Economy

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Dollars and Sense: Jobs picture improves as recovery plods along

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Earnings season winds down. First-quarter earnings season began with lowered expectations, proceeded with better-than-expected performance, and ended with…

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By D.C. Innes
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Government | With the presidential nominating season now under way, ideas and promises for improving our lives are filling our ears, but they tend to focus on economic…

Dollars and Sense: Are jobless claims bottoming out?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | A CEO resignation. The CEO of Angie’s List resigned last week, and there’s a story there. Bill Oesterle had been a co-founder and president of Angie’s…

Rubio begins campaign touting tax reform

By J.C. Derrick
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Campaign 2016 | Proposed reform plan would cut taxes for 90 percent of Americans

Dollars and Sense: Earnings season might actually matter this quarter

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Earnings season matters. We’re in earnings season again, and this quarter people are actually paying attention. It almost sounds funny to say it that way,

Dollars and Sense: At quarter’s end, the markets lack conviction

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | A new quarter. In the past week, we turned over a new month and a new quarter. Though we still have plenty of problems in the economy, it’s fair to say we…

Dollars and Sense: Volatility returns to the markets

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Calm before the storm. Last Monday, I said the week before had been pretty quiet, but we can now say it was a calm before another storm. In Europe, Greece and…

Dollars and Sense: The Fed speaks, and the markets barely notice

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Yellen speaks. The big news last week was a two-day Federal Reserve meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. Fed-watchers were on the lookout for a single word:

Dollars and Sense: Europe starts quantitative easing, fears of a correction loom

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Another volatile week. The markets were volatile again last week. After a five-year rally without a serious correction, sometimes news the markets think could…

Dollars and Sense: Stop worrying about jobs, start watching inflation

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Focus on jobs. Once a month we have a week during which we get a lot of employment related data, and last week was that week for March. On Wednesday, payroll…

Dollars and Sense: Mixed news didn’t dampen the markets

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | February rebound. After a rough January, the markets have been on a steady climb. The Dow rose more than 1,000 points in February, recovering all of…

Is the government greasing the skids for another housing slump?

By Kent Covington
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Housing | On the whole, the housing market has regained much of the ground it lost in the 2008 financial crisis. Sales have been healthier each year for the past few…

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