Finance

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Dollars and Sense: Pouring more liquor in the punch bowl

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Bernanke speaks. The big news this week was the Federal Reserve announcement. It was big news for a couple of reasons. For one, any time the Fed meets, the…

Signs and Wonders: Read it and weep

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | Pay attention, class. Diving into the labyrinthine federal budget is not for the faint-hearted. Geeking out with a calculator and a continuing resolution is…

Dollars and Sense: Anticipating a reaction

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | An up week, generally. The week gone by was a pretty good one in the stock markets. The markets drifted a bit on Thursday, but in the five days before that,

Dollars and Sense: All eyes on Congress

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | A busy week. Even though this past week was shortened by the holiday, it was nonetheless pretty busy. On Tuesday, it looked like things were getting off to a…

Dollars and Sense: Falling into fall

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Not with a bang. The week, and the month, ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, at least on the stock market. The Dow slid more than 5 percent during…

Dollars and Sense: Earnings surprises, interest rates give investors the blues

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Earnings surprise. Last week I warned you that a few last minute earnings surprises might disrupt the normally calm markets, and that’s exactly what…

Dollars and Sense: Positive economic news prods the bears

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Quiet week. This week was a fairly quiet one on Wall Street, but that’s about what we expected. Second-quarter earnings season is just about over. Congress…

Want your kids to be better off than you?

By Andrew Branch
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Poverty | Where you live plays a major role in your children's upward mobility. A new study compared today’s 30-year-olds against their childhood homes, charting what…

Grants and scholarships pay for more college than parents

By Andrew Branch
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Education | Grants and scholarships are taking the lead role in paying college bills, surpassing the traditional role parents have played in helping cover costs,

Dollars and Sense: The Fed’s still wagging the Wall Street dog

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Earnings season begins. This week began earnings season on Wall Street, but you’d hardly know it. Alcoa kicked off reporting on second quarter results with…

Dollars and Sense: Jittery investors look to Fed, housing data

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Volatility and volume. It was another pretty wild week in the stock market. We’re having more days when the market swings 100 points or more. Of course,

Dollars and Sense: Will the housing bubble burst again?

Dollars and Sense: Will the housing bubble burst again?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Not so quiet. Once again it was supposed to be a quiet week on the financial front, and once again it didn’t turn out that way. Monday, of course, was the…

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