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CNNMoney: Oil prices dip slightlyupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 15:15:00

Oil prices fell slightly Thursday as stocks slipped, after gaining more than 5% earlier this week.

CNNMoney: Preparing for a layoffupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 11:52:00

Nearly 2 million jobs have been lost this year and more cuts are coming. Could you be next? Here's what you can do if you're worried you'll lose your job.

CNNMoney: $1 trillion rescue: Not so far-fetchedupdated: Fri Dec 05 2008 16:42:00

President-elect Barack Obama hasn't put a dollar figure yet on his promise to create an economic recovery package that he says will generate or save 2.5 million jobs over two years.

CNNMoney: 7.5 million homeowners 'underwater'updated: Fri Oct 31 2008 08:13:00

At least 7.5 million Americans owe more on their mortgages than their homes are currently worth, according to a real estate research firm's report released Friday.

Money Magazine: How the housing crash hurts your retirementupdated: Tue Sep 02 2008 07:59:00

You already know that the housing crisis has wreaked havoc with the economy and financial markets, not to mention the lives of millions who've lost or could lose their homes. But there may be a less obvious casualty too: your retirement prosperity. Realtors: Existing Home Sales Rose in July updated: Mon Aug 25 2008 12:00:00

Sales of existing homes rose 3.1 percent in July, easily beating Wall Street's expectations, as buyers snapped up deeply discounted properties in parts of the country hit hardest by the housing bust

CNNMoney: Home prices post record 15.3% dropupdated: Tue Jun 24 2008 14:02:00

U.S. home prices posted record declines in April, extending a painful losing streak for U.S. home prices. US Foreclosure Filings Up 48% in Mayupdated: Fri Jun 13 2008 17:00:00

Soaring foreclosures are continuing to raise questions about the mortgage industry's claims that they are making a dent in the housing crisis

CNNMoney: Making a good living, but still feeling strappedupdated: Thu May 29 2008 14:04:00

Only a few years ago, Americans who considered themselves middle class were scrimping to pay for their kids' college education.

Money Magazine: 5 new rules for home buyersupdated: Mon May 12 2008 13:06:00

There's no telling how long the housing crisis will drag on. Here's what you need to know before you start shopping in a rocky market. Fed Pause: Consumer May Benefitupdated: Thu May 01 2008 07:00:00

While the Federal Reserve's aggressive drive to lower interest rates appears to be over, there could be benefits for consumers in other places -- like some relief from soaring gasoline and food costs

CNNMoney: Economy on the minds of Pa. votersupdated: Tue Apr 22 2008 11:14:00

When Pennsylvanians go to the polls Tuesday, the issue at the top of their minds will be the economy. The nation's fiscal health trumped the war in Iraq by nearly 2-to-1 as likely voters' main concern, a recent Quinnipiac University poll showed.

CNNMoney: Primary puts Pa. economy center stageupdated: Sun Apr 20 2008 16:26:00

In the run up to the Pennsylvania primary this Tuesday, the headlines have focused on issues such as the Democratic candidates' religious piety and empathy for the working class.

CNNMoney: Construction spending declinesupdated: Tue Apr 01 2008 11:51:00

Construction spending fell in February, according to a government report released Tuesday, but the decline was less than expected.

CNNMoney: New foreclosure rescue plan offers 'Help Now'updated: Thu Mar 13 2008 10:33:00

A bold new proposal to combat foreclosures was unveiled in Washington on Thursday.

CNNMoney: Wholesale inventories riseupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 11:07:00

Inventories and sales of U.S. wholesalers both rose during January, the Commerce Department said Monday.

CNNMoney: Consumer borrowing growsupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 16:05:00

Consumers increased their borrowing by $6.9 billion in January, just about in line with expectations, the Federal Reserve said Friday.

What ifupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 18:18:00

Will the economic problems facing the country force the presidential candidates to take action? CNN's Frank Sesno reports.

