having a strong brand is a lifesaver. Here are some suggestions on how you can achieve just that. BusinessManagementDaily.com