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What Is About To Crash - The Markets, The Economy? Neither, Even If Greenspan (Who?) Says So!

Terry Connelly | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

It's late spring, and the Chicken Littles are back. They don't fly but they do cluck.

Hillary Clinton: First Impressions

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

On May 6th, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held her first two fundraising events in San Francisco. I attended an afternoon event, featuring a confident, positive Clinton.

Look to Connecticut for Economic Leadership

Nick Balletto | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Nick Balletto

With social and economic inequality nearing record highs, our nation needs to take real steps to increase the opportunity for upward mobility. Republicans in Congress would be well-served to look to Connecticut as an example, instead of doubling down on failed trickle-down policies

What a Robust Dollar Means for U.S. Businesses - and the Global Economy

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Helen I. Hwang

Recently, the value of the U.S. dollar has risen from strength to strength against a basket of currencies, notably against the euro and the yen. In fact, the dollar has reveled in the longest streak of gains since 1971.

Nearly Half Of States Face Massive Budget Gaps

AP | By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics

ATLANTA (AP) — With the nation's economy at its healthiest since the Great Recession, a surprising trend is emerging among the states — large budg...

Unemployment Rate Dips To 7-Year Low

AP | Posted 05.08.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggests that the economy may be recovering after stumbling at the s...

National Small Business Week: A Reminder to Keep Entrepreneurs Top of Mind Year-Round

John Arensmeyer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

In 1963, President Kennedy proclaimed the first National Small Business Week to honor our nation's entrepreneurs whose innovative spirit and hard work helped make our country great. For more than 50 years, we've carried on the tradition of celebrating small businesses, and for good reason.

U.S. Retail Inventory Moving Slower, Tying Up Cash Longer

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

After several years of turning over inventory more quickly, U.S. retailers are experiencing slower-moving stock, according to preliminary data from Sageworks, a financial information company.

U.S. Economy Growth Has Slowed to Less Than 1 Percent This Year

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy nearly stopped growing in the January-March quarter, squeezed by a combination of factors that will either fade (...

Is America Like Rome?

Joseph S. Nye | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Joseph S. Nye

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Given the gridlock in Washington, is America going the way of the Roman Empire? Some analysts argue that the costs of exercising power overseas weakens domestic economies and contributes to their decline because of "imperial overstretch." But America does not fit that theory because defense and foreign affairs expenditures have actually declined as a share of GDP over the past several decades.

Northern Spring, Southern Chills: Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean

Alejandro Werner | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Alejandro Werner

Economic growth dynamics vary across the region, broadly along North-South lines. While spring may be in the air for Mexico, Central America, and parts of the Caribbean, the economic climate remains decidedly chilly in much of South America. What is behind these divergent prospects, and how can a sunnier outlook be restored to the entire region?

Janie Velencia

Americans' View Of Economy Reaches New High Under Obama Presidency

HuffingtonPost.com | Janie Velencia | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

Americans are the most positive they've been about the economy since President Barack Obama took office, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday...

The Emerging Populist Groundswell

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We are the richest country humanity has ever seen, and we are at our richest moment. Yet hardworking Americans keep coming home to "a plate full of worry." This is largely because over the last few decades the wages of the bottom 80 percent of Americans have fallen or stagnated while the super-rich rake in all the profits. We can do better, and we must.

Top Money Tips for Women in 2015

Lisa Kaess | Posted 04.12.2015 | Women
Lisa Kaess

t Feminomics, we're calling 2015 a "Year of Action," because in contrast to recent years, U.S. consumers benefit from a stronger U.S. dollar exchange rate, low gas prices and borrowing costs back down near record lows. Here are our top three ways to seize the moment and make it yours.

Why a Credit Union Might Be the Smartest Choice You've Ever Made

Rachel Pross | Posted 04.10.2015 | Money
Rachel Pross

Imagine what the U.S. economy would be like without a not-for-profit balance and competitive presence in the financial services marketplace to help keep rates and fees in check.

St. Louis' $5 Billion Sewer Upgrade Could Bring Much-Needed Jobs

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact
Angela Glover Blackwell

All over the country, cities are preparing to put billions of dollars into much-needed upgrades to aging and outdated water and sewer systems.

Ben Walsh

March's Weak Jobs Report Is More Evidence The Fed Should Be Careful

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business

The March jobs report, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was not good. After months of very strong jobs reports, though, it was a spec...

Q&A: Roc Arnett - Future of the Phoenix East Valley

Viputheshwar Sitaraman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Viputheshwar Sitaraman

Do Arizona municipalities have what it takes to make the state one of the top places to do business in? Roc Arnett, president of East Valley Partnership, thinks so.

U.S. Housing Market Gets Sicker

Jorge Newbery | Posted 05.23.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Stricken with a cold that never quite goes away, the nation's housing market is stumbling once again. In the fourth quarter of 2014, home values dropped and builder confidence started to erode.

A Bold Vision for a Better Future Unveiled

Tom Kiernan | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Tom Kiernan

A definitive new report has found there is a clean source of energy that could be one of the top sources of electricity in America: wind.

Federal Reserve Board Unveils Headache-Free QE Math

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.09.2015 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Do derivatives confuse you? Do you hate bond math? We feel the same way! So we simplified your life with headache free QE math. Compound rates, equivalent rates, production functions: who needs old math?

So Many Targets! So Little Time!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Hillary, Bibi, O'Reilly, the economy... So many targets, so little time! ...

Ben Walsh

The Job Market Is Still Hurting, In 2 Charts

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.06.2015 | Business

The American job market is on an historic roll. The even better news is that it's still got a lot of room for improvement.

Fast-Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Bad for General Welfare and Common Good

Stephen Seufert | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Stephen Seufert

If the president is confident the TPP trade agreement is in the best interest of the United States, then he should have no concern about letting Congress propose amendments that can be shared with partner nations during negotiations.

As U.S. Home Ownership Hits a 20-Year Low, Can the Recovery Be for Real?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Just released data from the U.S. Census Bureau paint a different picture, questioning a fundamental measure of economic health - home ownership levels -- which begs the question, is it all a mirage?