In 1914, Henry Ford announced he was more than doubling the average wage of Ford Motor Co. factory workers to $5 a day, in part so they could afford a Model T. His act took the world by surprise, spurred auto sales and helped create an American middle class.
Suzanne Baker and her siblings bought a foreclosed home in Atlanta two years ago, added a fourth bathroom, then waited for values to rebound before considering a sale. Now, she says, they’re ready to cash in.
The economic expansion in the U.S. is sufficiently entrenched to withstand a short-term slump in stock prices and weakness in emerging markets, keeping the Federal Reserve on track to trim stimulus, economists say.
The U.S. economic expansion is sufficiently entrenched to overcome a short-term slump in stock prices and a cooling in emerging-market growth, keeping the Federal Reserve on track to reduce stimulus, economists say.