Economic Conditions

World Set to End Year in Brittle Economic State
Economic Conditions

World Set to End Year in Brittle Economic State

Factory activity is shrinking in China, euro zone business growth remains weak and emerging market giant Russia is in a spiraling currency crisis.
Solid U.S. Retail Sales Point to Firming Economic Recovery
Retail

Solid U.S. Retail Sales Point to Firming Economic Recovery

Retailers nationwide reported a brisk jump in November sales and optimism about the holiday season.
Millionaires More Confident in U.S. Economy
Economic Conditions

Millionaires More Confident in U.S. Economy

There are several reasons why America's millionaires are an increasingly confident bunch.
Eric Rosenbaum
The Office Holiday Party Is Back, and That's a Good Sign for the Economy
Office Party

The Office Holiday Party Is Back, and That's a Good Sign for the Economy

Nine out of 10 companies plan to throw holiday parties in 2014, a survey shows, up from previous years.
John Kell
Economists See Revved-Up Economy Next Year
Economic Conditions

Economists See Revved-Up Economy Next Year

In case you missed it, the U.S. economy is picking up speed.
With Latest Jobs Report Beating Forecasts, Fed May Raise Interest Rates
Jobs

With Latest Jobs Report Beating Forecasts, Fed May Raise Interest Rates

U.S. employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November and wage gains picked up.
Why Entrepreneurs Need to Be Optimistic About Uncertainty
Radicals & Visionaries

Why Entrepreneurs Need to Be Optimistic About Uncertainty

The good thing about not being sure of anything, is that everything becomes possible.
Dixie Gillaspie
Welcome Back to the Blow-Off Economy. Yay?
Radicals & Visionaries

Welcome Back to the Blow-Off Economy. Yay?

The economy is picking up again, and most businesses are on stronger ground. That usually leads to one thing.
Gene Marks
Lower Gas Prices Won't Save the Holiday Season
Holiday Shopping

Lower Gas Prices Won't Save the Holiday Season

A drop under $3 per gallon probably isn't enough to offset the rising cost of food.
Phil Wahba
Wider U.S. Trade Deficit, Weak Exports Point to Slower Growth
Economic Conditions

Wider U.S. Trade Deficit, Weak Exports Point to Slower Growth

Slowing global demand could undercut economic growth in the final three months of the year.
3 Reasons Why You Are 'Meh' About This Year's Midterm Elections
Politics

3 Reasons Why You Are 'Meh' About This Year's Midterm Elections

We get it. There's plenty of reasons to drive straight past the polls next week. But isn't voting important, no matter what?
Gene Marks
Economic Conditions

Data Show U.S. Economy's Pulse Is Still Strong

A 14-year low on jobless claims reinforced expectations that slack in the labor market was being reduced.
Finland Blames Apple for Economic Problems
News and Trends

Finland Blames Apple for Economic Problems

Finnish PM Alexander Stubb links the tech giant's success to the downfall of the country's major export industries.
Nina Zipkin
The 5 Most Powerful Economic Empires of All Time
Economic Conditions

The 5 Most Powerful Economic Empires of All Time

Over the course of human history, certain civilizations developed huge advantages against their rivals. In chronological order, here are the five most dominant economic empires the world has seen so far.
Chris Matthews