Technology has allowed many of the bigger firms to leave Wall Street since trading is done electronically, "on a computer somewhere in suburban New Jersey," as one expert notes. But demonstrators with the Occupy Wall Street movement in nearby Zuccotti Park say the Street is still an important symbol.
It's tough to refinance your home at a low rate if you have a poor credit score. Michele Norris talks with John Ulzheimer, author of You're Nothing but a Number: Why achieving great credit scores should be on your list of wealth building strategies, about how FICO scores have been affected by the bad economy — and what people can do about theirs.
European political leaders failed to come to agreement over the weekend on key issues to try to stem the debt crisis that threatens to spread from the smaller economies of Greece and Portugal to Europe's third- and fourth-largest economies: Italy and Spain. EU leaders vowed to keep working toward a wide-ranging plan at a second meeting Wednesday.
President Obama is visiting Nevada, a state at the center of the foreclosure crisis. His administration has some programs in place to try to help struggling homeowners. But the leading GOP White House hopefuls so far haven't said much about how they would fix the downturn.
Alabama farmers are facing a labor crisis because of the state's new immigration law. So far, piecemeal efforts to match the unemployed or work release inmates to farm jobs are not panning out, and farmers are asking state lawmakers to do something before the spring planting season.
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