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Fed Proposes New Regulations for GE Capital

The Federal Reserve proposed a set of tougher rules for General Electric Co.’s GE Capital unit designed to mitigate the threat the firm poses to the financial [...]

U.S. Pending Home Sales Fall 1.1% in October

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

New-Home Sales Rose in October

New-home sales rose slightly in October after sharp downward revisions to prior months’ levels, a sign that demand in the sector isn’t gaining momentum this [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Rise to 313,000

The number of Americans seeking first-time jobless benefits leapt last week but remained at a level suggesting steady job [...]

Americans Borrowing More Briskly for Cars, Homes

Americans showed an increased appetite for borrowing this summer, taking out more new mortgages for the first time in more than a year while adding to their debts using car and credit-card [...]

Fannie, Freddie Give Some Relief to Foreclosed Homeowners

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will allow homeowners now in foreclosure to buy back their properties at market value, a reversal of previous policy that had prohibited such [...]

Investors Cheer Brazil’s Next Economic Czar

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will name the former head of the country’s treasury, Joaquim Levy, to replace Finance Minister Guido Mantega, an official [...]

Amid Global Slowdown, U.S. Growth Keeps Looking Better

The economy expanded at its fastest pace in more than a decade during the spring and summer, showing the U.S. has strengthened its economic footing despite increasing global [...]

U.S. Home Prices Decelerated in September

The yearly growth in home prices across the U.S. decelerated further in September, according to a home price report released Tuesday. [...]

Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Falls

U.S. consumers toned down their upbeat view of the economy this month, according to a report released [...]

Irish Fiscal Watchdog Criticizes Budget

Ireland’s fiscal watchdog joined a number of international bodies in criticizing the government for making small cuts in income-tax rates rather than larger reductions in its budget [...]

German Business Mood Improves

German business sentiment unexpectedly increased in November, a closely watched survey showed, suggesting Europe’s largest economy is slowly finding its footing [...]

China Loosens Debt Terms for Venezuela

With default threatening the economy as oil prices tumble, Caracas gets a lifeline from its biggest [...]

China’s Loan Guarantees Turn Flimsy

As China’s economy slows, guarantee chains—in which companies pledge to back loans to other companies—are wreaking [...]

EU to Unveil Fund to Aid Investment

The EU is poised this week to announce a new fund that will use financial engineering in an effort to spark at least €300 billion ($370 billion) of additional investment in the Continent’s moribund [...]

What Big Economies Got Right, Wrong After Crisis

Divergent policy paths taken by the world’s advanced economies provide lessons for global [...]

China Cuts Rates in Surprise Move

Bowing to political and market pressures, China cut lending rates for the first time in more than two years, in an acknowledgment that its piecemeal efforts to bolster its flagging growth have [...]

Black Friday a Guide to Holiday Sales? Don’t Buy Into It

Black Friday is nearly here, and with it will arrive forecasts of total holiday sales. But the year’s busiest shopping period is hit-or-miss as a [...]

Central Banks in New Push to Prime Pump

The People’s Bank of China and European Central Bank moved to pump up flagging global growth, boosting stock markets but raising questions about the limitations of central-bank [...]

New York Fed Chief Lambasted

Sen. Elizabeth Warren told New York Fed president William Dudley to fix alleged lax oversight of big banks “or we need to get someone who [...]

With China, Europe Moves, Central Banks Try Again to Spur Global Growth

Major central banks have once again tried to pump up a flagging global economy, sending markets higher but raising new [...]

Regulator: Boosting Scrutiny of Banks on Commodities

Regulators are expanding their examination of bank activities in commodities markets and could unveil new restrictions early next year, a senior Fed official told [...]

Fed Launches Bank-Supervision Review

The Federal Reserve launched a sweeping review of how it supervises big banks amid growing criticism that its process for policing Wall Street isn’t effective and stifles internal [...]

Immigration Plan Seen Affecting Wages, Jobs

President Obama’s move to offer legal-worker status to undocumented immigrants will send unpredictable ripples through the economy, prompting many to seek higher paying jobs and heightening wage competition, economists [...]

