Aaron Thompson

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Three Vices Giving the U.S. Economy a Boost

Sometimes it just feels good to be bad. After years of recession-imposed restraint, American consumers have more cash in their pockets, and some of …

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

What happens when you tax the rich and raise the minimum wage? Meet one of USA's best economies

When Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton took office in 2011, Minnesota had more than a $6 billion dollar deficit and an unemployment rate of 7%. Today, …

Mark Dayton

The 15 Happiest Economies in the World

Feeling bummed about your economy? It's time to pack your bags for Switzerland.<p>That's one way to read the fate of 51 economies (including the euro …


President Obama's Trifecta - Democrats Continue Economically Trouncing Republicans

This week marks the 6th anniversary of the stock market’s bull run, with the S&P up 206%. Only 3 other times since WWII have equities had such a prolonged, sustained growth series. Simultaneously, last week saw yet another month with over 200,000 non-farm jobs created, making the current rate of …

Stock Markets

Here's a Look at How the Dollar Is Clobbering Other Currencies Around the World

Everyone knows that the U.S. dollar has been on a tear. Here's a quick chart of the dollar index that shows how much it has taken off, especially in …

Stock Markets

In a twist, giant software maker opens a public cafe in Silicon Valley downtown

Silicon Valley has no shortage of coffee shops where sleep-starved programmers and eager entrepreneurs talk about ideas for launching the next Google or Facebook. Now a giant tech company is opening its own cafe for the same clientele.<p>German software maker SAP is hoping to draw a walk-in crowd of …

Federal Reserve