7 in 10 Americans are avoiding difficult conversations at work — here’s how to tackle them

She outlined three tips to prepare yourself for a difficult conversation at work. Expect the best, but prepare for the worstWhile you will be hoping for the best possible resolution to your conversation, it’s helpful to prepare yourself for a potential negative outcome. That way, you will be better able to keep your emotions in check and avoid escalating the situation, Sheehan noted. “Try to think through the worst-case scenarios and prepare for how you might respond in that situation. Say it ou


She outlined three tips to prepare yourself for a difficult conversation at work. Expect the best, but prepare for the worstWhile you will be hoping for the best possible resolution to your conversation, it’s helpful to prepare yourself for a potential negative outcome. That way, you will be better able to keep your emotions in check and avoid escalating the situation, Sheehan noted. “Try to think through the worst-case scenarios and prepare for how you might respond in that situation. Say it ou
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7 in 10 Americans are avoiding difficult conversations at work — here's how to tackle them

Nevertheless, approaching difficult conversations is not only an important workplace skill, it could also be what enables your next step forward, said Sarah Sheehan, Bravely’s chief customer officer, who co-founded the company with Hervey as a platform for confidential professional advice.

She outlined three tips to prepare yourself for a difficult conversation at work.

1. Consider viewpoints beyond your own

“It’s easy to think about yourself and only yourself when you’re dealing with something challenging at work, but take the time to think through how someone might see it from the other side, and whether certain circumstances could be creating the situation at hand,” said Sheehan.

Your manager is a person, too, noted Sheehan, so sometimes the best thing you can do is to put yourself in their shoes and try to think things through from a new perspective.

2. Expect the best, but prepare for the worst

While you will be hoping for the best possible resolution to your conversation, it’s helpful to prepare yourself for a potential negative outcome. That way, you will be better able to keep your emotions in check and avoid escalating the situation, Sheehan noted.

“Try to think through the worst-case scenarios and prepare for how you might respond in that situation. That way, you might be less likely to react with emotion,” she said.

3. Say it out loud

Finally, try rehearsing the conversation, either to yourself or someone else, to hone your message and perfect your delivery, said Sheehan.

“It will no doubt feel awkward at first,” she said, adding that “forcing yourself to say the words will help you hone how you deliver it, control the tone (which is super important!), and ensure you stick the landing.”

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Congress asked the Fed chief about marijuana banking: ‘It would be nice to have clarity’

“It puts financial institutions in a very difficult place and puts the supervisors in a difficult place, too. That’s put marijuana retailers and banks within those jurisdictions in a tough position. Hemp, a plant related to marijuana minus the psychoactive drug THC, is said to ease a wide range of medical ailments, including epilepsy and arthritis. Questions remain, however, for those who want to sell or bank money from the marijuana business. Others have brought the just-say-no attitude to Wall


“It puts financial institutions in a very difficult place and puts the supervisors in a difficult place, too. That’s put marijuana retailers and banks within those jurisdictions in a tough position. Hemp, a plant related to marijuana minus the psychoactive drug THC, is said to ease a wide range of medical ailments, including epilepsy and arthritis. Questions remain, however, for those who want to sell or bank money from the marijuana business. Others have brought the just-say-no attitude to Wall
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Congress asked the Fed chief about marijuana banking: 'It would be nice to have clarity'

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said before the U.S. Senate Tuesday that conflicting federal and state laws on the sale of marijuana and other cannabis products put bank supervisors in a “very difficult place.”

Asked by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., about the Fed’s thoughts on the cannabis space, the leader of the U.S. central bank said further regulatory guidance would be helpful for bank overseers.

“I think it would be great to have clarity,” Powell said from Capitol Hill. “It puts financial institutions in a very difficult place and puts the supervisors in a difficult place, too. It would be nice to have clarity on that supervisory relationship.”

