Stacey Vanek Smith
Jan 4, 2012 In an effort to boost the economy, Mario Monti announced that Italian businesses can now stay open at all hours. That has some Italian shopkeepers worried.
Jan 4, 2012 Some early concerns about tight European credit markets making it expensive for European banks to raise capital dragged the markets down in the early hours. That was countered a bit by some more trickles of good news about the U.S. economy.
Jan 3, 2012 Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch explains why high-yield bonds are just as risky as used auto parts.
Jan 3, 2012 My husband and I have made pretty bad and spontaneous financial decisions that have brought us a lot of debt. Our plan for 2012 is to get out of debt and start saving more, since we depleted our savings in the past 2 years. I would like to know how to start getting rid of this debt in the smartest way and how to save significantly at the same time. Carla, Boston, MA
Jan 2, 2012 Leaders usually like to start the year with optimism, but Angela Merkel and others are finding it hard to see the bright side to the current situation in Europe.
Dec 30, 2011 In the New Year, financial experts will keep a close watch on both the eurozone and China, and their impact on the global economy.
Jan 11, 2012 In Greece, tax collectors are on strike to protest benefit cuts while in Italy, the government was able to borrow $9 billion to help pay for services, but banks willing to lend also demanded a high return.
Dec 29, 2011 The continent has had a dramatic year. The debt crisis seems to be in check right now, but there’s no telling what might happen next year.
Dec 28, 2011 Iran has repeated its threat to block the Straight of Hormuz where about a-fifth of the world's oil passes through. In Italy today, investors seemed happy to buy up the country's debt.
Dec 28, 2011 I have both private and federal student loans from undergrad and law school... I was wondering if you have any advice as to how best to manage this debt? I'm 28 and single so my financial obligations are otherwise relatively minimal for now, but due to my debt-to-income ratio, I've been unable to really lay away much in the way of personal savings in the 3+ years I've been out of school, let alone start saving for retirement. I'd really appreciate any advice you might be able to give to someone in my situation. Thank you! Kira, New York, NY