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Working Poor Get Raw 'Cliff' Deal | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Many of the nation's poorest workers were looking forward to a modest pay hike on New Year's Day, when 10 states implemented higher mini...

Rethinking Quality of Life

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Marian Salzman

Whether it's slowing down, simplifying, volunteering locally or getting interested in corporate social responsibility, it all comes down to some questions about life that have become sharper in these more uncertain times.

Good News For The Economy

Reuters | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose in November by the most in three years as incomes climbed, suggesting fourth-quarter econ...

Invest in Things You Understand

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Complex financial schemes and investment theses lend themselves to inefficiency and un-internalized risks. That's why investors may want to take a look at consumer products. As consumers themselves, they "speak the same language."

Strengthen Your Personal Economy

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 02.03.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Investing in a strong personal economy ultimately requires a holistic, integrated view of your professional and personal life choices. The returns you'll earn from these long-term investments are assets that will continue to serve you no matter what the future has in store for the national economy.

Minimum Wage, the Poverty Trap, and America's Imperative (Part I)

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 01.27.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

In fact, taking inflation into account, the highest minimum wage occurred in 1968, when it was the equivalent of $10.38/hour in today's dollars, which means that the real minimum wage has actually declined. This presents three big problems.

Black Friday's Black Future

John Friedman | Posted 01.30.2013 | Money
John Friedman

Consumers have been empowered to choose between spending time with loved ones or racing out to the store to purchase gifts in an effort to demonstrate their love for those same people.

Smaller Retailers Could Use a Boost From Small Biz Saturday

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 01.21.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Small Business Saturday has gathered momentum since American Express began the promotion in 2010 to provide smaller companies more exposure during one of the most important shopping weekends of the year.

Occupy Your Living Room: An Eastern Orthodox Response To Black Friday

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Rather than delivering us to the peace and fulfillment of a love that will never end, the Black Friday ritual hollows us out, leaving us only with a hunger that can never, ever be satisfied.

One Major Concern For Small Business Owners

AP | JOYCE M. ROSENBERG | Posted 11.14.2012 | Small Business

NEW YORK -- Small business owners who are worried about the so-called fiscal cliff are concerned beyond their own finances – they're also uneasy...

Give a Gift to All Your Neighbors By Shopping American This Holiday Season

Katharine VanderDrift | Posted 01.12.2013 | Business
Katharine VanderDrift

When shopping online it is harder to identify what is made in the U.S. and what is made overseas (you can't just check a tag). Here are some advanced but simple search tricks to help you find and buy made in America this holiday season.

Post Election Collapse

Michael Farr | Posted 11.09.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

After flat markets during an abbreviated super-storm week, the Dow rallied about 250 points on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday saw stocks open lower and continue lower. The 250 point gain of the previous two days was wiped out, plus an additional 60 or so points for good measure. Why?

'The Most Positive Outlook For The Overall Economy In Five Years'

Reuters | Posted 01.09.2013 | Money

NEW YORK, Nov 9 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in more than five years in November as consumers felt more optimistic ...

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...


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...

Presidential Debates and Middle-Class Economics

Michael Farr | Posted 10.05.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

While a lack of middle-class income growth can create headwinds for any economy in the short term, the longer-term risks of political instability and civil unrest can become much greater.

Why The Cost of Milk Could Double

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.03.2012 | Money

Got milk? Your answer may be no come January when milk prices could double. If the Farm Bill is not renewed by Congress by the end of the year, the...

The Four-Letter Word For Older Voters

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

I'd like to shed light on what concerns older Americans in this election cycle, but I solemnly swear that I will not mention polling numbers. Instead, my analysis is based on surveys we have conducted with over 1,200 older people on their core beliefs and values.

Just Won't Quit

Reuters | Posted 11.28.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending rose in August by the most in six months as households stretched to pay for higher gasoline p...

Poor Americans Are Overspending

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 09.26.2012 | Money

The United States' lowest earners spent more than double their incomes last year, according to data released Tuesday by the Labor Department. The b...

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...

College-Bound Excess: Competitive Parenting or Retail Therapy?

Nancy Berk, Ph.D. | Posted 11.21.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Berk, Ph.D.

While some might roll their eyes, it shouldn't surprise us that designer dorm rooms have popped up on campus or that parents are snapping up non-essentials for their students. Is it a good idea? That's a whole other story, but here are a few reasons why parents might break the bank....

What's Slowing The Economy

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 09.14.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- Higher gas prices are crimping consumer spending and slowing the already-weak U.S. economy. And they could get worse in the coming month...

9 Weird Products That Came Out This Year

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 10.04.2012 | Small Business

July offered a shimmer of good news for a stagnant U.S. economy. Consumer spending, a driving force of the economy, was up 0.4 percent in July, the hi...