Mon, 5 Apr 2010 15:28:48 GMTIt may be a tough time to get a loan to start or expand a business. But if you’re looking for office space, there are some suite deals out there.
Fri, 2 Apr 2010 18:21:13 GMTAnswer Desk's John Schoen fielded readers’ questions in a live chat Friday about the March unemployment report. Here are some of his answers to their questions.
Tue, 9 Mar 2010 15:42:45 GMTAs Congress inches toward a new set of rules to avert another global financial collapse, the score so far looks like Bankers 1, Consumers 0.
Fri, 5 Mar 2010 20:18:33 GMT
(image) After more than two years of staggering pain for workers, the latest employment data include signs that a historic wave of heavy job losses may be ending and modest gains lie ahead.
Fri, 5 Mar 2010 19:13:25 GMTAnswer Desk's John Schoen fielded readers’ questions in a live chat Friday about the February unemployment report. Here are some of his answers to their questions.
Thu, 4 Mar 2010 18:49:16 GMTAmerican workers are pitching in harder, picking up the slack for laid-off co-workers and squeezing more profit from every hour worked. That can't last forever.
Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:57:33 GMTNearly a year after the stock market staged one of the biggest rallies in history, investors worry that this bull may be getting wobbly. There’s no shortage of cause for concern.
Wed, 17 Feb 2010 18:44:19 GMTAnswer Desk's John Schoen fielded readers' questions in a live chat on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Here are some of his answers about the housing crisis and the economic recovery.
Mon, 15 Feb 2010 15:18:37 GMT
(image) The dollar has surged to an 8-month high against the euro, and is also rising against other currencies. Its strength could start damaging the fragile U.S. recovery.
Fri, 29 Jan 2010 21:31:50 GMTThe U.S. economy turned in a surprisingly good performance in the fourth quarter, surging by 5.7 percent, according to government data. Or did it? By John W. Schoen.
Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:53:58 GMT
(image) President Barack Obama laid out his jobs plan in his State of the Union, but finding money for fresh programs could be tough amid rising concern over deficits.
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 17:23:45 GMTThe Supreme Court's decision to remove campaign finance restrictions on corporations means a tsunami of company cash is likely to flood through the political system.
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 17:41:41 GMTAs the people of Haiti grow more desperate, readers are wondering why the relief effort is going so slowly. Consider what the devastation might look like in the U.S. Answer Desk.
Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:03:36 GMTThe White House says financial execs “just don’t get it.” Wall Street bankers say that the White House doesn’t get it. But it's the taxpayers who are really getting it. Answer Desk.
Fri, 22 Jan 2010 17:41:03 GMTRinging in the New Year is a great time to take stock of how well your stocks are performing — and how much that performance is costing you. Answer Desk.
Tue, 29 Dec 2009 00:35:51 GMTThe $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program was never used for the purpose for which it was originally intended. Yet it has been extended for another year. Answer Desk.
Wed, 23 Dec 2009 17:15:04 GMTThe housing market is in the midst of a rocky recovery, but it’s too soon to declare the end of one of the worst slides since the Great Depression.
Tue, 22 Dec 2009 16:59:04 GMTWith prices surging, investors are flocking to gold. Before you take the plunge, take a closer look at what’s making the metal sparkle. The Answer Desk.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009 13:15:08 GMTCongress is taking the final steps to raise the national debt ceiling. That raises the question of whether the growing need to borrow money could drive interest rates higher.
Tue, 8 Dec 2009 12:32:09 GMTAs the Great Bank Bailout of 2008 appears to be winding down, it's looking like taxpayers will get a lot – but certainly not all – of their money back. The Answer Desk.
Tue, 1 Dec 2009 23:11:04 GMTThe lending spree that fueled the borrowing bubble has destroyed the credit histories of millions of Americans. The could spell trouble for the economic recovery. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 23 Nov 2009 15:20:34 GMTCongress' move to extend unemployment benefits for people out of work more than a year drew a heavy response from bewildered readers trying to figure out who is eligible. The Answer Desk.
Sun, 15 Nov 2009 23:04:23 GMTSometimes a story in the business section really touches a nerve with readers. News about gigantic pay packages for bailed-out bankers is one of them. The Answer Desk.
