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Lost Decade

45 Million Americans Still Stuck Below Poverty Line

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business

Despite five years of economic recovery, poverty is still stubbornly high in America. More than 45 million people, or 14.5 percent of all Americans...

7 Charts That Show Just How Bad Things Are For Young People

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Business

Young people are taking longer to launch their careers, but it's not totally their fault, a report released Monday from Georgetown University's Center...

In a World Short on Miracles, The Power of Compounding Is Still One

James Berman | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
James Berman

Even if you had invested 15 years ago, not long before the start of the greatest secular bear market since the Great Depression, you would have compounded money at 4.72 percent per year. This also would have doubled your money.

Bond Titan Says U.S. Faces 'Lost Decade' If Politicians Don't Act

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 10.24.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- The U.S. risks a "lost decade" if politicians keep pursuing the same failed policies, according to Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive of th...

5 Sad Charts About The Middle Class

Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

Things aren’t going very well for the middle class right now. If you don’t believe us, take a look at these charts. Over the past decade, midd...

'There's Not A Lot Of Good News For The Middle Class'

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.22.2012 | Business

Things aren't looking great for America's middle class, and they know it. A significant share of the middle class say it will be a long time befor...

Conservatism Blew Up the Economy

Cliff Schecter | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

So what do you do when financial analysts are warning that housing prices are headed for a "triple dip," the second largest Swiss Bank (Credit Suisse)...

Ten Years Later: Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

We must choose building bridges over bombers, deploying teachers at home over troops abroad, training doctors over drone pilots, and investing in our future rather than costly and useless military confrontation.

U.S. Could Be Several Years Into Japan-Style Lost Decade: Analysis

Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Steven C. Johnson) - As the U.S. economy slouches toward another recession and confidence in policymakers erodes, investors are coming to gr...

The Lost Decade

Will Marshall | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Barack Obama, who took office months after the Great Recession started, must be cursing his luck. Just at the point when investment and jobs normally would be coming back, the U.S. economy has taken a sickening swoon.

The Magical Economy, Brought to You by Paul Ryan and the Heritage Foundation

Jake Berliner | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Jake Berliner

When Paul Ryan unveiled his budget today, he touted it as a "Path to Prosperity." In reality, Ryan's claims of prosperity are based on an analysis that has more basis in magic than economics.

Peter S. Goodman

Goldman's Cynical Assurances Notwithstanding, The Decade is Lost Already | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Step back from the ledge, America. Scotch the gloomy talk of a Japan-style Lost Decade -- Goldman Sachs says we're alright. Except that Goldman's dismissal of Lost Decade fears is brazenly self-serving. We are very much lost, and have been for decades. And we will remain so for as long as influential people pay attention to the cynical assurances of Goldman, which has mastered the art of digging us deeper into a hole, all the while selling us the shovels.

"Do You Really Like Living Here?" A Foreigner's Perspective on Tokyo

Jared Braiterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jared Braiterman

(This article originally appeared in Newsweek Japan on October 28, 2010 in Japanese) "Do you really like living in Tokyo?" is a question I am often a...

The Closing Argument

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Though it is late in the election cycle, Democrats still have one strategic card to play. They can seize control of the economic conversation and turn it into a debate about what more needs to be done to help the American economy.

Lost Decade For American Income

Wall Street Journal | By CONOR DOUGHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The downturn that some have dubbed the "Great Recession" has trimmed the typical household's income significantly, new Census data show, following yea...


Robert Zevin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Zevin

There is a simple lesson to learn from Japan to help the US avoid another lost decade. Focus on employment. We all benefit when everyone who is willing and able to work has a job.

Is Main Street Ready for the Second Wave of the Recession?

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

The phrase "double-dip recession" means little to most of us. To people on Main Street, it hasn't been been a "dip". We took a drop to the bottom two years ago and stayed there.

Paul Krugman: The U.S. Is Not Like Greece, We're Like Japan | PAUL KRUGMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For the past few months, much commentary on the economy --some of it posing as reporting -- has had one central theme: policy makers are doing too muc...

Keeping the Focus on the Struggle of Everyday People: 2010 Edition

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

The country wants their leaders focusing on what is their number one concern -- their ability to make a living and provide for their families in a time of economic transformation.

Marriage-Saving Research For The Holidays

Christine Whelan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Whelan

The recession has taken a toll on American families, but research suggests that there may be a silver lining: Understanding the link between money and marriage might help us make better choices.

'Decade From Hell': Time Mag Trashes The '00s

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

As the first decade of the 21st Century draws to a close, Time has taken a look back and concluded that it is the "worst decade ever": Bookended by 9...

The Lost Decade: Zero Net Job Creation From 2000-2009

Washington Post | Neil Irwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For most of the past 70 years, the U.S. economy has grown at a steady clip, generating perpetually higher incomes and wealth for American households. ...

A Lost Decade For Jobs

BusinessWeek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Private sector job growth was almost non-existent over the past ten years. Take a look at this horrifying chart:...