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  • Sebelius apologizes for Obamacare 'debacle'

    WASHINGTON — In her first appearance before Congress since the botched debut of the federal healthcare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday apologized for the "debacle," accepted responsibility and promised the...
  • Memories of the financial crisis, five years later

    Memories of the financial crisis, five years later
    The excited voices on CNBC radio riveted financial adviser John Bacci's attention as he drove to Chestertown five years ago for a routine client visit. The stock market was in freefall that Sept. 29 after Congress rejected a $700 billion rescue of the...
  • Florida consumer confidence falls for 4th month

    Florida consumer confidence falls for 4th month
    Florida’s consumer confidence continued to decline¬† in September for a fourth month, although the drop was slight, according to a University of Florida survey released Tuesday. Floridians' overall mood this month was down only a point to 76,¬†...
  • Postal Service proposes increase in stamp prices

    WASHINGTON — Facing a “precarious financial condition” as fewer customers use its services, the United States Postal Service proposed another round of rate increases Wednesday to go into effect in January — its largest price hike...
  • Mortgage rates fall to 9-week low

    Home buyers fearing a rapid rise in interest rates got a reprieve this week as rates dipped sharply, hitting their lowest level in two months. The decline owes primarily to last week's announcement that the Federal Reserve would continue its massive...
  • Coping in a low interest world

    A reader writes: "My CD is maturing next month. What are my alternatives in this low interest world?" I field this question at least once a week and all I can think is, "Pity the poor saver!" To boost the economy, the Federal Reserve has been slashing...
  • Local banks jockey for new customers

    Local banks jockey for new customers
    Central Florida's financial institutions are jockeying for position in what could be the banking industry's most competitive year yet since the end of the Great Recession. With many businesses investing in expansion, consumer confidence strengthening...
  • Washington drives itself to dangerous distraction

    Washington drives itself to dangerous distraction
    First came the drama over the government shutdown. Then the showdown over the debt ceiling. Now another round of negotiations on the budget deficit. Pardon me for asking, but when exactly will Washington begin to deal with the crisis of jobs, wages...
  • The chained CPI: A zombie benefit cut still walks

    The chained CPI: A zombie benefit cut still walks
    It happens every time: Republicans and Democrats get into a standoff over the federal budget, and their best plan for wriggling out of it is to nickel-and-dime people on Social Security and Medicare. The worst zombie in this package, a terrible idea...
  • How to debate the 'undebatable' falsehoods about Social Security

    How to debate the 'undebatable' falsehoods about Social Security
    Two founders of Third Way, a Washington think tank that masquerades as a centrist voice but looks and talks more like an arm of Wall Street, surfaced this week on the Wall Street Journal's editorial page with an attack on Social Security so full of...
  • Stocks post biggest decline since 2012 amid fears over Fed, Syria

    The stock market finished its worst month in more than a year, with the specter of military action in Syria and reduced stimulus from the Federal Reserve weighing on share prices. The Dow Jones industrial average and other major indexes suffered their...