Tumbling oil prices were supposed to be gamechanging stimulus for the American consumer. However, the data suggest spending has been on the disappointing side. In January, retail sales excluding autos and gas climbed by just 0.2%, missing economists' expectations for 0.4% growth.
The thought of inflation strikes terror in the hearts of many Americans. For most of us, times are tough enough as it is. The last thing anyone wants is for the things they buy on a regular basis -- milk, gas, bread, toothpaste, whatever -- to get more expensive.
Tim Iacono submits: The mood of the American consumer soured a bit early in the year as the Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped from 74.5 in December to 72.7 in the first of two readings for January.
Whether you're a millionaire or a middle-class father of two, we all make the same mistakes when it comes to money and happiness. If you really want to buy yourself a more fulfilling life, it's not how much money you earn that matters, but figuring out the right way to spend it.
By Henry Bonner of Sprott Global Jim Grant: We’re in an Era of ‘Central Bank Worship’ Jim Grant is the publisher and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, a bi-monthly newsletter that he founded in 1983, around the time when bonds were considered some of the worst investments – when they yielded 13 to 15 percent.
With the national average gas price at a six-month high, we're all looking for fuel savings where we can get them — and that might not be where we expect. Below, find five moves you might assume will bring down your gas bill … but actually won't.
Finding practical ways to save money over the long haul can be something that escapes our attention. It’s easy to look for the best price on an item when shopping, or add money to your savings account every week, but thinking long-term is an intentional action that takes thought and planning.