Bulgari may make Newbury Street even more luxurious

High-end jeweler aims to open a store on Boston’s Newbury Street.

Evan Horowtiz | QUICK STUDY

With interest rates low, facts don’t justify panic over national debt

With interest rates low, and lending plentiful, there’s no need to get stressed about the national deficit. For the time being.

A bank of displays at Akamai, a computer security firm in Kendall Square.

Hedge fund Elliott takes aim at Akamai

The hedge fund is known for pressuring companies into cost reductions and sales.

The Seaport location where GE’s headquarters are under construction.

Electrical contractor challenges labor pact for GE’s new HQ

A nonunion contractor has threatened a lawsuit over the company’s decision to use a project labor agreement at the site.

Latest Business headlines

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

What this tax bill means for us in Massachusetts

Roughly 80 percent of residents will see their tax bills shrink next year, according to an analysis from the left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

Five Things you should know about Ron Shaich

Today’s short-term investors are making it hard for businesses to take chances and innovate, he says.


Don’t gamble on becoming a bitcoin millionaire

Investing in the notoriously volatile bitcoin or any of the other surging virtual currencies is speculation on steroids.


WiTricity takes a turn toward electric-car charging

The Watertown company hopes there’s a future in wireless charging for plug-in and hybrid vehicles.

Controversial Seaport tower project gets key state approval

A conservation group has fought against the developer’s plans for a 22-story condo building at the harbor’s edge.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/629844334.jpg Sign up for Talking Points

An afternoon recap of the day’s most important business news, delivered Monday through Friday.

The Fine Print

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/11/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/gas-6708.jpg Submit: Are you a consumer with a question?

Sean P. Murphy is the Globe’s consumer columnist, and he’s here to take your queries.

Globe Magazine

Special section | Game Changers

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/05/11/BostonGlobe.com/Business/Images/gamechangershoriz-6383.jpg 51 bright ideas and breakthroughs for 2017

In a revolutionary place like Boston, innovators and innovations are as common as bad drivers. See who made our annual list.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/metoo%20biomedical%20science.jpg In wake of #MeToo, a new spotlight on harassment in biomedical science

Dr. Reshma Jagsi published a survey last year on harassment in the lab, and has found her research has gotten a second life.

More Business headlines

Jonathan Lavine, co-managing partner of Bain Capital

Bain is taking over Harvard endowment’s real estate investments

The Boston private equity giant is using its deal to manage Harvard’s holdings as a way to build a real estate business.

A new entrance to The Huntington Theatre in the ground floor of an apartment tower approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency Thursday.

Huntington Theatre gains new home as tower project wins approval

City signs off on $290 million, 32-story apartment building that includes room for expanded arts venue.

HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES Mandatory Credit: Photo by THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9292355a) Bob Iger and Rupert Murdoch Walt Disney Co. to buy 21st Century Fox, --, --- - 14 Dec 2017 A undated handout photo made available by Walt Disney Co. showing Walt Disney chief executive Bob Iger (L) and Fox owner Rupert Murdoch at an undisclosed location. Walt Disney Co. announced 14 December 2017 it will purchase 21st Century Fox's businesses containing Sky Television of which Fox owns 39 per cent and entertainment activities of 20th Century Fox film studios in a deal valued at 52.4 billion USD in stock, and the total transaction being valued at some 66.1 billion USD. A new company will be set-up consisting of remaining assets of Fox that include Fox News and Sports. Disney says it will also assume some 13.7 billion USD of net debt of 21st Century Fox.

Disney Makes $52.4b deal for 21st Century Fox in big bet on video streaming

Walt Disney Co. said it reached a $52.4 billion deal to buy most of the assets of Twenty-First Century Fox, the conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency approved a plan by the Davis Cos. and Omni Hotel Group to put a 1,054-room hotel on Summer Street near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Seaport hotel plan is approved

The Boston Planning & Development Agency approved a plan by the Davis Cos. and Omni Hotel Group to put a 1,054-room hotel on Summer Street near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Business gender inequality concept with businessman and businesswoman symbol and huge wall between them. Eps10 vector illustration.

Survey finds 42 percent of women report discrimination at work

A new analysis serves as a reminder that the inequities women face at work are driven by so many forms of discrimination.

