September 2009 Headlines

99 Ways to Entertain Your Family for Free

An Oregon author says a family stay-cation doesn't have to be cheap.  You need just two ingredients -- simplicity and fun.

Americans Still Losing Jobs Despite Stimulus

While there are bright spots in the economy, more Americans are still losing their jobs.

Five Things to Look for in Your Next Job

One of the nation's leading executive recruiters gives advice on five things you need to look for in your next job.

Church Building Co. Prospers in 'God's Economy'

The current economy has shut down many a builder's dream. But imagine this -- a church construction firm that's doubling its business.

Thinking Debt Settlement? Read the Fine Print

Tight economic times have some people turning to companies that promise to reduce or eliminate debt. While some of these programs are legitimate, some could leave you even deeper in debt.

Feds Warn Interest Rates May Go Up Soon

Get ready for higher interest rates. Members of the Federal Reserve are warning that the Central Bank will raise rates quickly and aggressively once the economy is on firmer footing.

World Bank Chief: Dollar's Role Diminishing

The president of the World Bank warned Monday that the U.S. dollar may not always be the main currency for international trade.

FDIC May Ask Banks to Prepay $36B in Fees

The FDIC may take the unprecedented step of requiring banks to prepay three years' worth of premiums: about $36 billion.

Dow Marks One Year Anniversary of Largest Loss

Tuesday marks a sobering anniversary for the U.S. economy as the Dow suffered the biggest loss of its 113-year history one year ago.

Early Retirements Strain Social Security System

Big job losses and a spike in early retirement claims from laid-off seniors will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years.

Bernanke: Consumer Loan Program Still Needed

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says a government program intended to spark lending to consumers and businesses is still necessary.

Cap and Trade Bill Imposing on Your Budget?

Cap and Trade is a bill in Congress that is supposed to help the environment -- but opponents say it could be a big blow to your family budget.

House Moves to Extend Unemployment Benefits

The House is taking up emergency legislation this week to help the millions of Americans who see no immediate end to their economic miseries.

Gov't Home Loan Agency Faces Cash Squeeze

The Federal Housing Administration said Friday its cash cushion will dip below mandated levels for the first time, but officials insist it won't need a taxpayer rescue.

Jobless Claims Drop Unexpectedly to 545K

The number of newly out of work Americans filing for jobless benefits has dropped to its lowest level since July.

August Retail Sales Rise More Than Expected

Retail sales jumped in August, spurred by widespread gains beyond the increases of autos and gasoline that economists expected.

Bank of America Execs to be Sued

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office is likely to file civil charges against the executives over their role in failing to alert shareholders to mounting losses.

Gas Prices Down about 5 Cents a Gallon

The average price of regular gasoline in the U.S. is down about a nickel from three weeks ago to $2.59 a gallon.

Fed Survey: Recession May be Over

The Federal Reserve's latest survey of businesses around the country found economic activity stabilizing or improving in most regions.

Dollar Falls, Federal Deficit to Hit $1.6 Trillion

The federal deficit is expected to hit a record $1.6 trillion in this year.

Gold Crosses $1,000 Barrier Amid Dollar Concerns

Gold crossed the important $1,000 an ounce barrier again Tuesday for the first time in six months.

Watching Your Debt-to-Income Ratio

Lenders are paying close attention to the debt-to-income ratio of consumers of today's housing crisis.

Unemployment Gets Real for More Americans

The nation's unemployment rate shot up in August, with employers cutting more than 216,000 jobs.

Poll: Umemployed Feel Traumatized by Job Loss

A new survey shows that losing one's job hurts more than the bank account, but it can also affect the psyche.

Number of Older Americans Rising in Workplace

A new study says young people are deciding to stay in school, while older people are finding it more difficult to retire.

New Jobless Claims Dip Less Than Expected

New jobless claims fell slightly last week while the number of people receiving unemployment benefits rose, a sign the job market's recovery will be long and bumpy.

U.S. Markets Take Hit, Manufacturing Increases

The stock market's six-month rally took a hit Tuesday and stocks saw their biggest losses in two weeks.

'Coupon Mom' Saves Consumers Thousands

One mom has discovered a way for consumers to save thousands of dollars a year by making one simple change -- using coupons.