There's been a rapid rise in the use of taxpayer money to help finance new and renovated sports venues. But do these projects make good financial sense for the communities involved?
The blue-chip index hits its highest level since October 2007. The S&P 500 also reaches a 5-year high. Employers add 157,000 jobs in January; November and December gains were better than thought. The unemployment rate ticks up to 7.9%.
Fears are starting to rise that the Fed's low-interest-rate policy could lead to more inflation or to markets that get too frothy. But Fed officials will say they need more evidence to change their policies.
Crude oil nears $100 a barrel for the first time since May. Prices at the pump are up 4.5% since bottoming in December. Want someone to blame? Try hopes for global growth and geopolitical tensions.
A new report finds that bank-issued debit cards cut into entitlements with penalties for transactions and balance inquiries.
The end of a payroll tax break and mixed economic signals from Congress have erased all the gains made by the Consumer Confidence Index in 2012.
Nearly half of all graduates end up in jobs that don't even require a higher education. The 'bartender with a bachelor's degree' trend will continue for years.
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