On the Fed

Is Janet Yellen the right leader for a more powerful Federal Reserve?

Is Janet Yellen the right leader for a more powerful Federal Reserve?

August 16, 2013By 0 Comments

Yellen is a careful and deliberate thinker who has been mostly right in her assessments over the tumultuous past six years of crisis, recession and grinding recovery. She has been less inclined to wring her hands over the risks that the Fed’s easy money policies could create new bubbles or stoke inflation.

Crossed signals over the Fed’s stimulus efforts

August 8, 2013By 0 Comments

The Federal Reserve’s new communication strategy was supposed to make it easier to decipher the intentions of the famously secretive institution. Too bad no one’s listening.

Interest rate spike emerges as a concern for the Fed

Interest rate spike emerges as a concern for the Fed

June 27, 2013By 0 Comments

The Federal Reserve is becoming concerned that the recent spike in interest rates could disrupt the rebound in the housing market and force the central bank to delay plans to scale back its multibillion-dollar economic stimulus.

Consumer Issues

FBI screens raise concerns of accuracy, racial bias

FBI screens raise concerns of accuracy, racial bias

July 29, 2013By 0 Comments

FBI’s records list only arrests and not the outcomes of those cases — often resulting in workers wrongfully turned down for jobs.

Subprime fallout could last generations for black Americans

July 8, 2012By 0 Comments

The implosion of the subprime lending market has left a scar on the finances of black Americans — one that not only has wiped out a generation of economic progress but could leave them at a financial disadvantage for decades.

Little-known firms tracking data used in credit scores

July 16, 2011By 0 Comments

The “fourth bureau” is made up of data-mining firms that deal in personal financial information once deemed unreliable.

New Orleans

New racial lines in more ethnic New Orleans

August 21, 2010By 0 Comments

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilding of the Big Easy has created a new community of Latino immigrants in this famously insular city, redrawing racial lines in a town long defined by black and white.

Vietnamese shrimpers face ruin after oil spill

Vietnamese shrimpers face ruin after oil spill

June 27, 2010By 0 Comments

They came here seeking refuge, but the past few years have brought unexpected hardship to the tightly knit Vietnamese fishing community.

Rebirth of the Phoenix: Rebuilding NOLA

Rebirth of the Phoenix: Rebuilding NOLA

November 20, 2005By 0 Comments

Can my family find a way to rebuild our lives — twice?