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The Next Looming Bank Crisis: De-Leveraging

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

Despite several quarters of reported profits, including some that were phenomenal, banks are on thin ice -- with cracks that could turn into fissures at any time.

The Beginnings of a Credit Card-Free Revolution? Maybe Not.

Bryce Covert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bryce Covert

CNNMoney reported yesterday that credit card use is in decline, with the number of cardless people jumping up to 78 million this year. But the drop in users isn't all due to penny pinching and/or outrage.

The FCC's Long December

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

The FCC's long December will either restore confidence in the Commission's ability to tackle difficult issues like Net Neutrality or leave us in a similar position where many feel the FCC has disclaimed responsibility.

The AT&T Settlement: A Reason to be Thankful This Holiday Season

Andrew Tucker Avorn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrew Tucker Avorn

This holiday season, you may rest easy, knowing that there is a class action lawyer out there who might be the only force between you and the company that is trying to rip you off.

Growing Concerns Over Internet Privacy

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John M. Eger

It is becoming clear that in our increasing zeal to promote the marvels of the Internet, we may be seriously eroding the fundamental rights of the average citizen and consumer.

Video: Speaking with Jason Oxman at the CES NY Press Preview

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the oldest trade shows in the country, and I had the opportunity recently to speak with Jason Oxman of CEA, which produces the annual tech event.

Eating in Trumps Eating Out

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Americans spend significantly more money on food they eat at home than they do on food they eat out. Supply chains make it nearly impossible for farmers to reach consumers.

Who Do You Really Pay for Your Food?

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth McVay Greene

Is it any surprise that farmers would seek the closer connection to consumers? Getting food to market has become relatively more expensive, while the share that the farmer earns has dropped off.

G20 Needs to Do More to Protect Consumers From Financial Abuses

Jim Guest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Guest

Governments have a duty to consumers to show that they are not simply a means for the financial services industry to make a profit at all costs.

Not Anymore! Consumers Can Have a Voice in Health Insurance Rates

Andrea Kovach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andrea Kovach

The Illinois Department of Insurance intends to pursue rate review authority, and consumers can and should help in this effort to put the brakes on unfair health insurance premium increases.

In The Public Interest: Will Health-Care Challenges Help or Hurt Consumers?

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Today, Judge Henry Hudson heard oral arguments in Commonwealth v. Sebelius, which asks the judge to issue a court order that would stop implementation of the entire health-care law. If that happens, consumers are in for a world of trouble.

Nothing and Everything -- What Consumers Expect from the New Normal

John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio

In the leaner, new normal of the post recession economy Americans are expecting very little leadership from above and are willing to try almost anything that might work.

The Chilean Miners and Reality TV

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rabbi Irwin Kula

What lessons are there for us about working class solidarity and commitment to one another in the way these miners lived together under unimaginable stress?

People With Mental Illness Shunned by Alternatives 2010 Conference in Anaheim

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
DJ Jaffe

During the first week of October, mental health advocates around the country will gather to celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week by shunning the seriously mentally ill.

American Consumers Aren't Buying Climate Action

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Earlier this week at the Clinton Global Initiative, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres offered her assessment of what was preventing progress in the...

Harleys to Hanoi: How Foreign Consumers Can Rev Up U.S. Growth

Ed Gerwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ed Gerwin

The United States virtually invented the modern middle class. Today, our exporters must reach out to the global middle class, and our government must assure that foreign trade barriers don't stand in the way.

Will Warren Have Power?

Stephanie Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephanie Taylor

Huffington Post and other outlets are reporting that Obama will appoint Elizabeth Warren to...something at least: The White House will tap Elizabeth ...

The Chemical Marketplace Series -- Drinking It In: Is Fluoride Good for You?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

With nearly 200 million Americans drinking fluoridated tap water these days, is it time to ask ourselves, do we really need the fluoridation?

William Alden

'Home Prices Are Likely To Be Headed Down,' Says Capital One CEO

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Speaking at the Barclays Capital 2010 Global Financial Services Conference, Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank was pessimistic about the housing market ...

Preventing the Next Oil Spill: Do Consumers Hold the Key?

Aron Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Aron Cramer

Sustainability has been understood to mean only limits. Sustainable consumption turns this idea on its head, as a way to develop products that deliver better living standards without further burdening our planet.

When Gen Y Speaks, Boomers Must Listen

Stephen Cannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Cannon

Anyone who denigrates or ignores Generation Y does so at his own peril, as our country is on the verge of a generational tipping point that will change society unlike anything we've seen in 50 years.

The Long Tail of Retail

Danny Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Wong

There is no doubt that while brick and mortar businesses feel outdated, brick and mortar sales continue to massively trump online sales. But e-commerce sales are growing at a very strong rate.

Tweeting American

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Kluger

A mentor once told me that the best way to determine if something is well written -- be it a book or movie or even an essay--is if it can be summed up...

In Geithner's Fantasy World

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

It's evident from Geithner's view of the world that hard-working Americans can expect little help from the administration and even less from Congressional Republicans.

Fiscal Times Questions Elizabeth Warren's Candidacy

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Fiscal Times, an online newspaper funded by Blackstone co-founder and former Council of Foreign Relations chair Peter Peterson, has published two ...