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  • In August, Helge Lund, chief executive officer of state oil company Statoil ASA (STL), remarked that while $100-a-barrel oil once provided an excuse for champagne, it now barely covered the expense of new projects. Two months later, with crude hovering near $85 a barrel and Lund, the leading figure in Norway's oil industry …

  • China may ignite fresh panic over the state of the global economy when it reports its third quarter gross domestic product (GDP) on Tuesday, which could confirm a marked slowdown in the world's main growth ...

  • Germany's tax take still rising as growth cools Associated Press - 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    New data show that the German government's tax receipts are still rising as Berlin faces cooling growth prospects at home and pressure from abroad to increase spending. Monday's monthly Finance Ministry ...

  • French Finance Minister Sapin speaks at the start of debate on France's 2015 budget at the National Assembly in Paris

    French Finance Minister Michel Sapin reaffirmed ahead of a meeting in Berlin with his German counterpart on Monday that France would cut its deficit at a rate appropriate to maintaining a fragile recovery. "We must not go all out for deficit reduction, we have to slow it down because we must be in harmony with the needs …

  • Pedestrians look at an electronic board showing the stock market indices of various countries outside a brokerage in Tokyo

    Japanese stocks led a rally in Asia on Monday, after solid U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan surged 1.3 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average jumped about 3.7 percent, posting its biggest daily rise since June last year and retaking some of the 5 percent it shed in the previous week. …

  • Argentina’s government said Friday that it will sell up to $1 billion in local U.S. dollar-linked bonds later this month as it continues to tap local institutional investors like banks and insurers for ...

  • [$$] Chinese Stimulus Fuels Hope for Copper Prices @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Copper prices clung to $3 a pound last week as encouragement over stimulus efforts by China offset worries about slowing global growth.

  • [$$] U.S. Stocks Show Strength, But Problems Could Sap Them @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Stocks were bursting with strength at week’s end, but some money managers warn that the problems that sent markets down in the first place haven’t gone away.

  • [$$] We Need Tax Reform, Not Stimulus @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Gene Sperling delivers the encouraging news that, “Believe It or Not, Corporate Tax Reform Is Doable in 2015.”

  • [$$] The Eurozone’s Problems Are Based in Politics @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

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

  • [$$] China Growth Seen Slowing Sharply Over Decade @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    China’s growth will slow 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 ...

  • [$$] China Challenged by Deepening Property Slump @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    China’s property slump is worsening, hitting many households and industries, scaring off home buyers and lenders, and leading to bankrupt developers and abandoned projects.

  • [$$] India Frees Diesel Prices From Government Control @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    India lifted state control on diesel prices, in a long-awaited move that economists say will help encourage investment in the country’s struggling fuel industry and reduce the government’s fiscal deficit....

  • [$$] Gauging Economic Fear Factor @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    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 contagion.

  • Investors are still paying Finland for the privilege of holding its two-year debt after Standard & Poor’s stripped the northernmost euro member of its AAA rating, signaling creditor indifference to the downgrade. Finland’s benchmark note due April 2016 yielded minus 0.03 percent on Friday, with the spread to similar-maturity …

  • India’s rupee rose to the strongest level in almost a week and bonds gained after the government boosted efforts to cut energy subsidies and the budget deficit. His Bharatiya Janata Party won the most seats in two state elections, counting of votes showed, fueling optimism he will find more provincial support for policy …

  • The Indian government announced two important fuel reforms - a deregulation of diesel prices and a hike in natural gas prices - over the weekend, a signal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment to ...

  • U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months. A quarterly ...

  • Economists concerned over rapidly rising corporate debt levels in China are sounding the alarm, warning that major changes are needed to avoid an increase in "zombie" banks and firms. After expanding ...

  • Russia still investment grade, but sanctions have made it harder for banks there to finance themselves...and their clients.

  • [$$] China Stimulus News Gives Lift To Copper @ The Wall Street Journal - 8 hours ago

    470 words. For photos, we can use anything showing China copper. Tatyana can be reached at 646-670-8584.

  • [$$] U.S. Stocks: Tenacious Or Teetering? @ The Wall Street Journal - 8 hours ago

    Stocks ended a tumultuous week with a burst of strength, but some money managers are warning that the underlying problems that drove prices down in the first place still loom large.

  • [$$] Deepening Property Slump Challenges Beijing @ The Wall Street Journal - 8 hours ago

    HANDAN, China—The property slump is worsening across China, hitting many households and industries, scaring off home buyers and lenders, and leading to bankrupt developers and abandoned projects.

  • A raft of economic data from China is likely to be on investors' radar this week as markets try to assess the strength of global economic growth, following the heavy equity selloff last week.

  • China's fourth plenum, a key four-day meeting of the ruling Communist Party's powerful Central Committee, kicks off in Beijing on Monday.

