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Dollars and Sense: As oil prices go up, the financial big picture looks good

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | April in the books. To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, April was a cruel month. Oil prices soared, and that has driven gas prices back up. The U.S. dollar fell…

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: 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: 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…

Dollars and Sense: Is the raging bull about to hit a wall?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Bull keeps charging. The NASDAQ is at levels we haven’t seen since March 2000. The Dow and the S&P 500 are back to record levels. It’s easy to get…

Reports highlight international corruption, U.S. complicity

By J.C. Derrick
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Corruption | A pair of new reports are shedding fresh light on the business of international corruption and the United States’ complicity in it. This week, the…

Dollars and Sense: Strong auto sales signal consumer confidence

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | A mixed bag. The news was pretty mixed last week. On Monday, a key measure of manufacturing activity indicated the economy is slowing down. The closely…

Dollars and Sense: Buckle up for the stock market roller coaster

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Interesting times. I once heard that the Chinese have a saying: “May you live in interesting times.” Economically speaking, the world has been living in…

Dollars and Sense: Will the markets have a happy new year?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Year-end numbers. The markets sank a bit on the last days of 2014 as portfolio managers did a bit of selling as window dressing, locking in gains for the…

 
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