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American Economy

Nurturing Our Inner Cheapskate

Lyndall Hobbs | Posted 01.04.2012 | Fifty
Lyndall Hobbs

The American economy, alas, still sucks. Unemployment rates are not going down. The recession, like an unwanted guest, is still lurking, apparently determined to stick around for a while.

Americans Deeply Pessimistic About Economy

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are deeply pessimistic about the future as economic concerns rise and White House talks on raising the U.S. debt limi...

Kiva's Microloan System Expands For U.S. Small Business Owners

Premal Shah | Posted 08.30.2011 | Impact
Premal Shah

So who can play a role in helping these businesses? The answer is actually quite simple: the American people.

Will Interest Rates Go Lower?

Don McNay | Posted 08.28.2011 | Business
Don McNay

The common assumption is that interest rates are going to go higher. Just like the common assumption, for many years, that you couldn't lose in the real estate market. Sometimes we have to consider the unconsiderable.

The Stalled Recovery, Smoke and Mirrors and the Carnage on the Street

Robert Reich | Posted 08.11.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

The real economy is catching up with the financial economy, as it always does. Wall Street is built on smoke and mirrors, while the real economy is based on jobs and wages.

The Truth About the American Economy

Robert Reich | Posted 07.31.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

It's vital that we understand the truth about the American economy. How did we go from the Great Depression to 30 years of Great Prosperity? And from there, to 30 years of stagnant incomes and widening inequality, culminating in the Great Recession?

Lila Shapiro

U.S. Becomes Net Exporter Of Fuel For First Time In Nearly 20 Years | Lila Shapiro | Posted 07.03.2011 | Business

This piece has been updated. While some Americans cut back on driving as gas prices soar, the U.S. has become a net exporter of fuel for the first ...

The Casino Next Door: How Gambling Snuck Into The Mall

BusinessWeek | Felix Gillette | Posted 06.24.2011 | Business

Inside a one-story building on the edge of a strip mall in Central Florida, Joy Baker calculates the sum total of her morning bets. It's almost noon, ...

Should The World Be More Like Belgium?

Posted 05.30.2011 | Business

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - This is a European country riven by ethnic tensions. Its public debt is almost as big as its total annual output and it's in the ...

WATCH: Daley Says U.S. Has Become Nation Of 'Whiners'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Retiring Chicago Mayor Richard Daley addressed a full auditorium at Wheaton College in the Chicago suburbs Thursday, where he said the United States h...

What Malia and Sasha Obama's Parents Know About the Value of Language

Nataly Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Nataly Kelly

Mind your manners." "Eat your carrots." "Practice your Mandarin." The first two phrases are often uttered by the average American parents. The last one is heard in far fewer homes.

PLASTIC IS BACK: Credit Card Debt Increased For First Time Since '08

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In December, consumer credit card debt increased for the first time since 2008, according to the Federal Reserve, another strong indication that the A...

Lila Shapiro

Economic Growth Still Not Good Enough To Dent Jobs Crisis | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The American economy sped up in the last three months of 2010, but economic growth is still dramatically short of where it needs to be to make a signi...

Help Wanted! -- (But Not Here)

Dan Rather | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Rather

We're not just creating overseas jobs at an astounding rate, we're off-shoring the innovation and the know-how that we need to lay the groundwork for the future of the American economy.

Ron Paul Talks Gold, 'The Lepriconomy' On 'Colbert Report'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On the Colbert Report Tuesday night, Rep. Ron Paul and NYT reporter David Leonhardt went mano-a-mano over the value of gold (or, the "lepriconomy," as...

Is America for Sale?

Tom Gerdy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Gerdy

I propose all politicians be issued jumpsuits on their day of election -- a patch will be sewn on the suit for his or her every sponsor. I am sorry for the inconvenience. But if America is for sale, I want to know who is buying.

The Unspoken Solution to America's Problems: The Voter's Guide for November 2

Richard Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Richard Greene

If everyone who wanted America to become clean energy independent by the end of this decade went to the polls on November 2 and voted for candidates that would make this happen, it would happen.

Fareed Zakaria: Restoring The American Dream

Time | Fareed Zakaria | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some experts say that in every recession Americans get gloomy and then recover with the economy. This slump is worse than most; so is the mood. Once d...

Is Wall Street Zapping America Again?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Rather than helping to finance the day-to-day and investment needs of American business, it takes neither competence nor vision to borrow at the Fed window and use near costless funds investing them in emerging markets.

Third World America: Chronicling the Assault on America's Middle Class...and the Solutions

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

From foreclosures to unemployment to household debt to bankruptcies, the American middle class is under assault -- and America is in danger of becoming a Third World nation.

You're the Economic Expert

Kenneth Kales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kenneth Kales

A fundamental distinction of the American economy, as opposed to others in Europe or Asia for example, is that our economy is dependent on retail consumer spending to fuel growth.

Want Economic Recovery? Focus on Workers

Karen Noble | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Karen Noble

A cure-all might not be in sight, but these actions can help us navigate this tempestuous period in history, not only sustaining less damage but enabling both employees and their companies to thrive.

America vs. Canada

Nelson Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Nelson Davis

I had never heard of something called The Index of Economic Freedom until recently. The 2010 edition of this index published by the Heritage Foundatio...

Medicare: Is America the Next GM?

A. Haag Sherman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
A. Haag Sherman

By re-sizing our Medicare system to one we can afford, America can avoid the fate of GM and maintain its competitive position for decades to come.

One Lesson from the 1930s: Financial Regulation Has to Be Bold

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Contrary to what John Boehner says, a big foot needs to be placed on the financial industry to make sure that last year's near collapse can never happen again.