| Jul 18, 2013
| 1:01 PM
WASHINGTON – Student borrowers will see interest rates reduced to levels near those that expired last month under a deal announced by lawmakers Thursday, potentially ending a battle over college costs that had divided Democrats and threatened to...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 6:40 PM
SACRAMENTO — July 4th. American democracy. Majority rule.
That's my cheap way of getting into a column about making approval of local public works projects more democratic.
For a very long time in California, a small minority of voters —...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 1:30 PM
DETROIT — The Christie's appraisers enter on Mondays, when the museum is closed, and either inspect what's on the walls or ask to see some of the thousands of works not on display, sometimes sending Detroit Institute of Arts technicians on half-...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 5:00 AM
In the last five years, stock mutual fund managers had two big opportunities to show how much they deserved your money — and trust.
First, they could have limited your losses in the harrowing 2008-09 market crash. Second, they could have...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 10:58 AM
Nearly three-quarters of investors in a new survey say their confidence in the economy has been shaken by the government shutdown and threat of default.
Most people have not made adjustments to their portfolios as a result of the political impasse in...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:03 AM
WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew on Thursday would not commit to paying interest on government bonds if the debt limit is not raised, saying it would be extremely difficult to choose which bills to pay if there is not enough money.
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:13 PM
The stock market staged its best rally of the year as lawmakers inched toward a deal that would temporarily stave off a government debt default.
The Dow Jones industrial average surged 323.09 points after congressional Republicans proposed increasing...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 5:18 AM
STOCKHOLM — Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said that through their separate...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 5:23 PM
WASHINGTON — Five years after the U.S. financial crisis helped cause a deep global recession, foreign leaders are worried that history is going to repeat itself.
The fiscal impasse that has partially shut the federal government now threatens to...
| 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 17, 2013
Re "A tablet, not a cure-all," Column, Oct. 15
Sandy Banks raises very good points about the ill-conceived rollout of Apple iPads to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
I am not a Luddite, and I definitely believe that students can...