Jack Bogle: The aggressive passive investor

Bogle’s Vanguard Group got off to a slow start, with mostly sophisticated investors buying into the power of lower fees to bolster returns. Over time, mainstream investors warmed to the idea of index funds.

Stop & Shop wants to roll out the driverless stores this spring.

Your city street may soon turn into a grocery aisle

Stop & Shop said it will pack fresh grocery items into remote-controlled vans that will roll through Boston area streets this spring, but is it legal?

The sports book at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., opened in November.

Here’s how the state’s sports betting proposal breaks new ground

Governor Baker’s plan would allow companies to operate online sports betting without a financial relationship to an existing casino, opening the doors to many potential sports books.

State Senator Eric Lesser is taking another swing at anti-patent troll legislation.

Chesto means business

Mass. lawmakers take another swing at patent trolls

Eric Lesser is resuming his legislative fight against people who use patent demand letters to bully tech firms large and small into paying up.

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City’s top planner is stepping down

Sara Myerson of the Boston Planning & Development Agency says she’ll take a job in the private sector.

Puma is moving its headquarters to Assembly Row

The shoe maker will consolidate its Massachusetts operations and add jobs at the Somerville site.


Here’s another economic problem to watch: Bad loans are rising

A growing number of businesses, mainly small and midsize, are having trouble keeping up with their bank loans.

Microsoft pledges $500m to ease Seattle housing crisis

It would be the most ambitious effort by a tech company to directly address the inequality that has spread in areas where the industry is concentrated.


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H. Lawrence Culp Jr. was named chairman and CEO of General Electric Oct. 1.


GE is shedding more light on its political donations

GE executives decided to broaden the company’s disclosures of political donations to include trade association dues and gifts to “social welfare” nonprofits, used to funnel dark money to candidates.

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Alex Jones called the Sandy Hook shootings a hoax.

Social media storm prompts Roku to ban Infowars from platform

Roku gave a platform reaching millions to the conspiracy site that called the Sandy Hook school shootings a hoax. After hours of outrage, it backed down.

Many scientists say exposure to electromagnetic fields may pose a health hazard. They’re especially concerned about cellphones, because of their position close to the user’s head.

Could your cellphone’s electromagnetic field make you sick?

Health activists want Massachusetts health officials to release data they hold about the risks of cellphones and other wireless technologies.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere, at a Senate hearing, stayed at Trump International Hotel.

T-Mobile executives were Trump customers while seeking deal approval

A VIP Arrivals list for the Trump International Hotel in Washington reveals frequent stays by T-Mobile higher-ups as they attempted a contentious merger which required government approval.

FILE - This Oct. 15, 2018 file photo shows a sign for a Sears Outlet department store is displayed in Norristown, Pa. Multiple media outlets reported early Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, that billionaire Eddie Lampert has won a bankruptcy auction after strengthening his bid in several days of negotiations with creditors. Lampert, Sears’ chairman and largest shareholder, upped his offer to more than $5 billion and added a $120 million cash deposit through an affiliate of his ESL hedge fund. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Sears survives bankruptcy auction and will keep 400 stores open

Billionaire Eddie Lampert, the company’s chairman and largest shareholder, reportedly won the auction with a $5.2 billion takeover bid early Wednesday.

Big bank rally helps US stocks finish higher; Goldman soars

Bank stocks surged Wednesday following strong results from a slew of financial companies, and US stock indexes finished broadly higher.

An artist’s rendering of Arsenal Yards in Watertown.

SQZ Biotech will move to Watertown’s Arsenal Yards complex

The growing company will occupy more than 63,000 square feet at the former mall site.

Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, says the shutdown cuts quarterly economic growth by 0.13 percentage points each week it goes on.

Talking Points AM/Larry Edelman

Want a recession? Let this shutdown drag on

There will be significant consequences for businesses and investors.

YouTube revises policy, bans dangerous prank videos

YouTube is trying to prevent otherwise bright people from doing dangerous things.

