Water cooler conversations, the symbolic purveyors of societal small talk, now include the words "derivatives," "Ponzi schemes" and "subprime mortgage." Welcome to America's new lexicon.
President Barack Obama on Monday promised a major investment in research and development, with the goal of spending 3 percent of the nation's gross domestic product on scientific innovation.
Circulation declines at the nation's newspapers are speeding up.
The nation's 19 largest banks are receiving report cards showing how they performed in the government's stress tests to assess their soundness, a process that could roil the industry.
Demand for big-ticket manufactured goods and new home sales both were better than expected in March, raising some hopes that the long slides in manufacturing and housing are slowly coming to an end.
Investors set aside some of their worries about the economy Friday after Ford Motor Co. posted better-than-expected results for the first three months of the year.