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Poll: Americans Continue to Worry About the Economy

The stock market has been soaring for the last five years, but Americans overall take a negative view of the economy.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on Some Simple Ways to Ruin an Economy

Scholar, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky kicks off this talk filmed last month with a simple, provocative premise: “Let’s pose that for some perverse reason that we were interested in ruining an economy and a society.” Now, who would want to go and do a thing like that?

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Why the Lousy Jobs Report Boosted Wall Street

How can bad news on Main Street (only 113,000 jobs were created in January, on top of a meager 74,000 in December) cause good news on Wall Street?

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Documentary Filmmaker Marije Meerman

Through testimony from the people who built it, Dutch filmmaker Marije Meerman gives us a singular view into the dark and dangerous future of investment and trade.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE


Inside the Black Box of High Frequency Trading

A third installment in documentary filmmaker Marije Meerman’s penetrating gaze into the inky recesses of digital finance focuses on the “Flash Crash” of May 6, 2010, the fastest and deepest U.S. stock market plunge in history.

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Twitter’s Soaring IPO

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Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Twitter Flies High in Stock Debut

Love it or hate it, but Twitter, the social-media stalwart that got everyone thinking in 140 characters or less, was the darling of the NYSE on Thursday after TWTR shares closed 73 percent higher than the preset IPO asking price of $26.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE


GOP Shuts Down U.S. Government

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Juror Dismissed for Being Gay

In California, the question of whether a member of a jury can be excluded due to his or her sexual orientation has come up; the stock market cheats the middle class; meanwhile, videos have been released showing Iran’s involvement in training Syrian soldiers. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Might Disappoint Conventional Thinking

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The stock market plunges, Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar reacts to the news that direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have already broken down, Texas wages a war on high school kids and the Supreme Court threatens the happiness of gays everywhere.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE


Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Might Disappoint Conventional Thinking

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The stock market plunges, Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar reacts to the news that direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have already broken down, Texas wages a war on high school kids and the Supreme Court threatens the happiness of gays everywhere.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE


Markets Rise to Record Highs

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Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester

What is Washington doing to fix the economy? Worse than nothing. It has now adopted the same kind of austerity economics that’s doomed Europe—cutting federal spending and reducing total demand. And the sequester doesn’t end Sept. 30. It takes an even bigger bite out of the federal budget next fiscal year.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE


Stock Market Surge

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Posted on Mar 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Why There’s a Bull Market for Stocks and Bear Market for Workers

On Tuesday the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 14,270. The stock market is basically back to where it was in 2000, while corporate earnings have doubled since then. Yet the real median wage is now 8 percent below what it was then and unemployment remains sky-high. Why is the stock market doing so well, while most Americans are doing so poorly? Here are four reasons. 

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE


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New York Stock Exchange Operator to Be Sold for Billions

The owner of the “icon of American capitalism” is being sold to an Atlanta-based derivatives company for $8.2 billion as Wall Street’s trademark practice of high-energy verbal trading gives way to the digital kind.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Fallout From JPMorgan Chase’s $2 Billion Loss

JPMorgan Chase & Co. weathered the 2008 financial crisis without reporting a loss. But a failed hedging strategy that recently cost the company $2 billion has called into question the ability of its leaders to manage risk and intensified the debate on banking reform.

Posted on May 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Apple Set for $10B Stock Buyback

All that bad press about working conditions at Apple-affiliated factories apparently hasn’t caused the computer giant any significant economic harm; in fact, the company, bolstered by booming sales of its shiny new iPad, is planning to spread the wealth among shareholders this summer.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Dow Breaks 13,000 for First Time Since 2008

Analysts are heralding the Dow Jones’ jumps past 13,000 on two brief occasions Tuesday as a sign that all this talk of economic recovery may be more bull market than, well, bull. Here’s hoping they’re right. 

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Facebook Gets Ready to Go Public

Facebook’s rise to cyber-domination amounts to the biggest online success story of the 21st century thus far, and on Wednesday the social networking behemoth took it up another notch by filing for what could be the most massive Internet initial public offering ever.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Europe’s Plight Chills Year-End Market Predictions

Traditionally, the holiday season brings good tidings for the stock market, too. There’s even something called “the Santa rally,” we learned from this Wall Street Journal article. Neat! But this year, with trouble on the European front and the ongoing recession (yes, that reads “recession”) at home, there may be less to look forward to, or so market forecasters fear.

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 READ MORE


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Eurozone Gets a Boost, Finally

This week’s European crisis summit in Brussels has produced an agreement in an effort to mitigate what was looking like an inevitable economic catastrophe, judging by the dire situation in Greece and elsewhere in the eurozone. By Thursday, international markets were registering the results.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Recession Fears Rattle World Markets

Stocks around the world dropped sharply Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve acknowledged a day earlier that the economy won’t improve any time soon. (more)

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S. and European Markets Drop as Volatility Rises

U.S. and European markets played follow the leader Friday, as the three main stock indexes in both regions tumbled nearly 3 percent together. Among other events, analysts pointed fingers at the euro, uncertainty over President Obama’s jobs speech and doubt over Greece’s ability to address its financial problems.

