Acura MDX sport utility vehicles roll off the assembly line at a Honda plant in Lincoln, Ala., in May. Overseas investors have U.S. assets totaling nearly $4 trillion, including auto plants, banks and mines.
October 31, 2013 Despite the Great Recession, slow recovery and political dysfunction in Washington, the United States remains a top destination for the world's wealth. The Obama administration is urging foreign business leaders to build more plants and offices in this country.
October 31, 2013 With economic uncertainties in Washington, how is big business planning for the future? Robert Siegel talks to Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson about whether he's planning to grow his company or put off investments until the economy evens out.
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Despite a strong housing market this year, experts say the recent economic drama has contributed to less stability in real estate.
October 31, 2013 The housing market is working through the remnants of the financial crisis, and until recently the sector's recovery seemed to be on track. But recent drama in the national economy has left consumers reluctant to buy, experts say.
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October 31, 2013 Though claims dropped by 10,000, they're still running at a pace that signals a sluggish labor market.
Gilroy Hain's only source of income is the $1,500 a month he receives from Social Security.
October 31, 2013 Gilroy Hain's only source of income is the $1,500 a month he receives from Social Security. The 64-year-old spends $500 a month for a rented bedroom in Los Angeles, and the rest goes for food and little indulgences. For the former aerospace industry worker who was homeless for a time, it's not an easy life.
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Is this coffee shop going to grow to be the next Starbucks?
October 31, 2013 New businesses normally create many of the new jobs in the American economy. But since the financial crisis, the pace of business formation has slowed sharply. Some economists worry that with fewer companies forming for five years now, that's going to stunt job growth for years to come.
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October 30, 2013 Against the backdrop of big uncertainties business are facing — everything from the future of fed policy and leadership and gridlock in Washington to the effects of Obamacare, inflation and unemployment — Robert Siegel talks with Pat Meyer, president and CEO of windows and doors maker Pella Corporation for an on-the-ground sense of how businesses see these uncertain economic times.
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October 30, 2013 Federal Reserve policymakers wrapped up their two-day October meeting Wednesday by announcing that they will maintain the Fed's $85 billion per month bond purchase program. The central bank's statement said that conditions in the labor market have "improved" and inflation is modest. But, in explaining the decision to maintain the stimulus, the statement pointed to a slowing housing market and said that fiscal policy is "restraining economic growth."
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Citing continued signs of weakness, the Federal Reserve said it will keep aiming for low interest rates.
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October 30, 2013 Gas prices are down sharply. Grocery costs haven't budged lately. Meanwhile, the housing recovery is slowing. Amid evidence of continued sluggishness in the economy, the Federal Reserve says it's not ready yet to end its easy-money policy.
The Fed pointed to a somewhat weaker housing market in recent months.
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October 30, 2013 The Federal Reserve says it needs more evidence of a sustained recovery before halting or tapering off its bond-buying program.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., differ in style and ideology but show signs of having a good working relationship.
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October 30, 2013 As the 29 lawmakers on the bipartisan budget conference committee begin discussions, they'll be led by two negotiators who seem to get along well despite many differences.
Looking for work: The scene at a job fair earlier this month in Emeryville, Calif.
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October 30, 2013 Just 130,000 jobs were added to private payrolls this month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. In addition, the September gain was revised down.
October 30, 2013 Steve Inskeep speaks with Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, about the U.S. debt. She favors more tax revenue and long-term restraints on programs like Medicare and Social Security.
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October 29, 2013 During the government shutdown, thousands of people with stable jobs suddenly found themselves without paychecks and scraping to get by. NPR Senior Business editor Marilyn Geewax talks with host Michel Martin about why rainy day funds are important, and how to create one.
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A "For Sale" sign outside a home in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago on Monday.
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October 29, 2013 The 16-day partial closing of the federal government and the wrangling in Washington combined to make many Americans nervous, the private Conference Board says. On the plus side, home prices continue to rise across the nation.
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