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  • Past inflation and unemployment determine current inflation. Inflation increases when unemployment is below the normal unemployment rate—when the economy runs at full capacity. Inflation falls when unemployment ...

  • The International Monetary Fund's deputy manager director told CNBC this week that Ukraine was on track with conditions of the loan program by the organization.

  • These countries do business best @ CNBC - 2 hours 20 minutes ago

    The United States has climbed further up the ranks of the world's most competitive economies, the World Economic Forum said in its annual report.

  • Business Highlights Associated Press - 2 hours 37 minutes ago

    ___ It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights ...

  • Employers are taking longer than 25 days to fill openings within their companies. WSJ’s Lauren Weber discusses why employers are taking so long and what factors could be contributing to the delay.

  • Atlantic City is struggling as it grapples with closing casinos and a decline in gambling overall that is leading to a shift to a more diversified economy. Matt Heimer joins the News Hub to discuss how ...

  • US stock market ends slightly lower Associated Press - 3 hours ago
    US stock market ends slightly lower

    Concerns over weaker global growth appeared to overshadow strong reports about the U.S. economy Tuesday, nudging the stock market to a tiny loss. Crude prices sank 3 percent, pulling down stocks of oil ...

  • Bank Seizure Leaves Bulgarians Stranded @ The New York Times - 3 hours ago

    Businesses and individuals with about $4 billion in frozen deposits at Bulgaria's fourth-largest bank are struggling to pay their bills after a government takeover of the lender in June.

  • Stock market closes mostly lower @ Los Angeles Times - 3 hours ago

    Concerns over weaker global economic growth appeared to outweigh a pair of strong reports on the U.S. economy Tuesday, nudging stocks to a tiny loss.

  • Pundits have been quick to criticize the speed of reform in India under new Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tuesday marked Modi's 100th day as leader of the nation of more than 1.2 billion people. If the record-setting Indian market is any measure in the past 100 days, Modi's strength shouldn't be in doubt: the MSCI India …

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

    The dollar rose to its highest this year against the yen on Tuesday on strong U.S. manufacturing and construction data, while the euro slipped to a 12-month low on speculation the European Central Bank ...

  • The eurozone recovery has been struggling. GDP has remained flat overall after the second quarter of 2014 disappointed. This was before a new round of sanctions were laid upon Russia, which is the largest ...

  • A speech that President Obama gave to donors last week was notable for how the economy and world affairs were characterized, as well as the ensuing reaction. Here’s a point-by-point look at the address....

  • Easy Money Failing to Spur Turnaround for Europe The New York Times - 4 hours ago

    The European Central Bank’s negative rates strategy has not worked as planned, which is why it is under increasing pressure to try something else.

  • * Growing support for Scotland "yes" vote hurts sterling (Updates market action, adds quotes) NEW YORK, Sept 2 (Reuters) - The euro dipped on Tuesday to fresh one-year lows against the dollar on bets the European Central Bank will do more to help a wobbly euro zone economy, while the pound fell to a near five-month low …

  • US stock market ends slightly lower

    U.S. stocks drifted lower Tuesday afternoon even as reports showed the economy gaining strength. Crude oil prices sank, pulling Exxon Mobil, Chevron and other oil producers down. Investors were also looking ...

  • DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's tax collections are beating targets and have put the country on course to achieve normal deficit levels after six years of austerity, the government announced Tuesday.

  • The Eurozone's unemployment is at 11.5%. It was the focus of Draghi's speech at the 37th annual Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium on August 22. Draghi used the opportunity to discuss the Eurozone's ...

  • [$$] Draghi Looks Ahead to a Turbulent Time @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Europe File: The ECB chief thinks the eurozone'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 Berlin.

  • Why a rising jobless rate will be good for Yellen

    A rise in joblessness would be proof that Janet Yellen's theory of the labor market-that there's lots of extra workers out there-is accurate.

  • Economic activity in Puerto Rico fell in July for a nineteenth straight month to a 20-year low, according to a government economic activity index published on Friday. The Government Development Bank's economic activity index (EAI) fell 0.7 percent year-on-year in July. Puerto Rico says the index strongly correlates to …

  • As speculation deepens the European Central Bank will start quantitative easing just as the Federal Reserve ends its own bond buying, Europe is gaining more leverage over investors globally as the specter of deflation in the region unleashes greater demand for fixed income. The gravitational pull exerted by German bunds …

  • Cameron to announce armoured defence boost @ Financial Times - 6 hours ago

    David Cameron is to announce an order of nearly 600 new cutting-edge infantry vehicles for the British army this week at the Nato summit in Wales as part of a bold effort to demonstrate the UK's commitment ...

  • The economic data are not good and pressure is building on Mario Draghi and the ECB to loosen up and even add some quantitative easing.

  • Canada ’s government is putting on hold plans to clamp down on off-shore tax shelters used by private-equity funds amid concern the measure could curb investment into the country. The finance department announced in its Feb. 11 budget it wanted to deny tax benefits to foreign investors setting up holding companies in other …

  • Atlantic City loses again as Revel shuts @ Financial Times - 7 hours ago

    Atlantic City's Revel Casino shut its doors for good on Tuesday just two years after opening, marking a painful end to a $2.4bn project intended to revitalise the resort town's struggling gambling industry. ...

