Marilyn Geewax

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Thumbs Up For Higher Minimum Wages, And For Marijuana Industry

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota overwhelmingly approved minimum-wage hikes. Illinois voters approved a nonbinding wage-hike referendum. Recreational pot was approved in Oregon.


Five Reasons Why Your Financial Outlook Just Got Better

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Even if a big raise is not imminent for you, five factors are helping stretch today's paycheck: cheap gasoline; a strong dollar; low interest rates; fierce retail competition and a huge corn harvest.


You're Enjoying Low Gas Prices, But Is It Really A Good Sign?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

All around the country, drivers are seeing signs that gas prices are depressed. Those drops helped hold down the latest consumer price index. But economists worry about too much of a good thing.


Halloween-Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New-Year Buying Begins

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Most retailers are feeling optimistic as analysts forecast rising sales over this long shopping season. They are hoping Halloween will give them a good bounce into the peak spending time of the year.


Taylor Swift Sells White Noise In Canada

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A single for Taylor Swift's upcoming album came out on iTunes in Canada Tuesday. But it was only a few seconds of white noise, likely a technical glitch. The track shot to No. 1 on the charts.


Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery

Friday, October 17, 2014

Just a few years ago, authors were predicting production would soon hit a peak and then decline. But since then, supplies have surged. So are the forecasters now slapping themselves in the head?


World Bank Says Ebola Could Inflict Enormous Economic Losses

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

In 2013, Sierra Leone and Liberia ranked second and sixth among countries with the highest GDP growth in the world. But that growth has stopped because of the deadly Ebola virus.


Disease, War And Terrorism Are Dimming Economic Prospects, Especially In Africa

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The International Monetary Fund issued a gloomy forecast and stock investors reacted. By the market's close, the Dow Jones industrial average had tumbled 272.58 points, or 1.6 percent


U.S. Manufacturing: A Remembrance And A Look Ahead

Friday, October 03, 2014

A century ago, U.S. manufacturers were building a mountain of wealth that unskilled workers could climb. Today, economists see U.S. factories flourishing but say workers will see fewer opportunities.


Why Youngstown, Ohio, Loved 'Jimbo' Traficant

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Former congressman Jim Traficant, who died Saturday at age 73, served prison time for bribery and racketeering. But he always remained popular in Youngstown — a city that felt abandoned by others.


The 'Bond King' Leaves His $2 Trillion Kingdom

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bill Gross built Pacific Investment Management Co., or PIMCO, into a $2 trillion powerhouse. But this week, he abruptly left, roiling the bond-investing world.


Move To Curb U.S. Corporate Tax Dodges Could Delay Reform

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Business and consumer groups say Congress needs to reform taxes, but few expect change soon. In fact, Treasury's tweaks to tax law may diminish the political will to address broader tax reform.


Federal Reserve To Markets: Nothing To See Here; Move Along

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Fed said because wage-and-price hikes remain low and growth continues at a moderate pace, interest rates will stay at historic lows for a "considerable time."


The Answers To Your Questions On Scotland's Independence Vote

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NPR's Ari Shapiro and Marilyn Geewax explain what it would mean if Scotland decides on Thursday to cut its more than 300-year union with the United Kingdom.


Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some economists say this Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.


Harvard Study Says Economy Is 'Doing Half Its Job.' Guess Which Half

Monday, September 08, 2014

An alumni survey by the school found much more optimism about the future of America's companies than that of its workers. More than 4 in 10 think employee pay and benefits are set to shrink.


It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time

Monday, September 01, 2014

An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this mid-term election cycle, that's not quite right.


To Fight Inflation, Forget The Barbecue And Just Go For A Drive

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Food prices are higher at the grocery store this summer, thanks to drought in Texas and California. But at least the drive to the store won't cost as much: Gasoline prices have been falling lately.


Shazam! Now You Look Like A Better Borrower

Friday, August 08, 2014

The company that controls the FICO credit score says it is changing the way the scores are calculated, making it easier for millions of borrowers to look better on paper.


Obama Says U.S. Exports Have Room To Run In Africa

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The White House says U.S. exports to Africa have jumped 40 percent in five years. But the administration says growth can be even faster. "I want Africans buying more American products," Obama said.