• Social Security Q&A: How to apply for Supplemental Security Income

    Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Social Security Q&A: If you are applying for SSI based on a disability, you can start the process by going online to complete the disability report.

  • Workers, retailers prepare for Thursday's 'National Boss' Day'

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Contrary to popular belief, Hallmark did not create National Boss Day, which is celebrated Oct. 16.

  • Taking Stock: Medical device company could be acquisition target

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: Globus Medical designs, makes and sells implants for cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spinal disorders.

  • Social Security Q&A: How to protect against identity theft

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Q: How can I protect myself against identity theft? A: First, don’t carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it secure at home with your other important papers. Second, don’t readily give out your Social Security number. While many banks, schools, doctors, landlords, and others will request your number, it is your decision whether to provide it. Ask if there is some other way to identify you in their records. If you are the victim of identity theft, you should report it right away.

  • Stock futures swings prompt varying forecasts

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Record-sized corn and soybeans crops predicted

  • Oklahoma women executives agree with study showing women workers are twice as likely to be called 'bossy'

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Forty percent of women have been called “bossy” at work, compared with 22 percent of men, according to a recent online survey by an Oregon software company.

  • Taking Stock: A whale of a buy?

    Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Malcolm Berko:

  • 'Tis the giving to charities season — almost

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Statistics show 24 percent of all donations are made during the last two months of the year. Several Oklahoma nonprofits report on how they’re doing so far.

  • Taking Stock: UTX is quite a buy for dividend divas

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: United Technologies is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones industrial average. It’s a Jim dandy diversified conglomerate with a strong cash flow and $62 billion in revenues, derived from five business segments.

  • Social Security Q&A: Take first steps to retire by filing online application

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Q: I've decided I want to retire. How do I begin? A: The fastest and easiest way to apply for retirement benefits is to go to www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline. To use our online application to apply for Social Security retirement or spouse’s benefits, you must: Be at least 61 years and 9 months old; want to start your benefits in the next 4 months; and live in the United States or one of its commonwealths or territories. If you are already age 62, your benefits could start as early as the month you apply. If you are almost age 65, your application for benefits will include Medicare. Q: I'm trying to decide when to retire.

  • Lean building advocate describes waste in industry

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    In a presentation titled “My Favorite Train Wrecks,” Scott Sedam’s examples ranged from Dumpsters full of usable air-conditioning duct work, to dozens of wood trusses exposed to weather for long periods of time, to homes overbuilt with features.

  • Economist Dr. James Galbraith to speak at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma regarding economic recession

    By Jessica Allison, For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    His latest book, “The End of Normal,” argues that the latest recession must be solved differently than all of society’s past recessions.

  • Job-hoppers warrant second look, experts say

    By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Without examining employees’ motives for frequent job changes, companies can miss opportunities to hire motivated, multi-skilled workers, recent research shows.

  • How much can be done on Social Security’s website?

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Q: What can I do at www.socialsecurity.gov ? A: There are myriad things you can do at Social Security’s website. You can conduct most of your Social Security business at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. There, you can get an estimate of future benefits, find out if you qualify for benefits now, and even apply for benefits. You can complete a number of other tasks online, too. You can estimate your retirement benefit using our Retirement Estimator. It allows you to get an instant, personalized estimate of your future benefit based on different retirement ages and scenarios. You can even open your own my Social Security account to plan for and manage your benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

  • Taking Stock: Inflation course outsmarts 'experts'

    By Malcolm Berko, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Malcolm Berko: For the past two years, the conspiracy theory folks (I leaned toward a bit of that, too) have oozed like termites from the woodwork and claimed that the economic reports have been a cover-up and the government has been fudging numbers.

  • UPS will hire hundreds in Oklahoma City area for holiday shipping rush

    FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Nationally, United Parcel Service Inc. said that it will hire up to 95,000 workers for the holidays.

  • Oklahoma business briefs for Sept. 18, 2014

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Oklahoma business briefs for Sept. 18, 2014

  • Street Smart: The myRA – an example of how difficult it is to get Americans to save

    By Ian Ogilvie | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Ian Ogilvie: In an effort to get many Americans to start saving, the U.S. Treasury is set to formalize rules governing so-called “my Retirement Accounts,” or myRAs, sometime later this year.

  • Taking Stock: Planning retirement without Social Security

    Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Malcolm Berko:

  • OKC businessman Meinders buys 'trophy asset' in Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Businessman Bob Meinders turned in the winning bid for Deep Deuce’s Clark Building, which has been renovated into one of the most luxurious homes in Oklahoma City.