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The Anxiety Economy

Making It in America

In the past decade, the flow of goods emerging from U.S. factories has risen by about a third. Factory employment has fallen by roughly the same fraction. The story of Standard Motor Products, a 92-year-old, family-run manufacturer based in Queens, sheds light on both phenomena. It’s a story of hustle, ingenuity, competitive success, and promise for America’s economy. It also illuminates why the jobs crisis will be so difficult to solve.

Romney’s Business

The Republican contender touts his business experience—but does it really matter?

I Was Wrong, and So Are You

A libertarian economist retracts a swipe at the left—after discovering that our political leanings leave us more biased than we think.

How Walmart Is Changing China

The world’s biggest corporation and the world’s most populous nation have launched a bold experiment in consumer behavior and environmental stewardship: to set green standards for 20,000 suppliers making several hundred thousand items sold to billions of shoppers worldwide. Will that effort take hold, or will it unravel in a recriminatory tangle of misguided expectations and broken promises?

Capitol Gains

Are members of Congress guilty of insider trading—and does it matter?

Resistance Is Futile

We won’t stop the rising tide of infections until we develop a new business model to fight them.

Where the Skills Are

Human progress, to a large degree, has depended on the continual expansion of social networks, which enable faster sharing and shaping of ideas. And humanity’s greatest social innovation remains the city. As our cities grow larger, the synapses that connect them—people with exceptional social skills—are becoming ever more essential to economic growth.

Devil’s Advocate

Why the White House—and Washington—should miss departing economic adviser Austan Goolsbee

Can the Middle Class Be Saved?

The Great Recession has accelerated the hollowing-out of the American middle class. And it has illuminated the widening divide between most of America and the super-rich. Both developments herald grave consequences. Here is how we can bridge the gap between us.

Why Content Isn’t King

How Netflix became America’s biggest video service—much to the astonishment of media executives and investors

The Vigilante

Why the man who runs the world's largest mutual fund sold all his Treasury bonds

Secret Fears of the Super-Rich

Does great wealth bring fulfillment? An ambitious study by Boston College suggests not. For the first time, researchers prompted the very rich—people with fortunes in excess of $25 million—to speak candidly about their lives. The result is a surprising litany of anxieties: their sense of isolation, their worries about work and love, and most of all, their fears for their children.

Showdown in the Sunshine State

Two of Wall Street's savviest value investors, Bruce Berkowitz and David Einhorn, pride themselves on their rigorous analysis. Now they're locked in a scorched-earth dispute over the value of some Florida real estate. How could they look at the same facts and reach such wildly different conclusions, and what does that say about the “value” of value investing?

The 12 States Of America

Since 1980, income inequality has fractured the nation.

When Freedom Is Bad for Business

How the U.S. invasion made Iraq’s economy worse, not better

Dire States

Deep in debt, most governors will have to either raise taxes or cut spending— exactly what not to do when recovering from a recession.

Bringing the Coffin Industry Back From the Dead

How barcodes and touch screens are resuscitating a casket factory

Paging Dr. Luddite

Information technology is on the brink of revolutionizing health care— if physicians will only let it.

Uncle Sam’s Mysterious Hoard

In lean times, why is $300 billion worth of government treasure simply sitting in vaults?

Can GM Get Its Groove Back?

Buyers remain wary, and Washington is unlikely to recover all its bailout cash. But the colossus has slashed costs and spiffed up its cars—and is rejoining the global race.

The Least We Can Do

Self-absorbed, self-indulged, and self-loathing, the Baby Boom generation at last has the chance to step out of the so-called Greatest Generation’s historical shadow. Boomers may not have the opportunity to save the world, as their predecessors did, but they can still redeem themselves by saving the American economy from the fiscal mess that they, and their fathers and mothers, are leaving behind.

The Bright Side

Some small businesses are struggling to get credit, but that’s the least of their problems. Those that survive the recession will be stronger for it and lead the economy’s recovery.

The Great Stock Myth

Why the market’s rate of return—and your nest egg—may never recover

Monsters in the Market

In today’s exchanges, strong programs prey on weak ones, humans are hard to find, and the SEC struggles to keep up.

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Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

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Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

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What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

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