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE


The Stock Market Show

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Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Stock Market’s Wild Ride Continues

The stock market is revisiting last week’s extreme volatility, with the Dow Jones average plummeting 471 points in the first two hours of trading Thursday. (more) Update: At the closing bell, the Dow was down about 419 points, 3.7 percent, to roughly 10,990.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: Moody Markets, London’s Burning, GOP Debate

Do legislators really have economic recovery in mind? Also, what’s with the U.K. riots? Plus, eight GOP presidential candidates were in Iowa this week, so who is the front-runner?

Posted on Aug 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Retail Sales Gain Amid the Gloom

Retail sales were up in July by the most they’ve been in four months, a sign that consumers in general remain confident despite lagging employment. (more)

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Wrapping Up a Wild Week for the Market

The stock market opened with a strong start on Friday, with the major averages up more than 1 percent following a good day for world markets on Thursday.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Dow Posts Second Huge Gain This Week

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 423 points higher Thursday, one of the biggest gains of all time, as investors reacted to positive job numbers and economic reports. The gain comes in a roller coaster week that saw the Dow fall 634 points Monday, rise 429 on Tuesday and then drop 519 on Wednesday. Updated

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Roller Coaster Dow Closes 519 Points Down

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 519 points Wednesday, a roller coaster of a day that saw ups and downs reminiscent of woeful times in the fall of 2008.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Investors Seek Treasury Port in a Storm

U.S. stocks sank almost 6 percent Monday, as investors disposed of risky assets and bought low-yielding but more secure Treasury bills and bonds, despite Standard & Poor’s recent downgrade of the U.S. government credit rating. (more)

Posted on Aug 8, 2011 READ MORE


Supreme Court Session Ends

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Obama Thinks Big, Republicans Balk in Deficit Talks

No visible progress was made during deficit talks Sunday in which President Barack Obama failed to persuade House Republicans to support $4 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years. (more)

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



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The U.S. Economy’s Stagnation Problem

The economic indicators for May aren’t pretty, throwing up red flags that American job growth and factory output aren’t enough to carry the U.S. economy into a recovery and forcing a critical look at the way the crisis has been managed. (more)

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Economists Frown on Fed Strategy

Economists across a broad range are frowning on the Federal Reserve’s most recent attempt to spur the economy, saying that the strategy of buying federal debt has helped the stock market but has had little positive effect on the general population.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Japan Rocked by 7.1 Quake

This time, fears of another devastating tsunami were thankfully unfounded after another big earthquake—a 7.1 this time—shook Japan late Thursday, but workers at the trouble-plagued Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant didn’t take any chances.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE


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Want to Own a Chunk of Facebook?

Well, you may have to wait awhile, unless you’re among Goldman Sachs’ circle of elite customers who were given the investment opportunity Sunday night—an indication of other possible big moves that Goldman and Facebook might make down the line.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE



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In Money-Changers We Trust

Two years into the Obama presidency and the economic data is still looking grim. Don’t be fooled by the gyrations of the stock market, where optimism is mostly a reflection of the ability of financial corporations—thanks to massive government largesse—to survive the mess they created.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE



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The Sale That Dropped 600 Points

We knew capitalism was crazy, but it turns out it took only a single sale of $4.1 billion in futures to put into motion a series of events that culminated in the “flash crash” of May 6, during which the Dow Jones dropped 600 points in just a matter of minutes.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Stocks Dip After Stronger September

The good news is that the U.S. stock market has enjoyed its “strongest September in 71 years” thus far this month, according to The Wall Street Journal. The bad news is that September ain’t over yet, and that hopeful trend didn’t quite last through Monday.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Tea Partying for Fun and Profit

If you thought tea party politics were just for rabid wingnuts and certain Twitter-prone politicians, think again or else you may miss out on some hot stock market action before the November elections.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


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Stock Market Slumps on Consumer Spending Concerns

The news from Wall Street wasn’t great as the week wrapped up and trading shut down Friday, although it wasn’t bad across the board. The stock market took a tumble, registering ongoing worries about ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


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U.S. Stocks Take a Nosedive as Euro Worries Rise

The Icelandic volcano isn’t the only problem blowing over from Europe, judging by Thursday’s dismal stock market dive, touched off in part by problems in the euro zone as well as homegrown concerns about the American government’s plans for financial regulation.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Euro-Bailout Helps U.S. Stocks Rise High

After the Dow’s freaky dip last week, Monday’s news that the U.S. stock market was closing in on its biggest day in terms of gains this year might just boost some spirits on and off the trading floor.

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Stock Market at 19-Month High

Even in the face of an extended recession, devastating double-digit unemployment and a barrage of political charges that President Barack Obama’s health care reform will decimate the economy, the U.S. stock market finished the week at a 19-month high.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 READ MORE


Lock, Stock & Sock

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Good Bernanke News Gives Wall Street a Boost

Well, it’s good news for Mr. Bernanke, at least: The U.S. stock market did better Monday than it had in the last three days of trading, thanks in part to signs that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s support in the Senate appeared solid. The sunny quarterly report from Apple Inc.—coming just days before the company was expected to make a major announcement—also helped reverse last week’s slide.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


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