Marilyn Geewax http://ripr.org en 4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief http://ripr.org/post/four-theories-about-why-wal-mart-changed-its-us-chief Bill Simon, head of Wal-Mart's U.S. division, <a href="http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/07/24/walmart-names-greg-foran-president-and-ceo-of-walmart-us">is leaving</a> the retail giant, the company said Thursday.<p>Any major shake-up at Wal-Mart is closely watched because the company is so important — it tops the Fortune 500 list with annual sales approaching a half-trillion dollars. So lots of people are speculating about what Simon's departure really means. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 37244 at http://ripr.org 4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles? http://ripr.org/post/inflation-came-low-again-are-there-bubbles Want to borrow money for a car or a home this fall?<p>Oddly enough, the interest rates available months from now for big-ticket items may be determined by the prices you pay today for everyday consumer goods. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 37131 at http://ripr.org Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles? Latest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The Boomers http://ripr.org/post/latest-wrinkle-jobs-debate-blame-boomers Since late 2007, the U.S. labor force has shrunk significantly, raising questions about where former workers have gone and why.<p>Now the White House Council of Economic Advisers says it has found answers and has compiled them into a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/labor_force_participation_report.pdf">detailed research report </a>released Thursday.<p>As it turns out, most of the missing workers have been hiding in plain sight: They are retiring baby boomers.<p>"In 2008, the U.S. economy collided with two historic forces. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:36:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 36916 at http://ripr.org Latest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The Boomers Citigroup Settlement Offers Former Homeowners 'Cold Comfort' http://ripr.org/post/citigroup-settlement-offers-former-home-owners-cold-comfort Should you be watching your mailbox for a check from Citigroup?<p>The banking giant says it will pay out $2.5 billion to provide "consumer relief" to help <a href="http://www.citigroup.com/citi/news/2014/140714a.htm">settle charges</a> brought against it by the U.S. Justice Department. The government said Monday that "defects" in Citi's mortgage securities had fueled the financial crisis that triggered the Great Recession.<p>And we all suffered from that catastrophe. Between 2007 and 2009, U.S. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 36754 at http://ripr.org Citigroup Settlement Offers Former Homeowners 'Cold Comfort' Economists Say Inflation Is Tame; Consumers Aren't Buying It http://ripr.org/post/economists-say-inflation-tame-consumers-arent-buying-it Economists regularly issue reports calling inflation tame or mild, or some other word that suggests consumers shouldn't be feeling much pain.<p>One example: "Inflation has been tame and this is providing households with some relief" from economic stress, according to an assessment done this week by PNC Financial Services.<p>But if you happen to be buying gasoline or groceries, you may not be feeling relieved — at all.<p>"It's kind of hard to even buy milk and bread," said Kimberly Acevedo, a bank teller who was shopping at a Best Market in Harlem. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 36565 at http://ripr.org Economists Say Inflation Is Tame; Consumers Aren't Buying It Hiring Looks Good Now, But Wage Growth Lags http://ripr.org/post/hiring-looking-good-now-wage-growth-lags The unemployment report released Thursday by the Labor Department offered great news for job seekers: <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm">Hiring boomed</a> in June.<p>That good news helped send stock prices to record levels, with the Dow Jones industrial average crossing the 17,000 mark for the first time to close at 17,068.26, up 92.02.<p>Unfortunately, the jobs report also contained sobering news for people who already have jobs: All of that hiring is not translating into wage hikes. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 36208 at http://ripr.org Hiring Looks Good Now, But Wage Growth Lags How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling? http://ripr.org/post/how-many-companies-will-be-touched-courts-contraception-ruling When the Supreme Court ruled Monday that "closely held" corporations <a href="file:///C:/Users/aschneider/Documents/My%20Documents/326926331">don't have to pay for workers' contraception</a>, you may have assumed the decision applied only to family-owned businesses.<p>Wrong. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 36038 at http://ripr.org How Many Companies Will Be Touched By Court's Contraception Ruling? U.K. Loses Big Vote On The Future Of Europe — Now What? http://ripr.org/post/uk-loses-big-vote-future-europe-now-what The European Union made history Friday by bringing three of Russia's neighbors — Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova — under its economic tent.<p>The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/27/326076494/ukraine-signs-trade-deal-with-eu-risking-russia-s-ire">eastward expansion</a> of trade agreements will push European influence deep into a region that Russia would like to dominate. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:51:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 35900 at http://ripr.org U.K. Loses Big Vote On The Future Of Europe — Now What? In Flanders Fields, Europeans Still Learning How To Get Along http://ripr.org/post/flanders-fields-europeans-still-learning-how-get-along On Thursday, European leaders are gathering in Belgium to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I — the bloodbath that ended millions of European lives.<p>And killed 116,516 U.S. troops. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 35820 at http://ripr.org In Flanders Fields, Europeans Still Learning How To Get Along Job Outlook Brightens For Graduates, Though Problems Linger http://ripr.org/post/job-outlook-brightens-graduates-though-problems-linger Congratulations Class of 2014! You are entering a labor market that offers a record number of paychecks.<p>On Friday, the Labor Department said the U.S. economy now has <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/06/319404238/will-the-u-s-finally-gets-past-pre-recession-jobs-total">138.5 million jobs</a>, slightly more than the previous high set in early 2008 — just as the Great Recession was tightening its grip.<p>The post-recession peak came after employers added 217,000 jobs in May. That marked the fourth straight month when payrolls increased by at least 200,000. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 09:46:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 34825 at http://ripr.org Job Outlook Brightens For Graduates, Though Problems Linger