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Obama Never Exceeded U.S. Budget

Michael Farr | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics
Michael Farr

The U.S. has not had a budget in four years. As the country increased the national debt by about $5 trillion in deficit spending, it never went over budget. Ridiculous, no?

Bad Sign For The Economy

Reuters | Posted 02.06.2013 | Money

(Adds details from latest survey) * Consumer sentiment falls to lowest in four months * Expectations tumble on fears of ...

Consumer Confidence Hits Highest Level In Nearly 5 Years

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 01.27.2013 | Money

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence rose this month to its highest level in almost five years, helped by a better outlook for hiring over the ...

'The Most Positive Outlook For The Overall Economy In Five Years'

Reuters | Posted 01.09.2013 | Money

NEW YORK, Nov 9 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in more than five years in November as consumers felt more optimistic ...

We're More Pessimistic Than Ever

Reuters | Posted 08.29.2012 | Money

* Consumer sentiment falls to lowest since December * Views of economic prospects, employment dim * Inflation expectatio...

A Good Sign?

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2012 | Money

NEW YORK, May 25 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in more than four years in May as Americans stayed optimistic about t...

Consumer Confidence Surges To Eight-Month High, Nearing Post-Recession Peak

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Americans are gaining faith that the economy is on the upswing. An improving job outlook helped the Consumer Confidence Index soar t...

Americans' Confidence In Economy At Highest Level Since July

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 01.29.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Americans are beginning to feel more confident about the U.S. economy just as the all-important Christmas shopping season begins. But...

Back To School Shopping Fails To Boost August Retail Sales

Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

Growth in retail sales stalled in August, hurt by a pitched battle over spending in Congress and raising fresh questions about the country's abili...

As Obama Prepares Jobs Speech, Low-Earning Americans Gloomy About Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.08.2011 | Business

With the economy slowing to a near-standstill this year, and the prospect of a turnaround appearing increasingly unlikely, Americans' spirits -- parti...

Businesses Increasingly Pessimistic About Future Economic Conditions

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business

Optimism for the American economy continues to evaporate, even as President Obama readies a supposedly major jobs plan to be unveiled in a speech befo...

Washington Is Kicking Small Businesses While They're Down

Robert Levin | Posted 10.15.2011 | Small Business
Robert Levin

While they are campaigning, every politician talks about the importance of small business to the health of the economy. Now, Mr. President, senators, and congressmen, we need you to make some painful decisions and do the right thing for those small businesses you claim to value.

Oil Prices Rise As Stock Markets Stabilize

AP | CHRIS KAHN | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Oil jumped to the highest level in more than a week on some positive news about the global economy. Oil was also pushed higher by a ...

America's 10 Hottest Retailers

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.11.2011 | Business

The Great Recession has hardly put the average American in a spending mood -- but some retailers have a knack for attracting new customers. Looking...

Consumer Confidence Rattled By Debt Deal's 'Dire Economic Consequences'

Posted 09.28.2011 | Business

Consumer sentiment fell in July to its lowest point in more than two years, as anxieties over stagnant wages and rising unemployment deepened, a s...

Alexander Eichler

Debt Ceiling Standoff Is Hurting Consumer Confidence, Goldman Economist Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 09.19.2011 | Business

Washington is struggling to reach a deal on the debt ceiling, and American consumer confidence is slipping. Do these facts have anything to do with ea...

U.S. Consumers Now Less Confident Than At Height Of Global Recession

Posted 09.16.2011 | Business

LONDON (Susan Fenton) - Global consumer confidence fell in the second quarter to its lowest level in a year and a half as an uncertain economic ou...

Consumer Sentiment Down Even While Future Looks Brighter

Posted 08.17.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Leah Schnurr) - Consumer sentiment worsened this month, although a gauge of future economic activity rose in May, presenting a picture o...

William Alden

Shutdown Could Be 'Ugly,' Potentially Triggering Recession

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business

An extended federal government shutdown could devastate the U.S. economy by dealing a blow to Americans' confidence, experts said Tuesday. If lawma...

Consumer Confidence Falls To Five-Month Low

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Consumer sentiment fell to its lowest level in five months in early March as gasoline prices rose, a survey released on Frid...

Are Emerging Markets the Next "Bubble"? How to Overcome the Issues

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

We're well aware of the case for investing in emerging markets. However, investor excitement is ignoring the fact that short-term cyclical factors can overshadow long-term structural trends

Consumer Confidence Hits 3-Year High

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

U.S. consumers are more confident than they've been in three years, according to the data released today by the Conference Board. The organization's ...

Consumer Sentiment Hits 8-Month High

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (By Leah Schnurr) - U.S. consumer sentiment rose to an eight-month high in early February, boosted by recent tax cuts and optimism about the...

Mark Blumenthal

Consumer Confidence Rising

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Is consumer confidence on the rise? When a colleague asked for a quick explanation of President Barack Obama's recently-improving job-approval ratings...