The Business Desk

  • May 24, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange. Photo by Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here is Thursday’s query: Name: … Continue reading

  • May 23, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    A Greek flag flies next to a statue of Socrates in Athens. IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Wednesday warned of the risk of “contamination” if Greece quits the euro and said the eurozone might therefore see the value of paying … Continue reading

  • May 22, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Creative Commons photo by Flickr user Thomas Hawk. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Tuesday’s question comes from an in-house NewsHour staffer who wishes to remain “Anonymous,” … Continue reading

  • May 21, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Banner protesting austerity measures in Brussels, Belgium. Photo by Morgan Till/PBS NewsHour. Restricted as this page usually is to questions (and answers), its posts can, I realize, seem more than a bit off the news. This is especially true when … Continue reading

  • May 18, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Image by Spark Studio via Getty Images. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here is Friday’s query: Name: Phil Webb Question: When the economy starts to get … Continue reading

  • May 17, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo by Flickr user futureatlas.com via a Creative Commons license. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here is Thursday’s query: Name: … Continue reading

  • May 16, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    A pile of money from around the world — currencies of the U.S. (dollar), U.K. (pound), and Europe (euro). Creative Commons photo courtesy flickr user Images_of_Money. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here … Continue reading

  • May 15, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    A waitress carries a pizza to customers at Gino’s East restaurant in Chicago. Wait staff in Illinois earn $2.13 an hour, before tips. Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business … Continue reading

  • May 14, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Image of “Curious Behaviors” used with permission of the Financial Security Project at Boston College. A suggestion for those pondering retirement: a [new interactive video tool](http://fsp.bc.edu/curious/) introduced by old friend Alicia Munnell, professor of management, director of the Center for … Continue reading

  • May 11, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Finance professor Zvi Bodie talks to Paul Solman in 2011 about pension woes. In response to our post of May 9 on the benefits of Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, this arrived from the eminent finance guru from Boston University, FoM¢* Zvi … Continue reading