Marilyn Geewax

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Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged Amid 'Heightened Uncertainties' Abroad

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Federal Reserve decided to leave interest rates unchanged at historically low levels, even though the U.S. economy has been gaining strength. The Fed has kept a key rate near zero since late 2008.


The Downside Of Keeping Interest Rates So Low For So Long

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Some economists say the Federal Reserve should leave rates alone, but many say super-low rates have big risks, too. They argue that the central bank needs to push rates back up to historic norms.


Do You Use Money? If So, You'll Want To Read This By Thursday

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This week, the Federal Reserve will be making decisions that could affect your ability to borrow. Because it works behind closed doors, it can seem mysterious. Here's what the Fed is and does.


On Wall Street: Not Much Fun, But It Sure Was Interesting

Friday, August 28, 2015

Markets have been seeing some of the biggest stock-price swings in years. And economists say the extreme volatility is starting to weigh down consumer confidence.


For Most Of Us, The 'Real' Economy Matters More Than Markets

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Stock prices may be having a meltdown, but consumers and homebuyers are still pushing the economy forward. In fact, a new round of data suggests the economy is gaining strength even as markets fall.


A Nasty Place On Wall Street: What Kind Of A Dive Is This?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Stock prices plunged Monday, prompting Wall Street analysts to talk about a "correction" in stock prices. But many savers worry that this might be the start of a long "bear" market.


Dow Index Closes Below 16,000 After Plunging Nearly 3.6 Percent

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Dow Jones benchmark started Monday's session above 16,459 and fell more than 1,000 points before closing at 15,871. The index lost about 3.6 percent of its value.


A Brutal Week For Investors; Will There Be More Zigs Than Zags?

Friday, August 21, 2015

Stock investors have to decide if the August downturn is just part of a normal zigzag pattern in any bull market, or the start of a bear market that could last for years.


In That TV Ad, What Exactly Are Those Parents Worried About?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The TV ads say rules involving retirement advice must be "fixed," but they may leave you scratching your head. Brokers and insurance agents are behind the ads, which aim to block tougher new rules.


China Cut Its Currency — And Touched Your Life. Here's How

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

China lowered the value of the yuan, and that sent all sorts of prices lower. So you may soon be paying less for gas, food and lumber. But there are downsides too: U.S. stocks fell hard.


You're The Judge: Can The Job Market Stand Interest Rate Hikes?

Friday, August 07, 2015

On Friday, the Labor Department said the July unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent. If you had to choose, would you take that to mean the economy is too cool or too hot? Weigh the evidence.


Oil Prices Tumble Again, Hurting Drillers But Helping Drivers

Monday, August 03, 2015

Oil prices are falling, down sharply since mid-June to just over $45 a barrel. That has affected gasoline prices, now down to an average of $2.65 a gallon, about 85 cents less than a year ago.


Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

U.S. commodities — copper, corn, coal and more — are cheaper because of China's economic cooling. Producers got caught up in China's "teaser" demand for more of everything. It couldn't last.


From Highways To Trade Deal, What Big Business Wants By Christmas

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Business lobbyists say Congress has enough time left this year to pass significant legislation. But those plans could get tripped up by debate over Iran and over the budget.


Tired Of Greek Reruns? Understandable, But A New Season Is Beginning

Monday, July 13, 2015

Greece, buried under debt, is begging for its third bailout. Europeans are willing to help, but only if Greece can prove that this time will be different. Investors are betting this time, it will be.


Stocks Manage To Bounce, But Commodity Prices Are Swooning

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Prices for raw materials, such as iron ore, copper and oil, are down dramatically from last year. The price plunge helps contain inflation for consumers, but is tough on mining and drilling companies.


A Day Filled With Market Jitters, But Not Panic

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

If you were thinking about stuffing your money into your mattress, Wednesday gave you plenty of reasons to do so. But if you're an optimistic investor, the day gave you new reasons to be confident.


So Far, So Good For The Economy. But What About The Second Half?

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Labor Department's June report showed decent job growth, with unemployment dipping to 5.3 percent. In fact, 2015's first half was fairly good. But economists see dangers lurking in the back half.


Debate Begins: New OT Rules Will Raise Wages — Or Kill Jobs

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Labor Department plans to change a rule so that 5 million more Americans will be able to collect overtime pay. Business groups say the change will hurt hiring, but labor groups are applauding.


If The Mess In Greece Is All Greek To You, Then Read This

Monday, June 29, 2015

This week, Greek will miss a $1.73 billion payment to the International Monetary Fund. The debt crisis has the potential to create financial, economic and geopolitical trouble for Americans.