CNNMoney: Recession is here - economistsupdated: Tue Feb 05 2008 12:47:00

A growing number of top economists believe that the U.S. economy has now toppled into recession.

CNNMoney: Economy much weaker than expectedupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 11:38:00

Economic growth nearly ground to a halt in the last three months of 2007, according to a government report released Wednesday that showed the sharpest decline in growth since 2003.

CNNMoney: Juicing the economy will come at a costupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 15:15:00

Even as Washington nears agreement on measures to minimize the effects of a recession, there is little agreement on how much such moves would boost the economy.

CNNMoney: Caution: Job losses aheadupdated: Fri Jan 04 2008 04:50:00

The labor market is expected to end 2007 with a whimper, but even that modest forecast could be seen as "the good old days," since monthly job losses may become common in the year ahead, according to economists.

CNNMoney: Pain Street USA: '08 housing outlookupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 16:56:00

The United States is deep in its worst housing slump since the Great Depression, and according to a new report, it's not going to get better any time soon.

CNNMoney: Prices jump more than expectedupdated: Fri Dec 14 2007 10:05:00

Prices paid by consumers rose faster in November, lifted by a spike in the price of gasoline, as the government's key inflation measure came in higher than Wall Street forecasts.

FSB: How to survive the real estate marketupdated: Wed Nov 28 2007 14:53:00

If your business suffers from real estate blues brought on by plummeting prices, it may come as little comfort to know that this trend was supposed to have ended by now. When the market began its downturn in early 2006, some of the smartest economists in the country, as well as the CEOs of major home-builders and the National Association of Realtors, predicted that prices would rebound by mid-2007. Instead the experts have been humbled by the depth and breadth of the downturn - and the resulting sub-prime credit crisis has shaken financial markets around the world.

Money Magazine: Buying a beach house? Bring Cash.updated: Tue Nov 13 2007 15:21:00

Dreaming that falling real estate prices have finally brought a vacation home within reach? Could be.

Fortune: Real estate: Buy, sell, or hold?updated: Wed Nov 07 2007 11:47:00

You can't blame America's homeowners for feeling hopelessly confused. From suburban porches and city terraces, they're gawking at a housing world gone mad. Just 18 months ago, folks on a tony Linden Lane or a leafy Boxwood Court were astounded to see the colonial their neighbors bought for $600,000 in 2000 sell for $1.5 million after multiple bids. Now they're just as bewildered to watch the same model across the street go begging for months at $1.1 million without a single offer.

CNNMoney: Home builders: Worst is yet to comeupdated: Wed Oct 24 2007 14:58:00

The battered markets for real estate and home building still have farther to fall, according to a range of economists who spoke Wednesday at a forecast conference sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders.

CNNMoney: Fed cut could buoy housing marketsupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 06:15:00

The Federal Reserve's aggressive half-point cut Tuesday could provide support for a slumping housing market.

CNNMoney: How a rate cut could affect youupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 04:11:00

All eyes are on the Federal Reserve and whether or not it will cut rates next week. If you're looking for a loan, wondering whether to refinance or just anxious about real estate, here's how to play the Fed's decision in your favor.

CNNMoney: Recession risk up - but still not likelyupdated: Tue Sep 04 2007 04:45:00

Moody's is forecasting an increased risk for recession in the next six to 12 months due to the subprime mess, which has shaken investor and consumer confidence, bumped up foreclosures and led to a tightening of credit standards for most loans.

CNNMoney: Job cuts from subprime: 18,000 and countingupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 22:00:00

In another sign of how dire the subprime mess has become, mortgage lenders shed about 18,000 jobs this month, according to one estimate.

CNNMoney: Mortgage meltdown contagionupdated: Sun Aug 12 2007 23:50:00

The outlook for the housing market looks even bleaker than it did a week ago. Last Friday we reported that foreclosures were skyrocketing, home prices falling and recovery forecasts were being scaled back.

