Economy - Most Commented


Beginning a critical season for U.S. retail

Nov 21, 2012
It's no surprise that this time of year marks the beginning of an important period for the strength of retail in America. But is the outlook full of holiday cheer?
Posted In: Retail, online shopping, holiday shopping

Education groups lobby hard against 'fiscal cliff'

Nov 20, 2012
Education lobbyists make up the lion's share of groups pushing to avert the 'fiscal cliff.'
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Education, lobbyist

Explaining the FHA with help from Uncle Charlie

Nov 20, 2012
What is the Federal Housing Administration and how does it work? Uncle Charlie and Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explain.
Posted In: Federal Housing Administration, Housing, loans, whiteboard

PODCAST: France, Hewlett-Packard get hit hard

Nov 20, 2012
Today's greatest hits: One to France's credit rating, and another to Hewlett-Packard. The reported raids on convenience store Twinkie stashes across the country may have been for nothing. We'll talk about what all these big money politcal donors are up to post-election and consider whethere there's anything you can really do, in the end, about your inevitable mid-life crisis.

HP blames quarterly loss on Autonomy fraud

Nov 20, 2012
Hewlett Packard says fraud is behind the big quarterly loss it unveiled this morning. The personal computing company is writing down $9 billion because of what it calls financial "misrepresentations" by a company it acquired last year.
Posted In: Meg Whitman, Hp, Hewlett-Packard, fraud

Fed's Bernanke gives words of warning on fiscal cliff

Nov 20, 2012
Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke says he believes that worries about the fiscal cliff are already affecting the economy.
Posted In: fiscal cliff
An income tax form.

In defense of the income tax, a history

Nov 19, 2012
It took a natural disaster and a financial panic to get income taxes written into the U.S. Constitution. That was 1907. And even those who like public programs are still struggling to defend taxes.
Posted In: Taxes, income tax

PODCAST: Obama in Myanmar, a chat with Chobani Greek Yogurt CEO

Nov 19, 2012
President Obama is on a visit through Asia. Will his visit open up Southeast Asia economies? Congress is considering changes in the $80 Billion food stamp program, known as SNAP. Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya shares his views on the yogurt company's success. And the Long Island Power Authority is facing criticism for the way it responded to superstorm Sandy.

Rally suggests fiscal cliff deal is done

Nov 19, 2012
Wall Street rallies on optimism that a deal will be reached to avoid the fiscal cliff. Nevermind that Congress is on recess and Obama is in Asia.
Posted In: Wall Street, fiscal cliff

Whither the mortgage interest tax deduction?

Nov 16, 2012
Tweaks to homeowner deduction -- seen as cornerstone of American Dream -- could be part of 'cliff' deal.
Posted In: Housing, mortgage interest deduction, fiscal cliff