Cannabis has proven a puzzling topic for both Washington and Wall Street, which is discovering a unique set of hurdles as it explores the burgeoning marijuana and hemp markets, ranging from lending restrictions to disagreeing local laws. Marijuana remains illegal on a federal level in the United States, but 10 states and the District of Columbia have allowed its use for recreational purposes. Michigan became one of the latest to OK marijuana in November.

New Jersey legislators are also considering the legalization of recreational marijuana.

That’s put marijuana retailers and banks within those jurisdictions in a tough position. To accept deposits or loan to cannabis businesses could put a financial institution at odds with the Department of Justice and the Food and Drug Administration, which prohibits companies from adding active ingredients that are drug products in foods and drinks.

Some of that uncertainty was cleared up late last year, when the recent U.S. farm bill removed hemp from the federal government’s list of controlled substances and opened up nascent markets in CBD, cannabidiol. Hemp, a plant related to marijuana minus the psychoactive drug THC, is said to ease a wide range of medical ailments, including epilepsy and arthritis.

Questions remain, however, for those who want to sell or bank money from the marijuana business. A flurry of federal regulations currently deter banks from working with legal dispensaries in the U.S. and mandate that banks and other financial firms file “suspicious activity reports” to help monitor money laundering. Others have brought the just-say-no attitude to Wall Street, steering clear of any services related to the marijuana business for fear of federal prosecution.


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Treasury yields fall amid US-China trade talks

“There’s obviously an incentive for both sides to reach a deal,” James Athey, senior investment manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Friday. “The problem is that you’re now getting to the more difficult part of the negotiation, which is things like the IP (intellectual property) problem.” One of President Donald Trump’s biggest contentions with Beijing is the claim that the country has stolen intellectual property and trade secrets from American companies.


“There’s obviously an incentive for both sides to reach a deal,” James Athey, senior investment manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Friday. “The problem is that you’re now getting to the more difficult part of the negotiation, which is things like the IP (intellectual property) problem.” One of President Donald Trump’s biggest contentions with Beijing is the claim that the country has stolen intellectual property and trade secrets from American companies.
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Treasury yields fall amid US-China trade talks

Market players continue to monitor the latest round of negotiations between Washington and Beijing. Optimism has risen over the chances of both countries securing a deal to end their protracted trade war, but some experts say the most difficult part is yet to come as high level talks continue into Friday.

“There’s obviously an incentive for both sides to reach a deal,” James Athey, senior investment manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Friday.

“The problem is that you’re now getting to the more difficult part of the negotiation, which is things like the IP (intellectual property) problem.”

One of President Donald Trump’s biggest contentions with Beijing is the claim that the country has stolen intellectual property and trade secrets from American companies. Both nations are a week away from an early March deadline to secure a trade deal, however speculation has risen there may be an extension to that target.

Elsewhere, a flurry of speeches from Fed policymakers are due throughout the day, with New York Fed President John Williams, San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly, Philadelphia Fed Chairman Patrick Harker and St. Louis Fed President James Bullard expected to speak on the U.S. economy and monetary policy at separate events.

There are no auctions scheduled for Friday.


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Apple should buy Netflix but it would likely cost at least $189 billion, JP Morgan says

Apple and Netflix did immediately respond to requests for comment on J.P. Morgan’s speculation. And third, while difficult, Netflix would be easier to acquire than Hulu and Amazon Prime. J.P. Morgan thinks Apple needs to buy instead of starting a streaming service on its own. Additionally, J.P. Morgan thinks a combination with Netflix could streamline Apple’s advertising revenue. Shares of Apple and Netflix rose 2.1 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively, in Monday trading.


