financial crisis

  • July 18, 2011    

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here are a few queries: We received a flurry of worried responses to our Lincoln Electric story from … Continue reading

  • July 15, 2011    

    Stand-up economist Yoram Bauman has now made it to China and filed the second of his vlogs for us from Beijing. We found his comparison of China to Ecuador fascinating. For those who crave a heavier dose of Yoram’s wit, … Continue reading

  • July 14, 2011    

    Explore a compendium of facts on Americans’ shortfalls in retirement savings, presented in graphic form. As should always be your habit with poll data, don’t try to take the actual numbers to the bank. But as rough approximations, we think … Continue reading

  • July 13, 2011   BY  

    Editor’s Note: On Wednesday’s program, a look at an improbable Rust Belt success story. With a guaranteed no-layoff policy and average pay of almost $70,000 this year, Lincoln Electric is atypical of U.S. companies. We last visited the Cleveland, Ohio … Continue reading

  • July 12, 2011    

    Daily U.S. Government Income and Expenditures: Use the slide bar to see how Treasury’s cash deficit is projected to grow if the debt ceiling is reached, starting with Aug. 3. Mouse over the red points to see the running deficit … Continue reading

  • July 11, 2011    

    Economics was dubbed “the dismal science” by 19th century English intellectual Thomas Carlyle. The reason: the Reverend Thomas Malthus’ grim prediction, around 1800, that population would inevitably outstrip food supply, since the former grows geometrically (1,2,4,8…), the latter, arithmetically (1,2,3,4…). … Continue reading

  • July 11, 2011    

    Economics was dubbed “the dismal science” by 19th century English intellectual Thomas Carlyle. The reason: the Reverend Thomas Malthus’ grim prediction, around 1800, that population would inevitably outstrip food supply, since the former grows geometrically (1,2,4,8…), the latter, arithmetically (1,2,3,4…). … Continue reading

  • July 8, 2011    

    Goodness! U-7, our own measure of under-and unemployment, shot up to 18.6 percent Friday morning, a rise that gets us back near the number when we first inaugurated the Solman Scale last December. Friday morning’s job numbers: only 18,000 added … Continue reading

  • July 7, 2011    

    Video edited by Elizabeth Shell. As a follow-up to Tuesday’s story on abandoned housing demolition in Cleveland, we’re posting a short video: A show-and-tell about one vacant property, it covers all the bases – from the bank unloading to a … Continue reading

  • July 5, 2011    

    ‘Protecting Its Fannie: How Mortgage Giant Primed the Bubble, Covered Its Assets.’ 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 Tuesday’s query: Name: B Wilds … Continue reading