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Apr 13, 2010

MarketWatch: Personal Finance Daily. "n high-tech health care, don't forget ergonomics." April 13th, 2010

Personal Finance Daily
APRIL 13, 2010

Tuesday's Personal Finance stories

By MarketWatch

Don't miss these top stories:

How invested in technology is your doctor's office? Over the last year, when I've gone to my doctor I've noticed an increasing number of nurse practitioners walking from patient to patient lugging laptops, into which they spend a lot of time peering during exams -- the machines sometimes perched on their knees as they hunch over them. While I love the potential for greater efficiency and the immediate access to information, I do miss talking with caregivers whose attention is a little less divided.

It's not as though computers and other high-tech changes will eradicate medical errors, by any means. Read Kristen Gerencher's Vital Signs for more on the pros and cons of the big, and well-funded, push toward electronic health records.

One thing seems likely. The growing use of information technology in the doctor's office will create a whole new class of patients: nurses and doctors whose backs or shoulders give out on them.

-- Andrea Coombes , Personal Finance editor

Electronic health records prepare for their close-up

Coming soon to a doctor's office near you: electronic health records. But it may take longer to find out whether broader use of health information technology lives up to its acronym and becomes a HIT.
See Vital Signs.

Patient feedback needed as use of electronic health records grows

Your doctor soon may try using an electronic health record if he hasn't already -- and you can influence the direction that these EHRs take.
See Kristen Gerencher's Health Matters Blog.

What to do if your child's doctor is always late

She is a skilled doctor with a sweet bedside manner, but if my daughter's pediatrician keeps me waiting for close to an hour one more time, I'll be shopping for a new doctor.
See Diary of a Recession Baby.


Last-minute tax tips

Just a few hundred minutes left until the tax witching hour at midnight on April 15. Remember the days before electronic filing? Radio stations would broadcast from U.S. Postal Services branches that were open until midnight, and turned the night into party time. But if you haven't filed yet, you may not be in a party mood.
See TaxWatch.

Can't afford your tax bill?

If you can't afford to pay Uncle Sam, you do have some options. Stephanie Hines, senior tax manager at BDO Seidman, weighs in.
 Watch Video Report.


Consumer Reports: Don't buy the Lexus GX 460

Add flipping over to the list of very bad things that could potentially happen behind the wheel of a Toyota-made vehicle these days, according to Consumer Reports test results published Tuesday.
See Ahead of the Curve.


You call this a recovery?

The U.S. economy appears to be strengthening following the worst downturn in generations, but the recovery isn't setting anyone's heart on fire.
See Capitol Report.

Small businesses don't see recovery panning out: NFIB

U.S. small-business owners were more pessimistic in March than in February, according to a survey of companies released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
See Economic Report.

Commentary: Too soon to tell if the recession is over

While most economists are assuming that the Great Recession has ended, the umpire of the business cycle has just said it is too soon to tell.
See Irwin Kellner.

FDIC prepares plan to assess higher fees on big banks

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Tuesday voted to propose assessing higher fees on large, risky financial institutions and lower fees for some less-risky small and big banks for the agency's deposit-insurance fund.
See story on FDIC plans to assess higher fees on big banks.

Commentary: The bailouts worked, and that's the problem

The good news is that the bailouts worked. The bad news is the bailouts worked.
See David Weidner's Writing on the Wall.


Euro-zone becomes 'no-go zone' for fund managers

As an investment, Europe has become a regional "non grata" among global fund managers, who have instead been putting more money into Japanese equities, according to the latest survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch in April.
See FundWatch.

Commentary: Dow 12,000 next? Happy talk feeds the sheep

Yes, we hit 11,000. Propaganda. Yes, we'll quietly sneak past 11,722 (Dow's 2000 peak). Yes, we'll happily climb to 14,164 (Dow's 2007 peak). Maybe. But you're being conned: Even a new record of 14,165 barely equals CPI inflation the past 10 years.
See Paul B. Farrell.

REUTERS: DAI: Market rises slightly as results eyed, April 13th, 2010

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Good evening Fernando, TUE 13 Apr 2010 
Market rises slightly as results eyed
Intel rises after Q1 results, lifting AMD
WaMu risk-taking slammed
FDIC proposes large banks pay for their risk
List of possible Palm suitors grows, led by Asians
Geithner says will press China on fair trade rules
Baird nabs Smith Barney's Perez in Northwest push
U.S. trade gap with China narrows
Long-term prospects hang over Google's results
Levi Strauss posts higher profit in first quarter

Market rises slightly as results eyed
April 13, 2010 04:26 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks eked out a gain on Tuesday as investors looked ahead to earnings from big banks and tech bellwethers, even as disappointing revenue from Alcoa Inc acted as a headwind.

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Intel rises after Q1 results, lifting AMD
April 13, 2010 04:30 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of Intel Corp rose 2.6 percent to $23.35 in extended trading on Tuesday after the company reported its first-quarter results.

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WaMu risk-taking slammed
April 13, 2010 01:22 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Washington Mutual Chief Executive Kerry Killinger charged regulators unfairly seized the thrift in September 2008, even as the head of a congressional panel accused the savings and loan of creating a "mortgage time bomb" in its quest for profits.

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FDIC proposes large banks pay for their risk
April 13, 2010 02:38 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators proposed large banks pay higher fees if they engage in risky activities, introducing a new "scorecard" said to better predict how institutions will fare in economic downturns.

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List of possible Palm suitors grows, led by Asians
April 13, 2010 04:27 PM ET
SHANGHAI/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Palm Inc, may be scooped up by an Asian company with enough cash and manufacturing muscle to turn around the struggling smartphone maker, but analysts warn a deal could prove too rich for any buyer at current prices.

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Geithner says will press China on fair trade rules
April 13, 2010 03:53 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Tuesday the Obama administration will push China forcefully to open its markets and maintain fair trading rules.

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Baird nabs Smith Barney's Perez in Northwest push
April 13, 2010 04:36 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Baird Private Wealth Management on Tuesday said it hired veteran Smith Barney broker David Perez in Portland, Oregon, the first step in the firm's expansion in the Pacific Northwest region.

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U.S. trade gap with China narrows
April 13, 2010 10:59 AM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. trade deficit with China narrowed to its lowest level in nearly a year in February, while the nation's overall trade gap widened as strengthening domestic demand triggered a surge in imports.

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Long-term prospects hang over Google's results
April 13, 2010 03:56 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Concerns over Google Inc's longer-term prospects may overshadow improvements in the Internet search giant's core business.

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Levi Strauss posts higher profit in first quarter
April 13, 2010 03:58 PM ET
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co said on Tuesday that quarterly net profit rose 17 percent on higher revenue from currency gains and improved consumer spending.

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