Rick Newman


April 2010


Why Business Leaders Remain Gloomy

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If you're inclined toward optimism, there are certainly a few economic trends that will soothe your frontal lobe. The economy is growing again after a grueling recession that probably lasted close to two years. Massive government intervention has helped reeling banks get back on their feet. And a ...

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recession
economy

7 New Rules For Getting Ahead

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Karen DeSha needs a job, but she'd like some answers too. For more than a decade DeSha made a good living selling real estate, then she took a few years off, until her son finished high school. She went back to work in 2007, just as the housing bust was about to decimate her industry. Since then,

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economy
recession
money

Why Consumers Aren't So Frugal After All

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American consumers have an identity crisis. For years they bought more than they could afford, using easy credit to fill the gap. Spending plunged during the recession, of course, as the nation's shoppers started to pay down record levels of debt. But after a couple years of retail abstinence,

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How To Plan For a Slow-Motion Recovery

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We all want a robust recovery to kick in, so we can go back to buying stuff and enjoying ourselves without worrying about where the money's going to come from. But that seems unlikely to happen. Most forecasts call for several years of uncomfortably high unemployment, with wages rising slowly and ...

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New Ways To Make Your Fortune On the Web

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You might think that all the good ideas for a Web site have been taken, or that it's a terrible time to start a business. Mike Zapolin disagress. "Zappy," as he's known, has started Web sites that millions of consumers have visited, such as music.com, creditcards.com, silver.com and

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How Baggage Fees Benefit Fliers

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Oh, the outrage. A small Florida-based carrier, Spirit Airlines, has caused a national uproar with a plan to charge passengers for carry-on baggage. This is intolerable, because air travelers have never had to pay a carry-on fee before. There's no law against it, but there might be soon: A group of ...

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airlines

Why There's So Much Doubt About a Recovery

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Economists are feeling pretty good these days. Millions of Americans wonder why.

The mood is buoyant among economists who have been probing the data for signs of a recovery—since there's finally something to cheer about. After two years of steep layoffs, the economy is now creating more jobs than ...

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recession
economy

How To Tell When The Recession Is Really Over

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There are two kinds of recessions: the one that economists measure, and the one that ordinary people feel.

The official recession is over. That's because the economy is growing again after a sharp decline, with GDP back to the levels of mid-2008. For people who have kept their jobs, suffered no loss ...

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economy
recession

Why the 'Recovery' Is Taking So Long

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If the economic recovery seems like a mirage, you're not imagining things.

The data show that the economy has stopped shrinking and started growing, which is good news no matter what. Economists broadly agree that the recession probably ended last summer, which means things ought to be getting ...

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TAGS:
economy
unemployment

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