CNNMoney: Subprime problems spreadupdated: Sun Aug 12 2007 23:47:00

Another rough day on the subprime front. AIG, the world's largest insurer and one of the biggest mortgage lenders, said residential mortgage delinquencies and defaults are becoming more common among borrowers in the category just above subprime.

CNNMoney: The housing slump: How deep is the pain?updated: Thu Aug 02 2007 21:04:00

The outlook for the housing market looks bleaker than ever. Foreclosures are skyrocketing. Home prices continue to fall. And forecasts for a recovery keep getting pushed back.

CNNMoney: Foreclosure rates could soarupdated: Thu Jul 26 2007 05:21:00

The already poor performance of many mortgage loans will worsen substantially through the rest of the year, according to an analysis released Thursday by Moody's

CNNMoney: Woes deepen for home buildersupdated: Tue Jul 17 2007 23:04:00

The outlook for the housing sector has grown bleaker after a key measure of builder confidence fell to its lowest level in 10 years, according to a government report released Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Job growth tops forecastsupdated: Thu Jul 05 2007 22:15:00

The job market kept humming along last month with few signs that the slowdown in the housing market has made much of a dent in hiring, according to the government's employment report Friday.

CNNMoney: Growth picks up, but so does inflationupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 23:20:00

The economy grew at a slightly faster pace in the first quarter than previously thought, the government said Thursday, but the reading also included slightly higher inflation pressures.

Money Magazine: 5 Sectors: Big demand, too-few workersupdated: Thu May 03 2007 16:00:00

Help wanted - at hotels, hospitals, accounting firms and your local school and stores.

Business 2.0: America's best jobs in the hottest marketsupdated: Thu May 03 2007 12:02:00

The great American hiring boom is slowing down--but as labor cools with the rest of the economy, a few choice regions will stay red-hot. You just have to know where to look.

Money Magazine: 3 steps to the new youupdated: Mon Apr 30 2007 13:14:00

Sometime after my 40th birthday, two of my most frequent recurring dreams stopped recurring.

CNNMoney: Home equity slowdown could thwart consumersupdated: Thu Apr 26 2007 09:17:00

As homeowners begin to use more caution in borrowing against home equity lines of credit, consumer spending could be lowering, according to a published report Thursday.

Fortune: A profit gusher of epic proportionsupdated: Sun Apr 15 2007 22:00:00

The notion of the little guy striking it rich - finding gold at Sutter's Mill, discovering oil at Spindletop, or cashing in on a dot-com IPO in Silicon Valley - runs deep in American lore. But some...

Money Magazine: Subprime: Bailouts won't cut itupdated: Thu Apr 12 2007 10:42:00

Non-profits and lawmakers are stepping up efforts to help people at risk of losing their homes. But critics contend the programs will do little to stem the nation's rising tide of foreclosures.

Money Magazine: Forecast: 100 biggest marketsupdated: Mon Apr 09 2007 13:42:00

Major real estate forecasters are looking for prices to bounce along the bottom this year and next and fully recover by 2009.

Business 2.0: Where Not to Buyupdated: Tue Feb 13 2007 11:24:00

Now that we've pointed out which markets are poised for a bull run in the next cycle, we'd be remiss if we didn't also offer some guidance on which locales look the most vulnerable right now. So we...

Fortune: 10 best places to own real estateupdated: Wed Dec 20 2006 16:02:00

Many Americans looking at the values of their homes are asking not whether it will fall, but how much. But in fact, more than half of the 100 top markets in the U.S. are slated to rise next year.

Fortune: 10 housing markets ready for a fallupdated: Mon Dec 18 2006 14:14:00

This time last year the big question was whether the real estate market was going to slow down. Today it's "How bad will it get?"

CNNMoney: Gas prices seen likely to riseupdated: Thu Dec 07 2006 06:32:00

Analysts believe gas prices will likely continue their recent upward trend in December, according to a report published Thursday.

Money Magazine: Real Estateupdated: Fri Dec 01 2006 00:01:00

Larry and Tammy Curell are learning the meaning of Surprise, Ariz. The Curells had hoped to move to a bigger house in the fall. But nine months after putting their newly built four-bedroom on the m...

