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  • Bernanke grilled on latest $30 billion bailout of AIG

    WASHINGTON -- Irritated lawmakers grilled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Tuesday over the latest bailout of American International Group (NYSE: AIG), even as the Fed chief warned that an economic recovery hinges on the government's success in stabilizing shaky financial markets and their major players.

  • Ford sales dive 48 percent as auto slump continues

    DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales fell 48 percent in February, a sign that the new car market could hit the lowest point in more than 27 years as huge rebates and low-interest financing fail to spur fearful consumers to make a major purchase.

  • Bank stocks mostly lower on Bernanke comments

    NEW YORK -- Most bank stocks suffered more losses Tuesday, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pinned hopes for the economy's recovery on restoring the health of the financial markets -- a feat that has grown increasingly distant in recent weeks.

  • Fed launches new $200 billion consumer credit program

    WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve on Tuesday rolled out a much-awaited program aimed at boosting the availability of credit to U.S. consumers and small businesses.

  • Spending, manufacturing data point to more pain

    WASHINGTON -- Consumer spending and incomes rose more than expected at the start of the year, but the gains were seen as fleeting in light of the recession and the waves of layoffs battering Americans.

  • Mortgage delinquencies up for 8th straight quarter

    CHICAGO (AP) — The number of people who were late making their mortgage payments shot up 53 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 from the same period in 2007, according to data provided by TransUnion LLC.

  • Obama economic efforts hit wall of bad news

    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's efforts to reverse the harrowing economic slide slammed into more bad news Monday as the U.S. stock market plunged to a decade low after a troubled insurance giant reported the biggest quarterly loss in U.S. corporate history.

  • What women business owners should know about today's economic environment

    With the deteriorating economic environment, coupled with the current financial crisis, today's businesses are facing obstacles not seen in the recent past. Credit is less available and more expensive, the business landscape is changing and "doing business" is more challenging than ever before.

  • Beware of cost cutting without customer-focused strategy

    The movie "Singles" brought us this oh-so quotable line: "Desperation -- it's the world's worst cologne." Turns out, it's true for business, too.

  • Finding financial candor at 30,000 feet

    A bipartisan dispute analogous to whether a glass is half full or half empty might elicit a reply from a financial analyst of "Why not use a glass half the size?" Any businessperson or entrepreneur worth his or her salt knows a pragmatic attitude is key; especially with today's challenges. A seasoned business valuation analyst's function is to state what is, not what one wants to see occur. Instead of lamenting or waxing political, let's examine several issues and possible solutions from the 30,000-foot vantage point.

  • Starting up in a down economy: Local experts see incentives for entrepreneurs

    Amid the economic doom and gloom, one positive refrain echoes in the minds of entrepreneurs: It's a really good time to start a business.

  • Investors hang on for rocky 2009

    Despite hope that the new year would bring a recovery in the economy and the stock market, 2009 seems to be "same stuff, new year."

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  • Bernanke grilled on latest $30 billion bailout of AIG

    WASHINGTON -- Irritated lawmakers grilled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Tuesday over the latest bailout of American International Group (NYSE: AIG), even as the Fed chief warned that an economic recovery hinges on the government's success in stabilizing shaky financial markets and their major players.

  • Ford sales dive 48 percent as auto slump continues

    DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales fell 48 percent in February, a sign that the new car market could hit the lowest point in more than 27 years as huge rebates and low-interest financing fail to spur fearful consumers to make a major purchase.

  • Bank stocks mostly lower on Bernanke comments

    NEW YORK -- Most bank stocks suffered more losses Tuesday, as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pinned hopes for the economy's recovery on restoring the health of the financial markets -- a feat that has grown increasingly distant in recent weeks.

  • Fed launches new $200 billion consumer credit program

    WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve on Tuesday rolled out a much-awaited program aimed at boosting the availability of credit to U.S. consumers and small businesses.

  • Spending, manufacturing data point to more pain

    WASHINGTON -- Consumer spending and incomes rose more than expected at the start of the year, but the gains were seen as fleeting in light of the recession and the waves of layoffs battering Americans.

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