Trump’s insurance idea may have unhealthy side effects

His plan would allow health insurers to sell across state borders.

Partners HealthCare posted the biggest annual operating loss in its 22-year history.

Partners HealthCare posts record operating loss

The state’s largest health network lost $108 million on operations in fiscal 2016 as its Neighborhood Health Plan continued to struggle.

Chinese New Year is one time retailers might want to offer discounts, the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau says.

Boston brands’ big goal? Chinese shoppers

A new push is underway to court visitors from China in search of uniquely American brands at a lower price point.

Melina Williams studied nursing at Regis College. She is also raising a family.

$15 minimum wage could squeeze workers on public assistance

For some families, the boost in pay could mean the end of hundreds of dollars a month in government benefits.

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Reebok is relocating to the Seaport, and groups say speech-recognition software invades kids’ privacy.

Michelle Singletary | The Color Of Money

Be a grinch — and embrace the real holiday spirit

Read Dr. Seuss’ classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” It should caution folks to watch their holiday spending.

Massport picks developers for two prime waterfront parcels

The Massachusetts Port Authority has hooked two more developers for one of Boston’s last vacant waterfront properties.

Trump to turn to Goldman Sachs again

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name a top Goldman Sachs executive, Gary Cohn, to lead the National Economic Council.

Coca-Cola names Quincey as next CEO, Kent stays as chairman

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent will step down from that role next year and be succeeded by the company’s No. 2 executive, at a time when people are drinking less sugary soda including its flagship Coke drink.

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Nancy Van Tine, a partner at Burns and Levinson LLP, blogs on Divorce Law Monitor.

On the Job

Every divorce case involves a (metaphorical) salad spinner

Nancy Van Tine, 71, a partner at Burns and Levinson LLP in Boston, blogs on Divorce Law Monitor about her work.


You should dress the part at work

A written document or policy on how to dress can be beneficial for companies because it minimizes confusion.

Consumer Alert

Don’t assume that gift can be returned

The first rule of returns is that there aren’t really any rules.

Are your old photos resurfacing on Facebook? You’re not alone.

For some on Facebook, what’s old was new again on Friday.

Consumers who want to give cash for the holidays should also consider gift cards and prepaid cards.

Consumer Reports

Be on guard with holiday gift cards

Consumer Reports evaluates the pros and cons.

Record-setting stock streak hits sixth day on broad gains

U.S. stocks rose for the sixth day in a row Friday as major indexes continued to set records. The biggest gains went to companies that have been mostly left out of the post-election rally, including health care companies and makers of household goods.

Marty Meehan.

Five things you should know about Marty Meehan

Since his promotion last year to be president of the entire UMass system, Marty Meehan is seeking to build upon the success he saw in his hometown school.

FoxRock Properties is paying $12 million for the 15-acre Quincy Medical Center parcel. The campus is expected to retain a medical focus.

Former Quincy hospital site sold to developer

FoxRock Properties will strive to keep medical uses within the 15-acre Quincy Medical Center.

Inside a lab at Biogen in Cambridge.

It looks like Biogen may be on the right track with its Alzheimer’s drug

A still-unproven approach to fighting the disease got a boost when the Cambridge biotech released fresh data on its experimental drug.

Fisher-Price debunks fake ‘Happy Hour Playset’ toy

The toy maker had to take to Twitter to let customers know that it never produced a bar-themed playset for toddlers.

Boston is now home to three brand new sneaker headquarters

Here’s a look at the three sneaker companies that are now calling Boston their (corporate) home.

Younger consumers reaching for credit cards, survey finds

A new survey has found that two out of three young adults now use credit cards, up from just half of them in 2013.

Bar tenders prepare cocktails made of Eristoff vodka at its launch in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 30, 2007. Eristoff vodka which carries the name of one of Russia's ancient and noble families was launched in India by Bacardi Martini India Ltd. Wednesday. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)


Drug firm accused of bribing doctors to boost fentanyl sales

Federal prosecutors in Boston allege the doctor was one of several medical practitioners bribed by Insys employees as part of a national conspiracy to boost sales of its opioid painkiller.

European Central Bank adds billions of dollars in stimulus

The bank’s 25-member governing council extended the duration of its bond-buying stimulus program by at least nine months.

Fishing groups in 4 states seek Atlantic wind farm delay

The petition, filed Thursday in federal court in Washington, D.C., said the plan to build as many as 194 turbines in a 127-square-mile section would hurt fishermen.

With LinkedIn, Microsoft looks to avoid past acquisition busts

Microsoft announced Thursday that it had completed its $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, the social network for professionals.

The EU says Luxembourg, Britain, Spain, and Germany approved Volkswagen cars but failed to punish the company for installing emissions cheating software.

EU threatens to sue 4 countries where VW sold polluting cars

European Union officials threatened Thursday to sue four countries for allowing Volkswagen and other carmakers to sell vehicles that were built to cheat on emissions tests.

Business leaders are anxious to avoid an angry call from the president-elect

“Right now, you just want to stay out of the line of fire,” said one former chief executive.

Americans’ odds of earning more than their parents have plunged

The findings fuel concerns that the American dream of steady upward mobility is foundering amid a widening wealth gap.

Friday’s business agenda

Classes, networking, and more notable events and things to know.

