A trader studies his computer screen in the VIX pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange on April 27.
If being invested in a wildly unpredictable stock market freaks you out right now, you're definitely not alone.
In fact, there's an index to measure that nervousness, and even trade on it. It's called the Volatility Index, or VIX, but it also goes by another name: the fear gauge. And during times like these, the VIX draws lots of attention.
Karlene Hunter co-founded Native American Natural Foods. The South Dakota company makes energy bars, organic buffalo jerky and other meat products.
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If you think unemployment is bad where you live, take a look at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Tribal officials there say more than 70 percent of the working-age population is without a job. And within one of the nation's toughest local economies, a reservation-based business is struggling to grow.
Many newly diagnosed Alzheimer's patients go through the stressful phase of realizing they are losing their memory while still having enough insight to know that, over time, they will no longer be able to care for themselves.
So a team of researchers from Chicago — a city known for improvisational theater — is testing a new idea of whether unscripted theater games can affect the well-being of these patients.
One area in the U.S. economy that is booming, despite the sluggish recovery, is technology. Facebook and Groupon are expected to go public in the coming year, and tens of billions of dollars of venture capital continue to pour into the tech industry every year to support new companies.
But one of the first challenges new companies face is coming up with a name, which can be a difficult task.