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100 years ago, a boom and bust fed by hope and greed

Jun 13, 2013
Railroads lured homesteaders to Montana with ads that made the dry plains look like lush English countryside. Banks offered easy money, the settlers loaded up with loans -- and drought set in.

Real estate boom and bust in 1910 and 2000: A comparison

Jun 13, 2013
Check out our side-by-side comparison of these two booms and busts nearly a hundred years apart... make your own comparisons.

Consumed: The #longreads reading list

Jun 12, 2013
Didn't get enough of our coverage of the consumer economy? Here's a list of books and articles our reporters and producers went to to get answers about how and why we spend.
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What's the dumbest investment you've ever made?

Jun 12, 2013
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By the Numbers: Consumed Day 3

Jun 12, 2013
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For millennials, a patchwork quilt of part-time jobs will have to do

Jun 12, 2013
People in their 20s are often stuck in part-time and temporary jobs. The loss of income in their first working years could affect them much of their lives.

How a part-time economy impacts consumers

Jun 12, 2013
To cut corners and increase profits, businesses are increasingly hiring more part-time or temporary workers. But that plan may backfire, when those workers become consumers who don't want to spend.

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A part-time career alters life's expectations

Jun 12, 2013
Our economy creates a growing number of part-time and temporary jobs. That means more insecure workers -- and consumers -- who can't plan for the future.

By the Numbers: Consumed Day 2

Jun 11, 2013
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Tell us: You know you have a good job when...

Jun 11, 2013
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Resumes tell employers what you bring to the job. Job postings say what employers want. Often, it's flexibility. One ad: "Requires morning, afternoon and evening availability any day of the week."
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