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May 1, 2008

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

Congress snoozes while China continues to manipulate its currency.

Pronounce it dead, for this year at least. Potential federal legislation to force China to stop playing cute with its currency formally expired March 27, a victim of lobbyist influence, a failure of courage and […] Read More

May 1, 2008

TRUST ME

How the confidence game is played worldwide and why it's so difficult to trust our trading partners.

  Some metals leaders, like The Timken Company, the Canton, Ohio-based maker of specialty steel and tapered roller bearings, are reluctant to send their most innovative technologies and processes to countries where piracy is a […] Read More

May 1, 2008

WHY THIS SLUMP IS DIFFERENT

The current economic slowdown in the United States is unlike any in recent memory.

  The news certainly has not been good of late. Many top economic analysts conclude the United States has entered a recession, defined as two successive quarters of shrinking gross domestic product (GDP). Global Insight, […] Read More

May 1, 2008

FALLING TO PIECES

America's crumbling infrastructure needs $1.6 trillion worth of emergency rehabilitation.

Illustrations by Ken Orvidas Aging U.S. infrastructure, largely ignored by politicians, pundits and the public until the collapse of the levees in New Orleans in 2005 and a highway bridge in Minneapolis last year, is […] Read More

March 20, 2008

THE WELLNESS CURE

Cost-conscious metals companies are getting into the employee health business via an array of wellness programs. It's not clear, however, whether the cure is better than the illness.

You might think that one solution to rising healthcare costs is to keep employees healthy. People who drop weight, stay fit, eat right, don’t smoke or otherwise contribute to their own demise must visit doctors […] Read More