• How working around the clock hurts families

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Maybe lack of family leave time isn't the problem for parents — maybe working 24/7 is the problem for parents.

  • If the Fed raises interest rates as expected, what is most likely to happen to markets?

    Malcolm Berko | Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Does the Fed really have much control over the economy?

  • Dollar's strength applies downward pressure to some crop prices in U.S.

    Published: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Crops and dollars headline this edition of Futures File, our weekly commodities round-up.

  • The UN is redefining what it means to live in poverty

    Omar Etman, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The UN, in conjunction with Oxford, has created a multidimensional global poverty measurement tool. The goal is to capture the realities of poverty in ways income-based poverty assessments cannot.

  • If money can't buy happiness, what actually does?

    Lane Anderson, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    America is still the richest country in the world, but it's not one of the happiest. How much is too little? How much is too much?

  • Cuba could become big buyer for Oklahoma wheat

    BY LEILAH NAIFEH Business Writer lnaifeh@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Oklahoma sent a shipment of wheat to Cuba in 2004, but Cuba hasn’t bought from the United States since 2011.

  • Timeless financial advice says 'buy and hold,' not 'buy and sell'

    BY TOM PHILLIPS For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The 21st century has turned into a cautionary tale for investors and those of us who help them.

  • Falling energy markets can be tricky for exchange-traded fund algorithms

    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: This hocus-pocus, abracadabra and shazam algorithm stuff makes for good press but lousy performance. During the past year, Solactive’s algorithms failed miserably, and YMLP crashed.

  • How to buy a ticket for St. Jude Dream Home

    BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home giveaway are available for the 2,800-square-foot house by TimberCraft Homes in The Lakes at Traditions addition. Tickets are $100 for the fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The value of the home is estimated at $400,000. Winners of the house and other prizes will be announced at noon Aug. 16 on KOKH-25. Tickets can be reserved by calling (800) 592-1596 or going to www.dreamhome.org. Sponsors of the fund-raising campaign include KOKH-25, TimberCraft Homes, 101.9 the Twister, The Oklahoman, Slice Magazine, Edmond Life and Leisure, Edmond Furniture Gallery, Storm Safe Shelters, Legacy Cleaners & Laundry, Epsilon Sigma Alpha as well as national sponsors Brizo, Shaw

  • Tips on choosing between one- and two-story house

    By Ellen James Martin | Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Mark Nash, a longtime real estate broker and author of "1001 Tips for Buying and Selling a Home," said homebuyers who have mixed feelings about housing styles should make sure they visit at least two horizontal properties and two vertical ones.

  • The Latest: Washington fire closes in on city's water source

    By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    The latest on wildfires burning in Montana and California: 1:35 p.m. PDT Crews fighting a wildfire in southeast Washington are working to prevent flames from reaching a watershed that provides drinking water for the city of Walla Walla. Firefighters are removing fuels and securing lines to prevent it from reaching the boundary of the Mill Creek Watershed, fire spokeswoman Amber Mahoney said Thursday. The blaze has destroyed one home and threatens dozens others as an estimated 1,000 firefighters battled it in steep, challenging terrain. It has scorched nearly 9 square miles of grass, shrubs and timber about 10 miles east of Walla Walla, a city of 60,000 people. ___ 12:35 p.m.

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 4.04 percent

    Associated Press | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, retreating from highs for the year and amplifying the incentive for prospective home buyers. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac says the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4.04 percent from 4.09 percent a week earlier. The rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages slipped to 3.21 percent from 3.25 percent. As in recent weeks, mortgage rates followed the yield on the key 10-year Treasury note, which declined. Bond yields for Treasurys were pushed lower by a rise in bond prices. The yield on the 10-year note eased to 2.33 percent Wednesday from 2.36 percent a week earlier. It held steady in trading Thursday morning at 2.33 percent.

  • Oklahoma's unemployment rate increases slightly during June

    BY DON MECOY Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Oklahoma's unemployment rate has grown each of the past three months

  • Obama Honors Vets in Speech, Order Flags to Half-Staff

    Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Flags will fly at half-staff at the White House and on federal grounds through sunset on Saturday to honor the service members killed in the shooting rampage last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Obama administration announced on Tuesday. President Barack Obama said the thoughts and prayers of the country were with the four Marines and sailor who were killed, and he expressed gratitude to the police and first responders who stopped the attack and saved lives.

  • Supreme Court allows indirect testimony of children in abuse cases

    Mandy Morgan, Deseret News | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Supreme Court ruled that indirect testimonies of children can be used in abuse cases.

  • Taking Stock: Drawn up by financial planning industry, '4 percent rule' may not be very insightful

    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: The Rule of 4 was concocted as a rule of thumb by the financial planning industry and makes as much sense as searching for saltwater penguins in a sandstorm.

  • Futures File: Weather pattern could have major impact on crops, market prices

    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: In the coming months, NOAA is calling for continued cooler, rainier weather in the Midwest, but the winter could be milder and drier.

  • A bad deal for Greece could be a bargain for tourists there

    Omar Etman, Deseret News | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Greece's economic crisis has major implications for EU and the euro. If you were planning on vacationing along the Mediterranean, that might not be such a bad thing.

  • President Obama speaks to non-violent drug offenders at prison in El Reno

    By RICK M. GREEN AND JULIANA KEEPING Staff Writers | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    President Barack Obama spoke to six non-violent drug offenders at the federal prison in El Reno, Okla, and gazed into a 9-foot by 10-foot cell on Thursday. Afterward, he said we was struck that how easy it could be for a young person with few resources to end up incarcerated in a place like this. "There but for the grace of God," he said. He said excellent work was being done at this medium-security prison with job training, college courses and drug counseling, but noted this facility, like many other prisons, is overcrowded. He said mandatory minimum prison sentences were a "huge driver" of increases in prison populations across the country.

  • Oklahoma City builder presents second St. Jude Dream Home

    BY TIM FALL For The Oklahoman trfall@gmail.com | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    It's the second time in three years that TimberCraft, 510 E Memorial, has called on its network of suppliers and craftspeople to collaborate on a custom home built to benefit the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.