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Dollars and Sense: Government manipulation and market distortion

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Government manipulation. It has been a strange couple of weeks, even months, in the stock market. The U.S. economy keeps growing, but it’s slow and not…

Dollars and Sense: Mixed economic news hasn’t hurt the stock markets—yet

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Bad news is good news. The stock markets keep setting record highs, but the economy itself seems to be sputtering. The explanation is pretty simple:

Dollars and Sense: Record highs on mixed news—the Fed speaks again

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Record highs. Last Monday, the Dow and the S&P 500 hit new records, and then again several times later in the week these indexes bounced around and hit…

Midday Roundup: California crews work to clean oiled beaches, wildlife

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | Befouled beaches. Clean-up crews in Santa Barbara, Calif., are working to minimize the damage of as many as 105,000 gallons of crude oil that leaked from an…

Dollars and Sense: Markets remain jittery on mixed economic news

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Markets jittery. We saw a lot of volatility in the markets last week. On May 8, the markets had their best day in several months. Then they dropped Monday,

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…

 
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