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We're More Pessimistic Than Ever

Reuters | Posted 08.29.2012 | Money

* Consumer sentiment falls to lowest since December * Views of economic prospects, employment dim * Inflation expectatio...

Weakest Growth In Months

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 08.29.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers spent no more in May than in April after seeing almost no gain in their pay. The lack of growth in consumer spending...

Bad News For Recent Grads

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.26.2012 | College

Recent college graduates are deeper in debt than people thought. It's been widely circulated that the average student graduates with $23,300 to $25...

Why The Economy Can't Get Out of First Gear

Robert Reich | Posted 08.12.2012 | Business
Robert Reich

We won't get the economy out of first gear until the middle class regains the bargaining power it had in the first three decades after World War II to claim a much larger share of the gains from productivity growth. Get it?

Resisting The Urge To Splurge?

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 06.08.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- U.S. consumer borrowing increased more slowly in April, restrained by a sharp reduction in credit card debt. The report suggests Americ...

Buy Things Featured In TV Ads With Your Remote Control

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 06.05.2012 | Money

Furniture retailer IKEA is coming out with a new TV set that allows viewers to purchase advertised products with just a few clicks of the remote contr...

Economic 'Uncertainty' Tightening CEO Spending

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business

(Corrects spelling to "Stephenson," paragraph 5) * Weak U.S. jobs report spooks Wall Street * Europe, China remain key a...

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...

The Average Wedding Costs An Outrageous Amount

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 05.22.2012 | Money

Mark Zuckerberg just married his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan a day after Facebook's epic debut on the NASDAQ. But most people aren't lucky enou...

The Five Best And Worst Cities For Financial Well-Being (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 05.21.2012 | Money

Some towns are getting along in this economy better than others. A report issued this week from the credit counseling agency CredAbility offers som...

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...

Economic Ambiguity

Michael Farr | Posted 07.03.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

We continue to believe that investors are underestimating the risks inherent to the bond market at this stage in the game. Bond investors are not being compensated for the risks they are assuming when they are not even able to earn the expected rate of inflation.

Small Town Mayor To Locals: Get Outta Town

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.25.2012 | Money

How high are gas prices in New Lenox, Ill.? They're so high, the mayor is sending people out of town to fill up their tanks. At one New Lenox st...

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...

Sustainability Marketing Needs 'Here's How' Not 'Just Say No'

John Friedman | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
John Friedman

Because balancing the issues around climate, health, wellness, societal 'good' and cost are interrelated, the question is far more complex than a simple Boolean (yes/no) choice.

U.S. Multinationals Hiring At Much Faster Rate Overseas: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

U.S. multinationals are hiring. They're just doing a lot of it overseas these days. Multinational firms based in the United States expanded their w...

10 Economic Indicators That Mislead Small Businesses

Gene Marks | Posted 06.18.2012 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Being a small business owner I'm an eternal optimist. But small business owners need to pay close attention when the media says that something "increased" or "got better." Always say to yourself: "Better? Compared to what?"

Missing the Greater Good

Ellen Schloemer | Posted 06.16.2012 | Money
Ellen Schloemer

Even the conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac now says mortgage write-downs may make economic sense for the two housing finance giants. All of which begs the question: What if the industry had made these moves sooner?

Here's What You Paid More For Last Month

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 06.13.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON — Gas prices rose more slowly in March, keeping overall U.S. inflation mild. The consumer price index rose 0.3 percent in March, the...

Americans Say We're Still In A Recession

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 04.11.2012 | Business

We may not technically be in a recession anymore, but the vast majority of Americans say they aren't feeling the recovery. More than 75 percent of...

Reinventing Capitalism: Strange Currencies in the Marketplace

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.10.2012 | Small Business
Russell C. Smith

It's safe to say there's been no other time in the history of the world when so much information on peoples' purchasing habits has been gathered, stored, catalogued, and most importantly... used.

In America, A Rising Tide Lifts Only Some Boats

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.10.2012 | Business

It doesn't just seem like America is dividing into two nations -- one where luxury spending is going strong, the other where more and more people can'...

Why The Spring Season Means High Gas Prices

AP | JONATHAN FAHEY | Posted 06.07.2012 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Ahh, spring. The days get longer, flowers bloom, and gasoline gets more expensive. It's a galling time for drivers, a...

We're Paying Off Our Bills On Time Again!

Reuters | Posted 06.05.2012 | Money

* ABA: loan delinquencies fell in 11 categories it tracks * Group says overall delinquency levels still high * Increased...

Are We Using Credit More but Enjoying It Less?

Curtis Arnold | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
Curtis Arnold

Nearly three in four Americans report having frozen or cut back their use of credit cards in recent times. But of the more than one in four who are spending more on their cards these days, more than half report using their credit cards to help cover basic needs.