Economy

Think the Housing Bubble Was Bad? Check Out These Other Crazy Investment Bubbles

In the 1600s, tulip trading nearly ruined Holland. Yup — tulips.

What I Miss About the Recession

A look at the recent Great Recession through a glass half full reveals a few positive effects of the economic malaise.

How to Prosper Despite the Coming Economic Challenge

2011 wasn't a great year for the economy. And most experts don't expect 2012 to be any better. What can small business do to survive, or even thrive, in a tough environment?

Why Inflation?

We know how inflation happens—excess growth in the money supply. But why does inflation happen?

What Small Business Healthcare Tax Credits Do You Qualify For?

The Health Care Reform Bill includes a tax break for eligible small businesses who offer healthcare benefits to their employees. You may be able to get back 35¢ for every $1 you spent if you meet ALL of the following requirements: you have less [more]

5 Ways To Grow Your Business Despite The Economic Crisis

An economy stalled and political leadership in gridlock? When the going gets tough, small business gets going.

Peak Debt and Income

The big argument in the debate on the stimulus packages was between two groups. The demand-side folks wanted to make sure that the money got into the hands of the poor, because they'd spend the money, boosting the economy. [more]

Beware of the Phrase "We Can Cut Your Debt In Half!"

You have no doubt heard that deceptive little saying hundreds of times over the last few years. It’s the rallying cry of debt settlement firms. They seem to be everywhere these days, and there’s a good reason for that. [more]

Why This Isn't Your Grandparents' Economy

Why can’t we save the way our parents and grandparents saved? Is it just us, or have other factors changed our economic realities to such a degree that saving has been marginalized, or in some cases precluded altogether? [more]

The Expiring Bush Tax Cuts: What’s the Fuss?

Back in the good 'ole days of budget surpluses (i.e., 2001 and 2003), the Bush administration was concerned that if surpluses grew too large, they would stifle the economy's growth. [more]

Double-Dip-Proof Your Business

With fears swirling about a double-dip recession because of disappointing employment news, dropping housing sales and other indicators, many entrepreneurs are worried that we're in for another round of tough times. [more]

Is GDP Still Important?

Every pundit, politician, and economic forecaster (even smarmy financial dilettantes such as myself) have remarked that the recent recession was the worst economic calamity since the great depression. It's a very dramatic, historic and urgent thing t [more]

Is Your Business Ready for “The New Normal”?

As the economy begins to rebound, are you wondering when things will get back to normal for your business? [more]

What's in Store for the Economy?

The truth is that the economy, just like a most other things in life, simply can’t be measured in straight line gains and losses. The economy is so much more than a line g

Market Segmentation to Grow Customers, Sales, and Profits

Orchestrating a business turnaround, expanding customer base by 60%, and introducing a new product embraced by consumers in the midst of a deep recession are among the marketing successes of Neil Lindsay. [more]

When Interest Rates Head Up

It doesn't take any skill at prognostication to make this forecast: Interest rates are heading up. [more]

The Credit Crunch Myth: You Can't Fix What Ain't Broke

Have you heard about the credit crunch? Of course you have. Everyone has. [more]

The U.S. Government Wants You in Debt

I’m going to out on a limb and make the bold statement: the United States government wants you in debt, rather than you saving money. Politics aside, I am going to discuss why I believe this statement to be true. [more]

Book Review: Complicit - How Greed and Collusion Made the Credit Crisis Unstoppable

This week a government committee is investigating the cause of the financial crisis by interrogating bank titans what exactly went wrong. [more]

Are Americans Experiencing Frugality Fatigue?

A recent post in Sharon Astyk's lovely sustainability blog mentions the idea that Americans are suffering from "frugality fatigue." After a year of tightened belts and tighter fists, we're reaching for our wallets again and returning to our [more]