Sun, 8 Nov 2009 23:53:11 GMTPresident Barack Obama signed into law a bill extending unemployment benefits and expanding a popular credit for homebuyers. Here is how the law works. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 2 Nov 2009 19:10:43 GMTThe latest data shows the economy growing again. So how come it doesn't feel like the recession is over? On possible explanation: It isn't over. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 26 Oct 2009 21:59:30 GMTIf and when Congress gets around to passing a bill to overhaul the health care system, the price tag will be in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Where is all that money going?
Tue, 20 Oct 2009 11:31:13 GMT
(image) Government jobs data are only estimates. But the "official" numbers don't include everyone who wants and needs a fulltime paycheck. The Answer Desk.
Sun, 11 Oct 2009 23:28:19 GMTThere are people out there who can help save your home from a bad mortgage. But you have to pick very carefully. The Answer Desk.
Wed, 7 Oct 2009 19:49:49 GMTRecent U.S.-China skirmishes have prompted readers to wonder why protecting American jobs with tariffs is such a bad idea. But in a trade war, everybody loses. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:31:16 GMTThe recent drop in the value of the dollar has been a good thing for U.S. exporters. But if the currency falls too far, the consequences could be serious. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Sun, 20 Sep 2009 22:28:39 GMTThe federal tax credit for first-time home buyers has given the ailing housing market a shot in the arm. Will Congress extend it? The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 14 Sep 2009 20:32:39 GMTA year after the financial markets trashed trillions in retirement savings, it's a great time to take a closer look at your investment risk. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 7 Sep 2009 20:48:53 GMTThere's a lot of interest in rates this week. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 31 Aug 2009 20:43:11 GMTDespite recent signs of improvement, the housing industry still faces a long road back. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Sun, 23 Aug 2009 21:06:22 GMTOur story last week on the failure of the government's mortgage relief efforts drew a flood of mail from homeowners facing default and foreclosure. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Sun, 16 Aug 2009 21:07:24 GMTWith foreclosures rising and mortgage companies flooded with borrowers in trouble, is it a good idea to just pay the thing off if you can afford to? The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Sun, 9 Aug 2009 22:18:55 GMTLast week's news on the slow pace of mortgage relief for millions of struggling homeowners generated a flood of mail from readers looking for help. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Sun, 2 Aug 2009 22:36:17 GMTWorking past retirement age is turning into a necessity for many. It turns out that doing so is not without risks. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 27 Jul 2009 15:02:17 GMTWhile the U.S. banking industry struggles to right itself, Goldman Sachs has figured out how to turn financial turmoil into gold. Here's how. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 11:17:18 GMTUnraveling California's budget mess helps explain why the Golden State's financial problem has so far defied a solution. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:47:05 GMTWe confess: We did not predict the collapse of the housing market and near-collapse of Wall Street. And to be completely honest, nobody did. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 6 Jul 2009 15:08:42 GMTWith California set to print $3.6 billion in IOUs to pay bills, a lot of recipients are wondering: Just what good are these bogus bucks anyway? The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 15:56:38 GMTThe government's stimulus plan was supposed to flood the economy with cash to help end the recession. But so far, spending is just a trickle. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 14:48:55 GMTIn tough times, some cash-strapped parents are wondering: can I pull money out of my kid’s college savings account to pay bills? The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 8 Jun 2009 11:17:26 GMTGM’s historic bankruptcy filing this week has a Wisconsin reader wondering if the worst is over for the iconic American car maker – and if so, is now a good time to buy the stock? We suggest he put the brakes on that idea. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Wed, 27 May 2009 23:57:54 GMTThere are hopeful signs that the housing market may finally be hitting bottom. But there are also signs that the recovery may take awhile. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Thu, 21 May 2009 23:54:40 GMTFinancial 'experts' offer many different opinions about where stocks and the economy are headed. How do you tell who's right? The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 18 May 2009 15:06:27 GMTWith the economy showing early signs of stabilizing, a lot of people are wondering: what's the 'new normal' economy going to look like? The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Fri, 8 May 2009 13:44:35 GMTIf you’re one of the inflation-averse savers who bought Series I Savings Bonds to protect you from inflation, you just got a nasty surprise. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Sun, 3 May 2009 18:32:52 GMTThe Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Fri, 24 Apr 2009 18:47:21 GMTDid the taxpayer-funded bailout put banks back in the black? If so, should that really count as “making a profit”? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:43:00 GMTThe Fed has pumped more than $1 trillion in cash into the banking system to try to fix it. How will it drain that cash back out when the system stabilizes? The Answer Desk.
