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U.S. Consumer Confidence Roughly Flat in March

Americans are focusing on the good amid the latest barrage of conflicting economic news. The Consumer Confidence Index barely budged in March after hitting its highest level since before the financial crisis began in February.

Factory Orders Rise, but Business Investment Slips

Orders for factory-made goods that signal business investment plans fell for a second straight month, part of a mixed report on manufacturing in November. The drop in demand for so-called core capital goods was offset by a sharp rise in volatile airplane orders. That lifted overall factory orders 1.8 percent, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Economy Ends 2011 Looking Up, Surprisingly

The economy is ending 2011 on a roll. The job market is healthier. Americans are spending lustily on holiday gifts. A long-awaited turnaround for the depressed housing industry may be under way. Gas is cheaper. Factories are busier. Stocks are higher.

Consumer Prices Were Unchanged in November

Consumer prices stayed flat in November, further evidence that inflation has cooled off. Energy costs dropped for the second straight month, which offset higher prices that Americans paid for food, clothes and medical services. The consumer price index was unchanged in November, the Labor Department said Friday. That followed a 0.1 percent decrease in October.

Fiscally Fearful? Financial Security Index Dips Again

A new poll from Bankrate.com shows that only 17% of Americans feel better off financially than they were a year ago. The Financial Security Index fell from 93.9 to 92.8 in October to its second lowest level this year.

Personal Bankruptcy Filings Fall, but Hold the Applause

In this cloudy economy, we're all constantly hunting through the news and statistics for silver linings. Here's one that looks promising: In the first nine months of 2011, personal bankruptcy filings decreased 10% compared to a year earlier -- but experts say hold the applause.

Europe's Debt, U.S. Unemployment Draw Focus

September is finally over, and we're heading into a few fast weeks of economic data and earnings releases. With stock market and macroeconomic factors taking new twists nearly every day, it's hard to keep up. So let's focus on the data and news that will matter most to your bottom line.

3 Signs We're Heading for a Recession

Zero jobs were created in August. Does that, by itself, augur another recession? Not necessarily -- but add the state of consumer confidence, and top it off with Wall Street skittishness, and all signs point to trouble ahead. Government economists, however, are predicting growth. Here's why they may be wrong.

Staples's Strong Results: Economic Indicator?

Staples reported strong earnings this morning, which should be of interest even to those who own no stock in the office supply giant. The reason is obvious: Demand for desks, printers, and the like is a fairly good indicator of our economic outlook.

Is Coffee the New Leading Economic Indicator?

At Mo'joe Cafe in Berkeley, CA, customers huddle over their laptops and lattes, searching for jobs or working remotely as contractors. But business overall -- meaning mainly the "morning rush" -- is slow, and has been since the economic downturn. Could coffee sales be an index of economic health?

Economic indicators to watch in 2010

When it comes to the economy, there's no silver bullet. However, if you're trying to formulate a plan to bring your personal finances out of a...

Still no recession for America!

Despite what you may hear in the media, we are still not in a recession. I've heard reporters suggest that we should ignore the actual definition of...