financial crisis

  • February 7, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Name: Kimberly Foster Question: I am scared. My impression of our country’s economic situation now is that we are bumping along the bottom of the ocean. Neither my husband nor I have any faith in this economy. What is also … Continue reading

  • February 4, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s unemployment data are a muddle. The two surveys – of individuals and of employers – seem to say very different things. Unemployment dropped – to 9 percent, according to the “household survey.” Three cheers. But the “payroll survey” reports … Continue reading

  • February 3, 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 Thursday’s query: Name: Merritt Dunn Question: Since the Treasury Department bailed out AIG and AIG had underwritten … Continue reading

  • February 2, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    A warning to those expecting EVs (electric vehicles) to clog the roadways anytime soon, or even to meet President Obama’s stated goal of one million by 2015: It’s not likely to happen, despite the fact that the U.S. has as … Continue reading

  • February 1, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s “Tool$ We Use” features three on the carbon emissions you generate by driving, with a bonus global warming video attached for your viewing discomfort. On the broadcast Monday: a story about electric cars, with a focus on GM’s Chevy … Continue reading

  • January 28, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    All this week we’ve featured investment advisor Jon Shayne, aka Country-and-Western economist Merle Hazard, warbling his way through the European debt debacle. He started with the pain in Spain and moved on through Erin Go Broke to the tune of … Continue reading

  • January 27, 2011   BY Murrey Jacobson  

    If you listened to their respective press conferences Thursday and heard the sometimes bitter tones in their voices, you might have thought that the Republican and Democratic members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission didn’t agree at all on some … Continue reading

  • January 27, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s post introduces the fourth of country singer Merle Hazard’s Euro-shanties, this one taking off on the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th. Merle (if not Beethoven) will do anything to educationally amuse. So will we. But given the gravity … Continue reading

  • January 27, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s post introduces the fourth of country singer Merle Hazard’s Euro-shanties, this one taking off on the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th. Teutonic C&W. Merle (if not Beethoven) will do anything to educationally amuse. So will we.

  • January 27, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    What a relief: a SOTU address without the traditional partisan whack-a-mole standing ovations. “Date night’s” civility – or, if you prefer, lack of passion – had the virtue of keeping Democrats and Republicans mostly in their seats. (Sitting cheek by … Continue reading