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The Case for Optimism

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The Case for Optimism

BusinessWeek Editor-In-Chief Stephen J. Adler on why he is optimistic about the economy and business amid the sharpest downturn since the Great Depression

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He points to gains, too, on the financial front, saying things are as good as they were before Lehman Brothers, the big investment bank, collapsed last fall.

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Bernanke Says U.S. Economy on Cusp of Recovery

The Fed chairman says prospects for near-term growth "appear good" but stressed that the flow of credit must be fully restored to ensure a lasting recovery

Why Stocks Could Push Higher

There are still a lot of grim economic headlines out there, but bad news can lead to a round of buying just as easily as a sell-off, BW's Ben Levisohn writes

Is the Small Business Credit Card at a Turning Point?

A new survey of 55 banks gives hope that the credit crunch for small businesses may be approaching an end

A Glimmer of Good News for Pier 1

A Goldman Sachs analyst upgrade of the stock—based on new management and a turnaround plan—sent shares sharply higher on June 12

Japan's Recession Ends

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Credit Finally Loosens Up for DreamWorks

After a funding crunch that stymied Spielberg's studio for months, a deal is made to unleash $825 million to get film production moving

Retail Sales: How to Get Consumers Spending Again

Consumers need more money in their pockets and confidence that the paychecks will keep coming. That might not be so easy, say economists

Recession Nearing Its End

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The Case for Cautious Optimism

SAP's chief executive believes we're in the middle of a W curve and that it will be well into 2010 before a real recovery occurs

Vital Signs: Is a Housing Rebound at Hand?

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Germany and France Escape Recession

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Employers to Reinstate 401(k) Matches, Unfreeze Salaries

Cleveland's Housing Rebound

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High-End Homes: Is the Tide Turning?

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Is Britain's Economy on the Mend?

There have been signs of economic turnaround in the U.K., but Bank of England Governor Mervyn King warns the recovery will be slow

Green Investing Is Paying Off

Eco-friendly investments, from individual stocks to mutual funds and ETFs, have outperformed the Dow and S&P 500 this year

Signs of European Economic Recovery

Britain and Spain, the two European economies hardest hit by the downturn, are showing some indications of stabilization and even upturn

Among Small Business Owners, Signs of Hope

Surveys show owners of small companies think the economy is starting to turn. But they're not spending yet

Pending Home Sales Rise for Fifth Straight Month

The Realtors' pending home sales index is above its level when the economy collapsed last fall; gains are strongest in the South and West. But prices are still falling

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The Case for Optimism

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MBA Tales: Searching for Work in a Recession

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"I would hope there is a more calculated response to spending if jobs return and that financial education becomes a core subject in schools."

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