John W. Schoen, CNBC.com’s Posts

Here’s why the GOP appears to be coming up short on a bill to repeal and replace key portions of Obamacare.

The U.S. tax code gives entrepreneurs a break for taking risks, but in 1995 Donald Trump took the idea to an entirely new level.

The latest effort by Congress to save your pension may be putting it further at risk. Tucked away in last week’s bipartisan budget deal was a provision to sharply raise the premiums on a government-run fund to backstop private pension funds that go bust. With the fund falling deeper in the red, the higher premiums …

China’s recent slowdown has raised widespread concerns that any weakening demand there for goods and raw materials from the rest of the world could weigh on the entire global economy.

Here we go again. A possible U.S. government shutdown this Friday has once again raised the prospect of throwing federal agencies into chaos, costing taxpayers billions of dollars in lost government productivity, along with a wide range of interruptions that will put a damper on billions more in business and personal financial transactions. While the …

If interest rates rise, so will the cost of buying a house, pushing some would-be homebuyers to the sidelines. Many of those home shoppers are already getting priced out, as the full cost of homeownership chews up a bigger share of the median household’s monthly paycheck, according to an analysis of homeownership costs by real …

When it comes to interest rates, what goes down eventually must go up. And as interest rates begin moving back up to more “normal” levels, that could spell trouble for home prices. When the bottom fell out of the housing market in 2007, the Federal Reserve responded by pushing borrowing rates to record low levels. …

When an airline decides where and when to fly its planes, there’s often a lot more at stake than just the bottom line. The final choice of routes can be controversial, as United Continental‘s recently ousted CEO discovered after allegations surfaced that the company initiated money-losing, nonstop service as a personal favor to a New …

If you export to China, the latest headlines are not good news. After a decade of rapid growth, China’s appetite for goods and raw materials from the rest of the world appears to be slowing. And that’s left companies and countries that sell to China wondering just how badly their orders may shrink. On Tuesday, …

For the first time in nearly a decade, a hurricane is expected to hit U.S. shores. Erika, now a tropical storm, is forecast to sweep into South Florida early Monday as a hurricane. That’s two days after the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s U.S. landfall, and the storm could serve as a stark reminder of …

There’s no shortage of ideas about how to fix the broken U.S. policy on immigration.

But the heated political debate over undocumented workers often comes up short on a critical question: What would these solutions cost?

If it’s been awhile since you’ve gotten a raise, you might want to consider moving somewhere else. Despite a stubbornly slow pace of overall wage gains in the ongoing U.S. economic recovery, the average readings that make headlines mask a wide variation in the raises and pay cuts seen by workers from one part of …

Everyone likes a bargain. But this one could spell trouble for the global economy. Led by a steep slide in energy prices over the last 12 months, the prices of a wide range of global commodities—everything from iron ore to sugar—has been falling lately, in part, due to slower demand from once red-hot developing economies …

Millions of Americans are ill-prepared to retire. But a lot depends on where you live. Retirement security is a combination of having enough savings and pension income to cover costs associated with aging, especially medical bills. As older workers continue to postpone retirement, job market conditions also play a critical factor. Those characteristics vary widely …

As Greece lurches from one crisis deadline to another to try to save its beleaguered economy and banking system, cash continues to flee the country. European leaders in Brussels reportedly reached a third bailout deal for Greece on Monday morning, after more than 17 hours of talks on the thorny subject of reforms and more …