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An Energy Plan Not Worth Changing Your Clock For

Two academic studies rebut the idea that daylight saving reduces energy use, and one even concludes the policy increases demand for [...]

Wages Show Signs of Pickup, Just as Consumers Hiccup

Workers are starting to see a little spring in their paychecks and benefits, just as consumer spending fell unexpectedly in September. [...]

BOJ Unexpectedly Eases Policy

The Bank of Japan on Friday unexpectedly announced additional stimulus measures, bolstering its asset purchases for the first time in over a year and a half, as its 2% inflation target looks increasingly [...]

Obama to Meet With Fed’s Yellen on Monday

President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen on Monday to discuss the long-term outlook for the American economy and the global recovery, a White House official [...]

Consumers Cut Spending for First Time Since January

Americans cut spending last month for the first time since January, raising doubts about the economy’s ability to maintain the summer’s sturdy [...]

U.S. Extends Solid Growth, Sidestepping Global Tumult

The U.S. economy expanded at a healthy 3.5% annual pace during the third quarter, a sign of sustained growth fueled by government spending and a narrower trade deficit despite mounting concerns about the health of overseas [...]

U.S. Wages Show Fresh Sign of Breakout

U.S. employers’ labor costs picked up this summer for the second straight quarter, a sign that worker pay could finally break out of its postrecession pattern of sluggish [...]

Economy Stokes Anger at Governors

Despite rising consumer confidence, Republican and Democratic governors are struggling in Florida, Colorado, Michigan and [...]

Jobless Claims Remain at Historically Low Levels

The number of new claims for jobless benefits rose last week but remained at historically low levels, supporting other signals of an improving labor market. [...]

Fed Closes Chapter on Easy Money

The Federal Reserve said it would end its long-running bond-purchase program, concluding a historic experiment that stirred disagreement among policy makers, economists and investors about its [...]

Sanctions Are Seen Hurting Moscow

The European Union estimates its sanctions on Russia will only have a modest impact on the bloc’s economy this year and next but will slice 1.1 percentage points off Russia’s growth rate next [...]

N.Y. Fed Tweaks Interest-Rate Tool

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced a series of important changes in how it uses a tool designed to help it control short-term interest [...]

More Americans Gain Bank Accounts

The proportion of U.S. households lacking bank accounts fell slightly last year amid an improving economy, according to a government [...]

U.S. Earnings Reassure Investors but Growth Lags

America’s companies have a message for markets: Don’t panic yet. Though growth remains weak, the largest U.S. companies as a group are reporting better earnings for the third quarter, thanks in part to discreet pockets of strength across the [...]

Fed Set to End QE3, but Not QE Concept

Federal Reserve officials meeting Tuesday and Wednesday are virtually certain to end their latest bond-buying program, but they won’t be retiring the policy for [...]

Weak Durable-Goods Orders Stir Concerns on Growth

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods fell for the second consecutive month in September, the latest sign of uneven improvement in the [...]

EU Won’t Reject French, Italian Budgets

European Union authorities have decided not to raise serious objections to next year’s French and Italian budgets, defusing an immediate standoff over the bloc’s budget [...]

Gas at $3 Carries Rewards—and Risks

Gasoline prices have dropped below $3 a gallon at most U.S. gas stations, delivering a welcome lift to American consumers and retailers. But the related oil-price drop has a thorny underside: It is threatening to slow the nation’s energy [...]

Home-Price Growth Continues to Moderate

The home-price index covering the entire nation increased 5.1% in the 12 months ended in August, said the Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller Home Price Index report. That’s down from 5.6% in July. [...]

October Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Jumps

U.S. consumers are quite optimstic about the economy this month, according to a report released [...]

EU Budget Chief Says Delaying U.K. Payment Difficult

It is “extremely difficult” to see how European Union rules could be changed to give the U.K. more time to make good on a request to pay an extra €2.1 billion to the EU budget, the bloc’s budget chief [...]

U.S. Signals It Might Back Egypt Bailout

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew signaled Monday that Washington might give the go ahead for international emergency loans for Egypt if Cairo does more to overhaul the country’s [...]

Bad Market Timing Fueled Wealth Gap

The Outlook: Millions of Americans inadvertently made a classic investment mistake that contributed to today’s widening economic inequality: They bought stocks high and sold [...]

