Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON — Call it the great “slack” debate. For nearly six years, the Federal Reserve has held short-term interest rates near zero to boost the economy. Is it now time to consider raising rates to pre-empt higher inflation? The answer depends heavily on the economy’s slack: its capacity t…
WASHINGTON — There may be a dark lining to the sunny June employment report, which recorded an increase of 288,000 payroll jobs for the month. Most or all of the increase may have been part-time jobs. If that's a trend, it could signal a weaker economy. It could also vindicate critics of the…
Despite a recent report of a slowing national economy, two national investment experts said Thursday in Billings that they still see signs of improving markets and consumer demand.
Big Apple, say hello to Big Sky.
WASHINGTON – Supporters regularly defend the nation’s sugar price-support program, saying that it operates at no cost to the taxpayers. But with sugar prices falling 38 percent in the past year, government officials are now scrambling to minimize a potential hit to taxpayers.
Billings West High School teacher Lindsey Belinak played a winning hand Wednesday while buying her first home, cashing in on historically low interest rates while putting no money down.
Two and a half years after buying five Billings radio stations, University of Wyoming graduate Pete Benedetti has turned the operation of his last four stations over to two locals.
The owners of Sweetheart Bakery and the bakers union have agreed to mediation to avoid a planned shutdown of the entire company following a weeklong strike that affected about two-thirds of the company's 36 plants.
Striking bakers at the Billings Sweetheart Bakery were walking the picket line Monday when Hostess Brand Inc.’s chief executive Gregory Rayburn announced he will permanently close three Sweetheart Bakeries.
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There are a handful of new choices for a snack around Billings.
Farmers are demanding Congress pass a new, $900 billion farm bill by the end of the month, but a conservative Montana economist says there’s no rush. Putting the bill on hold might benefit taxpayers, he said.
The housing and mortgage crisis is far from settled. The devastating personal and financial impacts on consumers will be with us for a very long time.
Another chapter in the dramatic tale at the University of Montana is unfolding, thanks to emails that were unearthed by the Missoulian and the Wall Street Journal via the Freedom of Information Act. And the messages, sent among UM administrators and the athletic department, don’t seem to bod…
The fate of 254 Sweetheart Bakery workers in Montana, including 130 at the Billings bakery, hangs in the air again.
WASHINGTON — The further we get from 2008, when the American economy flirted with another Great Depression, the more people forget what happened and create stories that satisfy some political, ideological or journalistic urge. Among the biggest losers in this revisionism is the Federal Reser…
The concept seems completely backward, but accepting too much cash can cause problems for banks and credit unions.
If you are ever injured because you are water-skiing and your skis burst into flames, here’s some good news.
Sept. 11, 2001 was one of the luckiest days of my life. My son, Brooks, went into work early and did not go to his gym on the 109th floor of the first tower hit in New York City’s terrorist attack.
When’s the last time you sent someone a handwritten letter?