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Good News For This Guy

AP | Posted 01.01.2013 | Money

WASHINGTON — Americans' confidence in the economy surged last month to the highest level in nearly five years, as many were encouraged by an imp...

The Myth: American's Have Learned to Avoid Debt

Steve Rhode | Posted 05.24.2013 | Business
Steve Rhode

So much of what you hear about the recent economic trends of people learning grand lessons about avoiding debt are just not true.


Reuters | Posted 12.29.2012 | Money

* Consumer spending rises 0.8 pct in September * Inflation-adjusted spending up 0.4 percent * Income gains 0.4 percent, ...

Beer Boom Hints At Latino Economic Recovery

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 10.22.2012 | Latino Voices

Unemployment for Latinos remains stubbornly high, but Hispanics are expressing confidence in the economy by dropping more money -- on beer. Beer s...

Obama's Debate Mission

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The president should make clear that our exceptionalism is not how wealthy the few become, but how much prosperity is created and shared by the many, and the fairness and justice and decency we stand for.

Mark Gongloff

Three Signs We're In A New Recession -- And Five Signs We Aren't | Mark Gongloff | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business

Breaking news about the economy, everybody: It still stinks. The good news? At least we're not in another recession. Some of you may think we never...

Encouraging News For Obama

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 09.26.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- Americans are more confident in the economy than they have been in seven months, an encouraging sign for President Barack Obama with six...

Consumers Are Feeling Insecure

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2012 | Money

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly weakened in August to its lowest in nine months as Americans turned more pessimis...

Consumers Are Feeling A Bit Better

AP | MAE ANDERSON | Posted 09.30.2012 | Money

NEW YORK — Americans breathed a bit easier about the economy in July, as a better outlook on short-term hiring and lower gas prices offset linge...

Major Retailer Overcomes Europe Woes

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2012 | Business

* Q2 pretax profit 7.1 bln SEK vs consensus 6.6 bln * Gross margin unchanged at 61.7 pct vs f'cast 61.1 pct * Says took ...

Bad News: Consumer Confidence Plunges

AP | MAE ANDERSON | Posted 07.29.2012 | Money

NEW YORK — Americans grew much gloomier about the economy in May, causing a critical measure of consumer confidence to suffer its biggest declin...

Falling Gas Prices Put Money In People's Pockets

AP | JONATHAN FAHEY and PAUL WISEMAN | Posted 05.18.2012 | Money

NEW YORK -- What only weeks ago was seen as a serious threat to the economic recovery could now turn into a stimulus everyone can love. Oil and gasol...

Eurozone's Economy 'Not Likely To Recover Any Time Soon'

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2012 | Business

* Euro zone GDP stable at 0.0 pct change in Q1 from Q4 2011 * Germany surprises with 0.5 percent growth in Q1 * French g...

On Main Street, Confidence Reaches New Levels

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 05.01.2012 | Small Business

Although hiring among small businesses dropped from 75,000 to 40,000 new jobs in April, a new survey shows that optimism on Main Street is still risin...

Consumer Confidence Is Down Again

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2012 | Money

NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence edged slightly lower in April, while Americans also reined in their inflation expectations a...

U.S. Small Business Morale Ebbs In March

Reuters | Posted 04.10.2012 | Small Business

(Reuters) - U.S. small business confidence dropped in March for the first time in six months amid widespread pessimism, adding to evidence suggesting ...

U.S. Small Businesses More Confident Than International Counterparts

The Huffington Post | Alicia Ciccone | Posted 04.10.2012 | Small Business

U.S. small businesses are feeling better about the economy and are more confident than business owners from other nations around the world, according ...

4 Ways Prepaid Card Vendors Can Help Reduce Consumer Anxiety

Patrice Peyret | Posted 05.26.2012 | Money
Patrice Peyret

It's tax-filing season, and the fastest-growing way to receive tax refunds is on prepaid cards. So it is a great time to review how prepaid card vendors can do a better job explaining how the cards work and what the true costs are.

'Time Fixes All Wounds'

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 03.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy is improving faster than economists had expected. They now foresee slightly stronger growth and hiring than they did tw...

Is President Obama Only Running for Re-Election During Bad News Days?

Dee Evans | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Dee Evans

Whenever a bad news topic arises like high gas prices or Iran, Obama's face is plastered all over the news with the caption, "What Does This Mean for the President's Re-Election Chances?" But, when there is good news on the horizon... nothing.

Keeping Local Business Afloat

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 04.16.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

"I came here to spend money!" exclaimed a visitor to the recent Long Island Boat Show. She told me that she received her first raise in three years and she was embarking on a one-woman operation to help our local economy.

Bonnie Kavoussi

It's Only Getting Worse: Economists' Latest Dire Prediction | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

"The economy that we had before the recession is gone," said Kenneth Goldstein, economist at the Conference Board. "It's not coming back." The U.S....

Mark Blumenthal

Obama's Approval Rating Keeps Inching Up, Driven By One Factor | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, the Gallup Daily tracking poll marked a symbolic milestone. For the first time in more than a month and only the third time...

The Most Confident States In America

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business

Americans across the country might have felt worse about the economy last year, but pockets of hope remain. Nine states and the District of Columbi...

Economic Numbers Are Reminders of Frustratingly Lame Recovery

Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

Never wake a sleepwalker. That piece of advice is actually a myth, but the stock market sure wishes it was still asleep today. U.S. stock prices are...