April 12, 2012 From mattresses to cars to handbags, there's almost nothing Anne Houseman wouldn't buy on the Web — and she's not the only one. According to one estimate, last year, 7 percent of overall U.S. retail sales were logged online, and that number is only expected to go up.
March 28, 2012 Housing prices are still falling nationwide, but some analysts see reason for optimism in the real estate market. Home listings are dropping closer to healthy market levels, and some real estate agents report more interest among would-be buyers.
March 27, 2012 While the Supreme Court considers the legality of requiring individuals to purchase health insurance, others are questioning the economics of the mandate. Some worry that, even with government subsidies, it may be difficult to find the funds to pay for health insurance.
March 16, 2012 The rate at which foreclosures are processed varies widely depending on the state. In New York, for example, it's taking about three years on average, compared with three months in Texas. The difference often has to do with whether courts are overseeing the process.
March 8, 2012 Optimism is growing about the U.S. jobs market. Hiring is up, with most of the new jobs coming from small and medium-sized businesses. But some small-business owners say the changes they've made in recent years are making the need for manpower less urgent.
February 29, 2012 The nation's five largest mortgage lenders recently pledged to start writing down the principal on mortgages that are underwater. But mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac aren't part of the agreement and don't plan any big changes in the way they do loan modifications.
February 22, 2012 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that last year, banks made $15 billion to $22 billion from the overdrawn-account fees they charge customers. The agency is seeking data from banks so it can help customers avoid such charges. But any changes could lead banks to raise other fees.
February 13, 2012 By 75, many imagine they'll be retired, but the number of working seniors is actually on the rise — and so is the senior unemployment rate. When people ask Ella Washington, 83, why she wants to go back to work, she answers with a question: "Why sit at home?"