Gross Domestic Product

Why Smart Investors Should Support Immigration Reform

For the first time in a generation, there seems to be political will on both sides of the aisle to pass new immigration legislation. It's an issue generally framed as a political or cultural one, but it has profound consequences for investors, businesses and the whole U.S. economy.

U.S. GDP Grew at 0.1% Rate in Fourth Quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a 0.1 percent annual rate from October through December, the weakest performance in nearly two years. But economists believe a steady housing rebound in housing and solid business and consumer spending is pushing growth higher in the current quarter.

Pop Quiz: Is America Still the Land of Economic Opportunity?

"Moving on up" is a fundamental part of America's identity, but the path from rags to riches is getting harder to navigate. To gauge the state of American promise, we dug into the numbers: Take our quiz to find out if American hope lives up to American hype.

Why You Should Be Happy About 2.2% GDP Growth

The federal government says GDP grew at a 2.2% rate in the first quarter, and many pundits are calling that number a disappointment: Here's a primer on exactly what the GDP growth rate is, and why 2.2% is nothing to be bummed about.

U.S. Economy Grows Slightly More Than Expected

U.S. GDP increased a revised 2.5% in the third quarter, slightly better than expected, and above the initially estimated 2.0% rate, as stronger exports, investment, and spending boosted commercial activity in the world%u2019s largest economy.

Third-Quarter GDP Rose to 2% on Consumer Spending

Consumer outlays increased at the best pace in about four years -- providing some hope that the expansion can continue. The rise from the second-quarter rate of 1.7% was in line with economists' expectations. Soaring imports were a big drag on the growth report.

U.S. Economy Grew 1.7% in Second Quarter

The final numbers on U.S. GDP growth for the second quarter are in, and they're a bit better than the previous revision's reading. GDP inched 1.7% higher in the second quarter, up from the earlier 1.6% estimate.

Daily Blogwatch: My Four-Step Plan to Save the World

Among Thursday's top online stories for investors: a great analysis of the country's GDP numbers, a look at how the stock market typically fares in September after a weak August, and which stocks benefit from increased foreclosures.

Economic Growth Revised Lower for Second Quarter

U.S. economic growth slowed to an anemic 1.6% pace in the second quarter, due primarily to a worsening trade imbalance. The sole ray of light in the Commerce Department's report was that the downward revision was not as severe as economists had expected.

Double-Dip Recession? Yield Curve Says No

Despite what so many pundits say, the most accurate economic predictor -- the yield curve -- says we're not heading for a double-dip recession. But don't celebrate too much: We're still in the recession that started in 2007, and projections predict continued sluggish growth ahead.