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Romney or Obama: Whose Win Would Ignite an Economic Boom?

According to our exclusive (but unscientific) poll two-thirds of respondents felt one candidate would be better for the country economically. But does history back up their opinions about which party's presidents bring growth and which bring stagnation? You may be surprised.

Thanks a Lot for the Disastrous Economic Legacy, Baby Boomers

Baby boomers were handed the American dream. They enjoyed a jobs boom, falling income tax rates, rising wages and a soaring Dow -- all part of an unprecedented "demographic dividend." And the inheritance they are leaving for the next generations: a giant economic mess.

7 'Sure Thing' Stock Market Predictors Put to the Test

The problem with trusting in so-called market truisms is that they often defy common sense. But before we chalk them up to coincidence, let's see how oddities like the January theory or the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover theory have done so far this year.

Vancouver Retains Title of World's Most Liveable City

For the fifth straight year, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, bested 139 other cities worldwide in ratings of "relative comfort" to hold onto the right to call itself the World's 'Most Liveable' City, according to new rankings by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

Seven Classic Bad Calls in Business Journalism

Over and over, magazines and newspapers miss the truth about business by a mile. They're so consistently bad, in fact, that the media has been a leading contrary indicator of stock prices and business trends. Here are seven classic examples.