Business 2.0: Where not to buyupdated: Tue Oct 24 2006 18:07:00

Now that we've pointed out which markets are poised for a bull run in the next cycle, we'd be remiss if we didn't also offer some guidance on which locales look the most vulnerable right now.

CNNMoney: On the declineupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 16:46:00

The housing market will get worse before it gets better - that's the finding of an analysis by Moody's

CNNMoney: Big downturn seen for some home marketsupdated: Tue Oct 03 2006 17:49:00

The housing market will get worse before it gets better - that's the finding of an analysis by Moody's to be released Wednesday.

CNNMoney: GDP hits the brakesupdated: Fri Jul 28 2006 08:21:00

The nation's economic growth slowed significantly in the second quarter, according to a government report Friday that came in well below Wall Street expectations, raising expectations that the Federal Reserve won't raise interest rates again at its next meeting.

Money Magazine: Be money savvy -- 5 rules of thumbupdated: Fri Jul 21 2006 17:16:00

These guidelines reduce complex money questions to simple formulas. How well do you know them?

CNNMoney: Wholesale prices upupdated: Tue Jul 18 2006 08:29:00

Prices at the wholesale level rose faster in June, according to a government report, but stripping out food and energy prices left the closely watched inflation reading in line with expectations.

Money Magazine: Can You Still Get Rich in Real Estate?updated: Thu Jun 01 2006 00:01:00

Home sales are slowing. Condo prices are slipping. Sellers can't get their asking prices. And real estate bulls, including Columbia University economics professor Christopher Mayer, who not long ag...

Money Magazine: What's Next For Home Pricesupdated: Thu Jun 01 2006 00:01:00

THE HOUSING MARKET IS COMING IN FOR A landing--and so far, at least, it looks like a soft one. Nationwide, single-family-home prices will rise 3.5% between now and June 2007, according to forecaste...

Money Magazine: Can you still get rich in real estate?updated: Mon May 29 2006 13:50:00

Home sales are slowing. Condo prices are slipping. Sellers can't get their asking prices.

Money Magazine: Home forecast: Where the growth is...and isn'tupdated: Fri May 12 2006 10:23:00

The housing market is coming in for a landing - and so far, at least, it looks like a soft one.

Fortune: 10 tips for today's marketupdated: Thu May 11 2006 14:46:00

It never pays to get caught up in group hysteria, especially when it comes to real estate. Conditions vary from town to town, and no national statistics can give you a clear picture of what's happe...

Fortune: Real Estate Tips: If you're a seller or speculatorupdated: Mon May 08 2006 09:42:00

Each day brings fresh evidence of peaking home prices. But, with the right strategies, sellers can still command top dollar.

CNNMoney: Dollar falls to 11-month low vs. euroupdated: Fri Apr 28 2006 08:40:00

The dollar tumbled to an 11-month low against the euro and bond prices edged higher Friday after a report showed the U.S. economy bounced back in the first quarter but that inflation was largely in check.

CNNMoney: Creative credit Christmasupdated: Fri Dec 16 2005 05:14:00

With retail sales proving more sluggish than expected -- and concerns that home heating bills will crimp sales even further -- many retailers are finding the need to be more creative this holiday season.

CNNMoney: Should you rethink your mortgage?updated: Thu Dec 15 2005 16:26:00

Once upon a time, almost everybody took out conventional 30-year fixed-rate loans and dreamed of the day when the house was not only bought but paid for.

CNNMoney: Take this home market...and love itupdated: Mon Dec 12 2005 10:59:00

Home prices in many American metro areas have soared, and many of their residents are either pulling up stakes and moving to lower priced regions -- many more are thinking about it.

CNNMoney: Mortgages: 6% and beyondupdated: Mon Oct 31 2005 13:38:00

The outcome of the Federal Reserve Board's Tuesday meeting could add more fuel to the fire for rising 30-year mortgage rates.

