Marilyn Geewax

Marilyn Geewax appears in the following:

Job Worries Linger, But The Economy Is Looking Good

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Both the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve gave the economy good marks after years of slack performance. The Fed still frets about jobs but generally is upbeat, predicting "moderate" growth.


Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

About 77 million adults in the U.S. have at least one debt in the collection process, according to a study released by the Urban Institute.


It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas

Monday, July 28, 2014

Each day this week will bring new decisions and reports that could have a big impact on the nation's economy.


4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest company, affects the lives of millions of workers and shoppers. So its U.S. leadership change is attracting lots of interest. Here are some theories about what happened.


Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If inflation were to flare up, Fed policymakers would have to push up interest rates. Tuesday's consumer price report suggests inflation is low, but some say the data isn't capturing asset "bubbles."


Latest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The Boomers

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Half the drop in the labor force can be explained by retirements, a White House economic report concludes. And the other half of missing workers may yet be lured back, but only with better policies.


Citigroup Settlement Offers Former Homeowners 'Cold Comfort'

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Justice Department's settlement with Citigroup offers $2.5 billion for "consumer relief." Critics say it will do nothing for those hurt most by the foreclosure crisis: people who lost their homes.


Economists Say Inflation Is Tame; Consumers Aren't Buying It

Friday, July 11, 2014

On paper, inflation has been low this year. But consumers buying food or fuel may disagree. Prices for beef, eggs, fresh fruit and many other foods are much higher than overall inflation.


Hiring Looks Good Now, But Wage Growth Lags

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The improving labor market in June did not translate into significant pay hikes. Wages were just 2 percent higher compared with a year ago. Consumer prices have been rising at a 2.1 percent rate.


How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling?

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court says owners of closely held corporations may exercise their religious beliefs. That covers a majority of firms, but experts question how many would want to assert religious views.


U.K. Loses Big Vote On The Future Of Europe โ€” Now What?

Friday, June 27, 2014

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron was furious when EU leaders voted to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission. It raises questions about the U.K.'s future in the EU.


In Flanders Fields, Europeans Still Learning How To Get Along

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, EU leaders will meet at Flanders Fields Museum. They'll have an opportunity to reflect on what can happen when nations fail to find common ground.


Job Outlook Brightens For Graduates, Though Problems Linger

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Class of 2014 is coming into a labor market that now offers a record number of jobs. But May's employment report also shows 9.8 million people remain out of work, and the jobless rate is stuck.


Is Pushing Interest Rates To Less Than Zero A Crazy Idea?

Thursday, June 05, 2014

If a bank wants to deposit cash with the European Central Bank, it won't earn interest. In fact, the bank will actually have to pay the ECB for parking cash. It's designed to boost Europe's economy.


Regulators And Airlines Fight Over Fares, Fees And Fairness

Saturday, May 31, 2014

So exactly how much are we paying for an airline ticket? Do you count the fares, the fees and taxes? The government wants airlines to be more up front with passengers about the total cost.


The Economy Takes A Dip, But Analysts Look For It To Snap Back

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The latest U.S. report showed growth shrank in early 2014, but talk of a recession is unwarranted, economists say. They blame a harsh winter and say strong consumer spending signals a rebound.


It's Geithner Vs. Warren In Battle Of The Bailout

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the 2008 bank bailout worked well. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it taught bankers to be reckless because the risks are on taxpayers. Vote for who is right.


Economist Piketty's Work Doesn't Add Up, 'Financial Times' Says

Friday, May 23, 2014

The U.K.-based newspaper says the author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century, a treatise on income inequality, may have gotten some of his data wrong.


Housing Is Perking Up, But Realtors Worry About Young Buyers

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Homeownership rates are depressed for people under 35. Economists say nearly 3 million more young adults are living with their parents, compared with 2007.


Bill Clinton Says His Wife's Brain Is Just Fine, Thank You

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The former president said Republican strategist Karl Rove's recent remarks about Hillary Clinton's health are "just the beginning" of the attacks that are headed her way.