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    The Federal Reserve steers the American economy and yet it is not a well understood organization. So just what is the Federal Reserve? Why was it formed in the first place? And how does its monetary policy affect us? read more »
    The financial crisis that began in Wall Street just two years ago, has spread throughout the corporate world. Here is the story of 10 credit crunched companies that have been forced to lay off thousands of employees. read more »
    Japan's economy contracted at the fastest pace in the January-March period since 1955, as exports plunged and companies slashed production. read more »
    We all know that households will go through a period of deleveraging. But how long will it take? What impact will it have? read more »
    With states facing nearly $100 billion in budget deficits this year, we're seeing more governors than ever proposing the Obama solution: Soak the rich. However, there's one problem: It doesn't work. read more »
    This one page infographic gives the long-term historical perspective of how we got to where we are. read more »
    New York Times economics reporter Edmund Andrews describes his journey to the heart of the American nightmare--debt, default, and dread. It's a journey that tens of millions of other Americans are going through. read more »
    US bond credit default prices have been rising, meaning it costs investors more to protect their investment against default. It even, briefly, cost more to buy protection on US government debt than on McDonald’s debt. read more »
    The number of layoffs plunged to the lowest level in 14 weeks, sales at many retailers fared better, construction spending rose, an index of pending home sales ticked up and the services sector contraction slowed. read more »
    The female percentage of employment has been increasing for sixteen consecutive months. It now looks likely that, for the first time in American history, women will make up a majority of the labor force late this summer read more »
    He expects the recovery to only gradually gain momentum, and the unemployment rate to remain high for a time, even after economic growth resumes. read more »
    "Overall, I commend the actions that were taken," Buffett said. But he also said no one should expect quick results, given the magnitude of the crisis. read more »
    This is a fascinating map that provides a striking animation of employment trends since 2004 using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on a rolling 12-month basis. read more »
    In other news, 95% of Americans want Pelosi to not say anything. read more »
    The fed outlined the methodology of the the tests and said the 19 banks that hold half the loans in the U.S. will not be allowed to fail — even if they fail the tests. read more »



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