CNNMoney: Home loans swayed by interest ratesupdated: Mon Oct 31 2005 11:23:00

While the Fed's recent series of interest rate hikes hasn't sent traditional 30-year mortgages through the roof, it's driving up rates on other popular home loans.

Fortune: Why you shouldn't be scared of stagflationupdated: Mon Oct 31 2005 00:01:00

What should we make of the media rumblings that stagflation is about to rear its ugly head again? Stagflation, in case you missed it the first time around, is economic stagnation plus inflation--a ...

CNNMoney: Getting burned by diesel pricesupdated: Wed Oct 26 2005 08:08:00

Maybe you grinned a little more last summer knowing your car was diesel-powered after seeing other drivers scowling over rising gas prices.

CNNMoney: Mortgages: 6% and aboveupdated: Tue Oct 11 2005 09:49:00

30-year mortgage rates rose above 6 percent Thursday for the first time since March, potentially helping set the stage for a slowdown in home sales.

CNNMoney: Higher grocery bills in storm aftermathupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 10:16:00

Americans already feel worsening daily gas pains. A few months, or even a few weeks from now, consumers could be dishing out more for grocery bills, too.

CNNMoney: Gas: Can consumers bear more pain?updated: Wed Aug 31 2005 09:37:00

If gas hits $4 a gallon, then all bets are off for the U.S. consumer who has shown remarkable resilience to higher gasoline prices.

Money Magazine: Main Streetupdated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

The surging cost of crude oil has pushed gas prices to record highs, and inflation anxiety is dragging down the stock market. Most oil watchers believe that prices will settle below $50 a barrel, b...

FSB: Misleading Indicatorsupdated: Fri Oct 01 2004 00:01:00

Plenty of small businesses are hiring these days, but none of the owners I know are bringing on staff economists. Instead they are reduced to tracking economic trends the same way I do: scanning bu...

Fortune: Caution: Signal Trouble Ahead We've revisited a few little-noticed market indicators. The message now: Don't rush in.updated: Mon Jul 26 2004 00:01:00

Consumer confidence is at a two-year high. The economy is expanding (even if the June job growth numbers weren't quite as rosy as analysts had expected). And investors are feeling downright cocky a...

Fortune: Time for a raise?updated: Mon Jun 28 2004 00:01:00

At 2:15 p.m. Eastern Time on June 30, the day of the scheduled handover of sovereignty to Iraq, look for another major symbolic change on the economic front: a 0.25% interest rate boost from the Fe...

Money Magazine: Risks of Taking on Too Much Debtupdated: Tue Jun 01 2004 00:01:00

Home prices are high and interest rates are low. So why not supersize your mortgage (or tack on a hefty home-equity loan) to get the house of your dreams?

Money Magazine: The Refi Party? It's So Over Oh, for the days of a Sub-Zero in every rate tickupdated: Sun Feb 01 2004 00:01:00

Call it the refinancing Lollapalooza. As interest rates plunged over the past three years to near-historic lows, millions of Americans rushed to refinance their mortgages--and ended up flush with m...

Money Magazine: Surprise! You Need A New Roof You've found your dream house. Now it's time to figure out how much it's going to updated: Thu Jan 01 2004 00:01:00

A $70,000 surprise. That's what my parents got this past fall, in the form of a termite infestation that ate away the inside of three interior walls from the basement to the third floor. "I'm shock...

Money Magazine: Surprise! You need a new roofupdated: Tue Dec 23 2003 15:26:00

A survey of 1,002 homeowners conducted for Sears Roebuck by Matthew Greenwald & Associates backs me up in my contention that too many homeowners are unprepared for the expenses of ownership.

Fortune: Business Spending Creeps Back Ka-ching! There are signs of a long-awaited rebound.updated: Mon Jun 23 2003 00:01:00

Waiting for the recovery in business spending has been a bit like waiting for Godot. Lots of talk, plenty of anticipation, no action. For more than two years the corporate sector has been mired in ...

