Freebies and Big Discounts at Restaurants May Soon Disappear

To boost business in recession-era times, major restaurant chains like Denny’s, T.G.I. Fridays, Applebee’s, and Chili’s have been rolling out discounts and promos over the past few months—$5 specialty sandwiches, two-for-one entrees, free appetizers, and such. If you’re interested in such things, take advantage of these specials while …

Credit ratings agencies: the problem that hasn’t gone away, as much as we’ve tried to ignore it

Okay, so maybe that’s not entirely fair. The SEC has signed off on some new rules and proposed some additional ones to try to temper conflict of interest at the companies that told us all those new-fangled mortgage-related securities were unlikely to ever go bad. Oops! And now SEC head Mary Schapiro is talking about yet another batch of …

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