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Fewer people seek jobless benefits

Dec 15, 2011
The number of people seeking jobless benefits fell last week to the fewest since May 2008. The four-week average has fallen in 10 of the past 12 weeks.
Posted In: Jobs, unemployment benefits

Checking in on the Bond Market

Dec 15, 2011
Lots of not-so-terrible news was enough to put markets in positive territory today, but not by much. It gives us a chance to take a step back and talk about something different. Bonds.
Posted In: bonds, mortgage

A compromise on Medicare

Dec 15, 2011
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden have a plan.
Posted In: Health, Paul Ryan, Ron Wyden, Medicare

Do Americans care about the debt crisis in Europe?

Dec 15, 2011
We speak to Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at Gallup, about how much Americans really care about the ongoing crisis in Europe.
Posted In: Gallup, Europe debt crisis, 2012 election

New rule could disclose CEO-to-employee pay ratio

Dec 14, 2011
The SEC says they should have a rule out mandating the disclosure of the ratio of CEO to average worker pay by the end of this year. It could shed more light on the widening income gap in the U.S.
Posted In: ceo, inequality, income

The pros and cons of the payroll tax cut

Dec 14, 2011
The payroll tax cuts expire at the end of the year, and the clock is ticking to make a decision to renew them or not. Why can they help or hurt the economy?
Posted In: payroll tax, Washington, politics

Euro weakens, but just part of the economic picture

Dec 14, 2011
The euro has fallen to its weakest point against the dollar in almost a year. This helps American travelers to Europe -- but only if they can afford a vacation.
Posted In: euro, Dollar exchange rate, currency

Oil, gas prices should remain relatively steady

Dec 14, 2011
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed this morning to maintain global production at about 30 million barrels of oil per day.
Posted In: Oil, gas prices, OPEC

PODCAST: OPEC reaches a deal, iPads in the cockpit

Dec 14, 2011
Conflict in Washington continues over the possible extension of the payroll tax cuts, as experts disagree whether the measures help or hurt the broader economy. The SEC is pushing for a rule that would disclose the income gap between the average American worker and CEOs. It is about to get a bit more difficult to be a cab driver in Chicago. And what kind of football team will make its home in Los Angeles?
Posted In: OPEC, euro

Payroll tax cut decision should come soon

Dec 14, 2011
David Mark, senior editor at Politico, explains why he thinks lawmakers will hammer out a deal on payroll tax cuts and the budget soon.
Posted In: politics, payroll tax, Washington D.C.

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