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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
Spending for no reason

Spending for no reason

U.S. consumer spending held up in the latest retail figures, climbing 0.5 percent in December, despite confidence resting on shaky ground.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Embracing gridlock

Embracing gridlock

Once again, Republicans and the White House are drawing lines in the sand concerning the next budget debate in Washington.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

A pretend solution

Bad news: The U.S. Treasury Department said it would not mint a trillion-dollar coin to keep the government from overspending its limit.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Another foreclosure mess

Another foreclosure mess

In the mid 1980s in a one-horse town in upstate New York, the government, with good reasoning, decided to build an addition to the Interstate highways system.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

New mortgage rules

The agency Sen. Elizabeth Warren is credited with dreaming up is about to redefine the mortgage game.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Banking made simple

Banking made simple

When is a bank a bank and when is a bank not a bank.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
AIG's dilemma

AIG's dilemma

This only makes sense if you think like a lawyer: Insurance giant American International Group may sue the government for the bailout that saved the company.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Price of dreaming

To Wall Street, the financial crisis that erupted in 2008 was a serious business interruption that affected jobs and bonuses.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Job creation up next

Job creation up next

If Congress wants a jobs bill, it's going to have to go the long way to get one.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
New bill, old dodge

New bill, old dodge

As would be expected, banking giant Goldman Sachs Group revealed in a regulatory filing that it had sneaked some payments in under the wire in December.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Inventing a crisis

Inventing a crisis

First you invent a crisis. Then you solve the crisis. Everybody wins. Isn't that how it works?
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Goodbye logic

Lawmakers in Washington got closer to a deadline, closer to a deal and further, it would seem, from logic, reason and sanity.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

The gridlock myth

One has to entertain the possibility that the powers that be in Washington enjoy scaring investors half to death.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
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