The Business Desk

  • May 10, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    “The Scream,” painted by Edvard Munch in 1895, sold at a record price of $119.9 million on May 2. A few belated thoughts on the economics of art in the wake of the $120 million price fetched by Edvard Munch’s … Continue reading

  • May 9, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo by Kick Images via Getty Images. Readers of this page regularly ask about Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (see note below), which I’ve long said are my own preferred investment vehicle. Do TIPS still make up more than half the family … Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo by Subactive_Photo via Flickr Creative Commons Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here is Tuesday’s query: Name: JJ Question: What’s with the inequitable treatment of household … Continue reading

  • May 7, 2012   BY Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell  

    By Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell Baratunde Thurston seemed like something of a wonder: a stand-up comedian via Sidwell Friends and Harvard. I note, however, that there is now something called The Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society, so perhaps surprise … Continue reading

  • May 4, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    People wait in line at a job fair in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images. It’s time for the unemployment news, and our monthly U-7, the most inclusive stat on un- and underemployment in … Continue reading

  • May 3, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo by Flickr user borman818 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: Ed Question: Exactly how much is $1 worth today? Paul Solman: … Continue reading

  • May 2, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    An International Paper Co. employee works on the floor of the company’s factory in Mt. Carmel, Pa. The company was one of 35 big U.S.-based multinational companies to add jobs faster than other U.S. employers in the past two years, … Continue reading

  • May 1, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Wells Fargo & Co., the largest U.S. home lender, reported a 13 percent rise in its first-quarter profit in April, setting a record as the bank made more money on new mortgages and curbed losses from old ones. Photo by … Continue reading

  • April 26, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    An attendant displays a fuel pump at a gas station in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Photo by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on … Continue reading

  • April 25, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Civilian Conservation Corps workers in 1933 construct a road. Public domain photograph from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum via Wikimedia Commons. Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making … Continue reading