Economy

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Dollars and Sense: Europe spooks U.S. markets … again

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | European slowdown. Before we talk about earnings season getting underway here in the United States, I can’t help observing that Europe is back in the…

Dollars and Sense: What’s spurring the market’s bull run?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Markets continue skyward. On Thursday, the last day the markets were open before the Independence Day holiday, the Dow finished above 17,000 for the first…

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,

The shell game

The shell game

By Andrée Seu Peterson
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Economy | Last week’s announcement that the U.S. economy reached a milestone in May, restoring job losses to December 2007 levels (yippee!), reminds me of an incident…

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…

Bailout fever

Bailout fever

By David Skeel
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Money | Timothy Geithner claims massive bailouts saved the economy, but reasons for skepticism remain

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…

Slavery, Jim Crow, and McDonald’s

By La Shawn Barber
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Business | The Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, penned an article earlier this week in which he analogized the post–Civil War Reconstruction…

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…

'Too big to jail'

By Warren Cole Smith
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Banking |  Are the world’s biggest banks beyond the reach of the law?

The Rich List and the West’s culture of envy

By Cal Thomas
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Money | BELFAST, Northern Ireland—In the 1970s, while working as a low-paid cub reporter in Houston, Texas, I always looked forward to the annual Christmas catalogs…

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