It's been one week since the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan unleashed a devastating tsunami. The twin disasters caused major damage to a nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, adding a brewing nuclear crisis to the country's woes.

Paul Solman answers questions from the NewsHour audience on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here's Friday's query: Name: Doug Shoaf Question: Given the harm that inflation does to the personal finances…

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