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Credit agencies and debt collectors to get federal scrutiny

Feb 16, 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing to add the three major credit bureaus and debt colletion companies to the list of businesses the federal agency can now oversee.
Posted In: debt collection, credit agencies, equifax, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB

What Americans think about President Obama's budget

Feb 16, 2012
Do Americans agree with President Obama's latest budget proposal? Gallup's editor-in-chief Frank Newport explains what Americans want the government to cut and spend more money on.
Posted In: federal budget, obama budget, Barack Obama, budget

Extended payroll tax cut serves as 'stealth stimulus'

Feb 15, 2012
Congressional negotiators have agreed to a deal that would extend the payroll tax cut through the end of the year, which means more money will go into more people's pockets and perhaps, they will go out and spend it.
Posted In: payroll tax, stimulus

Tensions in Middle East affecting oil prices

Feb 15, 2012
Oil prices are on the rise today, in part because of news out of Syria. But there are also bigger picture problems to worry about.
Posted In: Oil, middle east, Strait of Hormuz, oil prices

Payroll tax cut, benefit extension a type of stimulus

Feb 15, 2012
A tentative deal has been reached to extend the payroll tax cut, as well as some unemployment benefits and Medicare payments. As the economy stays sluggish, we're in an era of seemingly endless government stimulus.
Posted In: economic stimulus, payroll tax, unemployment benefits

Payroll tax extension, Greek news won't make huge impact

Feb 15, 2012
News out of the U.S. and Europe today could mean more spending at home and more debt problems in Greece. But Josh Brown of Fusion Analytics says neither piece of news will make a huge difference in the markets.
Posted In: payroll tax, Greece

Congress extends unemployment benefits

Feb 15, 2012
But commentator Betsey Stevenson says they're only just masking the need to reform how we help the unemployed.
Posted In: Unemployment, unemployment benefits, jobless benefits

Manufacturing leads the way

Feb 15, 2012
U.S. factories boosted their output in January, and experts like Harvard's Willy Shih see that as a positive sign.
Posted In: factory output, supply chain, auto sales

PODCAST: Retail sales and valentine hearts

Feb 14, 2012
Two former Bear Stearns executives accused of misleading investors about the quality of risky mortgages have settled with the federal government. Waffle House is transforming more than a hundred restaurants into Valentine wonderlands. President Obama is meeting today with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to be the next president of China. And some experts are looking to Zynga's earnings to help predict how Facebook will fare in the coming months.

What California hopes to get from China

Feb 14, 2012
Los Angeles is on the agenda for Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's U.S. visit. California and China have multiple ties, and this visit could set a standard for future negotiations.
Posted In: China, Xi Jinping, california

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