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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
Travelers screaming for travel, romance and better loyalty programs

Travelers screaming for travel, romance and better loyalty programs

Travelers are more interested in value and past experience than hotel and airline points when it comes to making reservations, a travel industry survey suggests.
MICHELLE GROENKE, 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
Chia seeds fueling 2013 specialty food trends

Chia seeds fueling 2013 specialty food trends

If the prognosticators at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco are correct, which they've proven to be in the past, prepare to be presented with plenty of opportunities this year to indulge in chia seeds, broccoli-flavored tea and chocolate-covered bananas.
MICHELLE GROENKE, 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
2013 travel trends include increased fees, better WiFi, higher ethics

2013 travel trends include increased fees, better WiFi, higher ethics

CHICAGO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. travelers in 2013 can expect better WiFi at cruising altitude, less time at the baggage carousel and the opportunity to travel with a clear social conscience, travel industry experts say.
MICHELLE GROENKE

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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