Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Monday's query considers whether Paul's audience understands what he's talking about.

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced plans to simplify the mortgage paperwork that has long confused potential homebuyers. "The current forms can be complicated and difficult for consumers to use. They are also redundant and can be…

May 23

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Is It Dumb to Play the Lottery?

We received a fascinating email in response to last week's installment of Tuesday's Tool$, an online 'game' called "Spent." Yan wrote: That wasn't a game, that was more like a questionnaire. (Note: I live in Asia) I still have…

May 18

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn was as urbane and well-mannered an interviewee as ever you'll meet. Sensible and clear, as in a NewsHour interview during the heat of the Crash of '08. Candid, as in another interview, one I did with…

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