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Dollars and Sense: The economy coasts into the second quarter

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | First quarter ends. The stock markets ended the first quarter last Monday more or less flat for the year. Despite an up day for the U.S. markets on Monday,

Dollars and Sense: Why do we report the government’s economic data?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Adrift. Last week I said the markets would likely drift because we were near the end of the month and the end of the quarter, and that’s pretty much what…

Dollars and Sense: Just how long can this bull market go on?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Down week. The markets have been pretty easy to chart this year so far. Stocks dropped significantly in January. But they roared back in February, with the…

Dollars and Sense: The bulls are on a rampage

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Still recovering. The stock market, after a rough January, seems to think the economy is still in recovery. The S&P 500 roared back into positive…

Dollars and Sense: China’s yanking the stock market’s chain

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | I think I can. The stock market seemed poised for a rebound, but never quite bounced this week. I kept thinking about the children’s book, The Little Steam

Dollars and Sense: A tale of two California economies

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | California dreamin’. I’ve been in Los Angeles this week, and I’ve discovered an economy that is Dickensian: It’s the best of times and the worst of…

Dollars and Sense: When a market correction is a good sign

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Stocks down, but stable. Last Friday, stocks headed down sharply, and they continued the decline on Monday. But the good news is that the retreat was not…

Dollars and Sense: Could the stock market slide soon be over?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Swing low—and high. It was a bit of a roller-coaster this week, both in terms of the market gyrations, and in terms of economic news. We saw the Dow move…

Dollars and Sense: Buckle up for a bumpy ride ahead

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Earnings season. We’re deep into earnings season, and things are not looking great. Eight of the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average reported…

Government redefines marriage for student loan applications

Government redefines marriage for student loan applications

By Kiley Crossland
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Education | Students in same-sex marriages can now select “married” when applying for federal student aid and loans, according to changes announced this month by…

Dollars and Sense: Desperate retailers and consumers

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | When Black Friday comes. Though we’ve been seeing Christmas ads since before Halloween, today is officially the first day of the holiday shopping season. Is…

Dollars and Sense: Are we headed for a stock slide?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Earnings season. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about earnings season. It’s now winding down. How did we do? If your standard is…

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