How to Buy a Safe Car

in surveys to gauge new-car buyers’most-wanted features, fuel economy and reliability often trump safety. But at Kiplinger, we think safety is paramount.Safety accounts for more than one-third of the possible points in our annual newcar rankings. Here’s how to pick the safest vehicle and choose which protective features are worth the extra money.
Crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (SaferCar.gov) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS.org) both conduct frontal, side and rollover tests, but they do them differently.


What Is a Small Business?

How can you tell a small business from a large one? The Small Business Administration (SBA), the federal agency most directly involved with this sector of the economy, defines a small business as an “independent business having fewer than 500 employees.” However, those bidding for government contracts or applying for government assistance may vary in size according to industry. For example, small manufacturers fall in the 500-worker range, whereas wholesalers must employ fewer than 100. Retailers may generate up to $6 million in annual sales and still be considered small businesses, while farms or other agricultural businesses are designated small if they generate less than $750,000 annually.

Google and Facebook Face Off in India’s Social Networking Wars

India is the world’s largest democracy and, with 1.2 billion people, the second-most populous country (after China). It is considered a major growth Internet market, with a tradition of free speech, a growing middle class that is still discovering the Internet (only about 5 percent of the Indian population is online so far), and huge market opportunities for providers of Web search and advertising.


DEPA terms changed to aid Gazprom bid

Greece agreed to change some terms in the planned privatisation of natural gas distributor DEPA, opening the way for Russian energy giant Gazprom to bid for the firm. Privatisation agency HRADF finalised the terms of the sale contract late on Friday, lowering the amount that DEPA’s buyer will have to deposit as a guarantee before the deal gets regulatory approval.

ND extends lead in opinion polls

The ruling conservatives have widened their lead over anti-austerity opponents, three polls showed, in a sign that improving business sentiment has bolstered support for the crisis-ridden country’s government.

Turkish unit lifts NBG to profit

National Bank of Greece posted a profit for the second consecutive quarter on Friday, helped by strong earnings from its Turkish unit Finansbank, lower funding costs and reduced provisions for bad debt.