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Family budgets slashed by health care costs

Sep 8, 2011
We know healthcare is increasingly expensive. Still, I always find the numbers stunning. For instance, from 1999 through 2009 U.S. spending on...
Posted In: Economics, insurance

Stimulating jobs in a climate of political gridlock

Sep 2, 2011
Dismal. Glum. Miserable. Terrible. These are among the words journalists have used to describe the finding of statisticians at the Bureau of Labor...
Posted In: Economics

The message in the market is... what?

Aug 18, 2011
The stock market is taking another nosedive. Economists are cutting their global growth estimates. Investors worry that European banks aren't...
Posted In: Economics, Investing

The troubled economy's epicenter: Stagnant incomes

Aug 10, 2011
There are lots of factors behind the disappointingly weak economy. Dysfunctional politics in Washington and a national unemployment rate of 9.1%....
Posted In: Economics

Could deflation be next?

Aug 8, 2011
Let's hope not....
Posted In: Economics

A stalling economy

Aug 1, 2011
Global investors may be relieved at the political agreement negotiated over the weekend in Washington to lift the debt ceiling limit. (Hold your...
Posted In: Economics

Dark clouds gathering over the economy

Jul 28, 2011
Washington must be another world. The vituperative battle over raising the debt limit makes no sense when the U.S. economy is so fragile. The...
Posted In: Economics

The yawning wealth gap

Jul 26, 2011
We all know that income inequality has been widening in recent decades. Less appreciated yet even more disturbing over the long run is increasing...
Posted In: Economics

Dodd-Frank: Better than advertised but still flawed

Jul 22, 2011
A year ago President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank financial services regulatory overhaul. It was the most ambitious and controversial...
Posted In: Economics

Money, retirement and singles

Jul 14, 2011
How are Americans doing when it comes to being financially prepared for retirement? Lately, the answer seems to be, not well....
Posted In: Economics, Retirement