The Business Desk

  • November 30, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo and post by Elizabeth Shell. Recently, Puppet Underground and Occupy DC hosted a ‘Roving Kabaret’ (‘K’ as in K St., which is one of the locations where the organization has set up tent) of various theatrical troupes that support … Continue reading

  • November 29, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Image by Fusion via Getty Images. Making Sen$e reporter/producer Elizabeth Shell files most of this post on Tuesday’s Case-Shiller housing index. The punchline: housing prices declined in September — not a good sign. Here’s her summary of the data (including … Continue reading

  • November 28, 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 Monday’s query: Name: Godwin Ohiwerei Question: Are we addicted to war? How come we never actually bother about … Continue reading

  • November 25, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/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 Friday’s query: Name: Jack McBroom Question: My first mortgage in 1970 was at … Continue reading

  • November 24, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Trader at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany. Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images. The U.S. markets lie as still today as the birds on America’s platters, but the same cannot be said for fluttering Europe, or anywhere else in the … Continue reading

  • November 23, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman: Today’s Making Sen$e post comes courtesy of the page’s web chief, Elizabeth Shell. A majority of first-time working mothers are now receiving paid maternity leave — a first since the government started tracking the data in the early … Continue reading

  • November 22, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    I’ve been saying the following to friends and colleagues for months now: In all my many years as a business and economics reporter, I have never seen a greater cognitive dissonance than in the current coverage of the U.S. bond … Continue reading

  • November 21, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman frequently 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: Aime Casavant Question: How does raising or lowering taxes affect the economy? What difference … Continue reading

  • November 18, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    “Bob Frank and PJ O’Rourke AGREE,” Paul Solman tweeted recently, referring to the political differences of liberal economist Frank and conservative satirist O’Rourke. “Build the damn bridges. Now.” Frank and O’Rourke recently partnered to author an opinion piece on the … Continue reading

  • November 17, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    By Diane Lincoln Estes. Just a quick note on a story we’re working on about the link between one’s political beliefs, attitudes towards inequality, and personal happiness. Studies by the Pew Research Center and the General Social Survey, among others, … Continue reading