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Old Age Is a Blessing, and a Cost

Old Age Is a Blessing, and a Cost Reuters

The very real economic dangers of a graying workforce

McArdle on Money

Why Companies Fail

Why is corporate turnaround so difficult and rare? The answer is often culture—the hardest thing of all to change.

From the Magazine

Europe’s Real Crisis

The Continent’s problems are as much demographic as financial. And they won’t go away anytime soon.

What Isn’t for Sale?

Market thinking so permeates our lives that we barely notice it anymore. A leading philosopher sums up the hidden costs of a price-tag society.

How We Spend

And what that tells us about the economy

The Man Who Broke Atlantic City

Over the course of five months, Don Johnson won $15 million from three different casinos, devastating their monthly revenues. Here’s how he did it.

The Villain

The left hates him. The right hates him even more. But Ben Bernanke saved the economy—and has navigated masterfully through the most trying of times.

From the Vault

Snapshots of the Great Depression

Keynes waxed dire in 1932 when, in the midst of the Great Depression, he concluded the U.S. would "have to wait for stimulus from outside"

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Food Is Cheap

How food fell from 40+% of the budget to 10% of the family budget | Derek Thompson


The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Government Reuters

The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Government

Government grew post-recession under the last three Republican presidents. Under Obama?

How America Spends Money: 100 Years in the Life of the Family Budget wikipedia

How America Spends Money: 100 Years in the Life of the Family Budget

It's fun to guess the future of the American economy. But the past is just as rich. This is the 100-year story of how a nation that feels poor got rich.

If Americans Start Saving, Who Will Borrow? alancleaver/flickr

If Americans Start Saving, Who Will Borrow?

If we have run out of new companies to invest in as stock prices rise, what then?

The Strange (and Formerly Sexist) Economics of Engagement Rings Norman Chan/Shutterstock

The Strange (and Formerly Sexist) Economics of Engagement Rings

Diamonds are forever, but the meaning of the diamond engagement ring has changed dramatically in the last century

How Investing Turns Nice People Into Psychopaths wikipedia

How Investing Turns Nice People Into Psychopaths

What does owning stock do to our brains?

How the Internet (Yes, the Internet) Can Solve the Housing Crisis wikipedia

How the Internet (Yes, the Internet) Can Solve the Housing Crisis

Building a Match.com for roommates? Renting our apartments to businesses when we're at the office? Those are just two ideas for housing policy in the Web age.

Amazing: The Poorest Households Spend 9% of Their Income on Lottery Tickets Reuters
Apple Is About to Discover the Price of Fair Labor Reuters

Apple Is About to Discover the Price of Fair Labor

Hard questions still exist about whether a new indictment will make any difference.

Will Online Education Replace College? Reuters

Will Online Education Replace College?

Will great free courses drive down applications to places like Stanford? That's doubtful; it's more likely that these offerings will help build a stronger university brand.

Austerity's Wake: Why Ireland's Spending Cuts Should Scare Us, Too Wikimedia

Austerity's Wake: Why Ireland's Spending Cuts Should Scare Us, Too

In wealthy households across the Emerald Isle, Irish eyes are smiling. But the rest of the country is totally miserable.

Friday's $476 Million Lottery Jackpot Is the Largest Ever AP

Friday's $476 Million Lottery Jackpot Is the Largest Ever

The country's first $500 million jackpot might not be far away.

Can Better Data End Global Poverty? Reuters

Can Better Data End Global Poverty?

A leading development economist speaks on the virtues and limitations of a data-driven approach to healing the world's most intractable problems

What's Wrong With Washington Playing Venture Capitalist? Reuters

What's Wrong With Washington Playing Venture Capitalist?

Government shouldn't be in the business of making the most obvious investments or the most difficult investments. Where does that leave Washington?

What's More Expensive Than College? Not Going to College Thomas Barrat/Shutterstock

What's More Expensive Than College? Not Going to College

There is a cost to not educating young people. The evidence is literally all around us.

Gray Nation: The Very Real Economic Dangers of an Aging America Reuters

Gray Nation: The Very Real Economic Dangers of an Aging America

Two economists put forth a scary -- and scarily realistic -- vision, where the working population expands slower and slower, and jobless recoveries are the only recoveries we know

The Biggest Story in Photos

Squatters in Venezuela's 45-Story 'Tower of David'

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