State pledges to sustain child health program, even if Congress fails to provide funding

About 172,000 children in Massachusetts from low- and moderate-income families are covered by the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

A woman takes a picture of her breakfast at Kellogg's Cafe NYC in New York, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Kellogg hopes the new store will be a place where millennials want to buy cereal by the bowl and then hang out. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Kellogg is hoping you’ll pay $7.50 for a bowl of cereal at its new NYC store

Kellogg hopes the new store will be a place where millennials want to buy cereal by the bowl and then hang out.

Workers of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries blocked a car during a protest outside Teva headquarter in Jerusalem on Thursday after the company announced it had decided to dismiss over half of its Israeli workforce, cutting 3,300 jobs in Israel, and relocate or shut down most of its manufacturing operations in Israel.

Teva Pharmaceuticals to cut 25 percent of jobs in huge reshaping

Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world’s biggest maker of generic drugs, said Thursday that it would cut about a quarter of its workforce, or 14,000 jobs, close manufacturing and research facilities and suspend its dividend as it seeks to simplify its structure and reduce its debt.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. (left), current publisher of The New York Times, will be succeeded by son Arthur G. Sulzberger.

A.G. Sulzberger, 37, will take over from his father as New York Times publisher

In a generational changing of the guard, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, 37, will become the publisher of The New York Times on Jan. 1.

“It’s time, I think, for somebody new to come in,” Jascha Franklin-Hodge said. “I took this job with a long list of ideas and plans. We’ve gotten a lot of that stuff done.”

Boston tech chief to step down

As chief information officer, Jascha Franklin-Hodge helped digitize City Hall.

Deadline looms to sign up on Health Connector

More than 260,000 people have selected plans or have been auto-enrolled in coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange. The Health Connector has a Dec. 23 deadline for insurance plans that kick in on Jan. 1.

Stock indexes slip off their recent highs amid jitters about Congress’s tax overhaul

Health care companies and banks drove stocks lower Thursday, pulling major indexes below their recent highs.

House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke about the tax legislation on Thursday.

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

What you need to know about the most recent changes to the GOP tax bill

The compromise focuses on deductions for mortgage interest and state and local taxes. How Republicans will pay for the bill remains an open question.

Laura Fitton (far left) decided to go public with her account of an incident years earlier in which she said a prominent venture capitalist forcibly kissed her and made unwanted advances.

Here’s what it took for this executive to speak out about sexual misconduct in tech

It was just before Thanksgiving when Laura Fitton decided to go public with her allegation that prominent venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar forcibly kissed her.

By purchasing Fox, Disney will be able to flesh out its Internet service with thousands of Fox titles, making it far more attractive to video buffs.

Tech Lab

What Net neutrality has to do with the Fox-Disney deal and Netflix

Disney and Fox plan a big push into streaming video, and they need a free, unimpeded Internet to make sure everyone can watch their programs.

Stuntman Kage Yami hopes his parents will one day “understand my career choice.”


As a stuntman, he’s always willing to take the fall

Kage Yami is building his career in a risky business, and striving to move beyond Hollywood’s Asian stereotype.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the current publisher of The New York Times, and his son, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, at The New York Times building in New York on Wednesday. The younger Sulzberger, who is known as A.G., will become the publisher on Jan. 1, 2018.

New York Times names new publisher

New York Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. will retire at the end of the year and will be replaced by his 37-year-old son.

FCC votes to repeal Net neutrality rules

The federal agency repealed Obama-era Net neutrality rules.

A Brothers Marketplace, from Roche Bros., planned in the ground floor of One Broadway in Kendall Square.

Booming Kendall Square will get a long-sought supermarket as MIT projects advance

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Roche Bros. announced a deal to put a small-format supermarket in an MIT-owned office building.

Disney buying big chunk of 21st Century Fox in $52.4b deal

The deal includes film and television studios, as well as cable and international TV businesses.

An engineer was at work in one of Ginkgo’s laboratories earlier this year.

Ginkgo, a startup working on self-fertilizing crops, raises another $275m

The genetic engineering company has opened a third laboratory in Boston’s Seaport.

Assisted living planned at former Newton seminary

Benchmark Senior Living is leasing about 1.5 acres of the former Andover Newton Theological School campus.

Assistant manager Jaclyn Stafford arranged display containers of marijuana at The Station, a retail and medical cannabis dispensary, in Boulder, Colo., on Aug. 11, 2016.

