Making Sen$e

  • January 11, 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 today’s query: Name: Paul, El Cerrito, Calif. I have been a dedicated viewer of your segments on … Continue reading

  • January 7, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    I was all set to label our monthly post on the unemployment data “Hold Your Horses” or “Not So Fast,” a warning not to overplay the apparently sizable drop in the official unemployment rate from 9.8 percent to 9.4. But … Continue reading

  • January 7, 2011   BY Paul Solman and elizabeth shell  

    Rounding out our series today, those of you considering strategic default might find particular encouragement from the web chat with law professor Brent White of the University of Arizona, who thinks it is both legally and morally okay. “It’s interesting … Continue reading

  • January 6, 2011   BY Paul Solman and elizabeth shell  

    More from the strategic default debate today. Economist Luigi Zingales of the University of Chicago, also in our original story, argues there are damaging spillover effects (“negative externalities”) when homeowners strategically default. “By walking away, not only do you damage … Continue reading

  • January 6, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    More from the strategic default debate today. Economist Luigi Zingales of the University of Chicago, also in our original story, argues there are damaging spillover effects (“negative externalities”) when homeowners strategically default. “By walking away, not only do you damage … Continue reading

  • January 5, 2011   BY Paul Solman and elizabeth shell  

    We’ve been concentrating on the housing crisis over the past several days here on the Business Desk. For the rest of the week we’ll be focusing on the issue of strategic default. If you’re an underwater homeowner who can afford … Continue reading

  • January 5, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    We’ve been concentrating on the housing crisis over the past several days here on the Business Desk. For the rest of the week we’ll be focusing on the issue of strategic default. If you’re an underwater homeowner who can afford … Continue reading

  • January 5, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul gets even more animated than usual — with a new crib, new specs, new accent — to tell you about our latest story, So You Have a Liberal Arts Degree and Want a Job?

  • January 4, 2011   BY Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell  

    The complexities of getting or refinancing a mortgage are many: the broker you can or can’t trust, the screening of your income and credit, the appraisal, the fear that rates will rise before approval, the title search, the paperwork at … Continue reading

  • January 3, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Editor’s Note: A poor economy does not bode well for college grads trying to enter the job market. “The last couple of years have been a very, very tough time to be coming out of college,” said Richard White in … Continue reading