Art Pine

Art Pine

Contributing Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Just Ahead: The Robotics Revolution
Technology

Just Ahead: The Robotics Revolution

The U.S. is on the cusp of an explosion in robotics that will have a significant impact on business and the economy over the next decade. Here's how i…
March 20, 2013
Playing a Dangerous Currency Game
Economic Forecasts

Playing a Dangerous Currency Game

Countries eager to stimulate their economies and boost exports -- the U.S. included -- are on a perilous path
February 13, 2013
Manufacturing Bouncing Back
Economic Forecasts

Manufacturing Bouncing Back

America's manufacturing sector is recovering and poised for a modest rebound. The question is how much?
February 4, 2013
A Fork in the Road for China
Economic Forecasts

A Fork in the Road for China

China's deepening economic slowdown alone isn't damaging enough to blunt the U.S. recovery, but the U.S. has a lot at stake in Beijing's response to i…
October 15, 2012
Can Washington Boost the Economy?
Economic Forecasts

Can Washington Boost the Economy?

Now that the Fed has used up all its ammunition, any further stimulus will be in Congress' hands.
September 26, 2012
The Federal Reserve's Rocky Road
Economic Forecasts

The Federal Reserve's Rocky Road

The nation's beleaguered monetary policy gurus have tough decisions to make, regardless of the presidential outcome.
August 21, 2012
A Push for New Labor Concessions -- Now?
Business Costs & Regulation

A Push for New Labor Concessions -- Now?

U.S. steelmakers and Caterpillar want steep concessions from their unions. If they succeed, will other big manufacturing firms follow?
August 13, 2012
After the Election: The Future of Outsourcing
Politics

After the Election: The Future of Outsourcing

The two major presidential candidates are blaming each other for the outsourcing they say has moved American jobs abroad. Who is responsible?
July 25, 2012
China: How Its Slowdown Will Affect the U.S.
Economic Forecasts

China: How Its Slowdown Will Affect the U.S.

China’s economy is slowing visibly, diluting its impact as the major engine of global economic growth. Will that blunt the fragile U.S. recovery as we…
July 18, 2012
U.S. as Safe Haven: How Long Can It Last?
Economic Forecasts

U.S. as Safe Haven: How Long Can It Last?

Despite all its economic problems, America continues to be a favorite for currency traders and foreign investors of all kinds.
July 5, 2012
Joblessness: Becoming a Long-Term Problem?
business

Joblessness: Becoming a Long-Term Problem?

The number of Americans out of work for a full year or longer reached an all-time high last year. It's declining now, but very slowly. The cost to bot…
June 27, 2012
New U.S.-China Rivalry: Vying for Asia's Trade
Economic Forecasts

New U.S.-China Rivalry: Vying for Asia's Trade

Both governments are now pushing regional free trade agreements designed to expand commerce with Asian countries. But they're very different -- and th…
June 11, 2012
Higher Inflation? The Risks Are Increasing
Economic Forecasts

Higher Inflation? The Risks Are Increasing

Many forecasters expect inflation to slow in 2012, but the prospect that consumer prices will accelerate is growing, and the current rosy predictions …
March 27, 2012
What's Stalling U.S. Trade Policy
Economic Forecasts

What's Stalling U.S. Trade Policy

To help create more jobs, the U.S. needs to reduce its outsize trade deficit and promote more exports, but that isn't in the cards -- no matter how No…
March 19, 2012
For Workers, a Slow Climb Back
business

For Workers, a Slow Climb Back

It's an employer's market, and will be for some time.
March 12, 2012
Globalization: Just Stumbling, or in a New Phase?
Economic Forecasts

Globalization: Just Stumbling, or in a New Phase?

The decades-old push toward a global economy has taken a hit during the latest recession. Has it downshifted permanently?
February 21, 2012
Fixing the Budget: Don't Hold Your Breath
Politics

Fixing the Budget: Don't Hold Your Breath

Waiting for the election to solve America’s fiscal problems? Guess again.
January 26, 2012
Getting Tough with China
Politics

Getting Tough with China

It's an election year, and once again the candidates' fancies have turned to bashing China. But will the victor be able to follow through?
January 10, 2012
A La Carte Pricing Spreads to More Industries
Business Costs & Regulation

A La Carte Pricing Spreads to More Industries

It’s not just airlines and hotels who are finding profit in splitting services up into a variety of fees.
October 25, 2011
China Likely to Hold U.S. Investments Despite Credit-Rating Downgrade
investing

China Likely to Hold U.S. Investments Despite Credit-Rating Downgrade

China won’t shun U.S. Treasury bonds, but Congress’ handling of the debt ceiling legislation—and the downgrading of America’s credit rating—is fanning…
August 8, 2011
Washington's Last Hope to Prod Economy
Economic Forecasts

Washington's Last Hope to Prod Economy

Stimulus, easy money, tax relief -- all done with. So what kind of debt deal can really put us on the right track?
July 7, 2011
Debt Ceiling Standoff: Will the Financial Markets Force a Deal?
Politics

Debt Ceiling Standoff: Will the Financial Markets Force a Deal?

Lawmakers who play with fire by letting Treasuries flirt with default may end up getting burned at the ballot box.
June 21, 2011
Inflation Worries Lurk in U.S. and Abroad
Economic Forecasts

Inflation Worries Lurk in U.S. and Abroad

Prices may rise quickly if the economy picks up steam.
June 14, 2011
The Weak Dollar: When Is Enough Enough?
Economic Forecasts

The Weak Dollar: When Is Enough Enough?

The buck has fallen significantly over the past two years, but the decline has failed to make much of an impact on the nation’s trade and current acco…
June 9, 2011
U.S. and China: The End of Outsourcing?
Economic Forecasts

U.S. and China: The End of Outsourcing?

Making it in America is looking more appealing to some firms.
May 11, 2011