| Jun 13, 2012
| 8:43 AM
The U.S. economy is drifting toward recession, but when Federal Reserve policymakers meet next week, they will have few options.
Jobs creation slipped alarmingly in April and May. Wages, which were rising modestly through the recovery, have been...
| May 14, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Europe's single currency is a bust. With unemployment reaching depression levels in the Mediterranean states, time has long passed to negotiate an orderly return to national currencies.
Euro advocates argue a single currency is essential for creating a...
| 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...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 8:05 AM
There's a new game in town.
Or, actually, there's not.
But judging from the enthusiasm with which Gov.Martin O'Malley has embraced his latest catchphrase, you could see why someone might think so.
The governor doesn't want to play kick the can. Anyone...
| 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
| Dec 20, 2011
| 1:29 PM
Opponents of continuing the extension of unemployment insurance often make one of the following arguments: (1) the program is welfare for the undeserving; (2) it subsidizes leisure and is a major contributor to the high unemployment rate; or (3) the...
| Dec 20, 2011
| 6:53 PM
Maryland's employment picture continued to improve in November, and local economists are hopeful that 2012 will be an improvement over this year — but they aren't expecting much.
Several economists predicted only slightly better job growth next...
| Mar 24, 2012
| 7:51 PM
Redistricting, early voting and the flood of interest from a presidential election year has made March a critical month for candidates vying for positions in Congress, perhaps none as hectic as the 8th Congressional District race.
Carroll County has...
| Dec 26, 2011
So now it's Ron Paul's turn.
The diminutive Texas libertarian is poised in the latest polls to win the Iowa caucuses.
Obviously, this would be rough news for Newt Gingrich — who's in third place and falling — and very good news for Mitt...