Chris Arnold http://wrur.org en Missing In The Housing Recovery: New Houses http://wrur.org/post/missing-housing-recovery-new-houses More than five years after the crash, homebuilding is stuck at half its normal level. That's a big drag on the economy. And things aren't looking much better: A report out Thursday shows homebuilder confidence is <a href="http://www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?newsID=16817">at its lowest level in a year</a>.<p>This severe slump in single-family home construction has been going on across the country. We haven't seen anything close to this kind of a long-term construction slump since World War II.<p>"This is a completely unprecedented collapse," says Ian Shepherdson, chief U.S. Thu, 15 May 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 6419 at http://wrur.org Missing In The Housing Recovery: New Houses Housing Regulator Has Big Plans In Store For Two Mortgage Titans http://wrur.org/post/housing-regulator-has-big-plans-store-two-mortgage-titans A top federal regulator for the U.S. housing market signaled some big changes for government-run mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The changes likely mean lending will be expanded. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 6383 at http://wrur.org One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse http://wrur.org/post/one-more-speed-bump-your-retirement-fund-basic-human-impulse Saving for retirement is a challenge facing most Americans. Research shows the challenge is made harder by our basic human impulses. We know we should be saving. But we don't. We consistently make bad financial decisions.<p>One thing that leads us astray is what behavioral economists call "loss aversion." In other words, we hate losing. And that gets in the way of us winning — if winning is making smart financial decisions.<p><strong>How A Smashed Car Is Like A Smashed Nest Egg</strong><p>A few months ago I got rear-ended and my Jeep Cherokee was totaled. It's the first new car I ever bought. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 5906 at http://wrur.org One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse How Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Could Hurt Its Economy http://wrur.org/post/how-russias-annexation-crimea-could-hurt-its-economy Russian President Vladimir Putin's swift move to annex Crimea is seen as a sign of strength by many Russians, and it has boosted Putin's popularity at home. But when it comes to Russia's economy, many analysts think Russia's prospects are looking weaker.<p>In recent days, we've seen Russians rallying in the streets, waving flags and celebrating Putin's move to reclaim Crimea as part of Russia.<p>And before that, Putin has been active on the world stage, hosting the Olympics and standing up for Russia's interests in Syria. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 5807 at http://wrur.org How Russia's Annexation Of Crimea Could Hurt Its Economy Report: Most Americans Not Putting Enough Away For Retirement http://wrur.org/post/report-most-americans-not-putting-enough-away-retirement The stock market surge has given a lift to many retirement portfolios. But a new report finds that most Americans haven't saved nearly enough for the kind of retirement they expect. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 5726 at http://wrur.org Severe Weather Socks The Economy, But Full Impact Is Unclear http://wrur.org/post/severe-weather-socks-economy-full-impact-unclear The economy often absorbs the impact of snowstorms, such as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/03/285171762/what-a-blast-wicked-winter-storm-spreads-across-nation" target="_blank">this week's storm</a>, without much trouble, but this winter the weather is doing more damage than usual.<p>Sal Sambataro, the manager of Il Cortile in Manhattan, says that when the weather is better, people are packed into the family-owned Italian restaurant. On a recent day, though, the temperature is close to 15 degrees and the doorman wears a furry hat. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 5604 at http://wrur.org Severe Weather Socks The Economy, But Full Impact Is Unclear Small-Batch Distilleries Ride The Craft Liquor Wave http://wrur.org/post/small-batch-distilleries-ride-craft-liquor-wave Wherever you live, you're probably not too far from a local microbrewery making beer. Now, the latest trend is the spread of what you might call "micro-boozeries."<strong> </strong>Craft liquor distilleries are springing up around the country like little wellheads spouting gin, whiskey and rum.<p><a href="http://www.turkeyshoredistilleries.com/" target="_blank">Turkey Shore Distilleries</a> in Ipswich, Mass., is one of them.<p>Co-founder Evan Parker<strong> </strong>boils molasses in a giant, 400-gallon copper kettle to distill what the company calls Old Ipswich Rum. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 5271 at http://wrur.org Small-Batch Distilleries Ride The Craft Liquor Wave For The Unemployed, Ideas To Help Bridge The Gap To Work http://wrur.org/post/unemployed-ideas-help-bridge-gap-work When members of Congress return to work next week, at the top of the "to-do" list is whether to renew emergency unemployment benefits. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 5094 at http://wrur.org For The Unemployed, Ideas To Help Bridge The Gap To Work Cars Are Next Frontier For Sharing Services http://wrur.org/post/cars-are-new-frontier-sharing-services Following the popularity of companies like Airbnb, which rent out a client's house or apartment to people visiting the area, more companies are trying the idea with cars. Companies like Uber help find someone to drive you around like a taxi. Another will let you rent out your car like a Zipcar while you're at work. <br /> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:29:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 5022 at http://wrur.org Cars Are Next Frontier For Sharing Services Can Young People Get Obamacare For $50 A Month? Sometimes http://wrur.org/post/can-young-people-get-obamacare-50-month-sometimes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlerIMpzVPQ</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 4450 at http://wrur.org Can Young People Get Obamacare For $50 A Month? Sometimes