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  • Futures market tumbles after S&P downgrade of US

    Futures market tumbles after S&P downgrade of US

    Futures market for US stock fell on Monday after the US credit rating was reduced from AAA to AA+ on Friday. For the Dow, the futures market fell 200 points, S&P 500 futures fell 24 points, and Nasdaq futures fell 44 points.

  • Investment portfolios: Build one without a broker?

    The Simple Dollar Investment portfolios: Build one without a broker?

    Investment portfoliso can be managed without relying on a broker. Answer No. 6 in reader mailbag shows where to start reading for a do-it-yourself investment portfolios.

  • Jobs report shows some ugly truths

    Jobs report shows some ugly truths

    Jobs report said 117,000 jobs added? Yes, but a close look at jobs report also shows fewer people were working last month.

  • Crude oil prices fall 2 percent

    Crude oil prices fall 2 percent

    Crude oil prices drop sharply amid rising worries about global economy. West Texas Intermediate crude oil falls to $84.93.

  • China's real estate bubble? Three reasons it's not.

    China's real estate bubble? Three reasons it's not.

    Many analysts and market watchers, whose job it is to warn of impending real estate bubbles, have trained their sights on China. It's easy to see why. The economy has expanded an average 10 percent a year for the past 30 years, an incredible growth rate. Average housing prices tripled between 2005 to 2009 alone. But here are three reasons Chinese real estate has more room to run on the upside before the good times end:

  • Medicare overhaul? Tea party sees a chance.

    Medicare overhaul? Tea party sees a chance.

    Medicare overhaul is priority of tea party activists planning to make themselves heard at town hall meetings in key battleground states. Supporters want Medicare overhaul along the lines of Rep. Ryan's plan.

  • College degrees boost earnings 84 percent

    College degrees boost earnings 84 percent

    College degrees, despite their high cost, allow workers to earn $2.3 million over a lifetime. Those without college degrees earn $1.3 million.

  • Credit card alert: Watch out for business card offers

    Saving Money Credit card alert: Watch out for business card offers

    Business credit cards don't come with the same protections as personal credit cards. Unless you own a business, you don't need a business credit card.

  • Wall Street thankful for jobs report after turbulent week

    Wall Street thankful for jobs report after turbulent week

    Wall Street, after the worst week in years, heard one good piece of news. Friday's jobs report proved better than expected.

  • Standard & Poor's downgrades US credit rating

    Standard & Poor's downgrades US credit rating

    Standard & Poor's has downgraded the credit rating for the US from AAA for the first time in US history.

  • Six major food recalls

    Six major food recalls

    Cargill's Aug. 3 recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey is the latest in a string of high-profile food recalls in the United States. The volume of meat recalled was a quarter of the largest meat recall on record, but it was linked to far more health effects. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 15 percent of Americans – some 48 million – become ill from food-borne pathogens each year. Most outbreaks are local events; a few are national in scope. Here's a look at some of the biggest food recalls in the past five years:

  • Honda recall: 1.5 million vehicles for software fix

    Honda recall: 1.5 million vehicles for software fix

    Honda recall involves transmission software in recent Accords, CR-Vs, and Elements. Honda recall notifications to begin Aug. 31.

  • Stocks mostly lower after a day of wild swings

    Stocks mostly lower after a day of wild swings

    The Dow edged back up, closing the day up 61 points. The S&P 500 closed down a point, and the Nasdaq closed down 24 points, as global markets took heavier hits on Friday.

  • The economics of military budget cuts

    Green Economics The economics of military budget cuts

    Have there been enough incentives for the military to try to minimize costs while maintaining quality? If not, there could be some problems as the military faces huge budget cuts.

  • Back-to-school shopping: Use it to teach kids about money

    Back-to-school shopping: Use it to teach kids about money

    Tax-free weekends kick off in many states this month -- several start Saturday -- just in time for back-to-school shopping. Parents should spend wisely, experts say, by seeing what is already available in their home, buying when items are on sale, and creating a budget and sticking to it. It's also a chance to teach children important money lessons. Here are six money smart lessons for kids:

  • Global markets fall, US markets recover, leaving investors jittery

    Global markets fall, US markets recover, leaving investors jittery

    Global markets fell for the eighth day on Friday, while the US markets recovered from Thursday's plummet. As global markets drop, fear grows that the global economy could slip into another recession.

  • Unemployment rate giving you the blues? Try these top five cities for jobs.

    Unemployment rate giving you the blues? Try these top five cities for jobs.

    With the economy barely growing and investors bailing out of corporate stocks, the US job market isn't exactly sizzling. But conditions vary by region, with some metro areas showing substantial improvement over the past year, according to the Labor Department. Here are the five large metro areas with the lowest unemployment rates combined with unemployment that is down at least half a percentage point over last year.

  • Long-term unemployment mixed in July

    Paper Economy Long-term unemployment mixed in July

    The number of workers who have been unemployed for at least 27 weeks declined by about 100,000 in July. However, the average stay on unemployment rose to a new high: 40.4 weeks.

  • Dow Jones: a seesaw day of tension

    Dow Jones: a seesaw day of tension

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared more than 170 points after a better-than-expected jobs report, dropped more than 500 points, and has since pared most of its losses.

  • Jobs report eases US market, but EU feeling heat

    Jobs report eases US market, but EU feeling heat

    A better-than-expected US jobs report helped abate selling pressures on Wall Street. But Europe's debt problems are pressuring EU officials to act.

 
 
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