The Business Desk

  • August 13, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Herm and Flo Dorion celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 11. Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff answers readers’ questions on retirement, including when to take spousal benefits. Photo by Autumn Cruz/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images. Larry Kotlikoff’s Social Security … Continue reading

  • August 10, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Our final outtake from our Aug. 2 interview with SIGTARP Neil Barofsky: Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. (Note that the full title runs 59 letters, which the acronym pares down to a mere seven.) Our previous … Continue reading

  • August 10, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    The 2012 Vassar College Commencement in Poughkeepsie, New York. Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Friday’s query comes from a reader … Continue reading

  • August 9, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    On Making Sen$e this week we’ve been featuring outtakes from my interview with top TARP cop Neil Barofsky, appointed by President Bush and retained by President Obama to prevent fraud in the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. From the … Continue reading

  • August 9, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Digital composite by Travel Images/UIG via Getty Images. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here is Thursday’s query: Name: Jack Doyle Question: How long will it … Continue reading

  • August 8, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Wednesday we present the second installment of outtakes from my encounters with Neil Barofsky, Special Inspector General for the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, known in Washington, D.C. as the SIGTARP. (I’m not making this up.) Appointed by President … Continue reading

  • August 8, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    President and CEO of JPMorgan Chase Co. Jamie Dimon testifies before a Senate Banking Committee hearing in June. The committee was hearing testimony from Dimon on how JPMorgan Chase lost billions in stock market trades. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images. … Continue reading

  • August 7, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    On Making Sen$e lately we’ve been featuring outtakes from my encounters with especially intriguing interviewees. The most recent was Neil Barofsky, appointed by President Bush and retained by President Obama to prevent fraud in the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief … Continue reading

  • August 7, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    A pedestrian passes a Fidelity Investments branch in New York. Photo by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here is … Continue reading

  • August 6, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    From left to right, Jack Haley as the Tin Man, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy and Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion in the MGM film “The Wizard of Oz,” 1939. MGM Studios/Archive Photos/Getty Images. Given … Continue reading