| Nov 26, 2014
| 4:35 PM
The economy just posted its best six-month stretch in 11 years, the labor market is on a record streak of job creation and gas prices are falling. But consumers — a key driver of U.S. economic growth — have not yet fully joined the party....
| Nov 25, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Total U.S. household debt rose slightly in the third quarter to a total of $11.7 trillion, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which pronounced the end of the crisis-era "deleveraging process."
The increase of $78 billion...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg has told America's women to Lean In to our jobs rather than give up, and many of us have listened. More than 40 percent of women are the breadwinners in our households. Close to 8 million women own their businesses.
| Nov 14, 2014
| 4:56 PM
Consumers went shopping in October and gave a much-needed boost to retailers, adding some crucial momentum to the holiday shopping season.
U.S. retail sales increased 0.3% last month, after dropping 0.3% in September, the Commerce Department said...
| Nov 8, 2014
| 11:40 AM
Lost applications, frozen computer screens and hours spent waiting on hold for help — those consumer problems made up last year's narrative about Maryland's health insurance exchange, the online marketplace launched under the federal Affordable Care...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 11:31 AM
Coral Springs residents voted down a proposal to increase commissioner salaries in last week's election, but voters in Parkland were in a much more generous mood, approving a massive salary hike for city officials.
While the proposed charter amendment...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Midterm elections are today. If you are deciding not to vote or to vote against President Obama, here is what you are choosing to vote against:
1. Unemployment rate is under 6 percent for the first time since the Great Recession in 2008 (6 years)
| Nov 4, 2014
| 5:53 PM
The European Union cut its economic growth forecasts for the region, saying rising geopolitical risks in Ukraine and the Middle East and a broader global slowdown have eroded business and consumer confidence since the spring.
The downgraded outlook,...
| Nov 23, 2014
| 5:48 PM
The public will get a chance next month to weigh in a proposed Niles Park Ridge District 64 budget that is up almost 5 percent over 2013.
The $66.9 million plan was unanimously approved by the school board at a recent meeting. A public hearing has...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 7:34 AM
Inflation remained in check last month with consumer prices edging up only slightly as low gasoline costs offset higher grocery store bills.
The Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% in September after dropping 0.2% the previous month, the Labor Department...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Numerous studies suggest Americans are getting dumber.
Perhaps such a study exists; I'm just too stupid to know where to look.
So let's assume our brainpower meter is plummeting faster than congressional approval ratings. Now can somebody please alert...