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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 [...]

RBA Frets Over Housing Loans

Australia’s central bank stressed the importance of maintaining rigorous standards on loans to property investors, reflecting its rising concern that speculators are dominating the housing [...]

Fed to Banks: Shape Up or Risk Breakup

Federal Reserve officials told bank executives they must do more to curb excessive risk-taking and improve behavior at their firms or face stiff repercussions, including being broken into smaller [...]

Italian Minister Urges Patience on Economic Measures

Italy’s Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan rebuffed criticism that the country is moving too slowly in liberalizing its economy, stressing that a mix of economic overhauls and budget measures recently unveiled by Rome could help boost growth by [...]

France Pressures Berlin for Stimulus Plan

French ministers urged Germany to put in place a three-year, €50 billion stimulus program, deepening the confrontation over economic policy between Paris and [...]

Regulator: Pact With Lenders Could Expand Mortgage Access

A top federal housing regulator in a speech Monday said Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and lenders had reached an agreement in principle that could expand access to mortgages for many [...]

China Growth Seen Slowing Sharply

China’s growth will slow sharply during the coming decade to 3.9% as its productivity nose dives and the country’s leaders fail to push through tough measures to remake the economy, according to a report by the business-research group the Conference [...]

Despite Uncertainty, Fed Holds Steady

The Fed is likely to end its bond-buying program this month even as market volatility and uncertainties about the global economy have rattled investors and led to some mixed messages from central-bank [...]

Gauging Economic Fear Factor

The Outlook: Transmitted through bodily fluids, Ebola isn’t nearly as contagious as airborne diseases such as influenza. But its spread has produced real risks of economic [...]

The Eurozone’s Problems Are Based in Politics

Europe File: Some say the euro crisis is back; others argue that it never really went away. [...]

Pension Funds Eye Reducing Hedge-Fund Investments

Pension-fund managers across the U.S. are rethinking their investments in hedge funds in the wake of a retreat by the California Public Employees’ Retirement [...]

Yellen Decries Wealth Disparity

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said rising inequality of wealth and income in the U.S. was impeding the economic mobility at the heart of American [...]

Banks Charge for Euro Deposits

Several global banks have begun charging large customers to deposit their money in euros, a rare move that could have costly implications for investors and companies that do business on the [...]

U.S. Housing Starts Up 6.3% in September

U.S. home building rebounded in September on the strength of apartment construction, a category that provides less of an economic boost than single-family [...]

Fannie, Freddie Set to Loosen Lending

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, their regulator and lenders are close to an agreement that could greatly expand mortgage credit while helping lenders protect themselves from charges of making bad [...]

Growth Fears Grip a Divided Europe

Echoes of the debt crisis reverberated across the eurozone amid mounting concern about the region’s stalled economic recovery and gridlock in the political system called upon to fix [...]

Manufacturers, Employers Remain Steady Amid Tumult

U.S. economic activity appears to be holding steady despite market convulsions over fears of a global slowdown, with American manufacturers and employers showing new signs of [...]

Mortgage Rates Below 4%

Mortgage rates this week fell to their lowest level since June 2013, mortgage-finance company Freddie Mac said Thursday, as the jitters being felt in the stock and bond markets ripple throughout the [...]

Deflation Risk Feeds Global Fears

Behind the spate of market turmoil lurks a worry that top policy makers thought they had beaten back a few years ago: the specter of [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to 14-Year Low

The number of new claims for jobless benefits fell by 23,000 to a seasonally adjusted 264,000 last week, the latest sign of an improving labor [...]

Home-Builder Confidence Falls

A gauge of home-builder sentiment fell in October, the latest in a string of mixed signals for the U.S. housing [...]

Treasury Wants More Eurozone Effort

In its semiannual report to Congress, the U.S. Treasury Department urged Germany to do more to simulate growth in the eurozone and took China and South Korea to task over currency [...]

Italy, France Challenge Europe Over Spending

Italy’s government unveiled a 2015 budget that could set it on a collision course with European Union officials. France also intends to run bigger deficits for longer than previously [...]

U.S. Budget Deficit Returns to Prerecession Levels

The U.S. government’s budget deficit narrowed in its 2014 fiscal year to its lowest level in six years as an improving economy boosted tax [...]

Consumer Caution Dents Retailers’ Holiday Hopes

Spending at U.S. retailers declined in September, raising concerns about the strength of American consumers heading into the holiday-shopping season. [...]

Fed Survey Finds ‘Subdued’ Price Gains, ‘Modest’ Wage Growth

Price gains remain “subdued” across the U.S. economy and wage growth has been “modest” outside of a few high-demand fields, according to the Fed’s latest survey of regional economic [...]

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