Sun, 12 Apr 2009 21:49:47 GMTThere are lots of good people out there who can help you get a better mortgage. And then there are the scammers. How do you tell the difference? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 6 Apr 2009 12:00:22 GMTWhat if everyone in the world used the same currency? Sounds like a simple idea. But like many simple ideas, it would bring some nasty unintended consequences. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 13:37:59 GMTThe government's latest handout to investors looking to profit on the bank bailout has readers: why not just give the money directly to taxpayers? The Answer Desk.
Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:28:24 GMTLast week’s outrage over big bonuses paid to executives at AIG has more than a few readers wondering: Why can’t we just let these big companies go out of business? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 16 Mar 2009 16:00:46 GMTMillions of homeowners who owe more than their house is worth are tempted to just walk away and mail the keys to the bank. Here's why that's not a good idea. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 9 Mar 2009 14:39:13 GMTWith the economy and the stock market on a continuing slide, readers are looking for relief.
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 00:28:49 GMT
(image) The Obama administration is trying to craft a plan that could give the government direct banks ownership – without scaring away private investors. By msnbc.com's John W. Schoen.
Mon, 23 Feb 2009 18:43:52 GMTThe White House's foreclosure relief plan has touched a nerve. Why, readers ask, should my taxes got to pay my neighbor’s mortgage? There's is a pretty good answer. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 18:26:06 GMTWith trillions of tax dollars going to rescue the economy and financial system, homeowners are asking: where's our bailout? The answer may come on Wednesday. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 9 Feb 2009 00:21:22 GMTWhen the government announces pay limits for bankers who take taxpayer money, expect the search for loopholes to begin as soon as the ink is dry. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:54:38 GMTMortgage lenders have gotten a lot more tight-fisted in the current credit meltdown. So just how low can your credit score be – and still get approved? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 2 Feb 2009 15:17:41 GMTSmall business owners are wondering: is there anything in this bailout that's going to help me? The answer, unfortunately, is: not much. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:54:47 GMTWith all the talk about a new fleet of electric cars coming down the pike, Jacob in Denver is wondering: Is the nation's power grid ready for all these vehicles? The Answer Desk.
Sun, 11 Jan 2009 23:01:26 GMTWith Washington's changing of the guard, Congress is taking up a $350 billion question. Who will get the rest of the money left in the controversial bailout fund? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 5 Jan 2009 18:09:11 GMTAs the government works out the details of a massive economic stimulus plan, some readers are asking: where is all this money going to come from? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 29 Dec 2008 14:04:04 GMTThis is a good time to revisit some of the — let's just say "more unusual" — questions we didn't get to earlier. Happy New Year to all. The Answer Desk.
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:37:48 GMTLast week's move by the Federal Reserve to let interest rates fall to zero has lots of readers asking: where can I get some of this zero-percent financing? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:48:49 GMTIt's the $8 trillion question: Are we ever going to see all of this bailout money again? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 8 Dec 2008 16:30:40 GMTWith the recession deepening, more than a few readers are offering suggestions on how to end it.
Sun, 30 Nov 2008 21:57:39 GMTWith oil prices at a third of peak levels, OPEC producers are having little luck trying to prop them back up. So was the price spike driven by greedy speculators after all? Answer Desk.
Sun, 23 Nov 2008 23:52:34 GMTThis week's discussion about retirement on Newsvine: What should I do with my 401(k) account now? Sell my stocks at a loss? Or hold on and hope the market comes back?
Sun, 16 Nov 2008 21:37:36 GMTThis week a 13-year-old reader from Topeka wants to know: What is the government going to do about paying down the gigantic national debt? We wish we had a better answer.
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 17:30:03 GMTShould the oil industry get to keep tax breaks intended to spur more production? And why can’t the government reset variable rate mortgages to the rate that homeowners can afford?
Mon, 3 Nov 2008 14:40:14 GMTOn top of the high economic anxiety we’re all slogging through these days, recent reports of congressional plans to “do away with 401(k) plans” aren’t helping.
Mon, 27 Oct 2008 20:54:26 GMTThe stock markets wild gyrations show no signs of letting up. As market indices rack up huge losses, a Florida reader is wondering: what happens if it just keeps going down?
