Marilyn Geewax

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Wave Of Mergers Washing Over The Economy: Sinking Or Buoying Consumers?

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

In recent weeks, U.S. corporations have announced multibillion-dollar deals in a huge wave of mergers. Economists say that can hurt consumers, workers and savers — but also strengthen the economy.


Supporters Hope Minimum-Wage Votes Will Push Democratic Turnout

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Voters in four states will be deciding whether to raise minimum wages. Supporters hope that voters will both approve the measures and help swing voters to Democratic candidates.


The Economy Grew At A Solid Pace This Summer, But Consumers Are Wary

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Commerce Department said the economy grew by 2.9 percent in the third quarter. But consumer spending slowed. A survey suggests the election drama is making many consumers feel less confident.


Three Bits of Business News You'll Be Glad To Know

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Politics dominated the news this week. But the business world also had some interesting stories. Here are just three, involving: Black Friday shopping; sham bank accounts and dining out.


Wells Fargo, Samsung And Volkswagen: Can A Good Name Be Restored?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wells Fargo's CEO, John Stumpf, stepped down Wednesday as his company tries to rebuild its reputation. Wells Fargo, Samsung and Volkswagen have all seen their names hurt by poorly handled scandals.


New Clinton Child Tax Credit Could Help Low-Income Parents, But Cost Is $200 Billion

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Democrat wants to double the credit for parents of children 4 and under. It would be paid for by a tax on Wall Street, the wealthy, corporations. Trump's tax plan would most benefit the wealthy.


Friday's Jobs Report Could Help Shape Election Outlook

Thursday, October 06, 2016

If it shows steady unemployment and job growth figures, that would help Democrat Hillary Clinton. If the numbers get worse, that would give an edge to Republican Donald Trump.


Is It Fair That Businesses Get To 'Carry Forward' Their Losses?

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

A developer such as Donald Trump can use a net operating loss "carryforward" to lower his taxes. That may sound weird, but the law has been in place for nearly a century, and experts say it's fair.


Trump's Financial Moves In The '90s: 'Genius' Or 'Colossal Failure'?

Monday, October 03, 2016

The 1990-91 recession was catastrophic for Donald Trump's empire. A tax document published by The New York Times shows as late as 1995, he was reporting an annual loss of $916 million. What happened?


October Can Be Frightful For Investors. Will Politics Make It Scarier?

Saturday, October 01, 2016

The stock market ended the first three quarters of 2016 on a positive note. Rising stock prices typically help an incumbent party in a presidential election year. But October can be a wild month.


A Nation Engaged: Is This Still A Land Of Economic Opportunity?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

NPR's series, A Nation Engaged, takes a deeper look at economic opportunity in 21st century America. Is the middle class still shrinking, and what can political leaders do to help?


Since 2012, The Economy Has Changed — And So Has The Conversation

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Since the last presidential election, a growing economy has sent the unemployment rate plunging. That improvement has changed the political conversation, but it hasn't stopped worries about wages.


Presidential Campaigns Are Talking Around The Robot In The Room

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Candidates are talking about taxes and trade, but not about the tsunami: the massive wave of automation that will transform the workplace.


For Democrats, The Weak GDP Report May Have Silver Linings. Maybe.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

At first glance, Friday's report on economic growth looked dismal. But most of the GDP trouble centered on weak inventory accumulation this spring. As companies restock this fall, growth may rebound.


The Economy And Politics Of 1968: Now Playing In Reruns

Friday, July 29, 2016

Both 1968 and 2016 can be seen as good years for the economy. And yet both may be remembered for their extreme political discontent. Shouldn't good economic times make us less cranky? Apparently, not.


'Summer Of Love' Was More Fun, But 'Summer Of Loans' Is Good Too

Friday, July 15, 2016

Lending rates have been bumping along at historic lows this summer. That has helped a lot of people, such as home and car buyers. But it has hurt some too, including retirees and bankers.


Feeling Squeezed? Many Others Wedged Into The Same Tight Economic Spot

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A new study shows that it's not your imagination: Far more people are seeing stagnant or falling wages. In 25 advanced economies, it's the same story.


We Could All Use A Vacation Right Now; And Firms Are Staffing Up To Help

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Travel experts had been predicting that summer 2016 would bring out our desire to take vacations and have fun. The latest jobs report confirms it: Employers are hiring to help you enjoy the season.


Brexit Bargains Abound As Loans And Gas Get Cheaper; Is That Good For Us?

Thursday, July 07, 2016

By voting to exit the European Union, Britons increased fears of recession. That has caused many prices to fall. Now economists aren't sure whether cheaper goods and loans will help or harm Americans.


Even In Rich Countries, Jobs Have Returned Only At A 'Painful' Pace

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Throughout the developed world, the economic recovery has been a disappointment for workers, according to a new report. It finds many rich countries still have double-digit unemployment.