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John Maggs

Senior Economics Editor
The Kiplinger Letter

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Practical Economics
August 2012

How to Create Millions of New Jobs

A shift in global economic trends favors America, if it can repair its reputation as a place to do business.

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Practical Economics
July 2012

Investors Will Make Big Banks Safer

The cloud hanging over bank stocks this year has a silver lining.

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Practical Economics
June 2012

Why America Won't Let the EU Fail

They say "no" now, but Obama, Bernanke (and even Romney) would do what they could to fund a euro bailout.

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Practical Economics
June 2012

What Should CEOs Earn?

CEO pay will keep rising sharply, partly because Americans aren't close to agreeing on what bosses should be paid.

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2012

8 Cities with Surprising Job Growth - Slide Show

Though we expect job creation nationwide to continue its sluggish pace, some areas will fare much better than others. Here are eight metropolitan areas that we think are poised to become job-creating machines ...

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Practical Economics
May 2012

Three Lessons Bernanke's Students Could Have Learned in School

The Fed chairman can't be frank about some hard truths, even in the classroom.

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Practical Economics
April 2012

Which Way Is the Fed Headed?

It has been tougher than usual to divine the Federal Reserve's intentions on interest rates.

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Practical Economics
April 2012

Inequality: Mostly Among the 1%

The super-rich are outstripping the merely wealthy -- but the rest of us are a lot more equal than you might think.

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Practical Economics
March 2012

Economy Warming with the Weather

Though the risk of a spike in energy prices looms, there's mounting evidence that this time, economic recovery is for real.

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Practical Economics
March 2012

Mexico's Four Big Threats to the U.S.

On the unhappy 20th anniversary of NAFTA, the country isn't advancing as rapidly as free-trade supporters predicted.

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Practical Economics
February 2012

Manufacturing Is Not the Answer

It's a mistake to think that manufacturing can do much to revive the economy. For good reasons, it is declining in importance.

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Practical Economics
January 2012

Gingrich's Economic Plan Political, Not Practical

His plan for a corporate moon base isn't the only far-out policy touted by Newt Gingrich.

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Practical Economics
January 2012

Predicting Elections With the Economy: More Art Than Science

When it comes to presidential elections, is it really the economy that matters?

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Practical Economics
December 2011

The Economy: Four Lessons From 2011 for 2012

In many ways, this was a year to forget -- but we'd making a mistake not to learn from the past.

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Practical Economics
November 2011

Italy on the Economic Brink

The European nation’s long-overlooked problems will be much tougher to solve than Greece’s.

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Practical Economics
November 2011

The Fatal Flaw of Obama's Mortgage Plan

Until Americans see owning a home as a good investment again, housing will continue to be a drag on the economy.

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Washington Matters
October 2011

Laura Tyson Pushes a Corporate Tax Break

How one former official with a vested interest is pressing fellow Democrats to help corporations.

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