financial crisis

  • March 29, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation grew almost ten percent over the last decade — from 281.4 million in 2000 to 308.7 million in 2010. The country’s racial mix has shifted, too. The number of people that identify … Continue reading

  • March 28, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and readers about business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Dr. Gene Audette Question: Every year it’s prognostications, prognostications. But seldom do “columns” like yours … Continue reading

  • March 25, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Friday’s query: Name: Richard R. Palmer, MD Question: I hope that prior to the 25th of March … Continue reading

  • March 24, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Updated March 25, 2011 at 1:33 p.m. with a fixed link to the Slate interactive. Income inequality has changed over time: today the richest 1 percent of Americans hold about 24 percent of U.S. wealth. But almost a century ago … Continue reading

  • March 23, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Ever wonder why a gallon of gas will cost $3.21 today, $3.12 yesterday and maybe $3.79 next week? The price of the gas at the pump fluctuates mainly with the price of crude oil, plus a time lag. The price … Continue reading

  • March 22, 2011   BY Elizabeth Shell  

    Just in time for tax season: a tax receipt calculator that shows you how the federal government spends your taxes. It’s easy to use: just enter your federal tax amount for 2010 and press ‘calculate receipt.’ The tool then shows … Continue reading

  • March 21, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Business correspondent Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and readers on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: From Thursday’s NewsHour: “The Japanese yen settled near record highs against the U.S. dollar … Continue reading

  • March 18, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Friday’s query: Name: Doug Shoaf Question: Given the harm that inflation does to the personal finances of almost every … Continue reading

  • March 17, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Editor’s note: Join us at 3 p.m. ET Thursday for a chat between Paul Solman, Dante Chinni of Patchwork Nation and Derek Thompson of The Atlantic. The discussion will be moderated by PBS NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan and cover the … Continue reading

  • March 16, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Wednesday’s query: Name: Michael Cassady Question: With the suffering from the financial crisis falling mostly on masses … Continue reading