Chris Arnold appears in the following:
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
A top federal regulator for the U.S. housing market signaled some big changes for government-run mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The changes likely mean lending will be expanded.
Monday, May 05, 2014
The Obama administration is trying to gain more support for a bipartisan bill to dramatically reshape the housing finance industry. Others say the bill would weaken affordable housing regulations.
Friday, May 02, 2014
There's a lot of money and attention going toward wearable devices, though the sophistication of the technology varies. One company is developing wearables with clusters of tiny high-tech senors.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security had told Americans to stop using the browser until a fix was issued.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
As Western leaders craft another round of sanctions to counter the Russian president's moves in Crimea, they might do well to consult a grandmaster at chess — Russia's national pastime.
Monday, April 21, 2014
More Americans are saving for retirement through their employers' 401(k) programs. That follows a move to automatically sign up workers to participate in the retirement savings plans.
Friday, April 11, 2014
The stock market endured a volatile week as investors sold off technology stocks. Weak bank earnings added to the sour mix. But the selloff hasn't triggered alarm, and indicators for the broader economy are mostly positive.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Basic human impulses often conflict with saving for retirement. For one thing, people hate losing something — even more than we love winning. Behavioral economists call this "loss aversion."
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Bankers, regulators and politicians met in Boston to discuss the future of the financial system. At issue: Why did regulators fail to prevent the crisis that pushed the country into recession?
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
President Vladimir Putin's swift move to annex Crimea has been popular among many Russians. But when it comes to Russia's economy, many analysts think the country's prospects are looking weaker.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The stock market surge has given a lift to many retirement portfolios. But a new report finds that most Americans haven't saved nearly enough for the kind of retirement they expect.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Details will be out this week for a measure to phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The plan is to use private insurers to backstop home loans instead of the government-controlled mortgage giants.
Monday, March 10, 2014
After rising sharply in 2013, home prices in many areas are leveling off. An interesting and worrisome development for most Americans because their home is often their most valuable asset.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Economists say the unusually severe winter weather across the U.S. has cost billions of dollars and curtailed job growth. Some sectors of the economy will likely bounce back more than others.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
There are signs that the housing recovery may be slowing, and are now at their lowest point in 18 months. Does that mean we are headed for another housing swoon?
Thursday, February 13, 2014
A fliers' revolt on Valentine's Day in 2007 led to stiff fines against airlines that kept passengers waiting for too long. The delays still happen, but new technology and better planning are making them less inconvenient.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
The U.S. added just 113,000 jobs in January, instead of the 180,000 analysts had predicted. Despite the anemic gains, the unemployment rate inched down to 6.6 percent, the lowest level since October 2008.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
The U.S. economy gained just 74,000 jobs in December, according to a disappointing report released by the Labor Department on Friday. Economists had been expecting nearly three times as many jobs. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell slightly, to 6.7 percent. It's not that more jobs were created, though — many of the long-term unemployed just stopped looking.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Workers and advocates for higher minimum wages will be staging protests at fast-food restaurants and major retailers on Thursday. They want these companies to significantly raise the wages for their lowest paid workers. So what would happen, if for example, McDonald's raised its lowest wage to $15 an hour? In some cases, that would double the pay workers get now.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
New businesses normally create many of the new jobs in the American economy. But since the financial crisis, the pace of business formation has slowed sharply. Some economists worry that with fewer companies forming for five years now, that's going to stunt job growth for years to come.