Rick Newman


March 2011


How Oil Reveals Where the Next Bombs Will Fall

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When President Obama explained America's involvement in Libya's civil war, he didn't mention oil once. Instead, he used euphemisms like "national interest" and "strategic interest." Yet it's hard to imagine that the United States or its European allies would be mounting airstrikes in Libya if the ...

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TAGS:
oil
Middle East

What It Will Take to Fix the Housing Market

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If you're a squeamish homeowner, you probably can't bear to follow the housing news anymore. Home prices have fallen by more than 30 percent over the last five years, yet the pain still isn't over: After a respite when it looked like the bust was ending, price declines have been accelerating once ...

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How Geraldine Ferraro Conquered Career Setbacks

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Geraldine Ferraro, who died at 75 on March 26 from blood cancer she battled for more than a decade, is best known for her historic 1984 bid as the first female vice-presidential candidate. But her life and career also reflected the everyday challenges women have faced over the last several decades ...

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TAGS:
money

Bad Advice About 3 Big Purchases

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Some important things have clearly changed in the U.S. economy. Jobs are hard to find and probably will be for awhile. Many families feel like they're falling behind. Retirement, for many, seems more like an unaffordable luxury than a natural phase of life. Even the government may not be able to ...

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TAGS:
cars
college admissions
economy

Who Inflation Hurts the Most

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It ought to be a simple question to answer: Is inflation a problem or not?

It's anything but simple, however. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke says he's not terribly concerned about inflation, even hinting that he wouldn't mind a bit more of it. The Fed's job is to keep the economy healthy,

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TAGS:
recession
economy
inflation

Why $4 Gas Need Not Wreck Your Budget

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It's coming.

Gas prices are approaching a nationwide average of $3.50 per gallon, and there's a good chance they'll pass the pivotal $4 mark sometime over the next few months. Upheaval in the Middle East is one obvious factor, since it's boosted oil prices by about $15 over the last month, to about ...

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