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Economic Recovery

The Economic Recovery in Black, White, and Brown

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.

Raising the Minimum Wage

Erica Payne | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Erica Payne

A minimum wage increase will positively affect a sizable portion of the population, will have a moderate stimulative effect on the economy, and will be easily affordable. And by indexing it to inflation as the Harkin-Miller bill suggests, it would ensure that low income American workers would not risk seeing their wages eroded during the next recession.

Rebuild the Economy, Stupid!

Zack Exley | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Zack Exley

America has come to the breaking point. Our ability to think our way to a solution is temporarily impaired thanks to the utterly devastating annihilation of reasonable economic ideas by the neo-liberal revolution. So before we rebuild the economy, we've got a job ahead of us to rebuild some ideas.

Another Flash Crash or Market Shutdown?

Michael Farr | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

Technology seems to have solved the trade execution issue, so I don't foresee an overwhelming market shutdown. Fidelity now offers an amazing 1 second trade confirmation guarantee.

Economic Happy Talk and the Politics of Denial

Joel Berg | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Joel Berg

Democrats can't seem to get their message straight about the economy. Is it soaring because of the visionary leadership of President Obama, or failing because of the intransigence of Congressional Republicans?

The Coming Recession of 2017

Michael Moynihan | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business
Michael Moynihan

Recessions are notoriously difficult to predict. Like timing the stock market or predicting next year's weather, the ability to time the next recession is generally held to exceed the limits of human -- or machine -- intelligence.

What Economic Recovery?

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 09.09.2014 | Money
Mechele Dickerson

While many American households now face a bright and promising economic future, it is now clear that the recession and post-recession recovery has a different look and feel depending on whether you are wealthy, middle-class, or poor.

The State of State (and Local) Finances

Milton Ezrati | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Milton Ezrati

State and local governments as a whole have kept spending growth in line with revenues growth and so have contained the flow of red ink. This is good news, even with all the caveats. There are, however, longer-term concerns.

Jobs Day! First Impressions -- A Disappointing Report, But One Month Does Not a New Trend Make

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

In a surprisingly downbeat look at last month's job market, today's jobs report shows payrolls up only 142,000 in August, a downward revision to June's gain, flat weekly hours, and a slight tick down in the labor force.

Loan Me $250,000. Please!

Michael Farr | Posted 09.04.2014 | Money
Michael Farr

I want to buy a house. Would you be willing to loan me $250,000 for 30 years at 4.25 percent? Your answer is crucially important. Before you answer, keep in mind that you will be taxed on the interest you receive.

India-Japan Ties: Investing in the future

Samarth Pathak | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

The time is ripe to infuse energy into this historic relationship. Not only are both governments stable with visionary leadership but there is also a strong will among businesses and policymakers on both sides to build a mutually-beneficial partnership.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 08.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

An Awfully Bleak Poll

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.29.2014 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Clearly, there are a lot of people who feel that the economic recovery-over five years old by now, at least by the official count-isn't reaching them.

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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.04.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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.