| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:43 PM
WASHINGTON — American households have regained almost all of the wealth lost during the Great Recession, thanks to surging stock prices and recovering home values.
Total household net worth — assets minus liabilities — expanded 2.6%,...
| Sep 5, 2010
The U.S. economy will eventually rebound from the Great Recession. Millions of American workers will not.
What some economists now project — and policymakers are loath to admit — is that the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 9.6% in...
| Sep 16, 2013
One of the biggest pieces of business Congress has yet to resolve is the farm bill, legislation that has enjoyed bipartisan support for decades. Unfortunately, the process to reauthorize this crucial bill has taken a sharp and disheartening turn this...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 1:03 PM
WASHINGTON -- A federal government shutdown or a failure to raise the debt limit -- both of which could happen next month -- would disrupt financial markets and hurt the U.S. economy, Moody's Investor Services warned Tuesday.
A stalemate over increasing...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 5:52 PM
The pace of home price gains appears to be slowing nationally, even as metropolitan markets posted strong year-over-year increases in July, according to a leading index.
Home prices rose 1.8% over June and 12.4% compared with a year earlier, according...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:19 PM
WASHINGTON — The last time the federal government shut down, for three weeks in the winter of 1995-96, the American economy felt a jolt but recovered quickly.
Things don't look anywhere near as promising this time around.
The nation is currently...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 8:23 PM
WASHINGTON — The effect of the partial government shutdown began hitting businesses Tuesday, with the potential for bigger problems if federal agencies remained closed more than a few days.
A budget stalemate left many agencies with no money,...
| Feb 29, 2008
This onetime shipyard city turned Bay Area commuter village appears to have averted a move that is rare in California and across the nation -- declaring bankruptcy.
A somber City Council had prepared to vote Thursday evening after putting the...
| Mar 20, 2008
Dysfunctional capital markets, frantic central banks, stressed-out consumers, fear and uncertainty -- all are alarming echoes of the global economic cataclysm of the 1930s.
Which raises the inevitable question: Could another Great Depression be lurking...
| Feb 13, 2009
The $789-billion stimulus package being rushed through Congress is a decidedly mixed blessing. We welcome lawmakers' focus on the recession, and we agree that the federal government can and should deliver a sizable jolt to the moribund economy. Among...
| Sep 16, 2008
The economic good news about Hurricane Ike: It was no Katrina.
Unlike the 2005 storm that flooded New Orleans, Ike has had a limited effect on refineries and energy exploration platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and isn't approaching Katrina's $40 billion...