An American flag flies at half-staff above a Sears store in San Bruno, Calif., on Dec. 28, 2018. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by David Paul Morris.

Sears staves off liquidation, stores to remain open

The company’s chairman and largest shareholder, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction for Sears in New York, averting liquidation of the iconic chain.

The Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.

Purdue Pharma sought to put blame on addicts, Mass. says in lawsuit

Documents reveal new details about Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin and its cozy ties with Tufts University and Mass. General Hospital.

A reverse motion detector in a bathroom — set off when a drug user overdoses and stops moving — often summons Dr. Jessie Gaeta.


When a reverse motion detector sounds, this MD becomes a lifesaver

Dr. Jessie Gaeta doesn’t spend much time in her office. She goes on the road, or into the bathroom, to take care of homeless people.

“Stranger Things” stars Caleb Mclaughlin (left), Sadie Sink, and Noah Schnapp. Netflix has said that it expects to have about 100 original TV series in production this year in languages other than English.


Facing new competition, Netflix bulks up for an arms race — by raising fees

Streaming services are in a costly war for original programming, and subscribers will have to pay.

Chesto Means Business | Jon Chesto

Sparks fly as Conservation Law Foundation weighs in on Boston Edison project

No one said redeveloping an old power plant in a booming urban neighborhood would be easy. But the owners of the old Edison complex in South Boston are finding out just how tough it can be.

Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in local news programs, partnerships, and other initiatives. The cash investment includes reporting grants for local newsrooms and investing in nonprofits aimed at helping support local news.

Facebook is giving $300 million for local journalism

The money will fund projects to help local outlets strengthen their newsgathering operations and build their readership and subscription models.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey Tuesday, Jan.15 2019 announcing that Turkey will establish a 20-mile-wide “safe zone” in northern Syria.

Erdogan pledges Syria ‘safe zone’ as new UN envoy arrives

Turkey will establish a 20-mile-wide “safe zone” in northern Syria according to Turkey’s president in a speech on Tuesday, and will seek logistic and financial assistance from the United States and other allies.

US indexes hit one-month highs as Netflix leads tech rally

US stocks rallied to their highest level in more than a month Tuesday after China’s government moved to inject more life into the economy. Netflix led a surge in high-tech companies.

The Netflix Inc. app is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPad mini tablet compute.

Netflix raising prices for 58 million US subscribers

The streaming company’s most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11.

‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ publisher sues Netflix over ‘Bandersnatch’

The company that publishes the “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels is suing Netflix, seeking $25 million in damages over a “Black Mirror” interactive film.

The Friendly Toast in Burlington, Mass., one of the chain’s five locations.

Friendly Toast offering free meals to furloughed federal workers

The restaurant chain’s offer extends to all five locations as long as the shutdown continues.

With economic development remaining strong in Boston, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has a new proposal to help more city neighborhoods benefit from that growth.

Walsh debuts mobile economic development help in Boston neighborhoods

The mayor is launching an “Economic Development Center,” a rotating series of free business workshops throughout the city.

The real estate listing for the lot at the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth streets is expected to draw wide interest from developers and investors.

Newbury Street parking, apt to fetch millions, offers rare development opportunity

The longtime owners of a modest parcel at the corner of Newbury and Dartmouth streets have decided to cash in.

The Gannett Co. Inc. headquarters in McLean, Va. MNG Enterprises, which is owned by the hedge fund Alden Global Capital and is known for making severe cuts in newsroom budgets, wants to buy the newspaper publisher.

Hedge fund called ‘destroyer of newspapers’ bids for USA Today owner Gannett

The unsolicited offer, worth over $1.3 billion, would create the largest newspaper company in the United States and further consolidate a struggling industry.

Workers moved a pallet of beer at Night Shift Brewing. The government’s partial shutdown threatens $1 million of projected revenue at Night Shift if the Everett company can’t release its big new spring beer on time.


For many companies, the US shutdown permits no progress

The partial government shutdown has spilled over to the private sector -- putting permits in limbo for everything from seafood processors to craft breweries.

