In new signs that the recession may be ebbing, orders for big-ticket manufactured goods rose by 1.9 percent and the number of new jobless claims fell, although the number continuing to receive unemployment remained at the highest level since 1967.

Question: You recently did a piece on savings, and it made me wonder. Every month, I shunt some money automatically into mutual funds (nothing to do with an official retirement account). The portion that is in a money market…

Question: Is there any talk of reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act? Paul Solman: For those who can’t remember as far back as 1933, Glass-Steagall was an act of Congress passed only three months after President Roosevelt took office and…

Question: How do you react to the unseasonal blizzard of emails in response to the Megan McArdle post/the Ed Andrews parry/the McArdle riposte? Paul Solman: Fascinating to see the strength of sentiment — on both sides. Enough of the facts…

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