Marilyn Geewax en Economists See (OK-ish) Growth In 2013 Suddenly, the new year is looking a bit brighter — at least in the eyes of most economists and investors.<p>On Day 1 of 2013, Congress voted to veer away from the "fiscal cliff" by <a href="">passing a package of provisions</a> that avoided broad tax hikes and big spending cuts. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 230 at Economists See (OK-ish) Growth In 2013 The 2012 Economy Brought Glad Tidings To Many After years of recession and slow recovery, maybe you didn't notice. But it turns out, 2012 was a fairly good year for the U.S. economy.<p>The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index has risen nearly 14 percent this year<strong> </strong>and the unemployment rate has fallen to 7.7 percent, the lowest point in four years. Inflation and interest rates have stayed low, allowing families to cut their debt loads.<p>"Consumers are feeling better now," said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist for IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 17:07:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 203 at The 2012 Economy Brought Glad Tidings To Many