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Draghi Sees Turbulence Ahead

The ECB chief thinks the euro zone’s growth challenge is now so serious that it needs to act more like a political union, but that puts him on a collision course with [...]

Decree Stirs Fears for Hong Kong as Finance Hub

Beijing is pressing unpopular changes to Hong Kong’s election laws that some say threaten to undermine the pillars that have made the city a commercial success at the doorstep of the world’s second-biggest economy. [...]

BOJ May Be Reluctant to Affirm Positive Economic Cycle

When Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at a two-day policy meeting starting Wednesday, economists say he may be wary of stating that a positive economic cycle is firmly in place in [...]

Japan Wages Jump in July

Japanese wages rose at their fastest pace in over 17 years in July, tempering concerns about the strength of the nation’s economic [...]

Food-Stamp Use Starting to Fall

After soaring in the years since the recession, use of food stamps, one of the federal government’s biggest social-welfare programs, is beginning to decline. [...]

Euro-Zone Manufacturing Slows

Italy has joined France in contraction, while German factories had their most sluggish month since September last year. By contrast, activity in Greece expanded, while Ireland’s factories had their strongest month since late [...]

Thai Inflation Continues to Ease

Thailand’s consumer prices eased for the third consecutive month in August, leading some economists to predict the central bank will keep its interest rate unchanged at least for the rest of the [...]

Atlantic City’s Big Bet on Gambling Sours

The sudden closing of Atlantic City’s two-year-old Revel casino hotel, plus two other casinos shutting their doors in the next few weeks, marks the end of the New Jersey city’s decades-long reliance on gambling to stay [...]

Inflation Pressure Eases, Letting Fed Focus on Jobs

Inflation pressures have eased after a brief run-up this spring, giving the Federal Reserve more latitude to focus on bringing down high [...]

U.S. Consumer Spending Declines

Household spending fell in July, a sign that cautious consumers could hold back economic growth in the second half of the [...]

Treasury Head to Speak on Inversions

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is planning a Sept. 8 speech about a controversial corporate strategy known as tax inversions, suggesting that the White House could be progressing in its effort to upend the [...]

Lending for Construction Grows 4% in 2nd Quarter

Construction lending posted the largest gain of its yearlong recovery in the second quarter, signaling that the real-estate industry’s rebound is gaining steam, albeit [...]

GDP Expanded at 4.2% Rate in Second Quarter

The U.S. economy’s second-quarter rebound was more robust than previously thought, putting the recovery back on track as it ended its fifth [...]

Low Inflation Pressures ECB

Low German inflation and falling Spanish consumer prices put added pressure on the ECB to take steps to prevent ultralow inflation from further damaging the euro zone’s stagnant economy. [...]

Mexico Looks to Raise Wages

Mexico City’s leftist Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera raised pressure on the federal government with a proposal to lift the federal minimum wage—which lags only behind Haiti in the hemisphere—to $6 per day for [...]

Fed Chief Yellen Still a Multimillionaire

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and her husband owned at least $5.3 million in assets last year, according to documents released by the U.S. Office of Government [...]

U.S. Banks Boosted Lending in Second Quarter

U.S. banks increased their loan balances in the second quarter of 2014 by an amount not seen since before the financial crisis, a government report said, offering evidence of a pickup in lending as the economy slowly [...]

Fed Leaders Have Diverse Financial Situations

The leaders of the Federal Reserve’s 12 regional banks reflected widely divergent financial situations last year, according to annual disclosure forms released [...]

Pending Home Sales Rose in July

The number of contracts signed to buy previously owned homes rose in July, a new sign that steady job growth is supporting a rebound in housing [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall Again

The number of new applications for jobless benefits dropped again last week and remained near post-recession lows, the latest sign of a strengthening labor [...]

Poor Cities Can Get High Credit Ratings

Detroit’s bankruptcy case cast a cloud of doubt over other U.S. cities with large populations of poor residents, but a surprising number of them are in relatively good financial [...]

Deficit Forecast Trimmed as Rates Stay Low

The Congressional Budget Office projected the federal budget deficit over the next decade will be smaller than previously forecast, but it also revised downward the GDP estimate for [...]