  • The Czech economy is supported by domestic demand with the help of looser fiscal policy, but it still has not reached its potential output level, Czech central bank governor was quoted as saying on Monday. In other words the central state budget is not significantly pro-growth, but there is not the brake anymore, and thank …

  • France ’s finance and economy ministers fly to Berlin today to try to convince their German counterparts of their plans to improve competitiveness and to press for more investment. “There is a desire for a deal in which we’re making reforms because it’s good for us to boost our growth potential,” Economy Minister Emmanuel …

  • Nestled in the southeast corner of Finland is a pristine region dotted with lakes and pine forests that’s the euro area’s first point of call for many Russian shoppers. It’s here in the town of Lappeenranta, just 200 kilometers (130 miles) away from St. Petersburg, where the weaker ruble and a sanctions dispute between …

  • Russia ’s budget deficit plans are increasingly strained as the drop in oil prices outpaces the concurrent ruble slide stoked by U.S. A weaker ruble may be needed for Russia to keep next year’s deficit at the planned 0.6 percent of gross domestic product, according to ING Groep NV. “The Russian government either accepts …

  • European leaders jolted by the sudden return of debt-crisis turmoil will gather for talks in Brussels this week as they attempt to restore investor confidence in the euro area. After a week when European stocks went into meltdown, leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande …

  • Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN) , the world’s fourth-largest wealth manager, almost doubled client assets in Spain during the country’s recession and expects expansion to continue as the economy gathers pace. The firm may consider buying other private banks to speed growth after assets under management expanded by about …

  • Russia's budget deficit plans are increasingly strained as the drop in oil prices outpaces the concurrent ruble slide stoked by U.S. The federal budget showed a surplus of 1.1 trillion rubles, or 2.1 percent of GDP, in the first nine months of 2014.

  • The bidding process for the 2022 Olympics was a...

  • The eurozone is flirting with deflation, and the effects could be incredibly damaging.

  • German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble talks with the media prior to the Eurogroup finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg, Monday Oct. 13, 2014. Finance ministers from the nations sharing the euro currency meet ahead of Tuesday's EU finance ministers council. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    Germany's finance minister said he is confident he can keep promises to balance the budget next year and rejected anew in an interview published Sunday suggestions that the country should borrow to finance ...

  • Falling oil prices have given households a break and could help the economy, but receding inflation also reflects lurking threats overseas that could harm the U.S. if they persist.

  • Economic malaise clouds Florida governor's race Associated Press - 17 hours ago
    CAPTION CORRECTION: CORRECTING JOB NUMBERS TO 613,000 - FILE- In this Oct. 17, 2013 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, announces to Photon-X employees and Osceola County officials that the company, Photon-X, will relocate to Osceola County, in Kissimmee, Fla. The move from Alabama is bringing more than 100 high-paying technical jobs to Florida. Elected four years ago, Scott, the businessman-turned-politician cut taxes, slashed regulations and recruited businesses to help revive the state’s flagging economy. Now Florida is bouncing back, adding more than 613,000 jobs and cutting unemployment to 6.3 percent. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — By many measures, Republican Rick Scott should have a strong case for a second term as governor.

  • Dozens of Conservatives MPs are calling on George Osborne to cut VAT on hotels and tourist attractions as fears rise about the advance of the UK Independence party in coastal constituencies at the general ...

  • Germany and France are secretly discussing a deal to enable the European Commission to approve Paris's draft 2015 budget even though it breaks past deficit-cutting commitments, German weekly Der Spiegel said on Sunday. The two governments are working on a written agreement under which France will provide the Commission …

  • German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told a newspaper on Sunday that he wanted to increase investment spending and improve competitiveness in Europe's biggest economy but not at the expense of achieving a balanced budget next year. A raft of gloomy economic data and expectations of a slowdown in German growth has …

  • Even an advanced degree can't protect some from sliding down the economic ladder.

  • European Commission President Barroso gestures during news conference at the Europe-Asia summit in Milan

    The euro zone is not heading for another recession, the outgoing president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said on Sunday. Growth in the euro zone economy ground to a halt in the second quarter and weaker-than-expected economic data for the bloc's largest economy, Germany, have raised concerns about the …

  • Investors may have over-reacted to signs of economic slowdown, although they have been right to price in weaker global growth prospects, the Bank of England's chief economist said in a Sunday newspaper interview. "What we have seen over the past week is financial markets catching up with the data," Andrew Haldane told …

  • Eurozone as the Fright Epicenter @ The New York Times - 23 hours ago

    A grand bargain might shift the malaise, but such a deal, hinted at by the European Central Bank president, is unlikely to materialize soon, if at all.

  • Markets may have over-reacted to slowdown: BoE's Haldane Reuters - Sun, Oct 19, 2014 4:08 AM EDT

    Investors may have over-reacted to signs of economic slowdown, although they have been right to price in weaker global growth prospects, the Bank of England's chief economist said in a Sunday newspaper interview. "What we have seen over the past week is financial markets catching up with the data," Andrew Haldane told …

  • What Is Fiscal Policy? @ Investopedia - Sun, Oct 19, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    Learn how governments adjust taxes and spending to moderate the economy.

  • India ends diesel controls, raises gas prices Reuters - Sat, Oct 18, 2014 11:37 PM EDT
    Worker fills diesel in a vehicle at a fuel station in Ahmedabad

    The government on Saturday lifted diesel price controls and raised the cost of natural gas, giving market forces greater sway as it seeks to attract energy investment, boost competition and cut subsidy costs. The decisions marked an acceleration in reform measures by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who won a landslide general …

  • Exploring The Current Account In The Balance Of Payments @ Investopedia - Sat, Oct 18, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    Learn how a country's current account balance reflects the country's economic health.

  • What's next after wild week for stocks? Associated Press - Sat, Oct 18, 2014 1:32 PM EDT
    What's next after wild week for stocks?

    The stock market needs to see a therapist. Temperamental, flighty, prone to violent mood swings, the market took investors on a wild ride this week. From one day to the next, even within a few hours, stocks ...

  • The depressing truth behind the jobs 'recovery' @ CNBC - Sat, Oct 18, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    Wage growth in the U.S. has been flat for decades, providing an ugly counterweight to an ostensibly improving part of the economy.

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