April 1, 2006
JAPAN IS BACK. AFTER 15 YEARS in the doldrums, its economy is showing real signs of life. Consumers are spending, the stock market is up and, of most interest to economists, prices are no longer falling. The era of deflation has come to an end, allowing Japan's central bank to stop begging people to borrow money at no cost. This is good news. A healthy, growing Japan, the world's second-largest economy, benefits the rest of Asia as well as American manufacturers such as Boeing.
May 30, 1998 |
Consumers spent at a healthy clip in April, suggesting robust domestic demand was so far offsetting any economic slowdown from weaker Asian exports, according to a Commerce Department report released Friday. Personal income also advanced last month, but not enough to keep up with spending. Total spending on everything from new cars to food to medical services increased 0.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $5.72 trillion, after a matching 0.5% rise in March.
July 16, 2010 |
China's attempts to cool off its runaway economy have resulted in slower growth in the second quarter, according to government statistics released Thursday. The nation's gross domestic product grew 10.3% from a year earlier, down from a scorching 11.9% in the first quarter. Although strong expansion earlier in the year helped China recover from the financial crisis, it also introduced greater risks to the economy. Government stimulus spending and loose bank lending have helped fuel a real estate bubble and rising inflation.
October 25, 1999 |
Without anyone explicitly organizing it, the United States has embarked on a vast social experiment to test the favorite theories of left and right for reversing the generation-long rise in out-of-wedlock births. Reducing the number of children born outside of marriage remains one of the country's most pressing social needs.
June 6, 1997 |
Taxpayers will have to change a time-honored tradition if Congress accepts recommendations made Thursday to push back the federal income tax deadline one to two months past the current April 15 deadline. The proposal was approved in a vote by the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service, which was appointed last year by Congress to find ways to improve the troubled tax agency's operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1998 |
Every politician favors marriage, family and improvements in the tax code. Many routinely criticize the income tax as biased against marriage and families. Some go much further and claim that we could eliminate these biases by throwing out the current system and starting over with a flat tax or a national retail sales tax. While some of the charges against the income tax are valid, they are exaggerated. But fundamental tax reform will not eliminate the biases and could even make them worse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2001 |
At least 10 families in an Oxnard apartment complex long popular with farm workers are fighting orders that they must adhere to their leases and get rid of the extra tenants living in their overcrowded units. RHC Communities of Newport Beach issued 10 notices to residents at the Mira Loma Apartments, 1600 W. 5th St., last week warning tenants they were violating a company policy by permitting either overcrowding or substandard living conditions.
May 15, 1991 |
A groundbreaking study of workplace discrimination that sent "matched" pairs of white and black men to compete for the same jobs found that white applicants were three times as likely to receive a job offer and almost three times as likely to advance in the hiring process. The Urban Institute study sent teams of black and white job-seekers with identical qualifications to apply for 476 jobs advertised in newspapers in Washington and Chicago.
July 9, 2006 |
In its latest search for sources of tax revenue, the federal government has targeted an unlikely group: teenagers. The Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act, signed into law in May, aims to raise $2.1 billion over the next 10 years with a change in the so-called kiddie tax. The change is a relatively simple one, noted Mark Luscombe, principal tax analyst with CCH Inc.