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The 2014 Boardroom Elite

Here is a list of the 92 Hispanics that hold 116 seats on Fortune 500 boards as of January 2014.


25 Hispanics Stand Near Top of Corporate Ladder

Hispanic representation on the boards of Fortune 500 companies remains aggravatingly low entering 2014, but that doesn't mean the Hispanic influence isn't felt at the largest U.S. firms.


California Budget Hits a High, but Surplus Expected

Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal for California's coming fiscal year calls for an 8.5 percent increase in general fund spending, a pay-down of the state's debt by more than $11 billion -- and a surplus of $3.2 billion by year's end.


Weekly Unemployment Benefit Claims Drop by 15,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell to a seasonally adjusted 330,000 last week after a volatile period around the holidays, signaling fewer layoffs and steady job growth.


Fed Cuts Back on Bond Buys After Big Job Gains

The Federal Reserve agreed last month to modestly reduce its bond purchases because of improvements in the job market, minutes from the FOMC's December meeting show.


Feds Reexamine Contracts Banning Class-Action Suits

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking a closer look at restrictive contract provisions that force consumers to arbitrate disputes rather than sue a company individually or join a class-action lawsuit.


ADP Report Shows Private Sector Added 238,000 Jobs

U.S. shares dropped in early trading Wednesday as investors weighed whether upbeat employment figures would prod the Federal Reserve to further reduce its stimulus program.


Is Natural Gas Boom in Trouble?

The natural gas field is increasingly dominated by shale reserves, but a backlash against hydraulic fracturing is spelling trouble for the extraction industry.


Unemployment Benefits Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

White House-backed legislation to extend emergency jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle on Tuesday, but the bill's fate remains in doubt.


U.S. Trade Deficit Declines to Lowest Level in 4 Years

The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to its lowest level in four years, an encouraging sign for economic growth, as gains in energy production and stronger sales of American-made airplanes, autos and machinery lifted exports to an all-time high.


Markets Off to Poor Start After Highs of 2013

Although the declines for stocks in the New Year have been modest, the S&P 500, the Dow and the Nasdaq composite are settling from monumental peaks in 2013. There are some bright spots, however.


Tough Fight Looms Over Unemployment Benefits

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Monday evening on a 3-month extension of a program providing extra unemployment benefits to 1.3 million Americans.


Factory Orders Soar on Demand for Airplanes

Factory orders climbed in the U.S. in November, led by a surge in aircraft demand and business spending on machinery, computers and other long-lasting goods, a sign of investment that could fuel economic growth.


2014 Should See Improvements in U.S. Economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in perhaps his final press conference as Fed chairman, predicted a stronger year for the U.S. economy in 2014, saying several factors that have held back growth appear to be abating.


Which Taxpayers Get Best Return on Healthcare Tax Dollar?

Taxpaying residents in states expanding Medicaid coverage to accommodate the sweeping 2010 healthcare reform law could see a return on their investments of as much as $5.11 for every additional dollar in income taxes they'll pay to fund the Affordable Care Act, a WalletHub.com report found.


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