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Dollars and Sense: No stock market bubble here

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Earnings strong. The stock markets didn’t have a lot of direction last week, although earnings reports were good. We’re now far enough into earnings…

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

By Warren Cole Smith
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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

By Warren Cole Smith
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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?

By Warren Cole Smith
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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

By Warren Cole Smith
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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?

By Warren Cole Smith
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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

By Warren Cole Smith
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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: Too much good economic news?

By Warren Cole Smith
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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…

In Marco Rubio’s America, hard work pays $50 an hour

By Nick Eicher & Lynde Langdon
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Politics | Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is on a mission to tear down the blockade between would-be innovators and the free enterprise system. This week, he delivered an…

Dollars and Sense: Wall Street’s optimistic new year outlook

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Strong year. The year ended strong in the stock markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up more than 26 percent for the year. The S&P 500 saw a rise…

Dollars and Sense: Pouring more liquor in the punch bowl

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Bernanke speaks. The big news this week was the Federal Reserve announcement. It was big news for a couple of reasons. For one, any time the Fed meets, the…

Dollars and Sense: Positive economic news prods the bears

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Quiet week. This week was a fairly quiet one on Wall Street, but that’s about what we expected. Second-quarter earnings season is just about over. Congress…

 
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