Houston Chronicle: Business

  • Living larger, but avoiding ruin in retirement
    Wednesday - 12/17/2014 - 01:25 AM

    The site has the calculator to do what you and I can't do "in our spare time at home" - figure the odds of going broke in retirement.

    Let's start from the wisdom financial planner William Bengen introduced 20 years ago.

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  • Passenger drop-off area at Hobby Airport ahead of schedule
    Tuesday - 12/16/2014 - 03:51 PM

    The roadway modifications are part of the process of building a $156 million international terminal at Hobby Airport, which is approaching the final year of construction on a new five-gate international terminal and four-level parking garage.

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  • Bush Intercontinental to launch new route between Houston and Taipei
    Monday - 12/15/2014 - 07:03 PM

    A new nonstop flight between Houston and Taipei will extend the airport's reach to southeastern Asia when it launches next summer. The airport is poised to break 2013's record for international passengers traveling in and out of Bush this year, largely driven by new flights to and from Asia, airport officials have said.

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  • Small-business Q&A: Reduce shoppers' stress during holidays
    Sunday - 12/14/2014 - 04:15 AM

    Any ideas on how my staff and I can help customers keep their cool - and stay calm ourselves?

    Offer coffee or cocoa and cookies, and encourage shoppers to take a refreshment break.

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  • Houston economy likely to slow next year, GHP forecaster says
    Thursday - 12/11/2014 - 07:27 PM

    Falling oil prices could sharply cut the number of jobs created in Houston next year, a prominent economic forecaster told local business leaders Thursday.

    While business leaders in the ballroom were clearly nervous about the falling prices in the city's leading industry - based on their responses of interactive polls about their biggest financial concerns - one industry leader was keeping his cool.

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  • Japanese carrier to launch Houston-Tokyo service
    Thursday - 12/11/2014 - 12:55 PM

    "Houston's dynamic economy and diverse population continue to strengthen its position on the world stage," Mayor Annise Parker, who recently led a 30-member delegation of city officials and business leaders on a weeklong trade mission to South Korea and Tokyo, said in a statement.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Motley Fool: Stock price has its value
    Tuesday - 12/09/2014 - 09:06 PM

    Companies collect their money when they first sell their shares to the public (via an initial public offering, or IPO).

    When you buy shares of Clorox through your brokerage, you're buying them from an investor who wants to sell them.

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  • Yelp reviewers dish on Houston's attractions
    Tuesday - 12/09/2014 - 04:48 PM

    If you've ever been caught in a tourist trap and felt the urge to tell everyone about it, you're not alone. Yelp has long been a home for reviews and Houston's top attractions are definitely not safe from critics.

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  • Funerals get creative
    Sunday - 12/07/2014 - 11:24 PM

    The business of dying in America is changing. Traditional funeral services are on the decline, as Americans opt for more personalized and celebratory services. And the funeral industry is responding by offering catering, replacing pews with round tables that encourage conversation, and a host of new options for memorializing the deceased.

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  • Small-business resources
    Sunday - 12/07/2014 - 02:51 AM

    Starting Your Business: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200. Cost: $25. Registration: www.sbdc.uh.edu.
    Business Plan Basics: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200. Cost: $25.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Motley Fool: Are stock buybacks good or bad?
    Wednesday - 12/17/2014 - 01:25 AM

    [...] if it buys back 50 shares, your 10 now make up 20 percent of the company. Since valuable company cash is spent buying back shares, companies should only be doing so when the shares are undervalued.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Corrections for Dec. 16, 2014
    Monday - 12/15/2014 - 09:12 PM

    1 A caption on page D1 on Saturday misidentified the company for which construction worker Reggie McDuell works. The correct name of the company is the joint venture Balfour Beatty/WELBRO.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Hello Kitty characters to take flight over Houston
    Monday - 12/15/2014 - 08:09 PM

    Hello Kitty, the ubiquitous Japanese cartoon character emblazoned on everything from T-shirts and tutus to handbags and bedspreads, will soon hit the skies over Houston.

    Taiwanese carrier EVA Air next summer will launch nonstop service between Taipei and Bush Intercontinental Airport with a jetliner painted with the iconic Kitty White, the little gijinka cat girl with a red bow and no visible mouth, and other colorful characters from licensing firm Sanrio.

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  • Business calendar
    Sunday - 12/14/2014 - 03:10 AM

    Pioneer Oil Producers Society:

    Best practices for men and women health and wellness.

    Houston CrossRoads Business Building Breakfast: 7:15-8:30 a.m., H.E.S.S. Club, 5430 Westheimer.

    Speaker: C. Dean Kring, director of research, Services Cooperative Association.

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  • Stock market activity this week
    Friday - 12/12/2014 - 10:31 PM

    Increased dividends

    Capella Education .37 from .35

    Acadia Realty Trust .30

    Stock splits this week

    Infosys ADS 2-for-1

    Vestin Realty Mortgage I 1-4 reverse

    Annual earnings higher

    Hudson Pacific Properties-Equity Office Properties San Francisco Peninsula and Silicon Valley Portfolio ($3.5B)

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  • KBR announces major restructuring that includes job cuts
    Thursday - 12/11/2014 - 11:50 AM

    KBR, the Houston engineering and construction company, announced a major restructuring of its business Thursday morning that will sharply reduce the number of its business units and eliminate 1,000 jobs.

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  • Bitcoin ATM gives Houstonians access to digital cash
    Wednesday - 12/10/2014 - 06:36 PM

    Bitcoins are like digital cash.

    [...] this ATM, located on the convention center's second floor next to a Starbuck's, allows users to convert cash to Bitcoin and vice versa.

    "Houston First always wants to be the first in offering amenities to its attendees and guests," said Mark Goldberg, assistant general counsel for Houston First Corp., the quasi-public organization that manages the convention center.

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  • Construction will squeeze Hobby parking next week
    Tuesday - 12/09/2014 - 04:48 PM

    All passenger drop-off traffic at Hobby Airport will be rerouted to lower arrival levels next week as construction crews work to complete the $156 million international terminal.

    Hobby Airport is approaching the final year of construction on the new five-gate international terminal and four-level parking garage scheduled to open in late 2015.

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  • Real estate transactions
    Monday - 12/08/2014 - 02:36 AM

    Colliers International announced the sale of a 36-acre tract in the northeast quadrant of Beltway 8 and U.S. 90A in Missouri City for the development of an industrial project.

    Select Physical Therapy has renewed a lease for 6,644 square feet at 15311 W.

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  • People in Business
    Sunday - 12/07/2014 - 02:51 AM

    F. Eduardo Villalobos has been named a supervising engineer in the Houston office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization.

    KeyBanc Capital Markets, the corporate and investment banking arm of Cleveland-based KeyCorp, announced the expansion of its corporate banking group in the southwest region.

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