April 6, 2013 The 11.7 million Americans searching for work got discouraging news Friday morning when the Labor Department said employers created only 88,000 net jobs in March. The weak job growth comes at the same time benefits for the long-term unemployed are shrinking.
April 3, 2013 We've become more energy efficient in the last five decades, but what does that mean for total energy use? The answer, in two graphics.
April 2, 2013 When it comes to collecting Social Security benefits, there is no magic age. Today's boomers can begin collecting full benefits at 66, tap in early at 62 or delay benefits until 70. Mary Beth Franklin of Investment News says the importance of making a smart decision on timing "can't be underestimated."
March 28, 2013 The more talk there is of retirement — on TV, in pop-up ads, in news stories — the more you begin to wonder: What is retirement anymore anyway?
March 28, 2013 Many economists say Americans are witnessing a "manufacturing renaissance," thanks to abundant and reliable energy sources.
March 27, 2013 For most Americans, the math for a comfortable retirement may never add up. According to recent census figures, Americans ages 55 to 65 had about $45,000 in savings and assets, not including their homes. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to three experts about retiring with little savings.
March 24, 2013 For the last 15 years, a group of hobbyists has been tracking the movement of currency across the country. Self-named "Georgers" — after the president on the $1 bill — log the date, location and condition of bills they've encountered, and even spread the money by traveling across the country.
March 21, 2013 Optimists have had no trouble finding fresh evidence to suggest that the real estate market is recovering. Home sales are at the highest levels in years, borrowing rates are at historical lows, and builders are hiring again. But not everyone is convinced that the sector's momentum has staying power.
March 20, 2013 Older Americans and younger boomers may find themselves bombarded with ads for annuities. Annuities are a $200-billion-a-year business for life insurance companies and financial institutions. Kiplinger's Kimberly Lankford explains some of the choices and red flags facing potential investors.