'Mad Money's' Jim Cramer Used to Live Out of His Car

"Rags to riches" tales are a dime a dozen in America, but we were genuinely surprised when Jim Cramer opened up about his brush with homelessness Tuesday. The former hedge fund manager and controversial CNBC host had just graduated from out of Harvard Law when he hit rock bottom.

Poll: Nearly Half of Americans Fear Depression Is LIkely

Despite rosy financial forecasts made by economists this spring, our fears that the nation is about to sink into another depression are reaching depressing extremes. A new CNN poll reveals that nearly half of Americans believe a 1930s-scale depression is possible within the next 12 months.

Selling Education Short: For-Profit School Stocks May Be Ripe for a Fall

Since George W. Bush gutted regulations on the for-profit education industry, it has experienced huge profit growth, while appalling percentages of its students drop out with no degrees and big debts. But if the government restores consumer protection regulations, look for those profits to plummet.

Homeless Man Finds Macy's Shoppers' Records

A St. Louis homeless man, trying to stay warm, stumbled on the personal information of Macy's shoppers as he was building himself a bed with trash he found in a downtown store's Dumpster. And it's not the first time that's happened for that particular store.

Homeless Mom Gets Helping Hand

DailyFinance profiled the 33-year-old widowed mother last month as part of a series of stories on "The New Homeless." Now, thanks to some generous readers, Paul and her nine-year-old daughter Alyssa are preparing to move into their own apartment.

Homeless, Thanks to the Great Recession

Mike is an aspiring Web developer, but he and his family ended up homeless in San Francisco after he lost a job and an emergency loan from a relative fell through. Now living in temp housing with his wife and two kids, he's still looking for work nearly a year after his last job. Here's his story, the fourth in a DailyFinance series highlighting the economic downturn's often-unseen human toll.

Homeless, Thanks to the Great Recession

After Jennifer Paul's husband died suddenly two years ago, she and daughter Alyssa left New Jersey for Fort Myers, Fla., where Jennifer got a job doing data entry. But disaster again struck when her employer abruptly closed. Now they're back in downtrodden Camden, N.J., in a shelter. Here's her story, the third in a series DailyFinance is doing to highlight this deep downturn's often-unseen human toll.

Why Bear Stearns frightens us so

When the economy is tanking, most journalists take it upon themselves to provide the voice of reason, to reassure the concerned investor that all is...