This undated photo provided by Biogen shows new signage in front of one of the biotechnology company's buildings in Cambridge, Mass. Biogen Idec Inc. is shortening its name to just Biogen as of Monday, March 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Biogen)

Biogen trial data boosts hopes for its Alzheimer’s drug

The Cambridge biotech said more than 100 patients who kept taking the drug in an ongoing study showed continued improvement.

Mass. shoe companies get a boost from bill requiring Pentagon to buy American

The US Senate approved a broad defense bill that includes language compelling the Pentagon to buy American-made athletic shoes for military recruits.

Globe names new chief executive

Doug Franklin, a former newspaper subscription salesman, publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and executive at Cox Enterprises, will become the new CEO of Boston Globe Media Partners.

A “silent disco” event at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2012 had participants wear wireless sets from Party Headphones.


This startup lets you listen to your own private audio — in a crowded room

Headphone Events allows everyone in a crowded room to hear music or presentations individually.

FILE - In this April 30, 2015, file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook responds to a question during a news conference at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York. CEOs of major companies are taking stands about the results of the November 2016 U.S. election, a departure from the traditional model of not mixing politics with business that the major brands have long espoused. Cook is telling his employees to “keep moving forward.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver MIT commencement address

CEO Tim Cook has been selected to speak to the class of 2017 in June.

The European Central Bank, (ECB) is pictured in Frankfurt/Main, on December 8, 2016. ECB keeps record-low interest rates unchanged. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLANDDANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images

European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus

The chief monetary authority for 19 countries hopes to support growth as Europe heads into what could be a tumultuous election year.

European Union fines three banks in collusion case

European antitrust regulators on Wednesday fined Crédit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase a total of just over 485 million euros for colluding to fix benchmark interest rates tied to the euro.

European Central Bank seen extending stimulus

Though Trump’s victory has helped revitalize stock markets, there are concerns that his approach to trade may hurt global growth.

Trump team said to consider Thiel associate for FDA

Jim O’Neill is a managing director at Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management and last served in government during the George W. Bush administration.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: The Senate side of the US Capitol is shown October 11, 2016 in Washington DC. House and Senate Republicans are in a close race with Democrats to keep control of both houses of Congress. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


How long will it take to implement the 21st Century Cures Act?

The measure, nearly 1,000 pages long, does not lay out many deadlines.

Laura Spanjian, a public policy manager at Airbnb who negotiated with the city of New Orleans, in Houston on Tuesday. Airbnb has had a contentious relationship in some cities where it has set up shop, but it has taken a different, more conciliatory approach in New Orleans.

New Orleans becomes new model for Airbnb to work with cities

Airbnb’s modus operandi in New Orleans reflects a move by the company to be more conciliatory with some local governments.

This hidden Smithsonian vault contains the oldest things in the solar system

The National Museum of Natural History’s support center in Suitland, Md., contains some of the rarest and most precious objects owned by the American people: 17,000 rocks.

An Amazon employee carries Amazon Go shopping bags after exiting the grocery store in Seattle, Dec. 5, 2016. At the experimental store on the ground floor of a new Amazon office building, shoppers will be able to pluck what they want off the shelves and leave without waiting to pay. (David Ryder/The New York Times)

Hiawatha Bray | Tech lab

Can Amazon revolutionize the supermarket?

Amazon has reengineered the way we buy books, electronics, and other products. But groceries are different.


Activewear for the office gets a turn on ‘Runway’

Las year, Jess Garbarino co-launched clothing line Brunswick Park. On Thursday, she’ll make her pitch for even more funding on Project Runway: Fashion Startup.

Markets continue record-setting turn

Investors bought stocks that do well in times of faster economic growth, like technology and industrial companies, but they also snapped up stocks that pay large dividends.

04/22/2016 CAMBRIDGE Steven Paul (cq), the CEO of Voyager Therapeutics, poses for a portrait in the lab at their offices in Cambridge. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Voyager shares climb on positive results from Parkinson’s disease gene therapy trial

Shares of Voyager Therapeutics Inc. shot up 26 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday after the three-year-old Cambridge biotech company reported positive findings in an early-stage clinical study of its experimental gene therapy to treat Parkinson’s disease.

Senator Chuck Grassley (left) greeted Jeffrey Bewkes, chief executive of Time Warner, during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing  Wednesday.  The subcom-mittee was gathering testimony regarding a proposed merger between Bewkes’s firm and AT&T.

Lawmakers change tone on AT&T and Time Warner deal

When the deal was announced, days before the presidential election, leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued strong cautionary statements about it.

New numbers for the average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage will be released Thursday.

Thursday’s business agenda

Mortgage rates, parties, and more notable events and things to know.

Reebook said it will relocate its headquarters from Canton to The Innovation & Design Building in Boston’s Seaport District.

Reebok’s new HQ will be at Design Building in Seaport District

The maker of athletic shoes and gear said it has chosen the Innovation & Design Building near the city’s cruise ship terminal for its new headquarters.

Boston man pleads guilty to fraud

A 28-year-old Boston man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to his role in a multi-million-dollar fraud scheme, according to the US Attorney office.

A United Airlines passenger plane.

No more free overhead bins on United

Customers in a new pricing tier can only bring one personal item on board and aren’t guaranteed to be able to sit with their companions.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


Bray writes about technology for the Business section. His Tech Lab column appears on Thursdays.

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Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

Innovation Economy by Scott Kirsner


Kirsner’s Innovation Economy column appears in the Boston Sunday Globe, and he contributes to the Globe’s Beta Boston website.