Finance

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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…

Dollars and Sense: Christmas isn’t over on Wall Street

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Christmas rally continues. Santa Claus was good to the markets this year. Friday was the seventh straight day of gains for the Dow, which closed above 18,000…

Dollars and Sense: Here comes the Santa Claus rally

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Remarkable markets. Last week was a remarkable week on Wall Street. To see just how remarkable, let’s go back a couple of weeks to Dec. 5, when the Dow set…

Dollars and Sense: Gas prices and Santa bring holiday cheer to Wall Street

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Santa Claus rally? December is historically a good month for the stock market. During the past 50 years, the Dow has climbed in December an average of 1.6…

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