Chris Arnold

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Why Cheap Gas Might Not Be Good For The U.S. Economy

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A drop in global oil prices saved U.S. drivers $100 billion last year. Good news, right? Not so, say some economists. The energy industry is now so big that cheap oil may actually hurt the economy.


As Oil Plummets, Cheap Jet Fuel Means Better Travel Deals

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cheap oil doesn't just mean cheaper gas prices; it also means cheaper jet fuel. That's led to a big drop in airfares. It's good news for travelers โ€” and for airlines, which have struggled for years.


U.S. Treasury Cracks Down On Luxury-Home Money Laundering

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The feds are trying to make it harder for criminals to turn ill-gotten gains into clean cash by anonymously investing in expensive real estate, then selling and walking off with the money.


A Historic Start: Economic Ups And Downs

Saturday, January 09, 2016

2016 so far has brought the worst first-week-of-the-year in stock market history. Fears over trouble in China caused worldwide mayhem in markets. But, the U.S. got an encouraging employment report.


Can The Best Financial Tips Fit On An Index Card?

Friday, January 08, 2016

Yes, according to an economist who wrote a blog post that went viral in 2013. Now he has expanded the basics in a book, The Index Card.


Economists Critical Of Less Being Spent On Economic Data Gathering

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The Commerce Department has revised a decade's worth of data on construction spending. Some economists say a much bigger mistake is the government's decision to spend less on gathering economic data.


Tax Breaks, Falling Costs Are Boosting Wind And Solar

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Congress has extended tax credits for clean energy as part of a $1.8 trillion spending bill. Solar and wind power companies say it will catapult the industry at a time when costs are already falling.


As Expected, Federal Reserve Raises Short-Term Interest Rates

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Going forward, the Fed will be trying to perform a delicate balancing act: getting interest rates back into more normal territory without hitting the brakes on the still recovering economy.


Will A Fed Interest Rate Hike Slow The Housing Recovery?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Many construction companies are still recovering from the housing crash, and while buyers don't seem pressured by a looming Federal Reserve decision, higher rates would make mortgages less affordable.


Lobbyists Eye Spending Bill As A Way To Thwart Retirement Regs, Advocates Warn

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

As lawmakers work to negotiate a government spending bill, the financial industry is lobbying against a rule being crafted by the Labor Department aimed at protecting workers with retirement accounts.


An LLC? It Gives Facebook Founder More Freedom To Meet Philanthropic Goals

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Creating a for-profit company to manage his $45 billion pledge means Mark Zuckerberg is giving himself flexibility in deciding the best way of tackling the social issues he cares about.


Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the government is reviewing a proposal to stop making the penny. It actually costs nearly 2 cents to make a penny, so the government loses money.


When Fees Attack: Rolling Over A 401(k) Can Trigger Big-Time Charges

Friday, November 20, 2015

One of the moments our retirement nest eggs are most vulnerable is when we change jobs. That's when some financial advisers charge fees to roll them over โ€” and those fees can be hard to see.


How Do You Start Saving? Your Tax Refund May Be The Answer

Friday, November 13, 2015

Participating in a 401(k) with automatic deductions makes it fairly easy to put away money. But what can you do if your employer doesn't offer a retirement plan? Experts share tips on going it alone.


Confused Over How To Save For College? Here Are Answers

Friday, November 06, 2015

For the vast majority of people, says one expert, it's good to save in a 529 plan. And no, saving money in one of those plans doesn't mean you'll pay a lot more for college tuition.


When High Fees Stink Up Your 401(k), What Can You Do?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Many Americans with 401(k) plans don't know if they're paying any fees. Pay too much, and it could take a chunk out of your nest egg. If your plan's too costly, complain to your employer, experts say.


Why Is It So Hard To Save? U.K. Shows It Doesn't Have To Be

Friday, October 23, 2015

Millions of workers in the U.K. who thought they couldn't afford it are saving thanks to a law that automatically enrolls them in a retirement plan. It tricks their brains into doing the right thing.


The George Washington Of Investing Wants You For The Revolution

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Investor Jack Bogle is leading a populist revolution on Wall Street. He wants everyday Americans to make a lot more money in the stock market and give less of their returns away to financial firms.


Is Wall Street Eating Your 401(k) Nest Egg?

Monday, October 19, 2015

High fees are eroding the retirement savings of millions of Americans, but employers who shop around can find better options for their 401(k) plans. A small Minnesota firm offers a dramatic example.


Three Investment Gurus Share Their Model Portfolios

Saturday, October 17, 2015

How do some of the most respected investors on the planet think Americans should be investing their money? NPR talked to three about what a retirement portfolio should look like.