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Consumer Confidence

Is Your Debt Naughty or Nice?

Manisha Thakor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Manisha Thakor

For the first time in over 50 years, it is clear that "debt" has finally come to be seen for what it is, a four letter word that should be used with extreme caution.

Time to Get Tough On Credit Card Companies

Chris Dodd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Dodd

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to end the abusive and predatory practices of the credit card companies.

Consumer confidence soars past forecasts in April

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Consumer confidence zoomed past economists' forecasts in April to its highest level since November, reflecting a growing sense that t...

Don't Call It a Comeback

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Harry Moroz

This rather overwhelming response to the first "green shoots" of the economic crisis suggests that we've reached a significant, even threshold, moment that policymakers must utilize.

Why the AIG Bonus Story Matters to America

Ryan Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ryan Mack

If we don't have faith, we will see the level of apathy continue to rise while production continues to decrease, causing this recession to lengthen.

We're in a "Repression": The Economics of Shame

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James Rotondi

Perhaps we're better off thinking of our current state of economic ennui not as a recession or a depression, but as a "repression."

If You Can't Afford the Real Thing, There's Always Chips

Carolita Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


Grading Obama

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

During his first 100 days in office, President Obama faces daunting problems, including a deteriorating economy and two wars. On May 1st, how can we tell whether he is doing a good job?

Consumer Confidence Sinks To Record Low

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — This is one recession Americans aren't going to spend their way out of. The Conference Board said Tuesday its Consumer Confidence In...

Consumer Confidence and an All American Attitude

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

In today's economy, there are a lot of things out of control. Greedy bankers and lousy leaders put the world in peril -- it is easy to get depressed. Then I think about the bright side.

Wisconsin Mall Brawl Sees Three Arrested (VIDEO)

MSNBC/Local News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Three men were arrested when a brawl broke out at the Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin the day after Christmas. Local news reports: The big-tim...

Consumer Confidence Hits Record December Low

AP | ELLEN SIMON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — The grim outlook for the economy was affirmed Tuesday by separate reports showing consumer confidence and housing prices have plummet...

Hipster QVC, the Future of E-Commerce?

Pam Bristow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Pam Bristow

Shopping on Honeyshed is a unique consumption experience. Equal parts infomercial, editorial, and music video, the sales format takes its cues from social networking sites.

Jimmy V and the Closed Wallet

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I'm not the only person thinking twice about giving money to charity. Or about spending money. Most people have the same kind of hesitation that I have. And this compounds the financial crisis problem.

Let Big Oil Bail Out the Auto Industry

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robbie Gennet

Seems like such a simple solution, doesn't it? After all, who has influenced the US Auto Industry (USAI) to keep MPG low and fight CAFE standards? Why...

Consumer Confidence Hits 23-Year Low | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Consumer confidence has reached a new low in weekly polling since late 1985, coinciding with official word the U.S. economy has been in recession the ...

Black Friday Deals Could Lure Shoppers Back Online

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In a year with plunging consumer confidence and investments gone sour, it's hard to know what to expect of Black Friday -- the day after Thanksgiving ...

January 1, 2009: The Magic Date to Fix the Housing Crisis. Yes, We Can.

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Abrams

Government action is required, either through incentives or directives. In these times, and with these stakes, the government should use whatever powers it has to get this done.

Car Confidential

Roseanne Colletti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Roseanne Colletti

Many automobile dealers contend it's not that consumers lack money, or credit or jobs, but that they have a serious lack of confidence.

Consumer Confidence Game

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Franken

Here comes the faint glimmer of hope from Mr. Pollyanna: While most, for good reason, will see our economy as a disaster, maybe, just maybe, there's some opportunity here.

White House Tells Banks To Stop Hoarding Money

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — An impatient White House prodded banks and other financial companies Tuesday to quit hoarding billions of dollars flowing into thei...

Consumer Confidence at Record Low

Wendy Wanderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Wendy Wanderman

It would seem very difficult for McCain to get elected if the country has absolutely no confidence in spending money because they fear that business conditions are worsening.

Why The Government Can't "Fix" the Crisis

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

In what was for many an unbelievable chain of events, markets started melting down, confidence shattered and believers in unregulated transactions realized something was very, very wrong.

Tax Rebate Checks Do Little For Consumer Confidence

The Los Angeles Times | Richard Fausset, P.J. Huffstutter and Stephen Braun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

ATLANTA -- It is better than nothing. That has been the subdued mantra repeated by working Americans in recent weeks as they spend the Bush administr...

The Antidote to Our Pessimism: Change

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

For the first time in the 32 years over which they've been asking the question, Gallup reports that a majority of respondents believe they're losing ground.