The Misery Index, calculated from unemployment, wages, real income, and the stock market, hasn't been this high since the recession of 1982, and that was much shorter-lived.
College tax credit will go back to 2008 levels unless Congress decides to extend it. President Obama has renewed his push for it.
While politicians debate 2011 tax policy, Congress's inconvenient truth is that they still haven't passed the tax code for 2010.
The perfect storm: wealth concentrates at the top, record contributions flood our democracy, and the populace fumes over a government that raises taxes, reduces services, and can't get it back to work.
How much is a basketball star really worth?, and other questions addressed by Lakers' General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
After years of carefully controlling inflation, the Fed plans to raise it deliberately in hopes of stimulating the economy. Here is advice to entrepreneurs on how to survive the coming years.
Refinancing a mortgage (question 3) and getting out from under backbreaking student loans (question 9) feature in today's reader mailbag.
Home sales won't pick up until people start buying again, and buyers haven't been this hard to find for decades.
Investments in treasury bonds have skyrocketed on economic uncertainties, but bond returns are not just bad, they're now negative. What will happen when people decide to switch markets?
In the US and UK, public school teachers must be 'certified,' which requires a long and strictly regulated process. In American charter schools, and in private (or 'independent') schools in both countries, principals can select teachers without this background.
The Fed has proposed a second (2nd) round of quantitative easing (QE) in efforts to forestall deflation. Will it work, and if so, at what cost?
Fed easing hasn't worked any better than it did in Japan in the '90s. It makes little sense for Bernanke to fire up the money printing presses.
In Tennessee, a fire department refused to save an uninsured home because the homeowner didn't pay the insurance.
With the Fed easing and the value of the US dollar falling, Hong Kong should peg its currency to the yuan.
Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. This week: Generation Earn by Kimberly Palmer.
The Federal Reserve's new round of easing will pump up stocks, but it won't create jobs.