Business

  • March 28, 2011    

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and readers about business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Dr. Gene Audette Question: Every year it’s prognostications, prognostications. But seldom do “columns” like yours … Continue reading

  • March 25, 2011   BY  

    On the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman answered a reader’s comment about the need to remember what happened that day. Richard R. Palmer: March 25 is the 100th anniversary of the Triangle … Continue reading

  • March 24, 2011    

    Updated March 25, 2011 at 1:33 p.m. with a fixed link to the Slate interactive. Income inequality has changed over time: today the richest 1 percent of Americans hold about 24 percent of U.S. wealth. But almost a century ago … Continue reading

  • March 23, 2011    

    Ever wonder why a gallon of gas will cost $3.21 today, $3.12 yesterday and maybe $3.79 next week? The price of the gas at the pump fluctuates mainly with the price of crude oil, plus a time lag. The price … Continue reading

  • March 22, 2011    

    Just in time for tax season: a tax receipt calculator that shows you how the federal government spends your taxes. It’s easy to use: just enter your federal tax amount for 2010 and press ‘calculate receipt.’ The tool then shows … Continue reading

  • March 21, 2011    

    Business correspondent Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and readers on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: From Thursday’s NewsHour: “The Japanese yen settled near record highs against the U.S. dollar … Continue reading

  • March 21, 2011    

    From Thursday’s NewsHour: “The Japanese yen settled near record highs against the U.S. dollar today, which make Japanese exports more expensive. Banks and finance ministers of the G7 are considering measures to decrease its value in order to help with … Continue reading

  • March 18, 2011    

    Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Friday’s query: Name: Doug Shoaf Question: Given the harm that inflation does to the personal finances of almost every … Continue reading

  • March 17, 2011    

    Editor’s note: Join us at 3 p.m. ET Thursday for a chat between Paul Solman, Dante Chinni of Patchwork Nation and Derek Thompson of The Atlantic. The discussion will be moderated by PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan and cover the … Continue reading

  • March 16, 2011    

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Wednesday’s query: Name: Michael Cassady Question: With the suffering from the financial crisis falling mostly on masses … Continue reading