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Crude oil prices on the rise

Mar 16, 2012
After rumors that the U.S. and U.K. might release crude oil stock prices were found untrue -- at least for now -- prices are climbing back up.
Posted In: Oil, crude oil, U.K.

As inflation rises this year, should we be worried?

Mar 16, 2012
The Consumer Price Index is out this morning. With higher consumer prices comes rising inflation, but how big of a threat is that to the average American's way of life?
Posted In: consumer, food prices, inflation

How higher prices hit American consumers

Mar 16, 2012
Consumer Prices are one place where the economy comes down to earth and hits us square in the wallet -- and that's what happened in February according to the Consumer Price Index.
Posted In: inflation, consumer prices

Consumer Price Index bumps up, gas prices to blame

Mar 16, 2012
Consumer prices rose by the most in 10 months in February, and rising gas prices were to blame for most of that change.
Posted In: consumer prices, inflation, gas prices, consumer

PODCAST: Crude oil and consumer prices rise, one job where women make more

Mar 16, 2012
Apple's latest iPad is released in stores today, but the lines aren't stretching quite so far down the block as they used to. And the company might soon be trying to buy your old iPad back from you, to refurbish and re-sell in other parts of the world. In Arizona, a new line on the state's tax return asks people how much shopping they've done out-of-state. And what is the importance of the female vote in this election cycle?

Consumer prices rise the most in 10 months

Mar 16, 2012
The four-tenths percent rise in consumer prices was largely due to gasoline prices. But inflation remains tame. That's something the Federal Reserve works hard to preserve because of bad memories from another time.
Posted In: consumer prices, CPI

Attitude Check: Consumer confidence and global warming

Mar 15, 2012
Your politics even determines your take on the weather outside.
Posted In: Barack Obama, consumer confidence, global warming

Experts see solid signs that China growth is slowing

Mar 15, 2012
A respected JP Morgan analyst has claimed that it is a sure thing that the Chinese economy will be coming in for a "hard landing," at 6 percent growth.
Posted In: China, growth

PODCAST: China's 'hard landing,' Greg Smith's shockwaves

Mar 15, 2012
As March Madness begins, we talk to L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus about why many who never gamble decide to play the game this time of year. Does premium gas really help you get better mileage in the long run? And lately, some experts have been wondering whether Pinterest users have the right to show off photos that in many cases they did not create.

'Boomerang Kids' are helping out financially

Mar 15, 2012
Forty percent of 18- to 24-year-olds live at home. It makes financial sense, and most kids and their parents don’t even mind.
Posted In: Millennial Generation

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