Economy - Most Commented


Filling in the gaps of deficit projections

Aug 25, 2009
The 10-year projections of the federal deficit by the Congressional Budget Office and the White House's Office of Management and Budget differ by $2 trillion. Economics and law professor Alan Auerbach explains why they're so far apart.

Forecasts predict deficits in the trillions

Aug 25, 2009
The Congressional Budget Office and the White House Office of Management and Budget expect the federal government to add between $7 trillion and $9 trillion to the national debt over the next decade. How accurate can a 10-year projection be? John Dimsdale reports.

Bad news about the shrinking deficit

Aug 25, 2009
The federal government's 2009 projected deficit is expected to drop. But the news isn't all that good. Why? John Dimsdale reports.

Social Security payments to be frozen

Aug 24, 2009
Senior citizens and others who count on income from Social Security most likely won't get a cost-of-living adjustment in 2010 because the recession has put the brakes on inflation. But for many, the cost of living is still going up. Tamara Keith reports.
Posted In: Retirement

Letters: Your opinions of the show

Aug 14, 2009
Tess Vigeland and producer Eve Troeh tell discuss listeners' comments about our coverage of mothers in the workplace, the Bank in L.A. program, and the term 'plain vanilla'.

Economy not falling, but not better yet

Aug 12, 2009
Almost two years after the recession started, things are officially not getting worse anymore. But even though the bleeding has stopped, the economy is still in intensive care. Steve Henn reports.

Keeping the sick economy stable

Aug 12, 2009
OK, so we're not out of the woods yet. What does Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke have to do in the coming months to keep from worsening the recession? Kai Ryssdal talks to Dan Greenhaus, economic strategist with Miller Tabak.

It's the small banks you have to watch

Aug 11, 2009
The congressional panel monitoring the Troubled Asset Relief Program said today that smaller banks are more likely to be hurt by troubles in the commercial real-estate market. Jeremy Hobson gives us more details from the report.

Debts mounting on Fed balance sheet

Aug 10, 2009
A Fed committee meets tomorrow to decide whether to change short-term interest rates. But analysts are more concerned about the debts the Fed has been buying -- and it's set to take on more. Steve Henn reports.

U.K. toughens laws on immigration

Aug 6, 2009
It used to be pretty easy to earn U.K. citizenship as long as you managed to stay out of trouble. But now British government is implementing stricter policies on who can enter and live in the country. Christopher Werth reports.
Posted In: Immigration