Economy at a glance

Catfish on display at the International Boston Seafood Show. Prices for the fish are beginning to level out after a few years.

Catfish business leveling out in rural Alabama

Oct 23, 2014
Catfish farmer Townsend Kyser on how the economy feels. Plus, a catfish recipe.
Posted In: your economy, fishing, catfish
Headless horseman

Why the VIX is like the Headless Horseman

Oct 22, 2014
The VIX is also known as the Fear Index. Making it perfect for Halloween
Posted In: VIX, market volatility, Halloween
When the Hunt brothers bought up silver in 1979, a craze - and then a financial debacle - resulted. Speculators rushed in, families sold their silverware or in some cases, had it stolen.

The oil man who caused a silver craze - and bust

Oct 22, 2014
Nelson Bunker Hunt bought silver as a hedge against the time's raging inflation
Posted In: silver, Hunt brothers, silver market, precious metals

The numbers for October 22, 2014

Oct 22, 2014
Four in 10 people say they've been harassed online. Let's do the numbers.
Posted In: Canada, washington post, online bullying, harassment
 A "House For Sale" sign point to a home in Park Ridge, Illinois. New housing regulations were finalized without a down payment requirement, though some argued for 20 percent.

The murky origin of the 20 percent down payment

Oct 22, 2014
How homeowners historically reached the average number.
Posted In: housing market, housing crisis, homeowner, housing bubble, housing recovery
The U.S. government doesn't track the total number of federal workers on paid administrative leave.

Federal employees on extended paid leave

Oct 22, 2014
Lizzie O'Leary talks to the Washington Post's federal reporter Lisa Rein.
A customer pumps gas at a Chevron station over the summer in Mill Valley, California. The GAO recently endorsed the export of U.S. petroleum, saying it will help drive down gas prices.

Yes, U.S. oil exports would cut gas prices. Probably.

Oct 22, 2014
It's hard to know where prices will be a year from now
Posted In: gas prices, big oil, exports, U.S. exports
A man walks past shuttered stores in Hong Kong last month. China’s economy grew in the third quarter at its slowest pace in five years.

Europe v China: Whose economic woes pain America more?

Oct 21, 2014
China's growth is declining. Europe is struggling. Which pains the U.S. most?
Posted In: Europe, China, Chinese economy, world economy
Morgan Spurlock, right, in the short film "Cave-o-Nomics," part of his series "We the Economy: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss."

Morgan Spurlock thinks you're economically illiterate

Oct 21, 2014
And the documentary filmmaker is trying to change that.
Posted In: Morgan Spurlock, film, Economy
A worker overlays a World Series sticker in the visiting dugout at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals play host to the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on October 21.

Is the World Series a boon for the hosts' economies?

Oct 21, 2014
Millions will flood into Kansas City and San Francisco. But will they stay?
Posted In: World Series, baseball, local economy, Sports
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