Making Sen$e

  • May 11, 2012    

    Finance professor Zvi Bodie talks to Paul Solman in 2011 about pension woes. In response to our post of May 9 on the benefits of Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, this arrived from the eminent finance guru from Boston University, FoM¢* Zvi … Continue reading

  • May 10, 2012    

    “The Scream,” painted by Edvard Munch in 1895, sold at a record price of $119.9 million on May 2. A few belated thoughts on the economics of art in the wake of the $120 million price fetched by Edvard Munch’s … Continue reading

  • May 10, 2012    

    “The Scream,” painted by Edvard Munch in 1895, sold at a record price of $119.9 million on May 2. A few belated thoughts on the economics of art in the wake of the $120 million price fetched by Edvard Munch’s … Continue reading

  • May 9, 2012    

    Photo by Kick Images via Getty Images. Readers of this page regularly ask about Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (see note below), which I’ve long said are my own preferred investment vehicle. Do TIPS still make up more than half the family … Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012    

    Photo by Subactive_Photo via Flickr Creative Commons Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news on his Making Sen$e page. Here is Tuesday’s query: Name: JJ Question: What’s with the inequitable treatment of household … Continue reading

  • May 7, 2012    

    Baratunde Thurston seemed like something of a wonder: a stand-up comedian via Sidwell Friends and Harvard. I note, however, that there is now something called The Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society, so perhaps surprise is unwarranted. And when you read … Continue reading

  • May 7, 2012    

    By Paul Solman and Elizabeth Shell Baratunde Thurston seemed like something of a wonder: a stand-up comedian via Sidwell Friends and Harvard. I note, however, that there is now something called The Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society, so perhaps surprise … Continue reading

  • May 4, 2012    

    People wait in line at a job fair in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images. It’s time for the unemployment news, and our monthly U-7, the most inclusive stat on un- and underemployment in … Continue reading

  • May 4, 2012    

    People wait in line at a job fair in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images. It’s time for the unemployment news, and our monthly U-7, the most inclusive stat on un- and underemployment in … Continue reading

  • May 3, 2012    

    Photo by Flickr user borman818 Paul Solman frequently answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news on his Making Sen$e page. Here is Thursday’s query: Name: Ed Question: Exactly how much is $1 worth today? Paul Solman: … Continue reading