FSB: A Roadmap of the Coming Recovery In the next year the economy will rev up again. Here's why I think it will happen and what it'supdated: Sun Jun 01 2003 00:01:00

The waiting is over. let the rebound begin. it may seem an unlikely time for optimism, what with growing unemployment, stock prices down some 40%, and looming $350 billion budget deficits. Neverthe...

FSB: Looking For The Economy To Come Roaring Back? It's going to be a long wait. So says's Mark Zandi, updated: Sat Mar 01 2003 00:01:00

Afraid the recession will never end? Worried about deflation? Frightened by the economic consequences of a war in Iraq? Well, aren't we all? But you still have to plan, based on the best assumption...

Fortune: Can Profits Save The Economyupdated: Mon Nov 11 2002 00:01:00

Nearly all the economic news since summertime has been depressing, confirming suspicions that this recovery is a dog--uneven, anemic, and jobless. Some of the news has been downright alarming: The ...

Fortune: The Never-Ending Spending Spree Pundits have waited two years for consumer spending to falter. It hasn't. And it won't.updated: Mon Sep 30 2002 00:01:00

Ever since the stock market began its swan dive in the spring of 2000, economists and market watchers have been posing the same question over and over again: When, they ask, "is consumer spending g...

Fortune: Is This Where The Economy Is Headed? A double-dip recession is unlikely. So is a strong recovery. What we have updated: Mon Sep 02 2002 00:01:00

Lately Fed chairman Alan Greenspan has sounded upbeat and hopeful about the U.S. economy. So has the Bush administration, not to mention a large number of Wall Street economists. They keep telling ...

Fortune: The Friction Economy American business just got the bill for the terrorist attacks: $151 billion--a yearupdated: Mon Feb 18 2002 00:01:00

It's a frigid early morning in January, and Michael DePasquale, or Rusty, as he prefers to be called, has finished loading his van with containers of milk, sugar, cups, and coffee-brewing equipment...

Fortune: The Money Market Hall Of Shame Going, Going...updated: Mon Feb 04 2002 00:01:00

The Fed's 11 interest rate cuts may have helped prop up the stock market, but as any conservative investor knows, they're wreaking havoc on money market funds. Yields are the lowest they've been in...

Fortune: Try This At Home!updated: Mon Feb 04 2002 00:01:00

Worried about losing your job? A gut check is available with's layoff calculator. Type in a few stats, and it spits out the percent chance that you'll be canned. Lawyers in Phoenix are ...

FSB: Gains & Lossesupdated: Sat Dec 01 2001 00:01:00

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Fortune: Mad Dow Disease Hits Surplusupdated: Mon Apr 16 2001 00:01:00

Wanna hear some good news about the economy? Then stop reading. Because what follows is one more reason to crawl into bed and dream of 1999.

Fortune: Housing Hangs Toughupdated: Mon Apr 02 2001 00:01:00

What's wrong with this scenario? The Nasdaq is down 61% from its peak, consumer confidence has plummeted, the manufacturing sector is contracting, and residential real estate is booming.

Fortune: The Sexiest Economists Alive Economists used to be the back-office geeks of the business world. Not anymore. updated: Mon Nov 27 2000 00:01:00

Ken Courtis is trying to remember what he did last week. Straight off a plane from Tokyo, he's sitting stiffly on the edge of a couch at the Regal Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Despite the nine-ho...

Fortune: How Broadband Adds Upupdated: Mon Oct 09 2000 00:01:00

The Internet is changing more than our tastes and habits. It's transforming the economy too. We're now enjoying the longest economic expansion in history, partly because the Internet and related in...

Money Magazine: Cashing In On Lower Home-Loan Ratesupdated: Sun Oct 01 2000 00:01:00

For home buyers, this fall should be a kinder time to borrow: The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has dropped to 8.14%--down from 8.82% in May, and the lowest point since Dec...

Money Magazine: The Calendarupdated: Fri Sep 01 2000 00:01:00


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