U.S. Farm Incomes Forecast to Fall

U.S. farm incomes are expected to fall 13.8% this year to the lowest level in four years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says, as expectations of a second straight bumper harvest push down prices for key [...]

Durable-Goods Orders Surge

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods jumped to a record in July thanks to a surge in aircraft purchases, while underlying gauges of demand indicated strong momentum in broad business [...]

Profit Growth Slows at China’s AgBank

Agricultural Bank of China reported the slowest first-half profit growth since it went public in 2010, while its bad-loan level picked up as the country’s economic growth [...]

Home-Price Growth Slows

The yearly growth in home prices across the U.S. continues to slow this year, according to a home-price report released Tuesday. [...]

U.S. Manufacturers Lose Ground

America’s shale boom has raised hopes of a revival in U.S. manufacturing, in part fueled by cheaper energy. But U.S. factories still are losing ground to rivals in Asia and [...]

U.S. Consumers More Optimistic

U.S. consumers view the economy with more optimism this month, according to the Conference Board, a private research group. An upbeat view on jobs hints at a solid August payrolls report, some economists [...]

How an Entrepreneur’s Passion Can Destroy a Startup

Strong feelings can lead founders to make bad choices at the worst times. Here are some common traps—and how to avoid [...]

Buyers Not Clamoring for New Homes

New-home sales fell again in July, a sign that a major source of jobs continues to waver entering the second half of [...]

Bank Fight Points to Bigger Battle Over Trade

The Outlook: The political brawl over the fate of the Export-Import Bank is clouded by immense uncertainty over what the business world would look like without some form of government-backed trade [...]

Fed’s Yellen Remains Mum on Timing of Rate Change

Janet Yellen delivered a cliffhanger in the mountains of Wyoming. The Fed chairwoman left the public guessing about when the central bank will start raising short-term interest [...]

Central Bankers Wrestle With Easy Money

Central bankers gathering for the Jackson Hole conference confront a global economy that has once again disappointed, leaving them reluctant in some places and unable in others to turn off spigots of easy [...]

Yellen Noncommittal on Rate Move

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen pointed to an improving U.S. job market, but was noncommittal about how this progress would affect monetary [...]

China Faces Growth Concerns

China’s economy faces an uphill battle for the rest of 2014, adding pressure on Beijing to step up government spending or free up money to spur [...]

U.S. Existing-Home Sales Up 2.4%

Sales of previously owned homes rose in July to their highest level since last September, the latest sign that the U.S. housing recovery has regained its footing after a shaky stretch following last year’s jump in mortgage [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall

New applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to levels that haven’t been seen regularly in eight years, the latest sign of an improving labor [...]

Fed Debates Early Rate Increases

Federal Reserve officials debated at their July policy meeting whether they might need to raise interest rates sooner than expected in light of a strengthening recovery, but they were restrained by lingering doubts about whether the economy’s gains would [...]

Regulators Eye Variable Annuity Sales

Responding to customers’ complaints, some states are putting a spotlight on how financial advisers sell variable annuities—and the results aren’t [...]

U.S. Consumer Prices Rose 0.1% in July

Consumer prices advanced in July at their slowest pace since February, which could give the Federal Reserve more flexibility to maintain policies designed to stimulate stronger economic [...]

U.S. Home Size Levels Off, for Now at Least

The two-year trend of big houses getting even bigger appears to have peaked—at least for now—as more buyers seeking modest homes enter the [...]

Thai Air Force Chief Battles Ailing Economy

Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, in his role as Thailand’s economics czar, is working to lure foreign investment to bankroll the ruling military junta’s ambitious spending [...]

Bundesbank Warns on German Growth

Germany’s Bundesbank has warned that global tensions such as the crisis in Ukraine are weighing on the outlook for Europe’s largest economy, putting assumptions about the strength of the country’s growth at [...]

In Phoenix, a Realty Check as Market Moderates

Phoenix stands as a prime example of how some of the country’s hottest housing markets are struggling to pass the baton from bargain-hunting investors to traditional buyers. [...]

Treasury to Address Inversions

Treasury officials are assembling administrative options for Secretary Jacob Lew to consider on ways to deter or prevent U.S. companies from reorganizing [...]

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