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  • Johnson: America’s Math Problem Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 10:20 AM ET
    US Capitol Building with cash

    The list of things we never thought we’d see continues to grow, like a tumor. Our republic has finally reached a midlife crisis, having lost the pejorative AAA credit rating from an agency that considers yesterday’s sub-prime CDO a safer bet than today’s Uncle Sam. The American economy is stuck in a classic catch-22, that as we solve one problem, it is quickly replaced by a greater concern.

  • Johnson: Hats off to the Tea Party...for Now Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 12:04 PM ET

    Tea Party activists, 44 percent of whom are on Medicare or have an immediate family member receiving benefits, could not be consoled by the fact that their health-care costs are largely responsible for the distended federal budget. But they have a point.

  • Johnson: Why Gold Is Not a Bubble Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 10:46 AM ET
    Gold

    Investors are justifiably concerned about being hoodwinked three times in ten years. Without question, extravagant returns enjoyed by the precious metal are well received, but the potential hangover from yet another bubble deprived of air, and the associated shame, would take several years to subside.

  • Financial Fidelity & Spousonomics     Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 | 1:40 PM ET

    When it comes to finances, most couples are not on the same page. Discussing fiscal communication, with Kathleen Murphy, Fidelity's personal investing president.

  • Backlog of Cases Gives a Reprieve on Foreclosures Sunday, 19 Jun 2011 | 11:13 AM ET

    Many distressed homeowners have spent years wondering when they’re going to get kicked out. But the backlog of foreclosures has provided a reprieve. In New York, for example, it would take 62 years to process them all.

  • Two Big Banks Exit Reverse-Mortgage Business Saturday, 18 Jun 2011 | 10:30 AM ET

    The nation’s two biggest providers of reverse mortgages are no longer offering the loans, as the economics of the business have come under pressure.

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    Analysts have been feverishly revising down their growth projections. Much depends on the effectiveness of policies and, critically, whether there will finally be a more coherent and sustained policy response in systemically important countries, especially the US and Europe.

  • Johnson: How to Create Jobs in America Wednesday, 8 Jun 2011 | 12:20 PM ET

    Our beloved two party political system is currently negotiating an increase to the debt ceiling, all in the name of fiscal responsibility.

  • Johnson: Debt Ceiling Invites More Gimmicks Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 9:14 AM ET

    President Obama’s gyroscopic legislative endeavors helped the nation survive the worst financial crisis since the 1930’s. It would have been unfathomable to risk America’s image of economic invincibility and allow the free markets to punish bad behavior. Instead, the Federal Reserve printed money to inflate the stock market and promote economic growth, all courtesy of a low interest rate environment. Now Congress is faced with yet another debt ceiling, and sure enough, they’re scrambling for the next fiscal stunt.

  • Visa Goes Mobile     Wednesday, 11 May 2011 | 9:08 AM ET

    Insight on the card company's latest plans to create the digital wallet, with Joseph Saunders, Visa, Inc. chairman/CEO.

  • No Need to Fear a Property Bubble in China: Analyst Tuesday, 10 May 2011 | 7:45 PM ET
    Beijing, China

    In the past 8 months housing prices have risen 30 percent while sales volumes have dropped 70 percent.  In other words, people buying homes can afford them. There is no panic selling like in the US or Dubai because rules in place for years have prevented the kind of speculation that was rampant in America, where people bought multiple homes with zero down.

  • Johnson: Gold is a Short Sale on Congress Tuesday, 10 May 2011 | 11:37 AM ET
    Gold bars

    Who amongst us has any confidence that our elected officials will solve the country’s debt problem, or for that matter, allow private enterprise to do it in their absence? Intrinsic value is irrelevant; gold positions serve as a short sale on Congress.

  • Johnson: The Truth About Tax Cuts Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | 9:56 AM ET

    The ongoing debate over tax relief has lost all integrity, like a favorite sweater long past its prime. Some believe that tax cuts increase the budget deficit while others suggest wealthy citizens have no moral obligation to share their bounty. Worthy positions indeed, but they are two mutually independent arguments, both valid, one having nothing to do with the other.

  • Why Nouriel Roubini Is Wrong on China's Economy Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 | 12:52 PM ET

    Nouriel Roubini has argued China's economy will suffer a hard landing after 2013. He reasons its 47 percent fixed investment share of GDP, 30 percent savings rates, and low wages will cause a deflationary spiral much like in Japan. 

  • $5 Fees May Be Coming to an ATM Near You Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 12:21 PM ET

    J.P. Morgan Chase and other banks are trying to recoup approximately $30 billion a year in lost overdraft fee income by testing $5 ATM fees

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