financial

  • January 24, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    The first of this week’s series of posts from the ever-melodic, ever-economic Merle Hazard debuts today: a ditty on the plight of Spain.

  • January 20, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    In its heyday it boasted nearly two million people; the world’s premier industry (autos); the world’s most popular music (Motown); and perhaps the country’s most prosperous black middle class. But Detroit’s population is down 50 percent; so are wages in … Continue reading

  • December 9, 2010   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: Fred Damato Question: Would this work to jump start the economy? Give all citizens … Continue reading

  • December 9, 2010   BY Paul Solman  

    Name: Fred Damato Question: Would this work to jump start the economy? Give all citizens (with incomes up to $250,000) the option to withdraw some or all of their retirement savings tax free if they pay all cash for a … Continue reading

  • December 3, 2010   BY Elizabeth Shell  

    Unemployment rose little in November, with the official rate edging up slightly from 9.6 percent to 9.8 percent. The government’s broadest measure of unemployment stayed steady at 17 percent. This figure includes the unemployed plus all who are only marginally … Continue reading

  • December 2, 2010  

    The Federal Reserve has released documents detailing $3.3 trillion worth of emergency efforts to prop up failing banks, Wall Street firms and large companies during the height of the financial crisis. Jeffrey Brown breaks down the new disclosures with Neil Irwin of The Washington Post. Continue reading

  • November 30, 2010   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s Tool$ Tuesday is another look at how the tax cuts might be implemented. This Bush Tax Cut tool comes by way of the Tax Policy Center, a much-appreciated think tank in today’s hyper-polarized environment.

  • November 30, 2010   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s Tool$ Tuesday is another look at how the tax cuts might be implemented. This Bush Tax Cut tool comes by way of the Tax Policy Center, a much-appreciated think tank in today’s hyper-polarized environment.

  • November 23, 2010  

    Judy Woodruff looks at how banks and regulators are grappling over how to enact the new financial reform law. Deborah Solomon of The Wall Street Journal has more details on how the new regulations are taking shape. Continue reading

  • November 19, 2010   BY Paul Solman  

    “We titled the book ‘All the Devils are Here’,” said Joe Nocera’s co-author, Bethany McLean, “because in the wake of the crisis there has been this search for a simplistic answer. Ah! Fannie and Freddie, they must be the villains! … Continue reading