Making Sen$e

  • 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

  • January 3, 2011   BY Elizabeth Shell  

    Not surprisingly, 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

  • January 3, 2011   BY Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell  

    Your mortgage is underwater. Making the payments is both difficult and demoralizing. Is it ethical for you to walk away? As we’ve reported, there are arguments both ways. Here’s a feature to help you make up your mind. Public broadcasting … Continue reading

  • January 3, 2011  

    In a follow-up to his report last month on the unforgiving job market for recent college grads, Paul Solman looks at graduates who’ve already been out of school for several years and are still struggling to find employment in their areas of interest. It’s part of his ongoing series of reports on Making Sen$e of financial news. Continue reading

  • December 31, 2010   BY Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell  

    Mortgage paperwork was a mess. Foreclosures were rampant. Homeowners went through months-long modifications, losing hope when it all fell through. The housing crisis was one of the major stories of the year. And as 2010 draws to a close, we’ve … Continue reading

  • December 31, 2010   BY Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell  

    We last spoke with journalist and author Alyssa Katz back in October 2009. She had just finished writing “Our Lot,” a book on the history of America’s housing market. “The issue is that the investors and investment banks that finance … Continue reading