ECB Says Most of Europe’s Banks Are Healthy

European regulators said that all but 13 of the continent’s leading banks have enough capital to weather a financial storm, an attempt to put to rest years of anxiety about the industry’s health. [...]

Pending Home Sales Post Small Gain

The number of contracts signed to buy previously owned homes rose only slightly in September after an August decline, a sign the housing recovery remains [...]

Investors Resume Rush for Stocks, but Fears Lurk

The stock market soared this week, reclaiming ground lost earlier in the month. But many investors worried that, with stock prices high and the world economy unsettled, this year’s succession of sudden dips and sharp recoveries may not be [...]

New Homes’ Problem: Price

The gap between the more expensive median price of newly built homes and that of resales has exceeded $70,000 for most of the economic recovery, the widest spread since the Commerce Department and the National Association of Realtors started tracking the figures in [...]

New-Home Sales Rise 0.2%

New-home sales rose slightly in September after surging in August, hitting their fastest pace of the recovery despite downward revisions to sales during the summer [...]

Fed’s ‘Stress Test’ to Look at Corporate Debt Exposure

The Federal Reserve will examine how exposed the largest U.S. banks are to “risky corporate borrowers” as part of the 2015 edition of its stress [...]

France, Italy Take Austerity Fight to Brussels

European Union leaders staked out opposing positions on austerity ahead of a summit here, where France and Italy will attempt to fend off pressure from the bloc’s budget hawks to cut their deficits [...]

Spain’s Recovery Continues

Spain’s economy grew an estimated 0.5% and added 151,000 jobs in the third quarter, driven by a strong summer tourist season, lower borrowing costs and confidence that one of the eurozone’s strongest recoveries is still on [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Remain Near 14-Year Lows

The number of new claims for jobless benefits rose last week but remained near 14-year lows, the latest sign of an improving labor [...]

Despite Riches, Venezuela Starts Food Rationing

The government in Caracas rolls out fingerprint scanners to limit purchases of basic goods, infuriating consumers, amid a shortage of [...]

U.S. Agencies Approve Relaxed Mortgage-Lending Rules

Three U.S. agencies signed off on relaxed mortgage-lending rules, helping complete a long-stalled provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial [...]

Low Inflation, Flatter COLA: Social Security Benefits to Get 1.7% Bump

Tens of millions of elderly and disabled Americans will see a small bump in their Social Security payments next year, another reflection of a sluggish economic recovery that has kept inflation [...]

Russian Economy Stalls

Russia’s economy—battered by Western sanctions and falling prices for oil, its main export—stalled in September even as inflation hit the highest levels in months, data showed [...]

U.S. to Expand Student Loan Access

The federal government will expand access to student loans to more Americans with poor credit histories under new rules to be announced by the Obama administration [...]

U.S. Inflation Remains Tame

Consumer prices rose slightly in September, the latest sign of modest U.S. inflation pressures amid concerns of a global slowdown. [...]

China Growth Slowest in Five Years

China’s economy grew at its slowest pace for five years in the third quarter, suggesting the government’s targeted easing measures to boost economic growth haven’t yielded expected [...]

Global Growth Woes Threaten to Beset U.S. Economy

Another bout of weakening global growth is buffeting a U.S. economy that has faced five years of uneven growth, raising a crucial question: Can the U.S. pull the rest of the world through a slow patch or will sluggish global growth hobble the recovery? [...]

Harvard Law Graduates Top Salary Survey

At $201,000 a year, school’s alumni earn more than those of any other U.S. graduate school by the midpoint in their careers, according to a survey by online salary-information company [...]

U.S. to Go Easier on Mortgage Rules

A push to tighten mortgage-lending standards in the wake of the housing bust has given way to making credit more accessible as Washington frets about the strength of the housing [...]

China’s Slowdown Raises Pressure on Beijing

Analysis: China’s economic slowdown is widely expected to continue into next year, increasing pressure on Beijing to take more powerful measures to spur [...]

New York Fed Faulted in ‘London Whale’ Case

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York failed to examine J.P. Morgan’s investment unit ahead of the bank’s 2012 “London Whale” trading debacle, according to a new [...]

U.S. Existing-Home Sales Hit Highest Level of Year

U.S. home sales reached the highest level of the year in September, a sign of slowly building momentum in a housing market whose recovery has come in fits and starts over the past [...]

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