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Hard Choices on Easy Money Lie Ahead for Fed Chief

Janet Yellen’s job is about to get harder after a relatively easy first year as Federal Reserve chairwoman, as she looks to move past the preset course of winding down a bond-buying program and begin raising interest [...]

Durable-Goods Orders Falter, Stirring Concern

Demand for big-ticket manufactured goods tumbled last month, a sign U.S. businesses remain cautious about spending despite the economy’s recent [...]

CBO: Deficit to Narrow, Then Widen in ’18

Existing budget restraints and stronger economic growth will chip away at the federal deficit into 2017 before the gap begins to widen again, the Congressional Budget Office said, providing ammunition for both parties ahead of the White House’s first budget proposal to the Republican-controlled [...]

Consumer Confidence Surges

U.S. consumers turned exceedingly upbeat about the economy at the start of 2015, with the Conference Board’s index of consumer confidence hitting its highest level since August [...]

Russia Rating Slips to Junk, Hurting Ruble

Russia’s fractured economy suffered another potential blow Monday after credit-rating firm Standard & Poor’s cut the country’s credit rating to [...]

Europe, Greece Dig In Over Debt

Greece and its creditors veered toward confrontation as its new, leftist government pledged to make good on promises to reverse years of public-spending cuts despite warnings from European capitals that doing so could plunge the country, and Europe, into deeper [...]

Weak Yen Lifts Japan Exports

Japan’s trade deficit shrank to its lowest level in 18 months in December, as robust exports to the U.S. showed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policy of pushing down the yen finally appears to be helping the [...]

Dual Oil Benchmarks; Dueling Stories

The Numbers: The benchmarks for global oil prices—West Texas Intermediate and Brent crude—measure different things and don’t always line up. Columnist Jo Craven McGinty explains what it all [...]

Vote Against Austerity Tests Eurozone Cohesion

Europe File: After the Greek vote, a growing anti-reform electoral tide poses a direct risk to the long-term viability of the single currency, says Simon [...]

Euro Falls After Greek Election

The euro touched the lowest levels in more than a decade against the U.S. dollar and Japanese yen, and Asian stocks and U.S. futures tumbled after a vote in Greece fueled fears about the future of the [...]

Currency Fight Hinders Talks on Trade Deal

Concern that some trade partners are manipulating their currencies to gain an export edge has emerged as a major hurdle to the Obama administration’s efforts to move a Pacific trade agreement through Congress. [...]

U.K. Lawmakers Panel Calls For Moratorium on Shale Gas Fracking

The U.K. parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee is calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas even as companies are applying for permits to start exploration work in the fledgling [...]

BOE Rate Setter Suggests Need to Act Earlier

At the Bank of England, a former White House adviser is scrutinizing the global crosscurrents buffeting the U.K. economy. Her conclusion: Interest rates in Britain may need to start slowly rising sooner than many people [...]

Greek Tensions Highlight Europe’s Challenge

Greece, the eurozone’s most troubled economy, remains tethered to an unforgiving bailout machinery, built at Berlin’s [...]

Euro’s Drop Puts U.S. Economy to the Test

The ECB’s program to buy bonds—and the resulting fall in the euro—means the U.S. must deal with a strengthening dollar that will make American goods more expensive abroad and could slow U.S. [...]

Existing-Home Sales Rebound a Bit

Sales of previously owned homes rebounded somewhat in December, a solid end to a largely lackluster year for the U.S. housing [...]

EU Nears Deal to Reinforce Sanctions

The European Union is on the brink of approving a major change to the bloc’s legal rules that would shore up the region’s sanctions regime against Iran, Syria and [...]

ECB Stimulus Ushers In New Era for Europe

The ECB launched an aggressive bond-buying program in a plan to flood the eurozone with more than $1 trillion in newly created [...]

Summers: U.S. Faces Growth Challenge

The U.S. economy still faces serious challenges in restoring robust long-term growth, despite the recent pickup in economic activity, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers [...]

ECB Action Ripples Across Region

Denmark’s central bank cut its main interest rate 90 minutes after the European Central Bank’s announcement in a move underscoring how swiftly the ECB stimulus plan is likely to ripple across the [...]

Methodists’ Pension Fund Revises Investment Guidelines

The United Methodist Church is implementing new guidelines for its $21 billion pension fund meant to steer it away from investing in coal energy and in companies that operate in countries thought to violate human [...]

Gasoline Heads to $2, Breaking Records Along the Way

Gas prices appear headed below a nationwide average of $2 a gallon in coming days, and the rapid plunge is beginning to ripple through the U.S. economy in ways both familiar and unpredictable. [...]

