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A weekly roundup of financial news by Warren Cole Smith.

Dollars and Sense: Positive economic signs can’t erase long-term problems

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Money | GDP shrank. The big news last week was the announcement that the gross domestic product shrank at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the first quarter. We got…

Dollars and Sense: The Fed speaks, and the markets shrug

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Money | The Fed speaks. The big news this week came out of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, held last week for two days, At the end of that meeting,

Dollars and Sense: Companies are spending money, but will consumers?

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Money | M&A news. The economic news was pretty good last week, but the stock markets’ performance was mixed. Among the positive economic news: We got more…

Dollars and Sense: Exuberant markets shrug off underemployment warnings

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Money | Markets still high. Now that we’re into June we can say May was the best month for U.S. investors since February. The Standard &Poor’s 500 rose 2.1…

Dollars and Sense: Economic rising tide or financial flash flood?

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Money | S&P setting records. The Standard and Poor’s 500, an index of the 500 largest stocks in the country, keeps setting records. The S&P 500 went above…

Dollars and Sense: Economic growth but no big boom

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Money | Retail regales. Last week retail was in focus. As we’ve discussed before, retail companies often have different year-ends than the Dec. 31 year-end of…

Dollars and Sense: Will a May selloff tank the markets this week?

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Money | A positive beginning. Stocks rose last Monday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow both broke through to new records. Some areas of the market…

Dollars and Sense: The week of the consumer

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Money | A jumpy market. We saw a number of 100-point swings this week, sometimes in a single day. Last Monday was a good example. Conflict in Ukraine and slowing…

Dollars and Sense: Too much good economic news?

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Money | Unemployment uncertainty. This week’s big surprise: the unemployment number. The big question remains, what does it mean? Most analysts had expected the…

Dollars and Sense: Market drift and job growth anticipation

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Money | All quiet on the earnings front. We’re now a couple of weeks into earnings season, and so far things seem pretty quiet. In fact, I can’t resist pointing…

Dollars and Sense: The economy coasts into the second quarter

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Money | First quarter ends. The stock markets ended the first quarter last Monday more or less flat for the year. Despite an up day for the U.S. markets on Monday,

Dollars and Sense: Why do we report the government’s economic data?

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Money | Adrift. Last week I said the markets would likely drift because we were near the end of the month and the end of the quarter, and that’s pretty much what…

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