Dec 22, 2011 As Spain gears up for new leadership, the European Union wants airlines to reduce emissions or pay for permits allowing them to pollute. During the holidays, consumers generate as much as 25 percent more waste from packaging, unused holiday cards and wrapping paper, and other seasonal items. In some Atlanta neighborhoods, houses are selling for under 10,000 -- less than the price of many used cars.
Dec 21, 2011 The news that more banks than expected are putting a hand out for help from the European Central Bank had markets on a roller coaster today.
Heidi N. Moore
Dec 21, 2011 The ECB has given about 490 billion euros in cheap loans to European banks, reflecting the crisis in Europe’s banking system.
Dec 21, 2011 A surprisingly successful Spanish bond sale and news of an increase in new home construction spurred markets to rally today.
Dec 16, 2011 My wife and I are in our early 60s, with a son in college. We have Roths and 401(k)s. I will get a pension from the state of North Carolina when I retire in a few years -- not so for my wife. What I need to know is: Is there a reason not to put so much of our savings in munis? (I would take the money out of some of our mutual funds.) I would not get munis from states with problematic economies; I would most likely get them from N.C. Also, what is the best way to purchase tax-free munis? Thanks! Stephen, Durham, NC
Dec 16, 2011 Junk. Not a nice word. And when it comes to bonds, not a particularly accurate word, either. Junk is something useless, right? Well, "junk" bonds are definitely not useless. In fact they're extremely useful. Sometimes. Marketplace Senior Producer Paddy Hirsch explains what a junk bond really is.
Jan 11, 2012 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.
Stacey Vanek Smith
Dec 9, 2011 Markets breathed a sigh of relief last week as central banks around the world agreed to joint action to fight the European debt crisis. But according to someone on the front lines in 2008, this could mean things are worse than we know.
Dec 9, 2011 European countries agree to a deal on balanced budgets and debt reduction. A unanimous vote wasn't reached, but the BBC's Andrew Walker says investors already had limited expectations.