Marilyn Geewax appears in the following:
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Hourly wage gains of 2.2 percent are exceeding the annual inflation rate, raising hopes that Americans will soon be able to spend more at retailers, car dealers and other businesses.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Under the president's plan, wealthier Americans would be paying more in taxes, while poorer ones would be getting new tax credits. Republicans, on the other hand, prefer a different approach.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Economists say strong home sales this spring could drive job creation, as well as boost personal wealth and consumer confidence.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Three months of protests have taken a toll on a Ukrainian economy that was already in distress. But many worry that as in the past, corruption and a lack of political will prevent meaningful reform.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wal-Mart sales and income slumped in the past year. The retail giant says its customers are being hurt by cuts in government benefits, higher taxes and rising health care costs.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees will help build the first new U.S. nuclear power plants in more than three decades. The announcement brought quick criticism from some environmentalists.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Both backers and opponents of a higher federal minimum pay rate are latching on to different findings in a new Congressional Budget Office report on the proposal's effects. We list the report's pros and cons.
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.
Friday, February 07, 2014
After consistent improvements in 2013, employment growth has downshifted over the past two months. Economists fear that could be pointing to slower growth in 2014.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
The new year has brought much higher volatility to the market, with stocks bouncing up or down almost daily amid doubts about the global economic outlook. The closely watched Volatility Index has signaled uncertainty about the market's direction in recent weeks.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit in fiscal 2014 will shrink to $514 billion — far less than it was at the height of the Great Recession. While the short-term outlook is a bit brighter, the CBO says there's still plenty to worry about in the long term.
Monday, February 03, 2014
The Dow had its seventh triple-digit drop so far this year. Is it a short term pullback, or a sign of a tough year to come?
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Amid rising production, U.S. oil companies say Congress should end a 1970s-era ban on oil exports. Some energy analysts agree, saying the way we visualize the global marketplace as a sort of chess game is holding us back. They say it's time for a new image: a bathtub.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Workers can't lose money in myRAs, the savings accounts President Obama unveiled in his State of the Union speech. The government would protect the principal and help savings grow a bit faster than inflation.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Is the economy strengthening, or is the jobless rate falling only because so many people are dropping out of the workforce? Big policy decisions — on interest rates and unemployment benefits — hinge on the answer.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
"We are all very pleased to see an orderly budget process is back," the head of the International Monetary Fund says, as Congress works on spending legislation.
Friday, January 10, 2014
The unexpected dip to 6.7 percent may seem like good news, but the rate slid in December in part because the country found itself with a smaller workforce as people retired or just dropped out. At the same time, most of the jobs being created are in low-wage industries.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Annual forecasts are brimming with good cheer for 2014: Jobs will come back, stock prices will keep heading higher, and consumer spending will continue to improve, economists predict.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Some consumers are wary of making online purchases, fearing hackers would steal their credit card information. But as the security breach potentially involving 40 million payment cards at Target shows, even in-store transactions are vulnerable to high-tech thieves.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Washington took two big steps toward more normal times. First, the Federal Reserve said it will modestly taper down its easy-money program. And then Congress completed the first bipartisan budget agreement in years. But some other obstacles loom.