After analyzing Washington for 35 years, it’s excusable to be a cynic. Actually, it’s mandatory. So let’s try out this extremely cynical premise: the Republicans are deliberately refusing to help unemployed workers or aid the states because they undoubtedly know this will hurt the economy further – and an ailing economy will help their prospects in November.
The world’s rich countries are now conducting a dangerous experiment. They are repeating an economic policy out of the 1930s — starting to cut spending and raise taxes before a recovery is assured — and hoping today’s situation is different enough to assure a different outcome. The NYT explains.
When Argon ST, a defense contractor, was first for sale there was ample time for plenty of takeover stock investors to get involved on hopes that a knock-out bid would emerge for the company. Sure enough, it did.
Stock futures dropped on ADP bummer report. Futures were up all morning on good news from Europe, but S&P futures dropped 6 points in seconds when the ADP said only 13,000 private sector jobs were created in June, well below expectations of about 60,000 jobs. We are expecting significantly more private sector gains from the nonfarm payroll report on Friday to offset the public sector census workers that are being laid off.
Despite all the skimmers and sweepers, most of the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico sinks to the bottom or washes up on the shore and then sinks down in shallow layers below the sand, profoundly restructuring the ecosystem. The change cannot be undone in a lifetime.
New York lawmakers plan to enact a tax change that will treat much of the compensation earned by the fund managers who work in New York but live outside the state as ordinary income.
Stocks took a real drubbing today, with the Dow off 268 points and the major indexes basically falling 3 percent. Call it the double-dip trade. But are we really heading for a double-dip recession?
Congressional leaders and the Obama Administration are congratulating themselves on the about-to-be passed financial reform legislation. They claim the legislation will end “too big to fail” and will prevent future financial crises.
Citigroup triggers circuit breaker, then trades back to previous trade. Shares were trading at $3.80 at about 1:03 PM ET; then, off the exchange, 8,800 shares traded at $3.31, a drop of 12.7 percent. That triggered the SEC circuit breaker...
Friday, forecasters expect the Labor Department to report the economy shed about 110 thousand jobs in June and unemployment rose to 9.8 percent. Economists expect the private sector created about 110,000 jobs but government employment dropped twice that amount, as many temporary census jobs disappeared. Twelve months into recovery from such a deep recession, this is a terrible performance.
The G-20 is full of nutso coaches. Not to belabor the point, but their manifesto at the end of the conference this past weekend was to promote "growth friendly budget cutting." Right.
How schizophrenic is the market on China? A few months ago there was great worry about an OVERHEATING China, particularly in the property sector. The Chinese central bank raised interest rates, there was concern GDP might exceed growth of 10 percent. NOW, there is concern about a slowing China.
The real problem that faces the public sector – Federal, State and local – is its lack of accountability, its lack of competitiveness and its bloated cost structure. That is where the knife needs to be used.
The NYSE and Nasdaq are set to make filings within days that would put several hundred ETFs in the SEC's circuit breaker program, which currently includes only stocks in the S&P 500.
Stocks ended lower Monday after a yo-yo session as investors digested some mixed consumer data, a drop in oil prices and news that the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Sarbanes-Oxley law, which regulates corporate accounting.
Finally! A constructive use for that annoying World Cup buzz. Take THAT, Tony Hayward — and you, too, Grandpa Who Likes Lady Gaga!
Stocks bounced back Monday in a yo-yo session as investors digested some mixed consumer data, a drop in oil prices and news that the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Sarbanes-Oxley law, which regulates corporate accounting.
The Obama administration is seeking to nearly double the wireless communications spectrum available for commercial use over the next 10 years, an effort that could greatly enhance the ability of consumers to send and receive video and data with smartphones and other hand-held devices. The NYT reports.
Stocks turned higher Monday after the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Sarbanes-Oxley law, which regulates corporate accounting.
Our nation’s Congressional machinery was humming last week as legislators reconciled the differences between the labyrinthine financial reforms proposed by the Senate and the House and emerged early Friday morning with a voluminous new law in hand. They christened it the Dodd-Frank bill, after the heads of the Senate Banking and House Financial Services Committees who drove the process toward the finish line. The NYT explains.