Apple and Netflix did immediately respond to requests for comment on J.P. Morgan’s speculation. And third, while difficult, Netflix would be easier to acquire than Hulu and Amazon Prime. J.P. Morgan thinks Apple needs to buy instead of starting a streaming service on its own. Additionally, J.P. Morgan thinks a combination with Netflix could streamline Apple’s advertising revenue. Shares of Apple and Netflix rose 2.1 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively, in Monday trading.
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Apple should buy Netflix but it would likely cost at least $189 billion, JP Morgan says

Apple beats on earnings—Here’s what three experts are saying about the stock now 11:58 AM ET Wed, 30 Jan 2019 | 05:41

The note from Chatterjee outlines three industries the firm thinks would be a good fit for Apple to make strategic acquisitions and names three companies Apple should buy: Netflix, Activision Blizzard and Sonos. This is speculation from Chatterjee but comes as Apple’s long run of growth from the iPhone begins to dwindle. Chatterjee even notes specifically that the combination of Apple-Netflix is unlikely.

Apple and Netflix did immediately respond to requests for comment on J.P. Morgan’s speculation.

“We believe Apple can drive synergies between its leading position in smartphones and the rapid transition of video consumption to mobile to drive stronger services growth,” Chatterjee said. “We find Netflix as the best strategic fit, although we appreciate a combination is less likely as Netflix is unlikely to be a seller for a modest premium.”

While Chatterjee said it would be difficult and pricey for Apple to acquire Netflix, he provided three reasons why the streaming service would be the best fit for Apple. First, Netflix fits with Apple’s preference of being an “aggregator of content,” he said, rather than a traditional media company like Sony Pictures. Second, the Netflix subscription model fits with Apple’s services revenue model. And third, while difficult, Netflix would be easier to acquire than Hulu and Amazon Prime.

J.P. Morgan thinks Apple needs to buy instead of starting a streaming service on its own.

“Video streaming, including original video content, is a highly competitive market with established traditional media houses as well new entrants fighting aggressively for incremental subscribers, which is likely to make it difficult to scale any new platform to compete effectively,” Chatterjee said.

Additionally, J.P. Morgan thinks a combination with Netflix could streamline Apple’s advertising revenue.

“An acquisition of Netflix could help Apple drive consumers faster to their gateway app, which is serving as an aggregator of content and multiple subscriptions, and could enhance the opportunity around potential advertising revenues in the future,” Chatterjee added.

Shares of Apple and Netflix rose 2.1 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively, in Monday trading.

Disclosure: Comcast, which owns CNBC parent NBCUniversal, is a co-owner of Hulu.

– CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed to this report.


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Replacing Venezuelan crude oil could be difficult: Argus Media

Replacing Venezuelan crude oil could be difficult: Argus Media14 Hours AgoReza Amanat of Argus Media says the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela will directly impact American oil refiners.


Replacing Venezuelan crude oil could be difficult: Argus Media14 Hours AgoReza Amanat of Argus Media says the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela will directly impact American oil refiners.
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Replacing Venezuelan crude oil could be difficult: Argus Media

Replacing Venezuelan crude oil could be difficult: Argus Media

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Reza Amanat of Argus Media says the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela will directly impact American oil refiners.


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WEF: Trade war makes dealing with China more difficult, CEO says

A long-running trade war between the world’s two-largest economies is taking its toll on business sentiment in the Middle East, according to the chief executive of real estate and property services firm Majid Al Futtaim. A trade dispute between the U.S. and China has battered financial markets in recent months, with market participants increasingly concerned the conflict could soon destabilize the global economy. “From an import and an export standpoint, China is a very important trade partner (


A long-running trade war between the world’s two-largest economies is taking its toll on business sentiment in the Middle East, according to the chief executive of real estate and property services firm Majid Al Futtaim. A trade dispute between the U.S. and China has battered financial markets in recent months, with market participants increasingly concerned the conflict could soon destabilize the global economy. “From an import and an export standpoint, China is a very important trade partner (
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WEF: Trade war makes dealing with China more difficult, CEO says

A long-running trade war between the world’s two-largest economies is taking its toll on business sentiment in the Middle East, according to the chief executive of real estate and property services firm Majid Al Futtaim.

