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Fitch Downgrades Pennsylvania’s Bonds

Fitch Ratings cut its ratings on Pennsylvania’s general-obligation bonds by a notch, citing the commonwealth’s continued inability to address its budget [...]

U.S. Issues New Rules to Combat Tax Inversions

The Obama administration on Monday issued new rules to combat so-called tax inversions, intended to make the deals harder to accomplish and less [...]

Detroit Residents: Restore Our Water

Detroit homeowners delinquent in paying their water bills testified in federal court about the hardships they endure when the city turns off their taps. [...]

U.S. Home Sales Falter as Investors Pull Back

The U.S. housing market lost momentum in August as investors pulled away, weighing on existing-home sales and raising doubts about the sector’s underlying [...]

Minority Borrowers Feel Mortgage Pinch

Black and Hispanic borrowers are receiving a smaller share of mortgage loans, according to Federal Reserve [...]

Fed’s Plosser to Retire in March

Charles Plosser, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, said Monday he will step down from his post on March [...]

Should Lending Standards Ease?

As officials flag worries about a soft housing recovery, they face a hard question: Is the drag on housing due mainly to tight lending standards? Or is the real culprit weak [...]

G-20 Continues Growth Push

Finance ministers from the world’s biggest economies reaffirmed a pledge to sharply boost world growth through more infrastructure spending, amid demands for some participants—especially European countries—to do [...]

The Penny May Not Be From Heaven

The U.S. Mint makes billions of new one-cent coins every year—more than any other denomination. But the penny costs more than its face value to [...]

Fed Rate-Hike Tool Stirs Some Concern

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen spent months devising a strategy for managing short-term interest rates. Two days after the plan’s release, some market participants warn the new approach may have flaws. [...]

Affordable Homes Drive Rebound in Exurbia

The exurbs are starting to make a comeback, signaling that the housing market’s recovery is slowly spreading beyond major cities and their [...]

Household Wealth Hits Record

Americans’ wealth hit the highest level ever in the second quarter amid a rise in stock and home prices, prompting consumers to ramp up their borrowing—a development that could boost the economic recovery. [...]

Jobless Claims at Second-Lowest Level in 14 Years

The number of new applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to near postrecession lows, the latest indication layoffs are trending sharply lower amid generally improving economic [...]

U.S. Housing Starts Fall, but Broader Trends Look Solid

U.S. home builders ramped up construction this summer as more families entered the market, but a tumble in August and other obstacles are clouding the sector’s [...]

Fed Plots Cautious Course on Rate Hikes

The Federal Reserve took two steps toward winding down the historic easy-money policies that have defined its response to the financial crisis but stopped short of the move markets are awaiting most: signaling when interest rates will start to [...]

World Bank: Ebola Poses Potential Economic Crisis for West Africa

West African nations hit by the Ebola epidemic will face a catastrophic economic crisis unless global authorities move faster to marshal resources needed to contain the outbreak, World Bank President Jim Kim said [...]

Live: Fed Decision, Yellen News Conference

Amid Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s press conference, our live blog analyzes how close the central bank is to exiting its easy-money [...]

U.S. Inflation Gauge Falls

Consumer prices fell in August, the first monthly decline for the inflation measure since April 2013, a reading that could lend support to some Federal Reserve policy makers who are seeking to move slowly in lifting ultra-low interest [...]

U.S. Home-Builder Optimism Surges

Home-builder optimism surged in September to the highest level since 2005, a sign home construction could pick up in coming [...]

Moody’s Keeps U.S. Outlook Stable

The U.S. is in good enough shape to keep its triple-A rating for a while, but projected spending growth for programs such as Social Security pose concerns down the road, Moody’s Investors Service [...]

Dollar Gains Against Yen

The dollar crept higher against the Japanese yen but eased against the euro Wednesday, as investors awaited the conclusion of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy meeting later in the [...]

A Novel Use of Eminent Domain Hits Headwinds

Some officials in Richmond, Calif., are pushing a novel use of eminent domain to purchase the mortgages of underwater homeowners, but not the homes, to reduce debt [...]

