An index of consumer confidence rose to 53.5 in August, up from 51.0 in July, the Conference Board reported. Still, the index remains well below normal.
The political turmoil of 2010 has led to a number of close Senate races, with control of the upper chamber possibly in the balance. Here are five of the closest, most interesting, hardest-fought Senate races of this election cycle.
Politicians cannot calculate the economic profits and losses of government interventions.
President Obama signed a sweeping financial reform bill into law Wednesday giving the federal government new powers to regulate Wall Street.
The House of Representatives voted 237 to 192 Wednesday for a House-Senate compromise on financial reform. But the votes necessary for passage in the Senate aren't assured yet.
The financial reform bill awaiting final votes in the House and Senate encompasses everything from banking to insurance to African minerals used in high-tech gadgets. Is that a good thing?
Financial reform legislation hammered out Friday between the House and Senate is the biggest set of new bank regulations since the Depression. But experts disagree on whether it can eliminate 'too big to fail' banks and prevent future bailouts.
Florida homes were the craze in the 1920s, then prices crashed and didn't fully recover until the '40s. The current bust could be worse.
Members of Congress began work Tuesday to resolve differences in the House and Senate versions of financial reform legislation.