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This resembles austerity

Nobody likes spending cuts but the champion of that attitude is clearly President Barack Obama, who seems to have a very clear pain-avoidance agenda.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Fed shows it's human

The Federal Reserve revealed Wednesday that its policy-setting Open Market Committee was divided over the issue of asset purchases, sending stock lower.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

The name of the game

The sequester debate in Washington shows lawmakers have not changed playgrounds, they have just changed the sport along with the changing seasons.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

The key to Keystone

The answer to the U.S. economic morass lies under our feet, literally, some would say.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Mergers are us

The merger that would create the world's largest airline was announced with handshakes, broad smiles and mutual admiration.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Europe in dire straits

The European recession is deeper and more entrenched than many believed, the continent's primary data agency said Thursday.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

President Obama is looking for a progressive recovery -- and why not

Can a U.S. economic recovery afford compassion? The president's contention is that it can.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Lew's banking background is managerial -- dull, but confirmable

A nomination hearing for Jack Lew, a former Citigroup manager, to serve as U.S. treasury secretary would seem to offer a unique perspective on bank bailouts.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Stocks have had a winning year, but gravity hasn't gone away

The question for Wall Street this week is how far ahead are stocks and when is the correction going to come?
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Where austerity hurts

The Congressional Budget Office said this week new policies would pinch spending among the rich and the poor.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Fighting over scraps

Once you name the problem, you are half way home and the problem is getting the U.S. economy going without using any stimulus dollars to do it.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Budget matters

The Congressional Budget Office said the U.S. deficit had dropped considerably since 2009, but it will rise by the end of the decade.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Why sue S&P?

Suing Standard and Poor's isn't a good idea for the Justice Department.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

The status quo

Asking how Tim Geithner did as the U.S. treasury secretary, one week after he has stepped down, is a question of tone and detail.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Short-lived optimism

All three major U.S. stock boards were down for the week as of Thursday's close but not so far down a fifth week of gains was out of reach.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

A paused recovery

Well, there's a slap in the face. After a wave of positive economic data, the U.S. Commerce Department said the economy put on the brakes in the fourth quarter.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Tax advantages

There are few surprises in a congressional report on U.S. firms shifting profits to tax havens, except for the release date.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Economists point to housing as driver of 2013 economy

As foreseen, the U.S. housing market is turning itself around in what might be called an organic economic recovery.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Recovery -- a new puzzle

Durable goods orders rose in December, equities look poised for an upbeat day in New York and benchmark Treasury bond yields rose above 2 percent early Monday.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

A look at the workforce

Are Walmart greeters role models?
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
The cost of compliance

The cost of compliance

Last year was a very costly year in terms of regulations, a think-tank's study found.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
For Europe, what next?

For Europe, what next?

Some economists say it seems very quiet in Europe these days -- too quiet, perhaps.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Betting on a crisis

Google "debt ceiling crisis" and the first article to pop up is one on how to profit from a continued stalemate in Washington.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Worse than fiscal cliff?

What is need now is for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to reach into his metaphor file and come up with something scarier than "fiscal cliff."
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
New foreclosure rules

New foreclosure rules

There are signs that the housing industry is improving and that much of the foreclosure debacle of 2010 is receding into the history books.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
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