disasters

How Railways Profit from Congestion

Severe winter weather, shale oil, and bumper harvests of crops such as wheat, barley, oats, and soy have all combined to slow down the...

What Is Holding Back BP plc?

The recent ruling of U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier against BP plc on Gulf spill payments is keeping BP from resolving the settlement. But...

Why We're Awful at Assessing Risk

Like most of you, I've been glued to news of the missing (as of this writing) Malaysian Airways jet for the last few days. It's...

How to Get Your Insurer to Pay Your Frankenstorm Damage Claim

Frankenstorm is coming, but let's assume you did the right thing in getting insurance to protect yourself against heavy weather and floods. If the storm hits you, your next challenge may be getting the insurance company to pony up the cash instead of trying to deny your claim.

9/11 Survivor Finds 'Purpose' by Helping Others

In 2001, Nicole B. Simpson was just another Morgan Stanley financial planner on the 73rd floor when the 9/11 attacks struck. She survived, but the emotional trauma left her old life in the wreckage. Eventually, though, she found a new purpose in helping others through traumas of their own.

How to Get Your Insurer to Pay Your Hurricane Claim

So, let's assume you did the right thing in getting insurance to protect yourself against those times when Mother Nature comes knocking. Your next challenge may be getting the insurance company to pony up the cash instead of trying to deny your claim.

Workers' Rights 100 Years After the Triangle Fire

A century after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire claimed the lives of 146 seamstresses in New York, worker protections are eroding around the world. As government and corporate interests from Bangladesh to Wisconsin wage war on the rights of labor, have the lessons of the Triangle disaster been forgotten?

No house, no property taxes?

Last week five homeowners in the Madison, Wisconsin area completely lost their homes because of flood waters. Many other homes were affected by flood...