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Housing: Builders and buyers gaining confidence

Jan 18, 2012
New data from home builders indicate they're feeling more confident, and now that layoffs have slowed, buyers are feeling more secure, too. Still, there are bumps ahead for the housing industry.
Posted In: Housing

Romney’s run renews capital-gains tax debate

Jan 18, 2012
Like Warren Buffett, Mitt Romney pays a low tax rate because his income is from investments, not labor. Why does the tax code differentiate?
Posted In: tax, investment

Buffett ready to match GOP tax donations

Jan 18, 2012
The billionaire will match the contributions made by Rep. Scott Rigell to pay down the national debt. But he's still waiting for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to make a contribution.
Posted In: debt, national debt, Warren Buffett

Home Depot hiring 70,000 seasonal workers

Jan 18, 2012
The home improvement retailer hired half its spring-time seasonal workers last year permanently. Some of them could land permanent jobs again.
Posted In: Jobs, Home Depot

Owning is now cheaper than renting

Jan 18, 2012
Back during the housing bubble, houses cost 20 percent more than renting. Now the difference is the other way.
Posted In: Housing, rent vs. buy

Unemployment will be big issue in S.C. primary

Jan 17, 2012
The two Republican primaries so far this year have been in states with relatively healthy economies. That isn't the case in South Carolina, where presidential hopefuls hit the ballot next.
Posted In: politics, 2012 election, republican primaries, Unemployment

Richard Cordray and the CFPB set to work

Jan 17, 2012
Newly appointed head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, speaks about the priorities on the table for the organization.
Posted In: CFPB, Richard Cordray, regulation

Raising the debt ceiling could be easier this time

Jan 17, 2012
The U.S. Treasury is once again set to reach its borrowing limit. But this time around, it might not spark quite the same debates in Washington as last time around.
Posted In: debt ceiling

PODCAST: Managing for value

Jan 17, 2012
China's GDP growth has slowed, but was still at 8.9 percent for the last quarter of 2011. The upcoming primary in South Carolina will focus more on economic issues than earlier contests this year. Newly appointed CFPB Director Richard Cordray explains his plans for the agency. We take a look at how companies spin news stores for their own advantage, and stock brokers in Hong Kong are fighting for their right to a long lunch break.

Food stamp use is only rising

Jan 17, 2012
A surge in food stamp use is being fueled by middle-income people who have lost their jobs or homes.
Posted In: food stamps

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