Economy

Over 48 million Americans live in poverty

A report by the Census Bureau Thursday shows that government programs do help lift people out of poverty.  More

26 arrested for protesting outside Walmart billionaire's New York home

Hundreds of people, including some workers from Walmart, McDonald's and Zara, protested in New York and D.C. Thursday asking for higher pay.  More

These urban icons used to be WHAT?

Railroad beds become parks, power plants become aquariums and slaughterhouses are now art centers as an industrial past turns people-centric.  More

What the heck should the Fed do now?

The market is in free fall just as the Federal Reserve plans to take its foot off the gas.  More

Bond limbo: How low can rates go?

Investors continue to plow into bonds. It's a sign that the rest of the world thinks America is a safe market to invest in. This may be good news for consumers. But how much longer can that last?  More

The future of tech: Your local library

Libraries have long been a key resource to immigrants and low-income residents. Chicago's public library not only offers Internet access, but 3D printers, laser cutters and robots.  More

Why deficits have fallen so dramatically

On back of a revenue surge and spending cuts, the federal deficit hits lowest level since Obama took office.  More

Gas prices go below $3

Gas prices below $3 a gallon are becoming common across the country and more low prices are on the way.  More

Putin puts a chill on German economy

It's official: Germany is hurting from the Ukraine crisis and mediocre global growth.  More

Ireland closes tax loophole for tech giants

For years, some of the world's biggest companies have set up shop in Ireland to dodge taxes. Now, Ireland is taking a key tax break away.  More

Bill Gates: Piketty's inequality book has 'flaws'

The world's richest man criticized Thomas Piketty's book on income inequality in a blog post Monday.  More

The Chinese like capitalism more than Americans

According to the latest global polling, the free market is still viewed as the best system.  More

Is your city the next Portlandia?

Portland has long been ahead of the curve in terms of urban planning. And now the rest of the world wants a part of it.  More

It pays to be a dad

Fathers earn 40% more than men without children, a new report shows. But mothers have much lower incomes than dads.  More

French economist wins Nobel for tackling monopolies

French economist Jean Tirole has won the 2014 Nobel prize for economics for his work on how to regulate powerful companies.  More

Behind the 78 cent wage gap

Women make 78 cents for every dollar made by men. But the wage gap isn't that simple.  More

How Boston is getting dropouts back to school

Boston has garnered national attention with its innovative policies on education and has lowered its dropout rate to 4.5%.  More

Elizabeth Warren: Obama's economic team chose Wall Street over 'families'

Elizabeth Warren has plenty to say about how consumers are getting a raw deal in the economy in a new interview in Salon.  More

Karma? Microsoft CEO skewered on Twitter

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said it's good karma when women don't ask for a raise. The social blow back has been fast and fierce.  More

Did Silverman's 'vagina tax' video miss the mark?

The transgender community is not amused by Sarah Silverman's joke that the wage gap is so bad she's getting a sex change.  More

Quiz: What innovative city is right for you?

We all need help making big decisions. Whether you're the girl who bikes to work or the guy obsessed with micro apartments, we've got you covered.  More

Greatest urban projects of all time

From King Solomon's Temple to New York's massive water tunnels, infrastructure experts say these are the grandest things ever built in cities.  More

Risk of third German recession pressures Europe

Germany risks slipping into its third recession since the global financial crisis, piling pressure on Europe to do more to stimulate its stagnant economy.  More

Business schools are on a hiring spree

Over 15,000 business professors have joined the ranks since 2008.  More

What it takes to get ahead in life

Hard work and a good education aren't enough in some parts of the world.  More

Norway's new currency is art

Norway unveiled news artistic bills that will debut in 2017  More

America more pessimistic than poor nations

People in developing economies like China and Vietnam are more positive on the future than ones in richer countries like the U.S.  More

Debt has some college students thinking about dropping out

Nearly half of students surveyed said they're thinking about quitting school because they're worried about debt.  More

Sarah Silverman is tired of the 'vagina tax'

In a video released Wednesday, the comedian announced a crowdfunding project aimed at getting working women the trillions she says they're owed.  More

New York: America's most innovative city

The city is a leader at mining Big Data and tapping private sector funding. But efforts at improving infrastructure -- particularly flood defenses -- drew the most attention from experts.  More

Seniors in 49 states are struggling to afford retirement

Seniors in almost every state in the country don't have enough income to get by comfortably.  More

Loans empower immigrant entrepreneurs

A Minneapolis programs gives immigrants and minorities the tools and money to start their own businesses.  More

Women at the top struggle for funding

A new report found that women at high levels of business still struggle to secure outside capital.  More

America's most innovative cities

From technology and infrastructure, to job creation and sustainability, these 10 cities are leading the pack when it comes to creatively solving urban issues.  More

Minimum wage for home health workers is delayed

The new requirement that visiting aides and nursing assistants and companions be paid minimum wage and higher overtime rates will still take effect in the new year -- but only on paper.  More

Deficit drops yet again - sharply

CBO estimates deficit fiscal year 2014 will be $486 billion, or almost $200 billion less than the year before. As a share of the economy, the U.S. government's borrowing needs shrank by a third.  More

Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for 30,000 part-timers

Wal-Mart has said its healthcare costs will be $500 million more than expected this year because of increasing enrollment.  More

'Mediocre' growth plagues world economy

The IMF has cut its world economic growth forecast again.  More

Can rich countries afford the Olympics?

