The hidden side of U.S. economic growth: Is it over?

Oct 3, 2012
As President Obama and Mitt Romney practice their talking points and zingers on the American economy, Freakonomics reveals why we may never get big-time economic growth back.
Posted In: economic growth, Economy, Election 2012

The fiscal cliff explained (with help from Hollywood)

Sep 28, 2012
You've heard warnings about the economic disaster that could happen if Congress fails to avoid a fiscal cliff. But what is the fiscal cliff anyway? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch enlists the support of his friends Thelma and Louise in this three-minute explanation.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Economy, defense, Bush tax cuts, whiteboard

Measuring the strength of the economy and the stock market

Sep 24, 2012
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: the economy and the stock market are not one and the same. The performance of the economy under a president is open to wide interpretation. The stock market, on the hand... Well, we can measure that.
Posted In: president, Economy, stock market

How housing affects car sales

Sep 4, 2012
As car makers report higher sales, a strengthening housing market can play a role.
Posted In: auto sales, trucks, Economy, housing market

Americans struggle to feed their families

Aug 23, 2012
New data from Gallup shows that 25 percent of Mississippi residents have struggled to feed their families at some point over the last 12 months. On average, 18 percent of respondents in the U.S. say they've lacked money for food at least once recently.
Posted In: Food, poverty, Economy, drought

Numbers still point to lukewarm economic recovery

Aug 22, 2012
Conflicted news from Federal Reserve reflects tentative relationship drags on between Americans and their money.
Posted In: Economy, recovery

In Dave Eggers' 'Hologram,' the fall of U.S. manufacturing

Jul 18, 2012
In his new novel, "A Hologram for the King," Dave Eggers muses on manufacturing and the global economy though the eyes of a struggling American businessman in Saudi Arabia.
Posted In: Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah Economic City, Economy, Dave Eggers

Making progress on household debt

Jun 25, 2012
The good news: Households are reducing debts. The bad news: There remains a considerable way to go.
Posted In: Mortgages, household debt, Economy, income, loans

Global turmoil and retirement planning

Jun 13, 2012
What should investors -- especially those in their 50s and 60s -- do with their already diminished retirement savings?
Posted In: retirement savings, Investing, Savings, inflation, Economy

Rising use makes food stamps a target

Jun 6, 2012
The recession has boosted the number of Americans on food stamps to 44 million.
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, food stamps, Economy, recession