Chris Arnold

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Housing Regulator Has Big Plans In Store For Two Mortgage Titans

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.


Overhaul Bill Criticized For Ending Affordable Housing Goals

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.


Amid The Device Hype, This Startup Is Taking Wearables To Heart

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.


Microsoft Releases Fix For Critical Internet Explorer Bug

Thursday, May 01, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security had told Americans to stop using the browser until a fix was issued.


Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy?

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.


How Do Companies Boost 401(k) Enrollment? Make It Automatic

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.


Onlookers Show No Worry Over Market's Week In Tumult

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.


One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse

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."


Big Thinkers Discuss How To Prevent Next Financial Crisis

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?


How Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Could Hurt Its Economy

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.


Report: Most Americans Not Putting Enough Away For Retirement

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.


Bipartisan Plan Reached On Fannie-Freddie Overhaul

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.


Signs Point To A Slowing U.S. Housing Market

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.


Severe Weather Socks The Economy, But Full Impact Is Unclear

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.


With Housing Recovery, Mortgage-Market Jobs Dip

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?


Many Flights Canceled, But Fewer Fliers Stranded On Tarmac

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.


January Job Growth Disappoints, But Unemployment Drops

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.


December Jobs Report Has Analysts Flummoxed

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.


Pressure Mounts On Fast-Food Industry To Pay Workers More

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.


What Happens When The Pace Of Startups Slows Down

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.