Hosting the Olympics may become the preserve of authoritarian regimes and developing nations as Western governments find it ever harder to sell the cost to voters.  More

Why cities matter

The heart of urban innovation is a desire to improve the quality of life and economic opportunities for the people living in cities. CNNMoney's Most Innovative Cities list provides a snapshot of the people and programs that are doing just that.  More

The Shanghai Free Trade Zone is a dud

The Shanghai Free Trade Zone was hyped as a laboratory for economic reform, but analysts say the project has not delivered.  More

Why the middle class feels squeezed

Middle class income is back to where it was in 1995 — but people are paying more for many things, including college, homes and even a movie ticket.  More

Voters to decide on raising minimum wage

Further proof that states aren't waiting for Congress to act: Measures to raise the minimum wage will be on the November ballots in four states and two cities.  More

Thomas Piketty: We don't know enough about inequality

The rock star economist is still touting tax reforms and warning about the influence of wealth on politics.  More

Unemployment lowest since July 2008

Employers add 248,000 to payrolls last month, while unemployment rate falls to 5.9%.  More

Would you move abroad for a job?

A new international survey finds that 64% of us said we would. The United States tops the list of most appealing countries to work among non-U.S. citizens, whereas the United Kingdom and Germany were the favorites of would-be American expats.  More

Good news is really good news. Finally!

Stocks sometimes fall on strong economic data because investors worry about the Fed raising rates. That didn't happen Friday. It's a sign the world realizes America's economic recovery is on track.  More

Ben Bernanke can't refinance: Tough lending standards

Former Fed chairman Bernanke says he was turned down when he tried to refinance his home and that it's a sign tight lending standards are 'probably excessive.'  More

This is why Hong Kong matters

Hong Kong may be small, but Beijing shouldn't overlook its vital role in shaping China's economy.  More

Linda Tirado: The one thing I miss about being poor

Linda Tirado's post about her life in poverty went viral in 2013. She is now the author of 'Hand to Mouth.'  More

Draghi gives Europe 1 trillion euros

The president of the European Central Bank was unveiling details of a program that is aimed at stimulating the economy by getting banks to lend more to European companies and consumers.  More

Did Starbucks start a pumpkin boom?

In the last five years, pumpkin sales have risen 34% as people demand pumpkin in everything from beer to beef jerky.  More

U.S. has already spent nearly $1 billion fighting ISIS

Even limited air operations could cost up to $4 billion a year, says a think tank, while large ground forces could cost $1.8 billion a month.  More

Risk of third German recession pressures Europe

Germany risks slipping into its third recession since the global financial crisis, piling pressure on Europe to do more to stimulate its stagnant economy.  More

Home prices rise 5.6%

Case-Shiller's national index shows that price gains slowed in July for the seventh straight month.  More

Hong Kong protesters willing to pay economic price

As demonstrations continue to disrupt normal operations in Hong Kong, both experts and residents are considering the long-term impact that the pro-democracy protest will have on the international finance hub.  More

Iowa couple's 150% tip goes viral

Despite service that 'sucked,' an Iowa couple leaves a $100 tip for the waiter to prove a point about kindness and the life of a waiter in America.  More

Bank to pay everyone at least a 'living wage'

On Wednesday, 17% of First Green Bank's 66 employees will get a raise under the company's new "living wage" program. The guarantee: At least about $30,000 a year.  More

Americans are spending again

More people bought cars, furniture and cell phones in August, a positive sign for the economy.  More

Hospitals ask patients to pay upfront

As deductibles soar, hospitals are asking patients to pay their deductibles and co-payments before getting treatment.  More

Elizabeth Warren wants to probe if Fed is too close to big banks

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants Congress to look into allegations the New York Federal Reserve blocked one of its own from criticizing Goldman Sachs.  More

$4.35 to get your own money - ATM fees surge again

In the past year, fees charged for using an ATM not owned by your bank rose 5%, according to a Bankrate survey.  More

Monday is National Coffee Day. No kidding.

Of course it's a stunt, a made-up celebration of the juice on which America runs (if you believe one sales pitch).  More

Top GM execs paid $1 million in last year of bailout

The U.S. Treasury let GM and Ally Financial execs get salaries that were too big, while the companies struggled to repay TARP.  More

Farmers get $1 billion from Big Business

Sodexo vows to give big bucks to 5,000 local entrepreneurs by 2017. They're just one of many big businesses making a commitment to help at the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative.  More

What do women want in a husband? A job!

Women want their potential husbands to have a steady job, but there are fewer young men working these days, according to a Pew Research Center survey.  More
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