| Mar 19, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Exactly two years ago, I wrote a column titled "Coping in a low interest world". At the time, short-term interest rates were essentially zero and the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield hovered at around 2.4 percent. Soon after, 10-year yields plunged to 40-...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 8:55 AM
Floridians are feeling as upbeat this month as they did before the Great Recession pummeled the state, according to a University of Florida survey released Tuesday.
Floridians' overall economic confidence rose in March to a level -- 81-- seen before...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 11:52 AM
With the Great Recession in the rearview mirror, we seem to feel more like treating ourselves.
We've been eating out more, buying new clothes, spending more on personal care and taking in more entertainment.
At the grocery story, we're spending less...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 11:22 AM
Floridians are feeling more pessimistic about their personal finances, according to a University of Florida survey released Tuesday.
Their view on whether their current finances are better than a year ago fell five points in February to 61, while...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 1:04 PM
You may have noticed your dollar recently went further in the supermarket: Food prices fell 2.1 percent in November and December in South Florida, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday.
Thank falling citrus prices for helping lower...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 8:48 AM
Floridians kept their rising confidence in the economy with a University of Florida survey released Tuesday showing spirits were higher than a year ago.
Consumer confidence throughout the state remained in December at 77, the same as the revised...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 6:43 AM
Stocks opened higher on Wall Street as traders return from the Christmas holiday.
Good news about the U.S. job market encouraged investors to bid up stock prices.
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week by the most...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 7:53 AM
WASHINGTON -- Americans ended the year much more optimistic about the economy, with consumer confidence rebounding strongly in December after tumbling the previous two months because of the partial government shutdown, the Conference Board said Tuesday....
| Dec 31, 2013
| 1:27 PM
NEW YORK -- Stocks closed at all-time highs, finishing this year's epic rally with yet another record.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 72.37 points, or 0.4%, to 16,576.66 on the last trading day of 2013. For the year, the index of blue-chip stocks...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Consumer confidence is on the rebound.
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index increased to 78.1 in December from 72.0 in November, the Conference Board said.
The monthly consumer confidence survey looks at what consumers buy and watch....
| Jan 2, 2014
| 9:29 AM
The economy is brightening as 2014 arrives — but that could signal higher borrowing costs for homebuyers as the Federal Reserve scales back its efforts to lower interest rates and the chance of higher inflation increases.
Lenders were offering 30-...