Rick Newman


April 2011


Why $4 Gas Makes Consumers Freak Out

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Does anything test our sanity like the price of gasoline?

With gas prices up about 80 cents so far this year—and hitting $4 per gallon in about a dozen states—drivers are showing the usual signs of mania. Some are rushing to dealerships to trade in their current ride for a hybrid or other kind of ...

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gas prices
oil
economy

What Voters Need to Know About America's Debt

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Most of the time, it's perfectly logical to tune out the tomfoolery in Washington and focus on more immediate things, like your kids' homework, the price of gas, or the Charlie Sheen self-implosion tour. But the growing battle over America's mounting debt is one matter worth paying attention to.

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voters
money
debt

Where To Work If You Want A Raise

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High unemployment usually means stagnant pay, since a huge supply of available workers allows companies to pay less for the talent they need. That in fact seems to be happening. Since 2007, when the recession began, average weekly earnings have risen just 6.6. percent. That's slightly better than ...

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money
hiring
employment

Why the Jobs Shortage Is Worse Than It Sounds

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If there's one headline indicator that encapsulates everything you need to know about the economy, it's the unemployment rate. And for the last few months, the news has been uncommonly good. In just four months, the unemployment rate has plunged from 9.8 percent to 8.8 percent. That's one of the ...

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unemployment

Why I'm Shunning Groupon

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There's a new tech rally in America. Companies like Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, and Foursquare are attracting millions of new users monthly, and soaring in value. They're also hiring, and restoring a bit of swagger to the hobbled U.S. economy: We may not build much in America anymore, but we've ...

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money

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