A Pacific Gas and Electric crew worked to restore power in Sonoma County, Calif., last year. The utility, formed more than a century ago, has been blamed for scores of California fires that have started when trees fall on power lines, sending sparks onto dry vegetation.

PG&E to file for bankruptcy following devastating California wildfires

PG&E to file for bankruptcy following devastating California wildfires

Filene’s Basement’s Running of the Brides was a Boston tradition.

Talking Points AM | Larry Edelman

All sales final: Sears may soon join the ranks of these departed retail outlets

How many of these names from the retail graveyard can you remember?

John Fish


Suffolk CEO looks beyond construction for top talent

John Fish is trying to turn Suffolk into more of a tech company, and he’s looked outside of the industry to build his management team.

The near-vacant parking lot for Shaw’s on Pilgrim Hill Road in Plymouth.

Shaw’s is closing some grocery stores in Mass. and N.H.

Shaw’s will be closing three supermarkets in Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire next month because the locations are “underperforming.”

Another sign of weakness in China weighs on US stocks

Stocks took small losses Monday after China reported a drop in exports in December, but the market didn’t come close to matching its plunges of the last few months.

Cambridge software firm Quick Base sold in deal reportedly above $1b

Vista Equity Partners bought a majority stake in the company, which helps build work place applications.

The Gannet Co. headquarters in McLean, Va.

Digital First Media reportedly poised to make offer to USA Today publisher Gannett

Digital First currently owns five publications in Massachusetts, including The Boston Herald and the Sentinel & Journal Enterprise in Fitchburg.

Ken Westerman with his new Toyota Prius hybrid in his driveway in Ann Arbor, Mich. Automakers are rolling out models meant to widen the appeal of electric cars. But making it easier and faster to charge them is a crucial challenge.

Electric vehicles in the spotlight at Detroit’s Auto Show

Automakers are rolling out models meant to widen the appeal of electric cars. But making it easier and faster to charge them is a crucial challenge.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate for the third time this year in response to a strong U.S. economy and signaled that it expects to maintain a pace of gradual rate hikes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Talking Points/Larry Edelman

The Federal Reserve reaches truce with markets, but pays a price

The central bank’s decision to take a wait-and-see stance on interest rates has big implications for the economy, the Fed’s independence, and President Trump’s reelection campaign.

AstraZeneca departures continue as medical chief exits

A wave of high-level defections has been taking place amid a reorganization of the UK drugmaker.

NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin visited Harmonic Drive in 1971, to thank employees of the Peabody company for their work on the lunar rover.


This company’s gears went to the moon, and they’re still going places

One of the most improbable and impressive companies that Boston has ever known is run out of a single-story brick building in Peabody.

A ship-to-shore crane prepared to load a 40-foot shipping container onto a ship at the Port of Savannah in Savannah, Ga.

US companies are paying the price for new tariffs

For many businesses, tariffs are escalating costs, creating hardships, and magnifying uncertainty.

CareWell Urgent Care operates 16 centers in the state, including this one in Framingham.

Urgent care centers proliferate in Mass., but fewer low-income patients have access

An explosion of the largely unregulated urgent care industry is reshaping the health care landscape in the state.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace caters primarily to tourists these days, but that wasn’t the case when it opened in 1976.

Faneuil Hall’s promised retail revolution? We’re still waiting

The company that manages the marketplace wants to make its shops and restaurants more reflective of Boston, but says the changes will take time.

Michelle Singletary | The Color of Money

Here’s a way to stop living paycheck to paycheck

Even if you’re not affected, the government shutdown is a reminder of how important it is to have an emergency fund.

Racing at Suffolk Downs in recent years has been limited to a handful of dates each season.

Chesto Means Business

Suffolk Downs’s thoroughbreds could be headed to the Berkshires

The track’s operator could move racing to the Great Barrington Fairgrounds. First, Suffolk needs help from state lawmakers to pull it off.

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.