U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged in October

U.S. consumer prices held steady last month, the latest sign of weak inflation at home amid soft energy prices and slow growth [...]

Modi Walks a Reformist’s Minefield

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been on a tear, announcing everything from a “Make in India” campaign to a purge of outdated laws and a public-cleanliness drive, all aimed at boosting economic growth. Still uncertain is what all of Mr. Modi’s tinkering will add up [...]

Existing-Home Sales Rise

Sales of existing homes rose in October to their highest level in a year, the latest sign of the U.S. housing recovery shaking off the shock of last year’s jump in mortgage [...]

Jobless Claims Fall

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits held around a 14-year low last week, signaling continued improvement in the labor [...]

Tarullo Sees Liquidity Rules Helping

New liquidity rules will give regulators facing a financial crisis the time they didn’t have during the 2008 meltdown to determine a firm’s health, a top Federal Reserve official [...]

Fed Opted to Stay on Path Despite Global Concerns

Fed officials meeting last month said they felt the U.S. recovery was on strong enough footing to withstand gathering external threats to growth and stuck to their plan to unwind nearly six years of easy-money [...]

U.S. Housing Starts Down 2.8%, but Single-Family Market Shows Strength

Builders started construction on fewer properties last month, but a solid gain for single-family homes suggests the market may be strengthening heading into next [...]

BOJ Stays Upbeat

The Bank of Japan maintained its easing policy and upbeat view of the economy despite dismal growth figures that prompted Prime Minister Abe to delay a tax increase and call early [...]

Interest-Rate Cuts Loom Across Asia

Regional trend of moderating prices creates expectations that central banks will cut interest rates to spur growth and help ease heavy debt [...]

Japan Scrambles to Rescue Economy

Recession in the world’s third-largest economy has Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe readying another major economic stimulus and preparing to call snap elections amid rising clamor over the wisdom of his “Abenomics” [...]

U.S. Home-Builder Confidence Rose in November

A gauge of home-builder sentiment climbed in November, a hopeful signal for the U.S. housing recovery as it struggles to find its [...]

Producer Inflation Remains Tepid

The main gauge of U.S. producer inflation ticked higher last month, though broader measures underscored downward price pressures from falling energy costs and a weak global [...]

Japan Falls Into Recession

A sales tax increase pushed Japan’s economy into a recession in the third quarter, setting the stage for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to postpone a second increase in the sales tax. [...]

ECB Open to Further Easing

The European Central Bank is willing to take additional easing steps if needed to keep inflation from staying too low for too long, ECB President Mario Draghi said in testimony to the European [...]

Industrial Production Slips 0.1%

U.S. industrial production slipped in October, a sign domestic economic growth could slow further in the final months of [...]

Obama Looks to Jump-Start Export Push

While the Obama administration will fall well short of its goal of doubling exports in five years, it is hoping to secure longer-run trade victories with sweeping new agreements in the next two [...]

After 25 Years, Central Europe Still Playing Catch-Up

Europe File: Central Europe’s progress looks impressive relative to 25 years ago, but it has fallen short of what many of its citizens had hoped and hasn’t matched the success of some other emerging [...]

Ukraine Crisis Casts Shadow Over G-20

A meeting of the Group of 20 major economies ended on an acrimonious note as Russian President Vladimir Putin departed early amid fierce criticism of Moscow over the Ukraine [...]

Eurozone GDP Shows Meager Expansion

The eurozone economy expanded last quarter at a sluggish rate, underscoring concerns that the region is stuck in a rut of declining investment and high [...]

Lower Gas Prices Boost Retail Sales

Sales at U.S. retailers rebounded in October, a sign lower gasoline prices are boosting household spending at restaurants and other stores headed into the holiday shopping [...]

U.S. to Spend $425 Million on Supercomputers

U.S. officials are committing $425 million to advance supercomputer technology, the latest sign of the government’s determination to leapfrog China in a field often linked to national security and economic [...]

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