Economy - Most Commented


Good and bad signs for the U.S. housing market

Mar 28, 2012
It is one step forward, one step back for the housing market. The mortgage bankers association says this morning applications for home mortgages were up 3.3 percent last week but demand for refinancing dropped for the sixth straight week.
Posted In: Housing, construction, home

PODCAST: Gas keeps rising, Annie's goes public

Mar 28, 2012
Research shows that over a quarter of the population isn't getting enough sleep, but what can be done? Research in Motion reports earnings tomorrow, and despite efforts to revamp the company and its BlackBerry product, the outlook is still grim. The health care debate continues into Day Three, and David Brancaccio continues his cross-country trip looking at robots that are stealing our jobs.

Rubber not meeting the road on highway bill

Mar 28, 2012
The highway bill is in a standoff in the House, threatening highway projects if an agreement can't be reached by this weekend.
Posted In: infrastructure, highways, Congress

Case-Shiller home prices and health care reform

Mar 27, 2012
The markets have a lot to reflect on this morning, from the pending Supreme Court decision to the latest Case-Shiller Index.
Posted In: health care, case shiller

PODCAST: Southwest raises prices, consumer confidence falls

Mar 27, 2012
This week, we're looking at how new technology is changing the American workforce. The series is called "Robots Ate My Job," and David Brancaccio of our Economy 4.0 unit is driving across the country without interacting with a single human being. Today, a look at self-checkout at grocery stores. A couple of congressional panels will look at the military's push into alternative energy. And day two of the Supreme Court arguments surrounding the new health care law begins.

PODCAST: Ben Bernanke speaks, 'The Hunger Games' takes off

Mar 26, 2012
It's day one of Supreme Court arguments over President Barack Obama's health care reform law. Twenty-six states are challenging the law -- parts of which are already in place. Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, is expected to announce earnings today, and analysts aren't expecting big things. It's been 10 years since the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School opened a satellite campus in San Francisco. To mark the occasion, the business school has moved to a bigger -- and shinier -- facility.

Bernanke in translation: Rates will stay low

Mar 26, 2012
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says U.S. needs faster job growth before Fed changes monetary policy.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke

Investors turning foreclosed homes into rentals

Mar 23, 2012
According to Bloomberg Markets Magazine, private investors are buying up foreclosed properties by the bushel and renting them out at a profit.
Posted In: Housing, rental, speculation

Why tax reform still hasn't come to America

Mar 23, 2012
While you're trying to determine what happens when you subtract line 35 from line 43 on your tax form, you might ask: Why is this so complicated?
Posted In: Taxes, tax reform, tax loopholes

Gold speculation on the decline

Mar 23, 2012
Ever since the housing crash, investors have been pouring money into gold, and the price has more than doubled. But now, investors are starting to shy away.
Posted In: gold