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The Middle Class by the Numbers

Graphic by Jake Turcotte, Research by Ryan Lenora Brown/The Christian Science Montiro

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To Invest, or not to Invest? As Wall Street posts a new record, experts decode its message about the state of the economy – and whether it’s too late to invest.
Dow at 15,000: What the stock market is telling us
Do young people believe in stocks?
Why Charles Larsen will be staying out of the market
One couples’s rationale for getting into the market
Illustration by Dan Vasconcellos/The Christian Science Monitor

To Invest, or not to Invest? As Wall Street posts a new record, experts decode its message about the state of the economy – and whether it’s too late to invest.

Dow at 15,000: What the stock market is telling us

Do young people believe in stocks?

Why Charles Larsen will be staying out of the market

One couples’s rationale for getting into the market

Illustration by Dan Vasconcellos/The Christian Science Monitor

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Countdown to Tax Day: As April 15 looms, we dig a little deeper into taxes, where they come from, where they go, and what reforms to the tax code could look like.

Tax reform: Why a kinder, simpler tax code eludes Congress so far

Tax day 2013: Saving energy can save you money on taxes

What does the federal government do with your money? Take our taxes quiz.

Graphics by Rich Clabaugh/The Christian Science Monitor

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Egypt’s foreign reserves have tumbled to $15 billion from $36 billion, jeopardizing the government’s ability to meet the people’s needs. The future is about a lot more than voting.

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"The protesters appeared to be a motley assortment of slackers, students, environmentalists, socialists, feminists, and hippies. It is easy to lampoon such folks, just as it easy to poke fun at the retirees, gun lovers, and pro-lifers that man the Tea Party information booths. But like the conservative enragés that have taken over parts of the Republican Party, these protesters have a serious issue that motivates them: the purported takeover of the political system by the richest one per cent of the population, as symbolized by Wall Street. “The one thing we all have in common,” says the protesters’ site, “is that We are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.”"

— John Cassidy, in his piece for The New Yorker on the Occupy Wall Street protests. Recommended among Good Reads from the Monitor’s international desk.

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From the feature story: Unemployment, Inc.: Six reasons why America can’t create jobs.
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From the feature story: Unemployment, Inc.: Six reasons why America can’t create jobs.
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Graphic: Apple Inc.’s bushels of cash
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A daily cartoon from our commentary page

A daily cartoon from our commentary page