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Robert J. Samuelson: Slow recovery or a permanent economic slowdown?

WASHINGTON — You might compare the U.S. economy to someone who's recovering from a serious illness. At first, everyone hopes the patient will return to normal. Then it's gradually realized that the patient suffered permanent damage and will never be the same. So, perhaps, with the economy. S…

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Fed Survey: 17 percent of workers expect pink slip this year

WASHINGTON — About 17 percent of workers expect to be laid off in the coming year, according to results of a newly launched consumer survey from the Federal Reserve.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Is stock market a bull or a bubble?

WASHINGTON — The question about the stock market is whether the bull is a bubble. The 1990s' "tech bubble" and the recent "housing bubble" have conditioned us to think that almost any sign of investor craziness is going to end badly — and the stock market seems a bit crazy. At the end of Nov…

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Robert J. Samuelson: The unseemly battle for Fed appointment

The struggle to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve has turned into a soap opera. Bernanke, it is widely assumed, has told President Barack Obama that he doesn’t want a third four-year term — or has been informed that he won’t be reappointed.

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Guest opinion: Simpson, Bowles again show path to no-nonsense budget

It is time for both Republicans and Democrats in Washington to make a deal to fix the nation’s debt.

May 17, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Montana banking conditions improed in 2012, Federal Reserve says

Montana banking conditions improved in 2012, generally consistent with a previous forecast from the Federal Reserve, although bank lending declined slightly from the previous year.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Why U.S. job creation is so hard after recession

WASHINGTON — President Obama and Democrats want more jobs. So do Republicans. Heck, everyone does. Yet, job creation is weak. It's true that the economy has generated 5.5 million jobs from its low point. Still, there are 3.2 million fewer jobs now than at the previous high. The official unem…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Psychology matters in economic recovery

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke recently became the latest economist to ask why the current economic recovery has been so weak. The question has inspired a cottage industry of studies, papers and speeches with often-esoteric and murky theories. The explanation is actually …

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As fiscal cliff looms, experts say it makes sense to sell before 2012 ends

As fiscal cliff looms, experts say it makes sense to sell before 2012 ends

If you’re thinking about selling a business that you’ve steadily built over the years, or if the market has boosted the value of certain shares within your stock portfolio, it’s a good idea to pull the trigger before the end of the year, financial experts say.

November 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Why world markets focus on tiny Jackson Hole

Why world markets focus on tiny Jackson Hole

JACKSON HOLE — Every August, the world's financial markets shift their attention from the centers of global commerce — New York, London, Tokyo — to a mountain valley in northwest Wyoming. On Friday, they will hear a speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

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Malta bank officer pleads guilty to $3.67 million theft

A Malta native and former bank officer pleaded guilty in Great Falls on Monday before U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon to defrauding her bank and embezzling $3.67 million.

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Federal Reserve officials tour Bakken region

Federal Reserve officials tour Bakken region

WILLISTON, N.D. - The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis says the economic activity going on in North Dakota's booming oil patch is different than anywhere else in the country.

August 19, 2012 12:08 pmLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Economic pessimism drags down U.S., Europe

WASHINGTON — It is an index of fear. Last week, interest rates on 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds fell to 1.4 percent. This was the lowest on record and less than present or expected inflation (generally 2 percent to 3 percent). On 30-year Treasuries, rates have tumbled to 2.5 percent. The inves…

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FBI investigating $3.7 million embezzlement scheme at Malta bank

The FBI is investigating an employee of Malta's First Security Bank in connection with a long-term embezzlement scheme apparently involving nearly $3.7 million.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Greek lessons: U.S. benefits from strong, central bank

SAN FRANCISCO — If the United States were still governed under the Articles of Confederation, might California be in the position of Greece, Spain or Italy?

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Robert J. Samuelson: The real (complicated) lesson from the JPMorgan blunder

WASHINGTON — It’s a teachable moment, but what’s the right lesson? Already, the $2-billion-plus trading debacle at JPMorgan Chase has inspired a powerful storyline. Nothing has changed since the financial crisis, it’s said. Big banks remain out of control, gambling recklessly. If Jamie Dimon…

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Federal Reserve district president to speak at UW

LARAMIE — The new president and CEO of the 10th Federal Reserve District in Kansas City, Mo., will speak at the University of Wyoming College of Business next week.

May 05, 2012 5:20 pmLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Great recession analysis shows limits of economists

WASHINGTON — Four years after the onset of the financial crisis — in March 2008 Bear Stearns was rescued from failure — we still lack a clear understanding of the underlying causes. Hundreds of studies and books have given us an increasingly detailed picture of what happened without conclusi…

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Feature photo: Aldrich demolition

Feature photo: Aldrich demolition

The office at Aldrich's Lumber was torn down Tuesday aftenoon to clear the land for a $30 million federal office building. Last September, the site at 2021 Fourth Ave. N., beat out two other proposals for the federal project. Greg Aldrich is going to focus on building pole barns and riding a…

February 07, 2012 6:30 pmLoading…

Business index remains positive

Wyoming’s economy remained on positive ground in January, according to a business conditions index published by the Denver-based Goss Institute for Economic Research.

February 05, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

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