Stories by Joseph Pisani

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

On The Money: Plenti spending rewards are worth the work

Plenti, the loyalty points program from American Express, is worth the time to set up.
By Joseph Pisani

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

EBay bans sales of Confederate flag on its site

NEW YORK — Calling it a “contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism,” eBay said Tuesday that it will ban the sale of Confederate flags and similarly themed merchandise.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, June 12, 2015

Smart Spending: Unlimited concerts, films or gym classes ... for a monthly fee

Companies offer unlimited concerts, movies, gym classes and coffee for a monthly fee.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, June 5, 2015

Working a 9-to-5 losing its appeal

NEW YORK — If you want an income, or you’re an employer looking for help, it may be time to scrap the idea of the traditional 9-to-5 arrangement.
By Joseph Pisani

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Smartphone app contest engages new tech startups

NEW YORK - It can be used to buy lattes, order cabs and get pizza delivered, but some tech entrepreneurs are betting the smartphone can also play an even greater role in saving people money.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, March 20, 2015

Simon Property boosts its bid for Macerich to $16.8B

NEW YORK — Mall operator Simon Property boosted its hostile bid for rival Macerich by 5 percent to $16.8 billion and says that will be its best and final offer.
By Joseph Pisani

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Pisani: On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be 'Staff Pick'

NEW YORK - Want your project to get selected as a "Staff Pick" on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Good luck with that.
By Joseph Pisani

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

Wal-Mart appeals to low-income customers

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart is the latest company to get rid of fees that traditional banks charge customers who don't have enough money in their accounts to cover purchases.
By Joseph Pisani

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Startups offer banking for smartphone users

NEW YORK - The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed for smartphones.
By Joseph Pisani

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

College degree is still a good investment

NEW YORK - Some comforting news for recent college graduates facing a tough job market and years of student loan payments: That college degree is still worth it.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, June 20, 2014

Instagram photos turn into sales at businesses

NEW YORK - A picture is worth thousands of dollars for Limelight Extensions. Phones start ringing at the Farmington Hills, Mich., salon each time co-owner Miranda Jade Plater posts pictures on ...
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, June 6, 2014

Many small businesses still skip the Web site

NEW YORK - It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a Web site.
By Joseph Pisani

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Small business on-the-go? Smartphones make it easy

Smartphones have become vital for on-the-go entrepreneurs.
By Joseph Pisani

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Meet Fetch Whistle, a fitness tracker for dogs

NEW YORK - Bad news for lazy dogs: A new device, called Whistle, lets pet owners track how much exercise - or sleep - their four-legged friends are getting. Whistle is similar to popular activity ...
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, May 2, 2014

Unlikely partnerships help small businesses thrive

Some large companies are coming to the rescue of small businesses, providing mentorship, formal instruction and cash in the form of loans or prizes to help give small companies a leg up.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, April 4, 2014

GrubHub delivers strong market debut

NEW YORK - Investors sent shares of GrubHub up more than 30 percent Friday in an initial public offering that gave the online food ordering service a market capitalization of nearly $2.7 billion.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, March 21, 2014

Amazon Prime price shock? Try these cheaper rivals

Many shoppers were taken aback when Amazon raised the price of its Prime service, which offers free two-day shipping and a streaming video service. If you're looking for alternatives, there are ...
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

5 money resolutions for the new year

The Associated Press talked to a few financial experts about what you should be doing to keep your money goals for the year on track.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

Credit card companies offer free credit scores

NEW YORK - Want to check your credit score? It might be included on your next credit card statement.
By Joseph Pisani

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Building an emergency fund is necessary

Let the government shutdown serve as a wake-up call: You need an emergency fund.
By Joseph Pisani
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