The Business Desk

  • September 5, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Photo credit: j.gresham via Flickr Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news on his Making Sen$e page. Here is Wednesday’s query: Name: Michael Shinder Question: Science and technology don’t seem to be producing … Continue reading

  • September 4, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Nassim Taleb and Nouriel Roubini predicted the last collapse. But even they don’t think that means they’ll be able to predict the next one. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news on his … Continue reading

  • September 3, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Retirement expert Laurence Kotlikoff advises readers on various Social Security subjects, including disability benefits for disabled children. Creative commons photo by Daniel Rivas Pacheco, via Wikimedia Commons. Larry Kotlikoff’s Social Security “secrets” and his answers to your questions (Answers to … Continue reading

  • August 31, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Prior to the Democratic National convention, Paul Solman talked with Jared Bernstein to get the party’s economic platform. Bernstein was the chief economic advisor to Vice President Biden from 2009 — 2011. Photo by the PBS NewsHour. While the Republicans … Continue reading

  • August 31, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Creative Commons photo of a ‘fixer-upper’ home in Boone County, Ill. courtesy flickr user minolta102. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news on his Making Sen$e page. Friday’s query comes from a reader … Continue reading

  • August 30, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Soldiers stand guard along the route of the funeral of Omar Suleiman, former chief of intelligence in Egypt as well as a presidential candidate, on Saturday, July 21, 2012, in Cairo, Egypt. Photo by James Lawler Duggan/MCT via Getty Images. … Continue reading

  • August 30, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman produced a set of videos to teach the basics of economics in 2004 to accompany McGraw-Hill’s introductory textbooks. This comes from “The Basics of Graphing.” Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic … Continue reading

  • August 29, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Homes at the intersection of 18th and S St. NW in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Creative Commons photo courtesy flickr user NCinDC. After posting and then reposting an answer about “old” people and mortgages on Making Sen$e … Continue reading

  • August 29, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    A view of ESPlanner Basic. Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news here on his Making Sen$e page. Here is today’s query: Name: Ervin Question: You’re a lone beacon of hope (intelligence) on … Continue reading

  • August 28, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    The Case-Shiller housing index came out this morning (August 28), and as expected, the numbers for June are reassuring. For the last few months, prices have been rising in the 20 metropolitan areas covered by the index and with June’s … Continue reading