Dollars and Sense

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A weekly roundup of financial news by Warren Cole Smith.

Dollars and Sense: Bad news in Europe might be good news for U.S. investors

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Money | Up, up, and away. The markets just keep climbing. The Dow closed above 15,000 for the first time ever on Tuesday, and it continued to set new records on…

Dollars and Sense: Market movement continues to push toward record territory

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Money | Earning notice. Even though it’s still earnings season, earnings reports didn’t seem to drive the business news this week, or this quarter, for that…

Dollars and Sense: The power of the tweet on Wall Street

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Money | Flash crash. Last week, with the Boston bombings, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, the Dow having its worst week of the year so far, and gold and…

Dollars and Sense: Earnings disappoint, China slows, volatility increases—but don’t worry

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Money | Market madness. Monday was tax day in America, and this week was the first full week of earnings season. Wall Street couldn’t have cared less about April…

Dollars and Sense: Could the Dow reach 16,000, or even 17,000 by year’s end?

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Money | Earnings season. We’ve entered earnings season for the markets, as we do each quarter, and the news so far this week has been upbeat. Alcoa is a huge…

Dollars and Sense: A calm week ends with a storm

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Money | Calm before the storm. We almost got out of this week with no drama. The U.S. stock markets spent most of the week at or near record levels. Cyprus seems to…

Dollars and Sense: How little Cyprus had a big effect on the world’s economy

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Money | Why Cyprus? Who would have thought a month ago that the tiny nation of Cyprus would be dominating the economic news in the way it has these past couple of…

Dollars and Sense: Traders take a breather as the rest of the world holds its breath

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Money | A breather, or a case of the nerves? We’ve seen a record run-up in the markets since the first of the year. The Dow is up about 7.5 percent from Jan. 1. But…

Dollars and Sense: Texas serves up wealth while politicians dole out candy and veggies

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Money | $X$W. I’ve spent most of this week at the South by Southwest Music, Film, and Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, and it’s plain to see what an…

Dollars and Sense: Phoenix rises from the ashes of economic doldrums

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Money | Regional reports. On assignment for WORLD, I’ve been in Tennessee, Colorado, and Arizona this week. I flew into Phoenix, the largest city in the state, and…

Dollars and Sense: How did we fare in February?

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Money | February fades. When you consider everything we’ve been through, February ended better than we had a right to expect. When you consider the fiscal cliff…

Dollars and Sense: Gas prices, real estate recovery, stock market stalls, and Europe decline

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Money | Pinch at the pump. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline hit $3.78 on Thursday, according to AAA. That number represents a 15 cent jump in the…

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