Economics

Geopolitical Hotspots

Investors gobbled up stocks Friday seemingly unworried about geopolitical tensions. Stocks also rallied on word from Russian news agencies that tensions may be easing between Russia and Ukraine. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the latest.

Lifting the Export Ban

Could ending the decades-old ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil lift the economy? A new report has reignited the debate, concluding that such a move could create jobs and lower gas prices.

Counting on Growth

Why are stocks at or near record highs after the economy shrank for the first time in three years last quarter? How different is the current quarter, and are economists counting on even more growth in the year ahead?

National Economics Challenge

Steve Liesman hosts a round of the annual National Economics Challenge, bringing thousands of teens across the country to compete over their knowledge of the economy and how it works.

Minimum wage impact

Fourteen states will hike the minimum wage this year. Some will benefit from the change and some will lose out.

Economy: Improving picture

American businesses are hiring and fed policy makers are optimistic, so why are stocks falling?

Predictions 2014: The economy

Will there be synchronized global economic growth in the new year?

Washington & the economy

In the past year, there has been growth in the economy and agreement in Washington, but are investors really out of the woods?

Financial literacy 101

Educating consumers about finances is a problem, but not a priority for many companies.

China’s Economic Reforms

China’s one-child per couple policy has caused an accelerated aging of the population. The trend has created an unexpected boom in investing in the older generation.

October Surprise: Jobs

Many more people than expected were added to payrolls last month, but the unemployment rate rose.

Fretting Over the Fed

Stocks fell off sharply after a stronger than expected GDP report causing Wall Street to worry that the Fed could cut stimulus sooner.

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As the government reopened after a 16-day partial shutdown, small-business owners have a message for Washington: “Thanks. Sort of.” “The damage has already been done,” said Ron Putman, an entrepreneur in San Diego. While the government was shuttered for more than two weeks, the region’s annual Miramar Air Show was nixed. The cancellation left Putman—operator …

What Wall Street is Watching

New data, new reports and possibly a new direction for the nation’s economy.

An Economic Lesson in Opportunity vs. Cost

Is a fish worth more dead than alive? In this report for NBR, Steve Liesman has a lesson in opportunity vs. cost.