The best places in the world to visit while the dollar is this strong

Falling hotel prices and a strong dollar make Europe and other regions of the world especially affordable this summer.

    Latest News

    Fiat Chrysler brushes off snow, posts 5.6 percent US sales gain

    Fiat Chrysler brushes off snow, posts 5.6 percent US sales gain

    The company sold 163,586 cars and trucks to post its best February in eight years, led by the Jeep brand with a 21 percent increase.

    Read the news right away or it’s gone: CNN, ESPN push for Snapchat users

    Read the news right away or it’s gone: CNN, ESPN push for Snapchat users

    Effort to reach younger audiences leads to social media experiment

    Main Street Morning: A $55 billion bomber

    Main Street Morning: A $55 billion bomber

    Our rundown of news affecting start-ups and small businesses.

    Hidden in Obama’s budget, big news for small businesses (and taxpayers)

    Hidden in Obama’s budget, big news for small businesses (and taxpayers)

    Nearly 1,200 pages into Obama’s budget are two dashed lines that should please taxpayers.

    Public transit on the ropes

    Public transit on the ropes

    Will Hogan and Bowser follow Arlington County in cutting transit expansion?

    ULA ready to compete against Elon Musk’s space startup, CEO says

    ULA ready to compete against Elon Musk’s space startup, CEO says

    ULA chief Tory Bruno says the company is transforming itself in the wake of challenges by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

    Columnists

    Michelle Singletary

    Michelle Singletary

    Don’t let emotions lead you to an unaffordable choice of college

    Daughter should go to the school that offered her a scholarship or be on the hook financially for the pricier pick.

    Barry Ritholtz

    Barry Ritholtz

    What do falling oil prices mean for the U.S. in the short and long term?

    The immediate impact is negative, but the longer-term effects are more positive.

    Allan Sloan

    Allan Sloan

    Taking stock of pension funds and the trouble they’re in

    Two sets of numbers explain why pensions went from fat and happy to undernourished and desperate.

    Thomas Heath

    Thomas Heath

    Northrop employee reads tea leaves, sees millions, in Keurig coffee machine

    Northern Virginia entrepreneur leaves 100k job tending satellites for dream.

    Market News

    US stocks fall a day after Nasdaq passes 5,000 milestone

    US stocks fall a day after Nasdaq passes 5,000 milestone

    U.S. stock indexes fell broadly in afternoon trading Tuesday as investors await earnings from the few companies yet to announce results and a jobs report later this week. The Nasdaq fell below 5,000 a day after passing that milestone for the first time since the dot-com era 15 years ago.

    Wonkblog

    Laws that decimate unions may be inevitable. Here’s how labor can survive.

    Laws that decimate unions may be inevitable. Here’s how labor can survive.

    Right-to-work laws have devastated unions. But there are ways for unions to adjust.

    Robots are hurting middle class workers, and education won’t solve the problem, Larry Summers says

    Robots are hurting middle class workers, and education won’t solve the problem, Larry Summers says

    Larry Summers set the record straight on technology, education and the future of the middle class.

    Hospital rankings rarely agree on which facilities are best, study finds

    Hospital rankings rarely agree on which facilities are best, study finds

    Very few hospitals all get top marks from four major ranking systems, a new study finds.

    More from Wonkblog

    On Leadership

    When shareholders want to talk about pay equality, but companies don’t

    When shareholders want to talk about pay equality, but companies don’t

    Wal-Mart, eBay and Exxon have each been hit with proposals to publicly disclose pay disparities between male and female employees.

    The leadership wisdom of Warren Buffett

    The leadership wisdom of Warren Buffett

    Buffett’s 50th anniversary letter to shareholders didn’t disappoint.

    More from On Leadership

    Get There

    Why it’s nearly impossible for you to sue your credit card company

    Why it’s nearly impossible for you to sue your credit card company

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking a closer look at mandatory arbitration clauses, which large financial firms often stick in the fine print for credit cards, payday loans and other consumer products.

    Education Department cuts ties with five of its debt collectors

    Education Department cuts ties with five of its debt collectors

    After years of public criticism over the aggressive practices of some of its debt collectors, the agency is canceling contracts.

    The Switch

    “FREAK” flaw undermines security for Apple and Google users, researchers discover

    “FREAK” flaw undermines security for Apple and Google users, researchers discover

    Companies and U.S. agencies scramble to fix a newly discovered security hole. Hundreds of thousands of sites such as Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov are vulnerable.

    The Switchboard: Hillary Clinton used personal e-mail for everything at the State Department

    The Switchboard: Hillary Clinton used personal e-mail for everything at the State Department

    Your morning helping of hand-picked stories from the Switch team.

    More from The Switch