Not too long ago the prevailing corporate buzzword was „synergy.” Combine one business with another, eliminate redundancies, and watch the profits accumulate. Not all mergers would succeed, of course, but two heads would usually prove better than one, particularly at companies where revenue and innovation had stagnated. In 2011, however, a growing number of large companies are challenging the synergy gospel by spinning pieces of their business off into independent entities.

Even before Moammar Gadhafi’s death Thursday, the Treasury Department was already starting to thaw some $37 billion worth of frozen Libyan assets to make them available to the new government in Tripoli.

Brazil is one of the world’s hottest economies. But even it is feeling a need to cut interest rates in response to a slowdown in the developed world.

More than 2 million Americans received education tax credits in error last year, according to a watchdog report issued Thursday, at a total cost to taxpayers: $3.2 billion.

The most important fact to realize about the rash of popular protests around the world — Occupy Wall Street in the U.S., demonstrations in Greece, Spain, London, and elsewhere in Europe, violent uprisings in rural China, even the revolutions of the Arab Spring — is that they aren’t about money or inequality. If they were, they’d be easier to deal with. They’re about perceived injustice, which reflects a deeper, fiercer problem.

It’s under fire for backing now-bankrupt Solyndra, but the government has a long history of investing in cutting-edge technology. Without it, many products we can’t live without may not have been developed, such as…

A group of Senate Democrats sent a letter to a big job-hunting website this week, asking the company to quit running help-wanted ads from companies that bar the unemployed from applying for jobs.

The economy is losing steam across much of the nation, but is still growing and not in recession, according to the latest outlook from the Federal Reserve.

Inflation took a bigger bite out of consumers’ wallets in September as the 3.9% jump in prices over the last 12 months marked the biggest rise in that key reading in three years.

Most job search advice is offered by so-called ‚experts’ who aren’t actually responsible for hiring anyone. But hiring managers at major employers are on the front lines of the job market crisis. They screen thousands of applicants a week and are in a unique position to reveal what job seekers are doing wrong, and what candidates can do to get hired now, even in an ultra-competitive job market.

Most job search advice is offered by so-called ‚experts’ who aren’t actually responsible for hiring anyone. But hiring managers at major employers are on the front lines of the job market crisis. They screen thousands of applicants a week and are in a unique position to reveal what job seekers are doing wrong, and what candidates can do to get hired now, even in an ultra-competitive job market.

Under Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax reform plan, 84% of U.S. households would pay more than they do under current tax policies, according to a report released Tuesday by a nonpartisan research group.