A trade dispute between the U.S. and China has battered financial markets in recent months, with market participants increasingly concerned the conflict could soon destabilize the global economy.

“From an import and an export standpoint, China is a very important trade partner (to the Middle East). So, the question is … Is it going to be better or worse?” CEO Alain Bejjani told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Monday.

“One thing is for sure, dealing with China is becoming more difficult,” Bejjani added.


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Tesla cuts 7% of its workforce, saying there’s a ‘very difficult’ road ahead

Tesla is cutting its full-time staff headcount by approximately 7 percent, as it ramps up production of its Model 3 sedans, CEO Elon Musk said Friday. Tesla shares fell almost 8 percent in premarket trade following the news. In an email to employees, Musk notes that the company faces a “very difficult” road ahead in its long-term goal to sell affordable renewable energy products at scale, noting the company is younger than other players in the industry. “Tesla will need to make these cuts while


Tesla is cutting its full-time staff headcount by approximately 7 percent, as it ramps up production of its Model 3 sedans, CEO Elon Musk said Friday. Tesla shares fell almost 8 percent in premarket trade following the news. In an email to employees, Musk notes that the company faces a “very difficult” road ahead in its long-term goal to sell affordable renewable energy products at scale, noting the company is younger than other players in the industry. “Tesla will need to make these cuts while
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Tesla cuts 7% of its workforce, saying there's a 'very difficult' road ahead

Tesla is cutting its full-time staff headcount by approximately 7 percent, as it ramps up production of its Model 3 sedans, CEO Elon Musk said Friday.

The announcement come on the back of various cost-cutting measures the company has made of late, as it looks to reduce the price of its products and boost margins.

Tesla shares fell almost 8 percent in premarket trade following the news.

In an email to employees, Musk notes that the company faces a “very difficult” road ahead in its long-term goal to sell affordable renewable energy products at scale, noting the company is younger than other players in the industry.

“Tesla will need to make these cuts while increasing the Model 3 production rate and making many manufacturing engineering improvements in the coming months,” Musk said in the company update.

“Attempting to build affordable clean energy products at scale necessarily requires extreme effort and relentless creativity, but succeeding in our mission is essential to ensure that the future is good, so we must do everything we can to advance the cause,” he added.

You can read the full text of Musk’s note to employees here.


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Federal workers can find it difficult to pick up another job

Government agencies typically require employees to obtain approval before they can take on an additional job, Painter said. Even if a federal worker is able to process a request for another job, Painter said, there are caps on how much they can earn and conflict-of-interest limitations. “If you’re a bank regulator at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, you better not go get a job as a teller at a bank,” Painter said. “If you’re working on any matter at the Department of Labor that has a d


Government agencies typically require employees to obtain approval before they can take on an additional job, Painter said. Even if a federal worker is able to process a request for another job, Painter said, there are caps on how much they can earn and conflict-of-interest limitations. “If you’re a bank regulator at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, you better not go get a job as a teller at a bank,” Painter said. “If you’re working on any matter at the Department of Labor that has a d
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Federal workers can find it difficult to pick up another job

Still, picking up another job isn’t an easy process for government employees, said Richard Painter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota and the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush.

Government agencies typically require employees to obtain approval before they can take on an additional job, Painter said. Ethics lawyers usually give the green light on such requests, but, he said, “What do you do if the ethics lawyers are furloughed? They’ve really got these workers in a bind.”

Even if a federal worker is able to process a request for another job, Painter said, there are caps on how much they can earn and conflict-of-interest limitations.

“If you’re a bank regulator at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, you better not go get a job as a teller at a bank,” Painter said. “If you’re working on any matter at the Department of Labor that has a direct impact on McDonalds, then you better not go get a job at McDonalds.”

Employees who don’t go through the approval process can face consequences, including termination.

For many of the more than 400,000 federal employees deemed “essential,” taking on another job is not possible because they’re still expected to show up at their current one.

Greg, and his wife, Michelle, both work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He asked to use their first names only, as they’re not permitted to speak to the media.