  • Los Angeles’s improving economy and fiscal management earned the second-most-populous U.S. Larger-than-expected collections of taxes related to hotels and property augmented reserves and helped reverse recession-era cuts in services, Mayor Eric Garcetti said in his 2014-15 budget. S&P revised its outlook from stable on …

  • Ukraine may need as much as $19 billion in additional funds from donors if its conflict with pro-Russian separatists continues during 2015, the International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday. Nevertheless, it said the money planned under the program is largely sufficient for now as long as the fighting between the government …

  • Output at factories and mines rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in July from June, statistics agency IBGE said on Tuesday. Industrial production had fallen 1.4 percent in June from May, partly due to the World Cup soccer tournament. "Two things explain July's growth: The end of holidays in June granted for the World …

  • ISM manufacturing index rose to 59 from 57.1 in July.

  • Ukraine may require additional external financing of about $19 billion by the end of next year if the conflict in its eastern regions rages on through 2015, the International Monetary Fund said. “Should the conflict not begin to subside soon, the program strategy would need to be reconsidered and viability would depend …

  • 'Mortgage crisis' is coming this winter: Bove

    Bove envisions a scenario in which long-term financing that has come with fixed interest rates is endangered as mortgage buyers dry up.

  • When the Budget Control Act became law in 2011, just about everybody agreed it was the wrong way to deal with deficits.  In fact, one reason it won congressional approval was the widespread belief that fear of its consequences would force Democrats and Republicans to agree on more reasonable measures [...]

  • The euro sagged on bets the ECB will do more to help a wobbly euro zone economy. Global equity markets and European shares edged lower before the ECB's meeting.

  • Even though this is a short week, we still have a lot of data—with construction spending, the ISM data, and the jobs report. The jobs report will loom the largest for the bond market.

  • The euro sagged on Tuesday to fresh one-year lows against the dollar on bets the European Central Bank will do more to help a wobbly euro zone economy, while the pound fell to a near five-month low versus the greenback on worries about a Scottish secession. The ECB will hold a policy meeting on Thursday and traders will …

  • French President Francois Hollande speaks with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi at the Elysee Palace in Paris

    French President Francois Hollande and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi agreed on Monday that low inflation and weak growth were threatening the European Union's economy, an official in the president's office said. Draghi called last week for greater emphasis on fiscal stimulus over austerity - comments that irritated …

  • Analysts raised their expectations for inflation and lowered their growth estimates for Mexico this year, a Mexican central bank survey showed on Tuesday. The central bank, which targets inflation of 3 ...

  • 47% Of Americans Say U.S. Still In A Recession @ Investor's Business Daily - 10 hours ago

    The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index for September rose slightly, but remains below the neutral level as nearly half of Americans say the U.S. is still in recession. The overall reading for the IBD/TIPP ...

  • Canada’s two-speed economy is showing up in consumer confidence readings, polling data show. The Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index was stable at 59.0 for the week ended Aug. 29, which masked growing splits in opinions about the economy. The world’s 11th largest economy has shown uneven growth this year, with resource-rich …

  • It is not yet certain Germany can refrain from any net new borrowing in 2015 as set down in its draft federal budget, a senior lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) said on Tuesday. Norbert Barthle, budget committee leader for the CDU, warned that official data on Monday showing a federal surplus …

  • Economic Data To Give Direction To The Market

  • Cautious trading prevails on Tuesday as investors keep a close eye on the simmering Ukraine-Russia conflict ahead of a European Central Bank (ECB) meeting on Thursday and U.S. nonfarm payrolls (NFP) data due on Friday. Currently, the U.S. dollar is trading near highs against the euro and yen as the Federal Reserve’s self-imposed …

  • The U.S. economy is motoring ahead of the rest of the world and generating the best job growth in years, but the ride is still not free of bumps.

  • LONDON (Reuters) - Britons' expectations for inflation over the next 12 months edged up in August to 2.3 percent from 2.2 percent in July, a monthly poll by YouGov showed on Tuesday. Inflation expectations ...

  • Brazil’s industrial production in July rose more than analysts forecast, after the economy slipped into recession in the second quarter. Production rose 0.7 percent, the first increase since January, the national statistics agency said today in Rio de Janeiro. President Dilma Rousseff has attempted to revive growth with …

  • LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will release a half-yearly budget update and new fiscal forecasts on Dec. 3, Chancellor George Osborne said on Tuesday. The government gives the update in November ...

  • ECB Under More Pressure As PMI Slips Benzinga - 13 hours ago

    The euro remained below $1.32 on Tuesday morning as the European Central Bank’s September policy meeting approached. The common currency traded at $1.3127 at 6:00 GMT following poor economic data and news ...

  • Brent crude oil began the week under pressure again as market oversupply continued to outweigh supply interruption concerns. The commodity traded at $102.75 at 7:20 GMT following disappointing economic ...

  • Detroit's plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase public safety to stem the exodus from the city. "What Detroit needed to start with was …

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