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Aug 22, 2011
I'm still on the fence on the issue of whether we should spend our way out of the economic doldrums or cut back and save, to prevent even more...

Looks matter -- even for annual company reports

Aug 22, 2011
A final note. There's an old saying in business: "You can try putting lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig." Well, maybe it depends on what c...

What's up with oil?

Aug 22, 2011
Libyan rebels are in Tripoli, spurring hopes that Libya will start pumping oil again soon. But oil prices are up today. What's up with that? Man...
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

Where the good jobs are ...

Aug 22, 2011
Many American companies don't what you to know how many jobs they create (or destroy) here, compared to how many they create abroad. The Washing...
Posted In: Jobs

The gold-to-decent-suit ratio

Aug 19, 2011
A "long-held rule in the marketplace" is that an ounce of gold, historically, has been able to buy a decent suit....
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

What's up with gold?

Aug 19, 2011
Fear and greed, that's what. The shiny stuff broke $1880 an ounce today, another record. That's making my Dad happy. He's been long gold a l...
Posted In: The Breakdown: Markets

Step away from the cookie jar!

Aug 19, 2011
Things are getting so tough for European banks that they're cutting back on the most minor expenses - including snack-time cookies in the office!...

Here's an original idea: lay everyone off

Aug 19, 2011
Bank of America is restructuring. Cutting jobs, in other words. 3,500 this quarter, and many more to come - possibly as many as 10,000 by the end...

A short history of the debit card

Aug 18, 2011
The debit card has been around since 1966, which means banks have had a lot of time to figure out new ways to charge you for using your own money...
Posted In: debit cards, fees

Ron Paul: Perry made even 'me look like a moderate'

Aug 18, 2011
This final note today. Ron Paul made a funny about the Republican presidential field today. Remember the other day we noted Texas governor Rick P...
Posted In: Federal Reserve

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A long tradition of raising the U.S. debt ceiling in July, 2011 led to one of the most heated battles in Congress over the nation's budget. Follow Marketplace's coverage of the debt-ceiling.