| Oct 15, 2013
| 6:30 PM
PARIS -- Readers scarcely need to be told that this article will be distributed on the eve of the global economic crisis generally foreseen as the consequence of the United States' apparently imminent failure to meet the legal limit of its national debt....
| Oct 16, 2013
| 2:48 PM
Now that Congress is set to lift the current limit on how much the government can borrow, here are four facts about the national debt that, polls indicate, many people don’t know.
1. The U.S. debt burden is starting to decline. That’s...
| Oct 24, 2013
In ending the rancorous impasse that led to the shutdown of much of the federal government, Democrats and Republicans agreed they need to sit down together and address the budget to avoid a repeat of the debacle next year. And they probably will reach...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 5:30 PM
WASHINGTON — U.S. economic growth improved in the third quarter to a surprisingly solid 2.8% annual rate, the fastest in a year, bolstered by a restocking of goods by businesses.
Details of the Commerce Department's report Thursday, however,...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The economic contributions of U.S. copyright industries reached new heights last year, for the first time contributing more than $1 trillion to the gross domestic product and accounting for 6.5% of the nation's economy, according to a new report.
| Nov 21, 2013
Extravagance can be intoxicating, and those who grow accustomed to extravagance, only to be deprived of it, can miss it terribly. That accounts for much of the powerful hold John F. Kennedy has on a generation of Americans even today. He led people to...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:00 AM
SÃO PAULO, Brazil — With a stable job as a home health worker, Maria Conceição decided it was time to live a little.
So when a local retailer offered her the chance to buy some appliances on credit, she pounced. Using installment plans, she...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because it's a time when we can give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. I don't want to trump the big stuff, like health, loving spouse, wonderful family, great country, but this is a money column, so we can...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Most Americans may be sleeping through the government's fiscal stalemate, figuring that events like a debt default won't have much impact on them.
That's panicking market-watchers.
Over the last few days, analysis of the effect of a default...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Federal officials unveiled a report showing that arts and culture contributed 3.2%, or $504 billion, to the gross domestic product in 2011, a figure that industry advocates hope will bolster their voice in Washington as Congress reexamines copyright and...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 5:00 AM
By the time Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, the path to ending South Africa's political crisis through the abolition of apartheid was known, even if it would not be easy or straight.
Solving the country's economic crisis was another...