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De Blasio Signs Living Wage Law

The executive order raises New York City’s living wage at government-backed projects by more than $1 per hour and expands the law to include thousands more [...]

Stubborn Bond Yields and the Man Who Saw Them Coming

HSBC’s Steven Major, one of the few analysts who wasn’t caught off guard by the strength of Treasurys this year, still sees 10-year yields at 2.1% by [...]

U.S. Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Drops

U.S. consumers unexpectedly pulled back on their economic optimism in [...]

U.S. Home-Price Growth Slows Again

The yearly growth in home prices across the U.S. slowed more than expected in the middle of summer, according to a home price [...]

U.S. Consumer Spending Increases

Steady consumer spending and income gains have put the U.S. economy on track for solid growth in the third [...]

U.S. Pending Home Sales Fall

The number of contracts signed to buy previously owned homes fell in August, a new sign of an uneven housing [...]

China’s One-Two Punch Threatens to Hit Growth

The Outlook: China’s sweeping effort to purge corrupt officials could weigh on its long-term growth, posing a risk to the global [...]

Banks Cash In on Tax Trade

“Dividend arbitrage” helps big banks generate more than $1 billion a year by helping hedge funds reduce taxes, but it has drawn criticism from U.S. [...]

U.S. GDP Revised Higher

The U.S. economy grew in the spring at a 4.6% rate, the fastest pace since late 2011 and another sign the recovery is regaining [...]

In U.S., India’s Modi to Pitch Economy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first U.S. visit as the nation’s leader will be meeting with corporate executives from GM, IBM and Boeing to lobby for new investment in his country’s sputtering [...]

U.S. to Shield Military From High-Interest Debt

The Obama administration plans to propose tougher financial protections for personal loans made to the military amid concerns lenders are circumventing rules designed to protect service [...]

Japan’s Inflation Slips

Inflation in Japan slowed more than expected in August, dealing a setback to the Bank of Japan’s efforts to achieve its 2% price [...]

Historic Market Key to Detroit’s Future

In Detroit’s version of New York City’s meatpacking district, the meat is still being packed. And local officials say the Eastern Market historic neighborhood is key to the bankrupt city’s economic [...]

U.S. Durable-Goods Orders Fall 18.2% in August

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods tumbled last month as aircraft purchases pulled back from a July record high, but orders ticked up outside of the volatile transportation [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise 12,000

The number of new applications for unemployment benefits climbed last week, but a low pace of layoffs kept initial claims near prerecession [...]

L.A. Backs Raising Minimum Wage for Large-Hotel Workers

The Los Angeles City Council has approved one of the nation’s highest minimum wages for workers at the city’s large [...]

Defaults on Federal Student Loans Decline

The share of borrowers defaulting on federal student loans shortly after leaving school has declined, as legions of borrowers enroll in federal programs that lower their monthly [...]

U.S. New-Home Sales Surge 18%

Sales of newly built homes surged last month to the highest level since 2008, an early sign of higher consumer demand that could—if sustained—boost the broader housing [...]

Limited English Limits Job Prospects

Almost 1 in 10 adults of working age in the U.S. has limited proficiency in English, more than 2.5 times as many as in 1980, curbing their job prospects and ability to contribute to the [...]

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 [...]

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