What Jane Says: The Economy

Investors need to kick the inflation state of mind. You’re huddling in short-term bond funds or fretting about a bond bubble because you’re sure that hyperinflation lies right around the corner. But the case against it is stronger than you think. Consumer prices rose only 1.2 percent in July, compared with a year ago. Near-zero […]

You’re not going to want to hear this, but the $700 billion provided for the 2008 Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) may be the best money we never entirely spent. Hat’s of to TPM for putting together what we know of the cost so far. The U.S. Treasury has disbursed $536.6 billion for the programs […]

My father was a CEO, of the ’50s and ’60s generation. He lived, in his later years, in a state of shock at the grabbing greed of his corporate successors. Plenty of self-enriching louts rose to the top in his day. But instead of being admired in the executive suite, their behavior was generally deplored. […]

Newly out of work? Odds are, it will take you only a few weeks to find a new place. That’s a surprising fact, considering the horrendous number of workers who are unemployed. Compared with other recessions, we’ve seen an epic loss of jobs. But the difference between who does and who doesn’t get a job […]

America’s banking institutions got rich exploiting ordinary people. The mortgage banks that funded abusive loans. The investment banks that made billions of dollars leveraging these loans for fees. The commercial banks that drowned you in credit-card fees and abusive subprime cards. They ran the economy over the cliff, taking your jobs and savings with them. […]

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The Number by Lee Eisenberg

THE book to read, when you’re puzzling over how much to save for retirement.

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Jane Bryant Quinn is a nationally known commentator on personal finance, with books and columns read and trusted by millions.
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