Articles tagged in economy

10.12.11

Changes in Consumers Spending

Alex Gutow

Since 2008, there have been significant changes in the behavior and spending habits of American consumers. As the economic downturn lingers, analysts predict many new shopping habits – increased Internet use, decreased brand loyalty and the end of the “buy now, pay later” attitude – are now firmly entrenched in U.S. shoppers. The new “normal” means that the buying process

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09.12.11

Stimulating the Economy

Erik Chang

The question on everyone’s mind is how do we stimulate the economy? While no answer is a guaranteed success, there are a number of options to look into. First, the government could increase its own spending. It could release federal funds for the construction of federal projects. There’s no lack of projects to be accomplished and increasing state and local

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05.04.11

America’s Wealthy Ready to Return to Spending

Alex Gutow

Like the rest of us, America’s wealthiest families cut back on spending during the recent recession. However, it looks as though that trend has passed. The American Express Publishing and Harrison Group survey polled families with a discretionary income of more than $100,000 and found that spending on luxuries is set to rise 8% compared to 2010. This would represent

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01.24.11

Investing in gold: Is it worth it?

Samantha Eckles

Gold is historically known as the standard currency. With the economy what it is today, who knows what will be a solid investment. Although there are fluctuations in any market, gold has proven itself – time and time again – to be a highly-prized item. Let’s take a look at the value of this elemental investment: click to enlarge

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04.29.10

The US vs. China: Economies Head to Head

Stan Reybern

The United States and China are two of the largest economies in the world. While remarkably similar in some aspects, there are fundamental differences in many areas.

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02.11.10

Valentine’s Day: By the Numbers

Stan Reybern

Billions are spent annually on flowers, candy, jewelry, balloons and cards for Valentine’s Day, making it one of the sweetest days of the year for many retailers.

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12.10.09

The Christmas Season: By the Numbers

Samantha Eckles

‘Tis the season for Christmas trees, lights and gifts, and in the past that has meant the season of outrageous spending. While the holidays may not be cheap, hard times sometimes call for desperate measures and drastic budget changes. Here’s a look at the hard facts and numbers of this most wonderful time of the year.

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