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  • Consumer spending jumps in November as incomes rise

    Consumer spending jumps in November as incomes rise
    Consumer spending jumped last month as Americans' incomes continued to rise, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Personal consumption expenditures rose 0.6% in November, the biggest increase in three months. The figure, which was 0.1 percentage points...
  • U.S. growth is strongest in a decade

    The U.S. is rolling into the new year with impressive strength as plunging oil prices have ignited consumer spending and helped fuel the best stretch of growth in more than a decade — even as economies around the world are struggling. A...
  • Obama to nominate former Bank of Hawaii CEO to Federal Reserve Board

    Obama to nominate former Bank of Hawaii CEO to Federal Reserve Board
    President Obama said Tuesday that he would nominate the former head of one of Hawaii's largest banks to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, following criticism from some lawmakers about the lack of community banking experience among the...
  • A Merry Christmas economy

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama in Hawaii and Americans elsewhere found an unexpected present under their Christmas trees this week in a surprisingly growing economy, lifting some of the gloom otherwise hovering over the national outlook. The gross...
  • No bull: 2015 stock market expected to grow — just not as much

    The stock market is expected to continue to be kind to investors in the new year but with more humble gains than the last three years. Some analysts anticipate that by the end of 2015, the market will deliver only about 5 percent growth — far...
  • Asian stock markets snap 2 days of losses but growth worries temper gains

    Asian stock markets snapped two days of declines Wednesday but gains were tempered by worries about the plunge in oil prices and renewed doubts about Greece's membership of the euro currency bloc. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 added 0.5 percent to...
  • A look at the economic shadows for 2015

    A look at the economic shadows for 2015
    Over the last couple of days, economists Justin Wolfers of the University of Michigan and Tyler Cowen of George Mason University engaged in a round of debate over the biggest unknowns facing the world economy in 2015. (H/T to Kevin Drum, who found the...
  • Investing in 2015

    Investing in 2015
    Stocks are still a good place to invest in the new year, and equities could easily jump another 25 percent before the bull market is done. The S&P 500, which accounts for about 80 percent of publicly traded companies in the United States, is trading...
  • Investors who ignored predictions reaped big gains

    Investors who ignored predictions reaped big gains
    It was easy to make money in stocks and bonds in 2014. You merely had to ignore the predictions made early in the year about the strength of the U.S. economy, ignore the worries that erupted during the year about everything from Ebola to Europe's near...
  • After 2014's party, investors in US stock market may face a hangover

    After 2014's party, investors in US stock market may face a hangover
    Revelers ringing in of the new year this week need to watch out for the next day's hangover. And investors may experience a similar feeling early in 2015 after a two-year run that has propelled U.S. stocks up by nearly 50 percent. Headed into the last...
  • Mortgage rates defy experts to close year below 4%, Freddie Mac says

    Mortgage rates defy experts to close year below 4%, Freddie Mac says
    Closing out a year of surprisingly low mortgage interest rates, the average rate for a conventional 30-year home loan was 3.87% this week, Freddie Mac said, up slightly from 3.83% a week ago. The home-financing giant reported that the 30-year rate...