March 5th, 2013
09:34 PM ET

Dow surpasses 2007 record high

Anderson Cooper spoke with Ali Velshi about the Dow Jones industrial average closing at a record high of 14,253.77 on Tuesday. Velshi says the stock market is the only place where Americans can put their money to gain in the short term.

Read Dow record? Who cares? Economy still stinks!

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Filed under: Ali Velshi • Economy
October 18th, 2012
09:44 PM ET

Deal needed to avoid fiscal cliff

Dana Bash, Ali Velshi and Gloria Borger discuss fiscal negotiations and why the election delays an agreement.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Ali Velshi • Dana Bash • Economy • Gloria Borger • Taxes
September 17th, 2009
05:40 PM ET
August 10th, 2009
11:18 AM ET

Video: Health care reform options

Erica Hill and Ali Velshi

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Erica Hill • Health Care • Raw Politics
June 1st, 2009
02:05 PM ET

Market bounce

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Ali Velshi | Bio
CNN Chief Business Correspondent

Despite the 4th biggest bankruptcy in US history, and the largest industrial bankruptcy ever, markets are up strongly.

The Dow started 2009 at 8776.39. It is close to that level now, nearly erasing ALL of this year's losses for the first time this year.

The S&P 500, which started the year at 903.25, is well above that level (although it has been on the plus side previously this year).

Filed under: 360° Radar • Ali Velshi • Wall St.
May 27th, 2009
01:42 PM ET

Down to the wire...

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear more from Ali Velshi on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Ali Velshi | Bio
CNN Chief Business Correspondent

It's down to the wire for GM.

The nation's biggest auto maker has until Monday to come up with a viable plan to save itself, or the government will force it into bankruptcy like it did Chrysler.

But the time probably doesn't matter.

GM's bond holders (the people who lent the company money) refused a deal to swap their debt for part ownership in the ailing company.

GM paid its hourly staff today, instead of Friday, and word is many suppliers have also been paid, paving the way for the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection before this week is out.

I'm on my way to a bar, ironically called "bamboozled" across from a GM plant in the Detroit suburb on Warren, to talk to workers about the fact that the end of their careers may be near.

Sadly, I have made this trip to Michigan too many times. I'm rarely here for good news.

The irony is that this trip WASN'T for the GM story; it was to go for a ride around the test track with Ford CEO Alan Mulally about his (somewhat successful) efforts to turn that company around. Right now, he's a bit of a shining light in Detroit.

We'll bring you parts of that discussion later this week.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Ali Velshi • auto bailout
May 8th, 2009
11:07 PM ET

Economic rebound?

Anderson Cooper and panelists discuss whether or not the economy is rebounding, despite the increase of unemployment.

Filed under: Ali Velshi • David Gergen • Economy
May 8th, 2009
10:09 AM ET

April unemployment numbers – better than expected?

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Ali Velshi | Bio
CNN Chief Business Correspondent

539,000 US Jobs were lost in April, substantially better than the 590,000-600,000 that were expected.

Notably, that number is MUCH lower than March's 699,000 jobs lost. Some economists are suggestion that the worst for monthly job losses is now over.

5,700,000 people have lost their jobs since this recession began 18 months ago, in Dec '07.

13,700,000 Americans are unemployed now. That's the highest number of people unemployed since records started being kept in 1948.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Unemployment
May 7th, 2009
09:46 AM ET

Economic snapshot – mixed

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Ali Velshi | Bio
CNN Chief Business Correspondent

In a continuing trend of "less worse" economic news, Initial jobless claims for the week ending May 2nd decreased by 34,000 from the previous week, to 601,000. This is the lowest it’s been since January, and lower that the 635,000 that analysts’ were expecting.

Still - continuing claims remain at a record high of 6,351,000. That's the number of people collecting unemployment insurance. More than that number are no longer collecting benefits, but are unemployed.

Also, General Motors reported a SIX BILLION dollar loss for the first quarter, continuing its march toward bankruptcy on June 1.

Add that to the budget stuff and anything we don't already know about stress tests (due out at 5pm) and we have a bunch of money-related news today.

All of the major stock averages have rebounded since hitting frightening lows earlier this year and experts are predicting an end to the recession soon.

But is the worst over? For more from Ali Velshi, check out his interview with CNN.com about what to expect.

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Economy • Finance • Unemployment
April 30th, 2009
10:59 PM ET

Forecaster says recession is almost over

Program Note: Tune in tonight for a full report from Ali Velshi on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Ali Velshi | Bio
CNN Chief Business Correspondent

One of America’s most reliable economic forecasters says the current recession – the longest in half a century – will end this year, possibly as early as this summer.

Lakshman Achuthan, Managing Director at the Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI), was one of the first to declare that the US was in a recession. Now he’s one of the first to say its ending. ECRI, he says, is the research group in the world that studies business cycle recessions and recoveries for a living, and has a near-perfect record of predicting. They do it by crunching various pieces of data and creating “leading indicators” which show where the economy is headed

The indicator that looks the furthest into the future actually started showing signs of future growth as early as last November, as the worst of the credit crisis started to ease. Another indicator, with a shorter lead-time into the future, started pointing toward growth in early December. Both indicators have showed steady growth since then and that, says Achuthan, is enough data for him to say this recession is ending. That’s because, over the last 75 years, when those indicators turn up, the recession ends within four months. No exceptions, says Achuthan.


Filed under: Ali Velshi • Economy • Finance
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