Even though their savings is quickly disappearing, he still is working his job in which he oversees the protection of natural resources. Meanwhile, his wife is furloughed, and there is no one at her office to approve a request for a second job.

He’s tired of seeing people quip on social media that workers like him should just find other work. “They simply don’t know what they’re talking about,” he said.


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5 tips for making a difficult workplace culture work for you

Being at odds with a new office culture may not only be uncomfortable, but it could also be a deal breaker for many people. That’s according to a survey from Deloitte, which found that, along with good pay, a positive culture ranks as the most important workplace consideration for millennial and Gen Z employees. That can raise issues for those who find themselves out of place in a new working environment. So, just what can you do to make the best of a difficult workplace culture? CNBC Make It ga


Being at odds with a new office culture may not only be uncomfortable, but it could also be a deal breaker for many people. That’s according to a survey from Deloitte, which found that, along with good pay, a positive culture ranks as the most important workplace consideration for millennial and Gen Z employees. That can raise issues for those who find themselves out of place in a new working environment. So, just what can you do to make the best of a difficult workplace culture? CNBC Make It ga
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5 tips for making a difficult workplace culture work for you

Being at odds with a new office culture may not only be uncomfortable, but it could also be a deal breaker for many people.

That’s according to a survey from Deloitte, which found that, along with good pay, a positive culture ranks as the most important workplace consideration for millennial and Gen Z employees.

The report, published last year, noted that young professionals today typically view inclusive workplace cultures as critical, with many saying they’d choose a company based on whether or not its values align with their own. As a result, the survey said, “companies and senior management teams that are most aligned with millennials” are likely to “attract and retain the best millennial talent and, in turn, potentially achieve better financial performance.”

That can raise issues for those who find themselves out of place in a new working environment. So, just what can you do to make the best of a difficult workplace culture? CNBC Make It gathered tips from experts to find out.


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American farmers are cautiously optimistic about 2019 despite dire predictions and trade fights

From trade tensions to supply concerns, farmers face daunting challenges and more uncertainty heading into 2019. But farmers are cautiously optimistic about the outlook despite predictions of more pain ahead. Low commodity prices and trade disputes have led to tough times for farmers and caused soybean and pork operations to lose money. The difficult conditions in the farm sector also have driven more dairy farmers out of business. Barring any major breakthrough on trade, economists and bankers


From trade tensions to supply concerns, farmers face daunting challenges and more uncertainty heading into 2019. But farmers are cautiously optimistic about the outlook despite predictions of more pain ahead. Low commodity prices and trade disputes have led to tough times for farmers and caused soybean and pork operations to lose money. The difficult conditions in the farm sector also have driven more dairy farmers out of business. Barring any major breakthrough on trade, economists and bankers
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American farmers are cautiously optimistic about 2019 despite dire predictions and trade fights

From trade tensions to supply concerns, farmers face daunting challenges and more uncertainty heading into 2019. But farmers are cautiously optimistic about the outlook despite predictions of more pain ahead.

Low commodity prices and trade disputes have led to tough times for farmers and caused soybean and pork operations to lose money. The difficult conditions in the farm sector also have driven more dairy farmers out of business.

“If you look at the heartland of the U.S., which is largely propped up by corn, soybeans and wheat, we’re going into year five of a pretty difficult time,” said Curt Hudnutt, executive vice president of Rabo AgriFinance and head of rural business in North America for Rabobank. “So we expect there to be challenges in 2019.”

Barring any major breakthrough on trade, economists and bankers are not hopeful about a significant upturn in farm income in 2019. Farmers have faced several years of lackluster profits, and supply concerns could keep prices at depressed levels in the new year.

The U.S.-China trade war resulted in Beijing slapping retaliatory tariffs on thousands of U.S. goods, including soy, corn, beef, pork, tree nuts and dairy products. China also targeted other industries, including chemicals and machinery.


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