Millennials Yearn for Homes in the Suburbs

New survey shows Generation Y prefers to live in single-family homes outside the urban center, even if they currently reside in the city. [...]

Washington’s Economic Focus Turns to Middle-Class Angst

Middle-class economic anxiety has emerged as a likely theme of policy debates, with Republicans offering their own ideas to counter President Barack Obama’s State of the Union [...]

U.S. Jobless Claims Flash Some Warning Signs

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week but remained near a seven-month high, raising a concern that momentum in the jobs market could be easing early in the year. Seasonal layoffs could be a [...]

Obama Lays Out Middle-Class Pitch to Skeptical Congress

President Obama declared an end to the U.S. economic crisis as he made the case to Americans, and a skeptical Congress, that now is time to focus on resolving lagging progress among the middle [...]

Investors Wonder Whether ECB Will Do Enough

The ECB’s executive board proposed a roughly €50 billion ($58 billion) monthly bond-buying program, but markets largely shrugged as investors pondered whether the ECB will do enough to stoke Europe’s fragile [...]

Chinese Prime Minister Invokes ‘New Normal’ of Slower Growth

China’s slowing growth won’t cause a regional or systemic crisis, and the Chinese economy won’t have a hard landing, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said [...]

Obama Seeks to Woo Fellow Democrats on Trade

President Barack Obama’s push for a new round of trade deals looks set to hinge on a small swing contingent of House Democratic lawmakers, testing the president’s ability to woo wary members of his own [...]

Housing Starts End Year Solidly, Up 4.4%

A burst of groundbreakings for single-family homes last month offered hope a key segment of the housing market is revving up after years of [...]

Bank of Canada Shocks With Rate Cut

Canada’s central bank delivered a shock interest rate cut Wednesday, its first since the recession, describing it as “insurance” against the potential economic toll of collapsing oil [...]

Does the Dollar Have Further to Go?

A widely held view among strategists and investors is that the dollar will rise further, but there are serious [...]

China Faces ‘New Normal’ of Slower Growth

China’s slipping economic momentum is driving the government to seek new sources of growth and pushing multinationals and Chinese companies to look for a Plan B to prosper in the world’s second-largest [...]

Economists See Housing-Market Pickup

Economists at the International Builders Show said that while 2014 proved disappointing they expect construction and home buying to accelerate in 2015, driven by strong job growth and improving consumer [...]

President, Republicans Aim to Forge Trade Deals

Improved economic and political winds look set to give President Barack Obama a new opening to complete at least one sweeping trade deal, despite reservations within his own [...]

Home-Builder Confidence Ticks Down

A measure of home-builder sentiment ticked down in January, a sign that headwinds may persist for the sector. [...]

Fed on Track to Raise Rates Later in Year

Federal Reserve officials are staying on track to start raising short-term interest rates later this year, even though long-term rates are going in the other direction amid new investor [...]

More Young Adults Stay Put in Biggest Cities

For decades, young people flocked to the country’s three biggest cities—New York, Los Angeles and Chicago—to build careers before taking their talent and spending power elsewhere. That pattern appears to be fading as more young workers stay put in the big [...]

Larger Home-Builders Show Reflects Industry Optimism

Sales of new and existing homes were lackluster last year, but there is an air of optimism running through this year’s gathering of home builders, contractors and suppliers at the home-building industry’s annual convention in Las [...]

Inflation Slows Amid Plunge in Oil

U.S. consumers are seeing prices rise at the slowest annual pace in more than five years, largely thanks to a global plunge in oil prices, presenting a potential complication for the Federal [...]

Europe Edges Closer to Deflation

Europe edged closer to deflation in December, as consumer prices across the European Union’s 28 members fell for the first time since records began in [...]

Cheaper Heating Oil Fuels Billions in Savings in Northeast

On top of the broad savings Americans are reaping from cheaper gasoline, plummeting oil prices stand to bring residents in the Northeast billions more in savings this winter when they fill up their home heating-oil tanks. [...]

Industrial Production Inches Down on Warm Weather

U.S. industrial production fell slightly in December as warmer-than-usual weather tamped down demand for [...]

Biggest Banks Lag Behind as Economy Gains Steam

More than five years into the economic recovery, the nation’s biggest banks are still on the outside looking in, as their fortunes grow increasingly disconnected from the rest of the [...]

India Cuts Interest Rate

The Reserve Bank of India surprised markets with an early-morning lending-rate cut Thursday, stepping back from its inflation-fighting stance in hopes of helping bolster growth in Asia’s third-largest [...]

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