Rick Newman


August 2009


How to Invest Smarter After the Recession

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John Bogle opens his seventh book by recalling a 2005 poem by Kurt Vonnegut called "Joe Heller." Vonnegut writes of an exchange with his friend, the Catch-22 author, at a party tossed by a billionaire. Vonnegut observes that the host made more money in one day than Heller made from Catch-22 since ...

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recession
investing

Why Health Insurers Make Lousy Villains

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One of the fresh spectacles we're likely to enjoy this fall is moral outrage—real or feigned—over health insurance companies that may or may not be rapacious.

President Obama has already singled out insurers as the villains responsible for exorbitant healthcare costs that are bankrupting families ...

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health care

How Your Car Compares to the Chevy Volt

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General Motors has delivered some momentous news this year. There was that inconvenient bankruptcy filing on June 1, and the taxpayer bailout that now totals $51 billion. To get our minds off that, GM recently announced that the Chevrolet Volt, which is now basically a taxpayer-funded science ...

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cars
General Motors

Why a Housing Rebound Could Take 20 Years

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You know where the housing market has been. You may not want to know where it's headed.

There are tentative signs the depressed housing market may finally be close to bottoming out. That might sound like good news, but hitting bottom doesn't mean an upward rebound will follow anytime soon. Economist ...

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housing market

How the Chevy Volt Will Transform Fuel Economy

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It’s an eye-popping number: 230 miles per gallon. General Motors says that’s the mileage its new plug-in car, the Chevrolet Volt, will get in city driving, assuming it goes on sale as planned in late 2010.

It’s also misleading. The Volt will get astounding “gas” mileage because it won’t exactly be ...

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General Motors

5 Downsides to 'Cash for Clunkers'

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Eureka! Stimulus works! The first $1 billion allocated to "cash for clunkers" rebates apparently helped boost car sales by more than 250,000 vehicles, bringing some much-needed cheer to depressed auto showrooms. So Congress added $2 billion to the program, which by extrapolation could increase ...

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economic stimulus

Industries Hurt Most by Soaring Health Costs

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It started as a dull throb in the economy, with the pain growing sharper. Now there's finally a diagnosis: Runaway healthcare costs are directly harming businesses and their employees.

As just about everybody knows, the cost of healthcare is rising much faster than wages, profits, and most other ...

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health care

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