| Jan 16, 2015
| 7:29 AM
Plunging energy prices last month led to the biggest decline in the cost of living in six years, keeping inflation well below the Federal Reserve's target and possibly complicating plans for the central bank to start raising interest rates.
| Jan 29, 2015
| 12:59 PM
The Federal Reserve has declared economic growth "solid." But several new reports show most Americans are treading along a dangerous financial tightrope, where one slip could be devastating.
Nearly half of U.S. households — 47 percent —...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 12:05 PM
A decision on when to start raising the Federal Reserve’s benchmark interest rate remained elusive, even though policymakers spent much of their last meeting debating the timing of the hike.
Many worried at the Federal Open Market Committee...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 3:55 PM
The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.
The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy as measured by the gross...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 2:30 AM
-- Buoyant consumers. With the price of a fill-up falling to its lowest level in 11 years, U.S. consumers will spend $750 less per household on gasoline this year than they did in 2014, the government estimates. That will spur consumer...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 3:48 PM
Filling up at the gas station has been a much more pleasant experience for Americans since last fall. Regular gas is now less than $2 a gallon in many states, down from around $3.30 just a year ago.
But how long will that last? It’s just one of...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 1:30 PM
U.S. stocks closed slightly higher Tuesday as investors continued to monitor talks between Greece and its creditors in hopes that a deal will be reached to keep the country from falling out of the eurozone.
Investments typically considered less risky,...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can't be saved unless Wall Street is tamed.
The Street's excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans. And its ongoing use of confidential...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 1:06 PM
The investment climate, in some ways, returned to normal in 2014: a healthy but not gaudy 14 percent rise in the Standard & Poor's index of 500 large companies, supported by moderate economic growth with somewhat stable interest rates.
It's a climate...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 11:45 AM
A plunge in gas prices last month lowered consumer prices by the most in six years. But excluding the volatile food and energy costs, prices rose.
The Labor Department said Thursday that the consumer price index fell 0.7% in January, the sharpest drop...
| Feb 26, 2015
| 5:50 PM
The chief executives of New York commercial lender CIT Group and Pasadena's OneWest Bank promised Thursday that the planned OneWest buyout would be good for poor neighborhoods, while critics said the $3.4-billion combination would create a "too big to...