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Economic Recovery

New Building Construction Boosts Economy On the Big Island

Julie Ziemelis | Posted 08.22.2014 | Hawaii
Julie Ziemelis

When Oahu and Maui bounced back, Hawaii still struggled with higher unemployment and a stagnated real estate market and construction projects were put on hold for years. Things are finally changing.

Margins Remain Suspicious

Michael Farr | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

So what are the causes for optimism with regard to future earnings power? Well, the most notable are probably the recent sharp decreases in interest rates and gas prices.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Enough Fed! Give Free Markets a Chance!

Michael Farr | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The widespread expansion of credit to car-buyers, especially to sub-prime borrowers, is beginning to cause some industry observers to cry "bubble." Is this economic progress?

The Slow Recovery Continues

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The recovery continues, but it remains weak, indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April. We have revised our forecast for world growth in 2014 from 3.7 percent in April to 3.4 percent today. This headline number makes things look worse than they really are.

Could There be an Economic Rebirth for Rural America?

Pamela Patterson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Pamela Patterson

I live in rural America. But my rural America is not the agricultural fields of waving grain so often imagined. It is not a land locked state in the center of our country.

Robert Reich: How To Save Capitalism

The European | Martin Eiermann | Posted 07.10.2014 | World

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich urges us to save capitalism from its own excesses. He sat down with Martin Eiermann of the European re...

The Best Worst President Ever

Mark Morford | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Mark Morford

"Obama is the worst thing to ever happen to this country," declares the wealthy, rakish, silver-haired Newport Beach white guy to his small group of perfectly tanned 50-something females sitting just a few feet away from us at a stunning restaurant patio overlooking the sun-kissed California coastline.

Jason Linkins

Elite Beltway Consensus Is A Looming Danger For America

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

It's not often that I have the opportunity to read something sensible about deficit mania and the terrors that have followed in its wake, but when I d...

Youth Unemployment Crisis Will Have Long-Term Impacts

Christina Gagnier | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Christina Gagnier

Youth unemployment continues to be a crisis here at home and abroad. It is the cause of instability, both financially and politically, as this generation remains unengaged by our economy and by our political system.

In Harm's Way in 2014

Stephen Herrington | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Why does anyone still believe that the GOP is the better party to deal with economic issues when it is at their hands that the economy was ruined in 2008 and it is by their obstructive hands that the economy remains deliberately unrepaired to this day?

Harnessing Innovation and Cooperation to Create Good Jobs and Growth

Bill Clinton | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Bill Clinton

Whether finding new ways to open unserved markets or putting people to work modernizing our nation's infrastructure, there are many ways to create good jobs by solving some of the biggest problems facing our communities. The key is seeing the opportunities beyond the obstacles.

5 Years After the Great Recession, Our Economy Still Far from Recovered

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

Five years after the end of the Great Recession, the economy is far from healthy. A tragic mix of budgetary blunders and congressional inaction deserve the lion's share of the blame for this.

Is The Great Recession Changing The Way We Think About Poverty?

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans today blame poverty on the individual failings of poor people than they did in the 1990s, according to a new poll by NBC...

More of the Same

Michael Farr | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

As expected, the Federal Reserve stuck to its pattern of reducing asset purchases by another $10 billion. The monthly pace is now down to just $35 bi...

Senior Entrepreneurs Play a Vital Role

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Over my nearly 70 years as an entrepreneur, I have sometimes been described as a visionary, but this is really a misnomer. The truth is that I am a tremendous opportunist.

What's Going on With Interest Rates?

Michael Farr | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

An aggressive rally in the Treasury market this morning has resulted in the lowest 10-year Treasury yield since June of last year.  Nearly everyone is looking for an explanation as to why longer-term interest rates continue to fall in the face of reduced Fed support and better economic data.  So what is going on?

How to Succeed in Business: the First Steps

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.30.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

I'll begin where the majority of successful entrepreneurs begin--"follow your passion." It may be a shopworn phrase, but this advice is as valid today for how to succeed in business as it was a hundred years ago, and it has certainly proven true for me.

The Next Service Economy

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

By building our social economy in ways that productively engage our presently underutilized talent and treasure, we can do more and better as a nation, both from a material and a moral standpoint. So what are we waiting for?

Private Companies Growing Sales, Planning Hires

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Two recent reports provide an upbeat assessment of private companies, the drivers of 65 percent of new job creation and nearly 50 percent of private n...

Tracking Earnings

Michael Farr | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

While the overall quality and composition of earnings in the 1Q may have improved somewhat, index earnings growth remains highly dependent on margin expansion.

When Your All is Not Enough

D.J. Wilson | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
D.J. Wilson

Not too long ago, after thirty years of blood, sweat equity, tears and prayers, raising a family, building multiple businesses and giving back to my c...

Economists Are Wrong

Michael Farr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

To boil things down, there are really only two roads we can follow in an environment of such as this. The economy will either muddle along at a sub-par rate of about 2 percent until balance is restored, or we go down the path of running up debt in an effort to produce higher growth rates in the near term.

Mark Gongloff

The Big Problem With Your Paycheck Is Not Your Fault

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.05.2014 | Business

Stock prices and corporate profits are setting records, jobs are growing, and yet most Americans think the recession never ended. How can this be? Bec...

Inclusive Growth: Making it Happen

OECD | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
OECD

By Gabriela Ramos Inequality has widened, with detrimental effects on our economies and societies. Can inclusive growth work? Yes, though it requir...