Push comes to shove

Push comes to shove

When the people take charge, the politicians will follow works fairly well when the people are not really, really angry.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
France sends a message

France sends a message

Election results in France announced Monday put the austerity budget strategy led by Germany in a semi-precarious position.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
The fine print on jobs

The fine print on jobs

It's hard to ignore jobs data.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Keeping rates intact

Keeping rates intact

The European Central Bank said it would keep its overnight lending rate at 1 percent, the most commonly expected choice out of three.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Looking for QE3

Looking for QE3

The Automatic Data Processing Inc. jobs report is already pulling on stocks, with figures that are bound to jolt markets Wednesday.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
The bottom line: Jobs

The bottom line: Jobs

Where was the International Labor Organization going to sit when it came to figuring out a strategy to get economies moving again?
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Starving a cold

Starving a cold

If a civil service worker in Spain losses his or her job -- and the odds are good it would be a forced retirement – the chances of replacing that worker are nearly zero.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Corporations make a move

Corporations make a move

Corporate reports kept U.S. stock markets humming this week.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Voters and Chrysler

Voters and Chrysler

U.S. automaker Chrysler's quarterly report said it made the largest profit since its bankruptcy, earning four times what it made in the first quarter of 2011.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Apple's big secret

Apple's big secret

Here's a twist: Apple, the world's most valuable company, said that it nearly doubled profits in its second quarter with a huge lift from sales in China.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Walmart's woes

Walmart's woes

The New York Times took a sizable swipe at Walmart on Sunday, publishing an article alleging extensive use of bribery to develop stores in Mexico.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
A thin recovery

A thin recovery

The economic slowdown is feeling more abrupt each day, as it shows up in stock markets in Europe, Asia and on Wall Street.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Going nowhere fast

Going nowhere fast

On Monday and Wednesday, the journalists are cynical. On Tuesday and Thursday, it's the politicians turn.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Is Spain next?

Is Spain next?

The shadow that Spain cast across the European economic landscape for the past three years is turning itself into a three-dimensional problem.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Facebook, whad'ya got?

Facebook, whad'ya got?

One has to wonder how U.S. Internet giant Facebook will make serious decisions once the company goes public in an overheated initial public offering.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
The tax gap

The tax gap

Interesting point: The greatest spread of wealth in the United States came not during the Great Depression, but just before it, economists say.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Europe's balancing acts

Europe's balancing acts

Europe, in a delicate, business-as-usual environment, is testing some of its financial balancing acts.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
The Jane Doe Rule

The Jane Doe Rule

It turns out, GOP budget architect Rep. Paul Ryan said that billionaire Warren Buffett receives the same government benefits as his secretary does.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Mega trickle down

Mega trickle down

For several decades, the American Dream has been married to the sit-com, supporting a generally gracious view of luck, pluck and overnight success.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Will Spain implode?

Will Spain implode?

Is anyone else waiting for Spain to implode?
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Looking at trends

Looking at trends

As corporate reporting season kicks off this week, the pundits will be out in force generalizing with gusto.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Economy warming up

Economy warming up

Occasionally, Mother Nature gives the economy a boost.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Bond markets sputter

Bond markets sputter

The talk of the town -- any town in the financial district -- is the European bond market, which has shown the world this week that it knows how to sputter.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Better, but not great

Better, but not great

Payroll firm Automatic Data Processing Inc. said 209,000 jobs were added to the private sector in March -- more than expected, but not quite enough.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Rescue through rentals

Rescue through rentals

It is hard to imagine a U.S. real estate firm managing 15,000 rental units. That would be large by anyone's reasoning.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
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