Econ 101: October 15, 2012

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  • Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is firing back at critics of the latest Fed effort to boost the economy. [Financial Times]
  • The number of homes listed for sale in the U.S. fell 18 percent over the last year. [Bloomberg]
  • But the practice of “flipping” houses for profit is on the rise again. [Washington Post]
  • Profits from high-frequency stock trading are expected to drop this year. [New York Times]
  • The Federal Trade Commissioner is considering suing Google for antitrust violations. [Bloomberg]
  • Sprint, the third-largest wireless carrier in the U.S., is selling a 70 percent stake to the Japanese company SoftBank. [CNN Money]
  • Social Security’s cost of living adjustment this year will be one of the smallest since the program adopted such increases in 1975. [Associated Press]