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Do You Read Businessweek?

Yes
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Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by abuss368 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:37 pm

How many Bogleheads read Businessweek?
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Post by TimeRunner » Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:10 pm

Yes, but... I'm letting the subscription lapse and took a one-year subscription to WSJ (paper + digital) instead. For my taste, BW has become a cross between People, TV Guide, and Wired in terms of people focus (owners' favorite Gulfstream customizations), busy bite-size graphic sprawl, and 'how to look cool in your cubicle' type articles.
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Post by chaz » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:14 pm

I prefer this forum.
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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by fareastwarriors » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:32 pm

Financial publications are not going to get a lot of love from this forum. I'm the only yes so right far. lol...

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by S&L1940 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:59 pm

Years ago (50) Businessweek used to project themselves as an executives only magazine. Subscribed for a few years and finally stopped.
Recently, as a part of Bloomberg, I started getting some of their email newsletters but for me, Bogleheads offers far more guidance and financial sense than what Businessweek delivers. I voted no because free newsletters probably do not count
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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by Toons » Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:39 pm

Nope it has been years :happy
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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by LadyGeek » Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:25 pm

This thread is now in the Personal Consumer Issues forum (magazine).
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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by Ged » Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:46 pm

If I was going to subscribe to a business magazine it would be The Economist. One of the few really literate publications left.

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by Khanmots » Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:54 pm

What's Businessweek? :wink:

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by nisiprius » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:04 pm

Well, you know, if it's a doctor's waiting room and the choice is "Businessweek," "Highlights for Children," or "Martha Stewart Living..."

However, if they have "Medical Economics" I'll go for that one every time.
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Yes

Post by davebarnes » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:12 pm

A subscriber since 1967.
It is an easy read.
Had gotten much better, in my opinion, since Bloomberg.
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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by dbltrbl » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:28 pm

I just signed up again for it. I like it not for investment but general information. I let my subsciption lapse till they make me an offer, I can not refuse. My current rate 15 bucks per year. /it includes online access too and a free gift :D

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by abuss368 » Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:51 pm

I would like to thank everyone for the excellent responses thus far.

Does anyone feel that there is any overlap with The Wall Street Journal?
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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by curmudgeon » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:03 pm

Ged wrote:If I was going to subscribe to a business magazine it would be The Economist. One of the few really literate publications left.


I subscribed to the Economist for many years, but gave it up a while ago. It seemed to have drifted into becoming to much of an opinion magazine, and I just wasn't that interested in their opinions.

If I retire soon, I may have time for a few more magazines, and I'll have to look around again.

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by William4u » Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:23 pm

curmudgeon wrote:
Ged wrote:If I was going to subscribe to a business magazine it would be The Economist. One of the few really literate publications left.


I subscribed to the Economist for many years, but gave it up a while ago. It seemed to have drifted into becoming to much of an opinion magazine, and I just wasn't that interested in their opinions.


I agree. I find The Economist often expresses intelligent but controversial opinions (with which I often disagree) stemming from their British free-market economic neoliberalism (related to libertarianism in the US). Ideology seems to drive much of their articles. Their reporting generally implies "If we really had free markets, things would be a lot better." These kinds of empirical claims are mostly untestable and based on an abstract normative and social theory (e.g., trickle down economics). I don't think that market regulation is the bogeyman as they do.

IMHO, the NYTimes is the best. They make a stronger distinction between the opinion and editorial pieces on the one hand (which are generally left-center ideological, excluding Brooks), and the rest of the paper (which by and large is not ideological). The NYTimes articles on markets and business are less ideologically driven.

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by whaleknives » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:38 pm

Only for John Bogle quotes.
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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by bcboy57 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:40 am

I enjoy Business Week and look forward to it each Friday in the mail. I do not read it for investing advice, but for its up to date business news , and news in general, with expanded pieces on certain topics. Its article on GM's problems last month was especially well researched and written. Also the editorial page, which is well written and , I think, unbiased politically.

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by walker46 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:47 am

William4u wrote:
curmudgeon wrote:
Ged wrote:If I was going to subscribe to a business magazine it would be The Economist. One of the few really literate publications left.


I subscribed to the Economist for many years, but gave it up a while ago. It seemed to have drifted into becoming to much of an opinion magazine, and I just wasn't that interested in their opinions.


I agree. I find The Economist often expresses intelligent but controversial opinions (with which I often disagree) stemming from their British free-market economic neoliberalism (related to libertarianism in the US). Ideology seems to drive much of their articles. Their reporting generally implies "If we really had free markets, things would be a lot better." These kinds of empirical claims are mostly untestable and based on an abstract normative and social theory (e.g., trickle down economics). I don't think that market regulation is the bogeyman as they do.

IMHO, the NYTimes is the best. They make a stronger distinction between the opinion and editorial pieces on the one hand (which are generally left-center ideological, excluding Brooks), and the rest of the paper (which by and large is not ideological). The NYTimes articles on markets and business are less ideologically driven.


Completely agree with William4u. I'm happy to see that someone else's opinion is the same as mine. Having said that, I still read the Economist, mostly for the international news which I don't seem to be able to find anywhere else. But their neoliberalism spin on everything makes me wonder how much of their reporting can be trusted to be factual.

As for Businessweek, I subscribed for thirty years and watched it decay until Bloomberg took it over. It's improved under Bloomberg but it's still not what it used to be. Still I stopped subscribing to Businessweek a couple of years ago since I found that with all the time I waste on the internet, I don't have near the time to read magazines as I used to.

