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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…

The new abnormal

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Does anyone still care about earnings?

Dollars and Sense: Markets rise despite mediocre earnings and weak jobs outlook

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Up and upper. It was another pretty good week for the stock market. In fact, it’s been a good week, month, and year. The S&P 500 is up 22 percent this…

Signs and Wonders: One Nobel winner's conservatives ties

By Warren Cole Smith
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Newsworthy | The company he keeps. When Eugene F. Fama won the Nobel Prize for economics on Oct. 14, the mainstream media discussed his research on the factors that…

Dollars and Sense: Crisis averted, on to earnings season

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Crisis averted. “Our long national nightmare for the markets is over.” Those were the famous words Gerald Ford used at the end of the Watergate scandal,

Dollars and Sense: Shutdown not the only force pushing the markets

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Shutdown? This is the first week of a government shutdown. Did we experience economic disaster? The straight answer is: No, we did not. U.S. stocks did drop…

Shutdown stymies mortgage loans

By Jeff Koch
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Government | When Evan Geiselhart heard about the possibility of a government shutdown, his first reaction was to “roll my eyes and say ‘Here we go again.’” As…

Dollars and Sense: Key week ahead in Washington and on Wall Street

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Washington and Wall Street. This was yet another week in which the machinations of Washington dominated the movements on Wall Street. On the one hand, the…

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,

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