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BC-Money & Markets Extra Digest

January 10, 2019

For the week ending Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

MONEY MATTERS-RIDE-HAILING SUBSCRIPTIONS

Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft have launched subscription plans that promise savings for users. But customers should weigh whether it makes sense to commit to one ride provider before taking the plunge.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

World Bank cuts forecast for world economic growth in 2019; Amazon eclipses Microsoft as the most valuable publicly traded company in the U.S.; Government says shutdown won’t delay tax refunds.

QUICK FIX

It’s a new year and maybe you want some new stuff. Here are a few tips on what goes on sale when to help maximize your deals in 2019.

WIRELESS & CASHLESS

Samsung’s new QLED TVs will take commands via Alexa and Google Assistant, a sure sign the Amazon-Google smart speaker duopoly is taking hold.

SMALL BUSINESS MONITOR

With the Super Bowl a few weeks away, millions of workers will take part in office pools. Small business owners should be aware of some pitfalls before allowing gambling at work.

CENTERPIECE

Blue-collar jobs boom

America’s factories went on a hiring spree in 2018, adding 284,000 jobs, the most in 21 years. Can it last?

MARKET PULSE

Mattel plans live-action Barbie film; Drugmaker Eli Lilly in move to improve price transparency on its medications; Rival to New York Stock Exchange gearing up.

OFF THE CHARTS-EARNINGS PREVIEW

Companies are lining up to tell investors how much they made during the last three months of 2018. The numbers are key because stock prices tend to follow the direction of profits over the long term. But investors are more interested in what they have to say about 2019 trends.

INSIDER Q&A-TOYOTA MANUFACTURING CHIEF

Chris Reynolds, Toyota’s new head of manufacturing for North America, talks to The Associated Press about why the Trump administration’s tariffs could raise prices even on automobiles made in America.

$1,000 DERBY

If you invested $1,000 at the start of this year in various types of stocks, bonds and commodities, how much would you have now?

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