Finance

State Budgets and Public Employees

January 5, 2011

Fiscal problems in many states are prompting new scrutiny of public employee salaries, pensions and benefits: What shrinking state revenues could mean for the bargaining power of public employees.

Congress and the Lame Duck Session

November 15, 2010

Congress begins its lame-duck session. On the agenda -- the Bush-era tax cuts, the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Medicare reimbursement rates and other key legislative issues.

Trade Wars, Currency Conflicts and the Global Economy

November 10, 2010

Financial leaders in Germany, Brazil and China criticized the Fed’s decision to pump six hundred billion dollars into the U.S. economy. How a pro-growth strategy at home could fuel currency and trade battles abroad.

Addressing the Foreclosure Crisis

October 19, 2010

Attorneys general from all 50 states are investigating mortgage foreclosures. How a proposed moratorium on mortgage foreclosures could affect homeowners, banks and the economy.

Public Pension Plans

Public Pension Plans

October 7, 2010

Federal, state and local budget deficits prompt a hard look at what some say are generous pensions promised to government workers: Pension plan problem and underfunded retirement in both the public and private sectors.

Prescriptions for Medical Marijuana

September 1, 2010

Fourteen states and the District of Colombia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Which patients qualify for prescriptions and how business models are being developed for dispensaries.

Stimulating the Slowing Economic Recovery

Stimulating the Slowing Economic Recovery

August 30, 2010

Efforts to prevent a double dip recession. What options remain for the Federal Reserve to support the sagging economic recovery, spur businesses to hire more workers, and stabilize the housing market

Credit 101 for Teens and Young Adults

Credit 101 for Teens and Young Adults

July 29, 2010

New credit card laws require people under twenty-one to either have a co-signer or prove they can pay their bills. Teaching young people how to manage money responsibly and build a good credit history.

The Outlook for the U.S. Housing Market.

The Outlook for the U.S. Housing Market.

July 26, 2010

Home inventories continue to rise despite record low interest rates. The administration is turning its attention to the struggling housing market. What it could mean for buyers, renters and the economy as a whole.

What's in the New Financial Reform Bill

What's in the New Financial Reform Bill

July 19, 2010

What's next for consumers and business after Congress approves the largest overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression. How the new rules could re-shape Wall Street.

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