U.S. Incomes End 6-Year Decline, Just Barely

Americans’ incomes ticked up in 2013 for the first time since the recession, and the poverty rate fell for the first time since 2006. [...]

U.S. Producer Prices Unchanged in August

A gauge of U.S. inflation was unchanged in August, a sign that price pressures remain tame amid subdued economic [...]

Russia Plans Fund for Firms Hurt by Sanctions

The creation of the bailout fund comes amid increasingly frank admissions in Moscow that sanctions imposed by the West are starting to hurt the Russian [...]

India’s Export Growth Slows

India’s merchandise exports grew a modest 2.35% in August, the slowest rate in five months, the Trade Ministry said Monday, raising uncertainty about the strength of the country’s economic [...]

Some Republicans Back State Minimum-Wage Boosts

Republican candidates in states where voters will decide on boosting the minimum wage say they favor those pay-increase measures even as they oppose raising the federal wage [...]

OECD Cuts Growth Forecasts

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development lowered its growth forecasts for the U.S. and other large developed economies, and said the continued weakness of the recovery demonstrated the need for significant changes in economic [...]

Yellen Seeks Interest-Rate Consensus

The Fed chief’s actions in her first six months confound the view of her as a strong advocate of easy [...]

Industrial Production Falls in August

U.S. industrial production fell in August for the first time since January, the latest sign of uneven improvement in the [...]

Eurozone Production Rebounds

Industrial production across the eurozone rose more sharply than expected in July, an indication that the currency area’s economy returned to growth after flat lining in the second [...]

Resurgent U.S. Dollar Fuels Rally

The dollar has logged its longest winning streak in 17 years, bolstering global demand for U.S. stocks and [...]

Turkey’s Weak Economy Hits Jobs

Turkey’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate jumped to a three-and-half-year high in June, as the slowing economy took its toll on the country’s labor [...]

India’s Economy? See China in 2001

The economic race between India and China looks a lot closer if you account for one key fact: China got a 13-year head start on India in opening its economy and giving companies greater freedom to invest and produce. [...]

Lending to China Leads a Global Rise

International banks sharply increased their cross-border lending during the first three months of 2014, particularly to China, a report showed, providing further evidence that the aftershocks of the global financial crisis and subsequent euro-debt crisis have [...]

Fed Sizes Up Alternate Rate-Hike Paths

The Outlook: The Federal Reserve is debating the path of its coming rate increases: whether to start early and proceed gradually, or wait longer and be ready to move [...]

Lower Gas Prices, Job Gains Drive Pickup in Retail Sales

Spending at U.S. retailers ticked up in August, a sign that lower gasoline prices and better job growth may be encouraging consumers to open their [...]

Skills Gap Bumps Up Against Vocational Taboo

The Obama administration and governors from Michigan to North Carolina have a solution for some of the U.S. manufacturing sector’s woes: German-style apprenticeship programs. But American firms are reluctant to buy in. [...]

U.S. Import Prices Fall on Cheaper Oil

Prices of imported goods fell sharply in August, a sign cheaper oil is helping keep a lid on inflation in the [...]

Health-Care Spending Picks Up

The sprawling U.S. health-care industry saw revenue rebound last quarter, a sign that stronger spending at hospitals and medical offices could help boost U.S. economic growth to its highest level in eight [...]

Economists See Overseas Risks as Growth Wild Card

WSJ Survey: After an uneven first half of the year, most economists are relatively sanguine about the U.S. economy’s growth outlook. It’s the rest of the world that’s a [...]

Abe Wants Japan’s Women Working

Japan is encouraging more women to enter the work force as a part of the government’s “Abenomics” growth policy, but questions are arising about the effectiveness of gender-based numerical targets. [...]

U.S. Deficit Narrows in August

The U.S. budget deficit narrowed in August from the same month a year ago because tax revenue increased and government spending slowed last [...]

Yen Falls to Six-Year Low on Dollar

Japan’s yen fell to a six-year low against the U.S. dollar after the Bank of Japan assured the Japanese government it wouldn’t shrink from easing monetary policy further to ensure it hits a 2% inflation target. [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise by 11,000

The number of new applications for jobless benefits rose last week to the highest level since June, but stayed near eight-year [...]

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