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by LateStarter1975 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:19 am

No. I only read free online financial magazines and forums like this.
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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by goldendad » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:21 am

I read Forbes and Money.

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by DetroitRed » Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:56 am

It's gotten much better since Bloomberg bought it. Bloomberg has the largest news staff in the world and employs many very good business reporters. The other business pubs like Fortune and Forbes do fewer articles that require reporting (because they've had to cut staff). Businessweek has at least 3 articles a week that requires reporting (as opposed to articles that just comment on the news).

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Post by Tycoon » Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:02 am

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Post by heartwood » Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:26 am

I read Businessweek for many years but stopped paying for it about 5 years ago. A similar situation with Fortune. Both were excellent reportings of how the world worked, esp Fortune with in depth articles on companies.

Perhaps it's me, but I have so little interest in stories mainly about twitter, facebook, etc. I think its a function of the audience the advertisers want. They want the demographic that spends money; the same that tweets, etc. So the stories are written for that audience.

I get occasional email offers for a free year of Bloomberg BW. I tried it twice. It's not a come-on per se; I believe its a way to show the advertisers they have circulation. I used to pay $40 for Fortune 15 years ago. I thought a $30 price as a 'valued corporate subscriber" was great. Five or so years ago I got an offer for Fortune for $12 for 1 year, $19 for 2 years and $20 for 3 years. The 3 yr rate is less than the equivalent postage on a 1st class letter. I signed up. When that ran out they gave me an additional year for free; then another year for free. It comes in the mail and I'm through with it in 30 minutes, usually less. And its a third or more ad pages or special advertising sections for Russia, Malaysia, etc.

I got an offer for Wired magazine for $5/year, up to 3 years. I took that one as well. I enjoy it but not as much as I used to.

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by gypsylady » Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:32 am

Have read it for 20+ years- I agree that it's been much better since Bloomberg bought it.

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Post by jdb » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:03 pm

I let subscription lapse about 30 years ago after their infamous cover article proclaiming the "Death of Equities". That was right before commencement of boom market in equities. Now get financial info from subscriptions to WSJ and NYT and Economist. And Bloomberg Mobile. Also had subscription to Financial Times and really enjoyed the weekend edition but they could not get act together on home deliveries so reluctantly cancelled. And of course this site and the books recommended here which is the best.

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Post by jlawrence01 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:54 pm

They still publish that magazine ...?? I thought they killed that one off years ago.

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Post by gunn_show » Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:40 pm

heartwood wrote:I read Businessweek for many years but stopped paying for it about 5 years ago. A similar situation with Fortune. Both were excellent reportings of how the world worked, esp Fortune with in depth articles on companies.

Perhaps it's me, but I have so little interest in stories mainly about twitter, facebook, etc. I think its a function of the audience the advertisers want. They want the demographic that spends money; the same that tweets, etc. So the stories are written for that audience.

I get occasional email offers for a free year of Bloomberg BW. I tried it twice. It's not a come-on per se; I believe its a way to show the advertisers they have circulation. I used to pay $40 for Fortune 15 years ago. I thought a $30 price as a 'valued corporate subscriber" was great. Five or so years ago I got an offer for Fortune for $12 for 1 year, $19 for 2 years and $20 for 3 years. The 3 yr rate is less than the equivalent postage on a 1st class letter. I signed up. When that ran out they gave me an additional year for free; then another year for free. It comes in the mail and I'm through with it in 30 minutes, usually less. And its a third or more ad pages or special advertising sections for Russia, Malaysia, etc.

I got an offer for Wired magazine for $5/year, up to 3 years. I took that one as well. I enjoy it but not as much as I used to.


Basically my reply, but I still love reading Fortune and re-upped for more years on the same sweet promo $20 for 3 you got. My fave mag by far, their in-depth articles are great. I am in high tech so I like their tech tilt.
Bloomberg has been spamming hard with great deals but I prefer Fortune style articles and writing to the quick-hit BW style, although it is a very stylish mag with good content.
I also get Inc. on a similar $20/3 deal. It's like Fortune for the entrepreneurship set.
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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by john94549 » Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:37 pm

I read 'em all, except for the WSJ. And that's more an issue of time. By the time I've read the NYT and the Chronicle, it's time for a nap. After the nap and lunch, it's periodicals. Then early news and a cocktail, followed by national news (and a cocktail). Round it out with Harper's and/or Vanity Fair, maybe a movie.

I do agree The Economist is deeper; well worth the subscription. But Bloomberg/BusinessWeek has its own merits and is easy reading.

Support periodicals and print journalism. We do take a free press* for granted, it seems.

*Free as in the concept, not the implementation, if you get the drift.

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by Ged » Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:55 pm

William4u wrote:IMHO, the NYTimes is the best. They make a stronger distinction between the opinion and editorial pieces on the one hand (which are generally left-center ideological, excluding Brooks), and the rest of the paper (which by and large is not ideological). The NYTimes articles on markets and business are less ideologically driven.


The NYT is generally well written, however I don't think the claim that it (or any other news source) does not have an ideological bias holds water. For example there are quantitative studies that show clear trends in whether reports of economic statistics are reported favorably or not depends on the party in power as much as the actual measurement result. And yes the NYT was one of the newspapers found to practice this.

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Post by skepticalobserver » Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:07 am

The publication is now Bloomberg's Businesweek. The feature articles, some of which are not directly business related items, are a bit more sophisticated and in depth than those found in similar publications.

Many of the Bloomberg articles eventually appear on the Bloomberg News website.

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Re: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?

Post by Toons » Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:14 am

No :happy
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