October 2nd, 2013
03:05 PM ET

Government shutdown vs. debt ceiling

The government shutdown is bad for the economy. But failing to raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17  would be catastrophic. Christine Romans explains what could happen.

Filed under: Christine Romans • Debt Ceiling • Economy • Government Shutdown • Politics
September 23rd, 2013
05:37 PM ET

What's a taper?

It's the biggest little word in economics and you might not even know what it means: taper. No fear, Christine Romans is here to breakdown the five-letter conundrum and reveal why the taper matters to your financial future.

September 20th, 2013
05:22 PM ET

Government shutdown? Here's the lowdown

We've all heard warnings about a shutdown, but where would you feel it if the government grinds to a halt? Candy Crowley and Mohamed El-Erian join Christine Romans.

September 20th, 2013
02:34 PM ET

Taper tantrum

Everyone was expecting a pullback, but Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke had other plans. Christine Romans explains how the taper has affected your retirement, your mortgage, and your job.

Filed under: Christine Romans • Economy • Federal Reserve • Your Money
September 20th, 2013
02:22 PM ET

Government shutdown: déjà vu or D-Day

Once again, the country is teetering on the edge of government shutdown. Lack of compromise in Washington has put us here before. Christine Romans looks back to the shutdown of 1995 to see what the worst case scenario would be like today.

Why you aren't making it in America
September 18th, 2013
09:37 AM ET

Why you aren't making it in America

By Laurie Frankel
We learned on Tuesday that 15% of Americans are living in poverty - 46.5 million Americans. What those statistics don't tell us is how many Americans living above the poverty line are barely surviving in this economy. That's what ALICE is all about.
Who is ALICE? Do you know her? You probably encounter her everyday, even if you don't know it.
ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE households have jobs. They pay taxes. They are everyday Americans struggling to make it an economy that, four years into the recovery, is still very shaky.
Christine Romans, host of CNN's Your Money, recently delivered the keynote address at a Rutgers University conference dedicated to building resilience for ALICE households.
During the half-day event, leaders from academia, business, government, labor, and nonprofits came together to discuss the 1.1 million New Jersey residents struggling to make ends meet.
That number, 1.1 million, comes from the ALICE project, a comprehensive research study released last year by the United Way of Northern New Jersey and a Rutgers University professor.
It finds there are 769,900 ALICE households in New Jersey. Those are households with income above the federal poverty level but below the basic cost-of-living threshold in an expensive state. Add in the 312,762 households that are below the national poverty line, and you arrive at 1.1 million households struggling to afford housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation. That's 34% of the state's population or one in three households. New Jersey is a high cost-of-living state - the 4th most expensive in the nation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. That's one reason why so many residents are struggling to afford basic necessities. Another reason, one that we've talked about a great deal on "Your Money," is the explosion of low-wage jobs. According to the ALICE study, more than half of all jobs in New Jersey pay less than $20 an hour. These jobs, including cashiers, health care workers, bank tellers, insurance clerks, teaching assistants, and security guards, are projected to grow at double or triple the rate of medium and high-skilled jobs in the state over the next decade. There are no easy solutions for ALICE: education, financial literacy, improved access to government and non-profit services– all of these were discussed at the conference. But the single biggest factor that will help ALICE households achieve stability is better-paying jobs. And right now the U.S. economy is failing to provide them. According to the National Employment Law Project, 58% of job growth during the recovery has been in low-wage occupations. If the trend is not reversed, it's not just ALICE who will suffer, there are consequences for every American when ALICE can't get by.

Filed under: Christine Romans • Economy • Your Money
September 13th, 2013
01:50 PM ET

Five years after the fall: are we safer?

Five years ago banks were failing. Congress bailed them out, and set up measures to prevent round two. Christine Romans asks: is your money really any safer today?

September 6th, 2013
05:10 PM ET

Job gains in August: fair fight or forfeit?

August's jobs report: the good, the bad, and the labor force participation rate. The big numbers are on track, but Alison Kosik reveals that these stats aren't pretty, especially for the Americans who have dropped out of the labor force completely.

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Filed under: Alison Kosik • Economy • Jobs • Magic Wall • Your Money
August 23rd, 2013
02:32 PM ET

"Do you want fries with that?" nation

We're known for our American ingenuity, but are we a nation of innovation or a populace of part-timers? Christine Romans, Stephen Moore and Daniel Gross investigate.

Filed under: Christine Romans • Economy • Your Money
August 16th, 2013
03:30 PM ET

A rude awakening for the American Dream

A house, a good job, a family... that's the stuff American dreams are made of. But America has woken up out of the recession to fewer affordable homes, lower-quality jobs, and higher costs of raising a family. Christine Romans asks Marc Morial and Mohamed El-Erian if the economy can hit the snooze on these alarming trends.

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