Joel Patterson joined the Marketplace Index team in November 2011.

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New-home sales tank in 2011

This year may go on record as the worst for new-home sales since anyone started keeping record.
Posted In: home sales, construction, interest rates
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Super-yacht super sale

In trying economic times, even the mega-wealthy downsize and bargain-shop.
Posted In: the wealthy, Economy
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Commuters turn to buses

In an age of sky-high travel costs, long-haul commuters looking for an alternative are rediscovering the bus.
Posted In: gas prices, buses, bus, commute, Transportation
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Wheat up, Wheaties down

Food giant General Mills today announced lower than expected profits, blaming costs of volatile commodities.
Posted In: breakfast, commodities, cereal
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Crime down, FBI says

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, wrongdoing continues to drop.
Posted In: Crime, FBI
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Good news on inflation

Lower energy costs kept November's Consumer Price Index flat, a good sign for the U.S. economy.
Posted In: food prices, gas prices, consumer prices, Labor Department
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Chase clarifies checking account fees

Three banks unveil a new three-page checking account guide. Experts hope a new era of simplified disclosure will follow.
Posted In: bank regulations, checking account, Chase, fees, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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New survey: CEOs aren't hiring

In a recent survey, two-thirds of CEOs of big U.S. companies indicated they won’t be adding jobs for the next six months.
Posted In: business roundtable, hiring, Jobs
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Despite reports, odds still stacked against job seekers

A recent report from the Department of Labor has job listings up sharply over two years prior, but with unemployment at 8.6 percent, job openings are not plentiful.
Posted In: jobs report, Labor Department, Unemployment
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Farmers make hay while the sun shines

According to the Department of Agriculture, U.S. farmers will see record profits of $100 billion this year.
Posted In: farming, ethanol

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