Mon, 20 Oct 2008 16:02:27 GMTAs the global financial turmoil shifts from full-blown panic to widespread anxiety, a lot of readers are also getting angry. And they're taking names: “Who’s responsible for this mess?”
Mon, 13 Oct 2008 15:24:37 GMTThe financial market collapse of the past few weeks has destroyed trillions of dollars in wealth. So where, exactly, did all that money go?
Mon, 6 Oct 2008 11:33:53 GMTThe government's $700 billion plan to rescue the creaking financial system has prompted readers to ask, why can't we just arrest the CEOs responsible for this mess?
Mon, 29 Sep 2008 13:06:29 GMTThis week we're asking for your take on the financial crisis and the government’s emergency bailout. Log on to Newsvine and join the conversation. The Answer Desk
Mon, 22 Sep 2008 15:25:03 GMTAn extraordinary week in the financial markets brought a flurry of questions from readers about their personal finances. The Answer Desk
Mon, 15 Sep 2008 20:50:40 GMTThe government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has left some readers wondering: What about families who have lost their homes — or are still at risk of foreclosure?
Mon, 8 Sep 2008 15:42:43 GMTWith costs rising and paychecks flat, readers are looking for ways to make ends meet. The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Tue, 2 Sep 2008 12:06:57 GMTIf most mortgages are being paid on time, just why is everyone so worried about mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 25 Aug 2008 15:43:19 GMTIf you’re saving for a house, is it better to pay off student loans first or put everything toward a down payment? The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 18 Aug 2008 11:47:36 GMTIs it better to sign up for one of those pre-paid heating plans? Or hope that oil prices will keep falling? The Answer Desk, by John W. Schoen.
Mon, 11 Aug 2008 15:49:47 GMT
(image) It's hard not to notice the recent drop in gasoline prices . Which has a lot of readers wondering: How much lower are they headed? The Answer Desk, by John Schoen.
Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:55:28 GMTThe gyrations in the stock and credit markets have forced some retirees to face choices they may not have thought about when financial markets were calmer. The Answer Desk
Mon, 21 Jul 2008 16:36:29 GMT
(image) The failure of IndyMac Bank last week — and news that some depositors didn’t get all their money back — has a number of readers wondering: is my bank account safe?
Sun, 13 Jul 2008 20:55:06 GMT
(image) With gasoline prices showing no signs of easing, a number of readers are wondering why the U.S. doesn’t tap into the millions of barrels it has stored up in case of an emergency. If this isn’t an emergency, they’re wondering, what is? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 7 Jul 2008 13:48:51 GMT
(image) How does the current downturn stack up against recent recessions? So far the current event seems fairly mild. But there are worries about a "double dip." The Answer Desk.
Mon, 30 Jun 2008 12:16:36 GMT
(image) Homeowners with mortgage troubles get similar advice wherever they turn: contact your lender. But, for many, that's not as easy as it sounds.
Sun, 15 Jun 2008 20:35:42 GMTRising gas prices are just the latest in a series of blows that have consumers tightening their belts. The Answer Desk.
Sun, 22 Jun 2008 21:48:11 GMT
(image) The White House call for increased oil drilling in the U.S. is a great idea. Unfortunately, it won’t provide relief at the gas pump for millions of Americans struggling with the cost of topping off their tanks. The Answer Desk.
Sun, 8 Jun 2008 21:14:16 GMTWhere is the U.S. economy headed? Is the current downturn going to follow a V-shape - or maybe a U? Economists have come up with an alphabet soup of forecasts lately.
Sun, 1 Jun 2008 21:23:38 GMTWith gasoline prices zooming toward $4 a gallon - a beyond - readers are looking for relief - and explanations. If fuel is in such short supply, how come U.S. refiners are shipping some of it out of the country? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 26 May 2008 16:41:48 GMTThe recent spike in oil prices has been blamed on, among other things, speculators trying to make a buck. So why can’t we just put a stop to all this speculation? The Answer Desk.
Sun, 18 May 2008 22:30:54 GMTThe summer driving season isn't even here yet, and the issue of rising gas prices is heating up on the campaign trail. So what would the presidential candidates do? The Answer Desk.
Mon, 12 May 2008 21:13:03 GMTThis week readers are looking for a straight answer to what seems like a simple question. Is the U.S. in recession or not? Yes. It is simple question. After that things get a little more complicated. The Answer Desk.