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Idaszak, now retired, worked on The Kiplinger Letter as its economics writer for 21 years. Before joining Kiplinger in 1992, he worked for 15 years with the Chicago Sun-Times, including five years as a columnist and economic correspondent in the Washington, D.C., bureau, covering five international economic summit meetings. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.
No matter who winds up at the head of the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank will see some big changes — and even bigger challenges — next year.
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There’s a palpable longing for the good old days and little hope of their return.
Truth is, nobody really knows -- yet. Meanwhile, economists are turning the dismal science into a confusing one, too.
Though he's catching bipartisan heat, Ben Bernanke might prefer to stay in the kitchen and work on his reputation.
The choice is whether to reduce the retirement benefit by a little now or a lot more later.
Can the Fed engineer both low unemployment and low inflation?
Like the economy as a whole, the commercial real estate market will strengthen over the coming year.
Watch for a slow acceleration in growth next year, no matter who wins the White House.
Buyers are back, building is up -- and housing is poised to add to the economy instead of pulling it down.
An economy growing only slowly is especially vulnerable to shocks. And the coming months are chock-full of potential storms.
Though it's likely to be 2014 before the economy picks up enough steam for robust job creation -- in the neighborhood of 250,000 a month -- it's worth looking now at what kind of jobs employers will be looking to fill.
After a boom-and-bust cycle, a long adjustment alters the outlook through 2020.
The longer that workers are unemployed, the more all of us are affected.
An increase in the long-term unemployed is another bad sign.
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Plenty of people would like to set up their own household. More-affordable houses could bring them into the market.
Record profits in recent years have U.S. corporations sitting on a pile of cash. But they’re not willing to risk pouring much of into expansion plans as long as the economy remains weak.
Record corporate profits suggest that the economy should be booming. But small firms — the main engine for job growth — still have it tough, particularly at the bank.