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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.

What the U.S. Can Learn From Germany's Economic Rebound

Its too soon to say if Europe's sharp economic rebound is sustainable. But juggernauts like Germany are surging ahead on exports and have recouped nearly all the jobs they lost during the downturn, and the U.S. might want to consider taking a lesson from their success.

GDP Growth Unexpectedly Revised Down to 2.7%

The U.S. economy grew at a revised 2.7% annual rate in the first quarter, less than the previously estimated 3% rate. The weaker growth performance will likely intensify the debate about the recovery%u2019s status.

Weaker GDP Numbers, Job Growth Worries

The revised 3% first-quarter U.S. GDP growth rate still reflects an ongoing expansion, but it was a mild disappointment. That modest growth rate raises questions about the economy%u2019s ability to create jobs quickly enough in 2010.

Economic Surge Caps 2009

Is the U.S. recession officially over? It may very well be, after the world's largest economy surged a better-than-expected 5.7% in Q4, on inventory gains, the U.S. Commerce Department said, to make it two consecutive quarters of GDP growth -- historically long enough for the National Bureau of Economic Research to declare an end to a slump.

U.S. GDP Growth Revised Down Again for Q3

The U.S. economic recovery is moving more slowly than economists had expected: On Tuesday, the Commerce Department revised the third-quarter GDP growth rate down from 2.8% to 2.2%. Still, that tepid increase is the best the nation has seen in two years.