Cannabis panel backs pot bars, home delivery, and stoned yoga

Regulators also approved measures to help small businesses and minorities enter the marijuana industry.

The debate over Net neutrality has been a long-running one.

Hiawatha Bray | TECH LAB

On Net neutrality, it’s time for Congress to act

Ferocious backlash against the FCC could spur Congress to settle the long-running Net neutrality debate.

The Herald’s offices are currently located on Fargo Street in the Seaport District.

Union will press Herald for pension contributions, severance pay

A union representing The Boston Herald newsroom and business employees will press a bankruptcy judge to have the embattled company honor its financial obligations.

US stock indexes close mostly higher after Fed rate hike

The major US stock indexes finished mostly higher Wednesday, with small companies notching big gains as Congress reached a deal on a sweeping tax-system overhaul.

Workers inside one of Walmart's fulfillment centers in Bethlehem, Pa. Walmart has started offering payday advances — not loans — to employees through an app called Even, but some critics of the retailer’s labor practices say it should raise wages instead.

Walmart, criticized for low wages, will let workers take pay before payday

For decades, Walmart has attracted attention, and taken heat, for how it treats its workforce.

Fidelity Investments is accused of retaliating against a former real estate analyst after the two sides settled a gender disrimination dispute.

Former Fidelity analyst can sue for retaliation, judge rules

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Mary Ames cited sufficient evidence of a “pattern” of retaliation as she denied motions by Fidelity to dismiss the case.

Thursday’s business agenda

Design industry talks, mortgage rates, and other notable events and things to know.

Toshiba has settled legal disputes with US production partner Western Digital, both firms said Wednesday, clearing the way for the embattled Japanese conglomerate's multi-billion-dollar sale of its prized chip business.

Toshiba settles fight with Western Digital, moves away from financial brink

The Japanese conglomerate is trying to bring in about $14 billion in cash, which it could if it is able to finalize a deal to sell much of its microchip business to a group led by Bain Capital.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On the day when Yellen will hold her final news conference as Federal Reserve chair, the Fed has left little doubt what it plans to do Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017: Raise its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Fed boosts benchmark interest rate for third time this year

The move signals the Federal Reserve’s confidence that the US economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession.

Shoppers walk towards a Target store in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on July 19, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Mark Kauzlarich.

Target aims to boost same-day delivery by acquiring Shipt

Target plans to boost its same-day delivery capability by paying $550 million for Shipt, its latest move to try to catch up with Amazon.

Doug Jones

Evan Horowitz | Quick Study

5 key numbers in Doug Jones’s surprise Senate victory

From turnout to write-in votes, here are the important stats from Tuesday night.

A group of protestors supporting net neutralitydemonstrated in Washington.

What is Net neutrality, and why should you care about Thursday’s vote?

The FCC is expected to torpedo net neutrality this morning. Here’s a primer on the issue.

The planned merger includes Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lahey Health, and several other hospitals.

State to review merger of Beth Israel, Lahey Health

The Health Policy Commission will assess the deal’s effect on health care costs, quality, and access to care.

Amazon has held job fairs, like this one in Boston, to offer on-the-spot jobs for seasonal workers as more jobs move to fulfillment of orders rather than in-store sales.

As shoppers shift their habits, holiday hiring is in flux

For stores that count on both bricks and clicks, it has meant finding the perfect alchemy of redistributing workers to meet customers wherever they are.

Tyrék D. Lee faces accusations of sexual harassment, according to people familiar with the situation.

Head of health care union suspended over allegations of inappropriate behavior

Tyrék Lee Sr. leads the Service Employees International Union’s Local 1199, which represents about 56,000 workers in Mass.

US stock indexes mostly rise; S&P 500, Dow again post records

Big-name companies notched gains on Wall Street Tuesday, delivering more records for two of the major stock indexes.

Wednesday’s business agenda

Excel workshop, healthcare innovation session, and other notable events and things to know.

UPS and others warn that holiday deliveries are already falling behind

If it seems like your online orders are arriving later than expected, you’re not alone.

Iron Mountain to buy Io Data Centers’ US unit for $1.3b

Iron Mountain’s latest acquisition adds to a string of deals this year by the Boston data storage company.

Tech Lab by Hiawatha Bray


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

Shirley Leung


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