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Colorado's Rocky Budget Year

Mar 15, 2011
Colorado faces a tough budget year due to the loss of tax revenue and growing costs to keep programs and services running. It's inspired some...
Posted In: economy 4.0

Budget cuts threaten SEC, CFTC

Mar 11, 2011
Economy 4.0 special correspondent David Brancaccio talks with Jeremy Hobson about whether budgets for the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators will be cut just as they try to comply with the new financial reform law.

Financial Reform Cuts Off Regulators?

Mar 11, 2011
David Brancaccio speaks with Jeremy Hobson about whether budgets for the Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators will be cut just...
Posted In: economy 4.0

Wall Street watchdogs face budget cuts in Congress

Mar 10, 2011
At a time of dramatically increased responsibilities for two key financial regulatory bodies, there are strong calls to cut back on funding for the...
Posted In: dodd-frank, economy 4.0, SEC

How to make $1.8 million in three easy months

Feb 19, 2011
For the winner of a German investment contest the answer was easy -- a little bit of luck and a lot of derivatives.
Posted In: Investing

Klaus Rules

Feb 18, 2011
Along with 19,000 other people, Klaus Neukert of Munich entered a stock trading contest sponsored by the German Stock Exchange. A virtual, online...
Posted In: david brancaccio, economy 4.0, german stock exchange

Dodd-Frank Update: Six months in, but not halfway there

Feb 17, 2011
An optimist might see in financial regulatory reform a glass half full, a pessimist a glass half empty. But either way, the system seems to have ...
Posted In: dodd-frank, economy 4.0

Stopping dictators retiring with their profits

Feb 10, 2011
Ousted dictators often stash away money while in office and then retire to live off their ill-gotten gains. Now, there are moves to stop that.

Halting The Dictator Retirement Package

Feb 10, 2011
Ousted dictators often stash away money while in office and then retire to live off their ill-gotten gains. Now, there are moves to stop that....
Posted In: economy 4.0

Germany encourages citizen stock trading

Feb 5, 2011
In the 90s, German citizens were crazy for telecom and dot-com stocks, driving the prices up as much as 700 percent. But after the bubble burst, citizens lost interest in the German stock exchange, a fact economists now hope to change. David Brancaccio explains.
Posted In: Investing

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Food stamps turns 50 this year.  Since the program was written in to law, it's become one of those government programs that gets a lot of attention from politicians on both the left and the right -- especially recently.  The program has been growing furiously in the last 15 years -- one in seven Americans is on food stamps today. That's more than twice what the rate was in 2000.  Some of that can be explained by changing eligibility requirements and job-losses during the recession. But the fastest growing group of food stamp participants in the last few decades are people who have jobs and work full year-round.  And that suggests a deeper new reality. Even once the recession is fully behind us, could increased use of food stamps driven by low-wage jobs be a permanent fixture of the American economy?