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Economic Recovery

Bold Action Plan or Delusional Rant?

Michael Farr | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, I think there are some undeniable truths regarding our economy that need to be addressed before we reach the next phase of robust and sustainable economic growth.

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

Taking Stock

Michael Farr | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

There are many positive signs in the US. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 3rd quarter was up 5% on an annualized basis compared to the 2nd quarter (adjusted for inflation).

The Job Market Is Still Years Away From A Full Recovery

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business

Friday's jobs report was generally pretty good news. The jobless rate dropped to a six-year low of 5.6 percent. And the December hiring data capped of...

Here's A Chart That Should Have You Just A Little Bit Worried

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business

If you're a frequent borrower of money, for stuff like education and cars and lip implants, you might think that low interest rates are good. But be w...

FINALLY: GOVERNMENTS START SPENDING

New York Times | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics

NAPLES, Fla. — For a long stretch, government spending cutbacks at all levels were a substantial drag on economic growth. Now, finally, relief is in...

Jason Linkins

Our Prediction For 2015 Is That Most Economic Predictions Will Suck

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

The American economy, bolstered by a run of decent employment numbers and a party-in-the-USA third-quarter GDP pop, is finally beginning to show signs...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

'I Never Thought I'd Be Able To Give My Son His Own Bedroom'

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The year 2014 is ending on an economic high note: The U.S. workforce added 321,000 jobs in November, hourly wages are ticking upward, an...

Sam Stein

Grover Norquist Wants Republicans To Take Credit For The Economic Recovery

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Grover Norquist would like Republicans to shut up about how bad the economy is, and instead take credit for the recovery. The promin...

Time to Get Excited?!

Michael Farr | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Surging stock prices will likely increase rather than decrease the costs of saving for retirement for most folks. Why? Because most people, including baby boomers who are inching closer to "retirement age", remain vastly underprepared for retirement.

Why An Aging Population Is NOT A Burden On The Economy

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.25.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As one of their year-end announcements, The Centers For Disease Control reported the U.S. birth rate at 1.86, below the replacement level of 2.1. There have already been grumblings about how a lowered fertility rate nationally will have an adverse impact on American economic growth.

U.S. Economy Grows At Fastest Rate Since 2003

AP | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 percent annual rate in the July-September period, the fastest in more than a decade, boosted...

Should the Fed Be Worried About Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

For an economy heavily dependent on consumer spending, this is not a trivial consideration.

Jillian Berman

For Low-Wage Americans, The Holiday Season Is A Time To Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business

For many American workers, this is the time of year for tying up loose ends and taking it easy. For Simon Ting, this is the time of year for working h...

Small Businesses Drive U.S. Job Recovery

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 12.05.2014 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that our economy added 321,000 jobs in November. That's 57 consecutive months we've added jobs -- the longest employment growth streak since America started keeping track.

Italy Objects: The EU and the Ideology of Deficits

John Weeks | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
John Weeks

What happens to the euro zone economies affects the US economy, and grasping the essence of these packs and pacts is necessary to understand why euro Europe is stagnating.

The Squeeze of the Middle Class

Michael Farr | Posted 12.05.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The median household income in 2013 was only slightly above that reported for 1995 (after adjusting for inflation), while costs for necessities like housing (rent), health care, and education are making it much more difficult for middle-class folks to get by. 

Revisiting the Land of Opportunity

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.06.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Fewer and fewer Americans, including many middle-class Americans, believe that they can even preserve their existing standard of living -- or that their children will do any better. But how accurate are these perceptions?

Could This Be the Year Recovery Finally Comes to Main Street?

Mary Buffett | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Mary Buffett

We may be at a place where the Great Recession can move from the forefront and into our rearview mirrors. It could be the year when Santa adds something extra to the bottom line of retailers everywhere. We shall see. Don't forget, today is Giving Tuesday.

Bipartisan Political Agenda

Harry L. Langer | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Harry L. Langer

With control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate it is now incumbent upon the Republican party in conjunction with the President and the Democratic Minority Leaders of Congress to formulate, propose and enact a bipartisan policy agenda.

Republicans Just Don't Get It

Harlan Green | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

There is a reason why it has taken so long to emerge from the Great Recession. And the Republican leaders of the House and Senate with their new majorities exemplify why we have barely emerged from it.

What Is Causing the Drag?

Michael Farr | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Using inflation-adjusted numbers, we indexed each component of GDP to 4Q07 levels, beginning with a value of 100 for each. We graphically display the results below, followed by some commentary.

Driving Growth Through Women's Economic Participation

Melanne Verveer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Women
Melanne Verveer

Access to finance, access to technology, sourcing from women-owned businesses, and changes to corporate culture all have the potential to increase women's participation and transform business as we know it.

How to Fix the Economy: Going Beyond GDP and Politics as Usual

Riane Eisler | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Riane Eisler

This is the time for forward-looking measures. We cannot fix the economy based on measures such as GDP that look at our world through a rearview mirror.

5 Reasons You Should Travel During an Economic Slump

Jill Kozak | Posted 01.11.2015 | Travel
Jill Kozak

With the New York Times reporting scant opportunities for Americans to increase their income in an ever-frustrating economy, it may be nigh time to hit the road. Here are five great reasons to flip the status quo on its head and travel while the getting's good...