| May 27, 2012
Norman Harvel is growing old under a mountain of debt.
At 60, Harvel faces medical and credit card bills topping $80,000. Yet Harvel is unable to work, having been injured at a job site more a decade ago. The former building maintenance worker now...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 7:07 AM
Medicare is in desperate need of reform. Program costs are spiraling out of control and threatening to bankrupt the country. Here in Maryland, on average, each Medicare enrollee costs about $11,400 per year — that's a thousand dollars higher than...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 8:15 AM
We have been hearing claims by our federal government that there is low to no inflation in this economy. The Federal Reserve continues an "easy money" policy, cranking up the printing presses at the U.S. Mint when the government needs more money to...
| Jun 17, 2012
| 9:30 AM
I am glad that Occupy Baltimore is focusing on the foreclosure problem ("Occupy turns to housing," June 13), but blaming "those who amassed fortunes by speculating on collateralized mortgage payments" is off the mark.
There is plenty of blame to go...
| Jul 14, 2012
| 3:46 PM
Two huge civil cases led by Baltimore — one that ended last week as the other gained momentum — spotlight City Hall's emerging role as an aggressive watchdog against the misdeeds of multinational banks.
On Thursday, Wells Fargo settled a...
| Jun 20, 2012
Rarely in history has the cause of a major economic problem been so clear, yet have so few been willing to see it.
The major reason this recovery has been so anemic is not Europe's debt crisis. It's not, as right-wing economists tell us, because taxes...
| Nov 28, 2011
| 3:00 AM
In September 2008, the U.S. financial system was teetering on collapse and the stock market was shaky. But Alabama Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus saw opportunity in the crisis. According to an investigation by the CBS news program "60 Minutes," Mr. Bachus...
| Dec 24, 2011
| 5:00 PM
In coming years your community bank may be merging with a rival, closing branches and redesigning the interiors of branches that remain, says Columbia-based banking consultant Anita G. Newcomb. With nearly three decades of experience running banks,...
| Dec 10, 2011
| 3:49 PM
Kirk-Habicht Co. in Essex doesn't do much business in Europe, but problems on the continent are buffeting the manufacturer all the same.
Its employees rely on a heavy wire to make springs tough enough for trucks, and the only plant they know of that...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 2:41 PM
Some workplaces hope to shake off the economic doldrums this year with holiday affairs for their employees. But few are going to party like it's 2007.
IMRE, a Baltimore advertising and marketing firm, struck a balance between the extravagant pre-...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 4:14 PM
An aim of the landmark credit card reform act of 2009 was to protect consumers from getting too deep into debt.
One regulation that took effect in October requires that credit card issuers weigh a consumer's "independent ability to pay" — not...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 8:59 AM
Just because it's the holiday weekend doesn't mean there isn't stuff to do.
MOVIES OPENING (subject to change)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Adventures of Tintin
We Bought a Zoo
The Darkest Hour