The Business Desk

  • December 21, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    A crowd of depositors gather in the rain outside Bank of United States after its failure in 1931 during the Great Depression. Photo by World Telegram staff photographer from the Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons. Last week’s story on … Continue reading

  • December 20, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    A Greek 500 drachma banknote sits atop euros. Photo by Peter Phipp via Getty Images. Today’s post tries to answer a number of questions that have come in over the past few weeks along the lines of, “What’s going to … Continue reading

  • December 15, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Thursday’s query: Name: Don Kruger Question: I lost half of my 401k savings in the last big bump … Continue reading

  • December 12, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    By Elizabeth Shell This blog has been updated to clarify that the top table refers to single household incomes in 2012, and the interactive tax calculator below reflects 2010 data for most countries. The amount taxpayers owe Uncle Sam every … Continue reading

  • December 12, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images. Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Roy Pettis Question: Aren’t these steps of cutting spending, balancing … Continue reading

  • December 9, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    An evacuation sign asks residents to leave Eagar, Ariz. as the Wallow Fire swept through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images. Between fires, twisters, hurricanes, droughts and floods, 2011 has been Mother Nature’s most continuously whopping … Continue reading

  • December 8, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    A security guard patrols outside the headquarters of the Bank of China in the Xidan shopping area of Beijing. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images. Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news here … Continue reading

  • December 6, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Getting back to his roots, Standup Economist Yoram Bauman begins his latest dispatch from Beijing by testing just how far you can apply the First Amendment in modern-day China. He’s humored audiences twice in China thus far: one, an English-speaking, … Continue reading

  • December 2, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images. Editor’s note, 11:22 am EST: all figures have been checked and confirmed against the now-available BLS data. It seems we aren’t the only ones hanging on every number from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this … Continue reading

  • December 1, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Peter Steiner is the New Yorker cartoonist best known for his 1993 cartoon of two dogs looking at a computer monitor as one says to the other: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” He sent us an economics … Continue reading