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2012: Good days ahead for housing

Dec 29, 2011
Gerard Cassidy thinks today's NAR Pending Home Sales index numbers are a sign that 2012 is the year the housing market recovers.
Posted In: real estate, housing market

Attitude Check: Obama and the American economy

Dec 29, 2011
Heading into the election year, we speak to Frank Newport at Gallup about how Obama's economic policies are faring in the American public, and why the economy will be the biggest issue in 2012.
Posted In: politics, 2012 election, Gallup, Obama

Gold prices have worst month in years

Dec 29, 2011
After record highs earlier this year, gold prices are sharply dropping in the U.S. as people lose faith in its value.
Posted In: gold

San Francisco minimum wage is first to top $10

Dec 28, 2011
One industry -- restaurants -- feels the city's minimum wage policy especially hard.
Posted In: minimum wage, restaurants, San Francisco

NLRB board vacancies could stall major labor decisions

Dec 28, 2011
The National Labor Relations Board is about to lose the ability to enforce the nation's labor laws. On Dec. 31st, three of the five seats on the Board will become vacant. Without a quorum, the NLRB cannot decide cases.
Posted In: National Labor Relations Board, labor, politics

What the Strait of Hormuz means for world oil

Dec 28, 2011
Iran's navy chief said today his country could very easily close the world's most important oil transit channel. The threat to close it comes after the West imposed more sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.
Posted In: Iran, Oil

Iran oil blockade unlikely to go through

Dec 28, 2011
Halting, or even dislocating, the flow of one-fifth of the world's oil supply could send the price of crude into the stratosphere. But the oil market doesn't appear to take the threat seriously.
Posted In: Oil, Saudi Arabia, oil prices

Obama nominates two for Federal Reserve board

Dec 28, 2011
The Obama administration hopes that the Senate will approve its two appointees -- one Democrat, one Republican -- to the Federal Reserve board.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, politics, Obama

PODCAST: Blocking the waterway, blocking the oil

Dec 28, 2011
San Francisco has raised to the minimum wage to over $10 an hour, and that will effect the cities famed restaurants. On the other side of the country, negotiations will start today in New York between building owners and the union representing the people that clean those buildings. As the 10 year birthday of the euro approaches, David Brancaccio looks back at how Marketplace's resident poet described the deal at the time.
Posted In: Oil

Italian bond sale, Iranian threat impacting markets

Dec 28, 2011
Iran has repeated its threat to block the Straight of Hormuz where about a-fifth of the world's oil passes through. In Italy today, investors seemed happy to buy up the country's debt.
Posted In: italy, bonds, Iran

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