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    1. The Exchange

      May 18, 2015

      Policy makers lack the firepower to fight another US recession

      Are we closer to the next recession than to the last one? In the US, recessions tend to come along every eight or nine...

    2. May 6, 2015

      Republicans hail Congress budget plan

      The US Congress has approved a budget plan that includes a measure designed to help the Republican-controlled legislature...

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    1. April 21, 2015

      Cuts in military spending hit Lockheed Martin

      Waning US military spending hit Lockheed Martin, the world’s biggest military contractor by sales, in the first quarter as...

    2. March 27, 2015

      US Senate passes Republican budget plan

      Just hours before Senate minority leader Harry Reid announced his decision not to seek re-election, the chamber passed a...

    3. March 19, 2015

      Budget plans a litmus test for Republicans

      US president Barack Obama joked in Cleveland on Wednesday that he did not expect people to read his budget or the two fiscal...

    4. March 18, 2015

      Softly-softly message from the Fed

      It was one of the most hotly awaited Federal Reserve meetings since Janet Yellen became Fed chairwoman over a year ago. The...

    5. March 18, 2015

      US Fed frees its hand to raise rates

      The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday freed its hand to raise interest rates but signalled that it would not rush to pull the...

    6. March 13, 2015

      Lew warns Congress over US debt ceiling

      US Treasury secretary Jack Lew has warned Congress to stop playing politics with the country’s creditworthiness, as his...

    7. February 24, 2015

      Security fears as immigration battle threatens partial US shutdown

      The US is days away from a partial government shutdown as Republicans and Democrats struggle to break a deadlock over...

    8. February 2, 2015

      Showdown looms over US defence spending

      President Barack Obama announced a Pentagon budget on Monday well above spending limits already agreed with Congress,...

    9. February 2, 2015

      Obama faces business backlash over cash tax

      President Barack Obama sparked protests from US business and both conservative rivals and allies in organised labour after...

    10. February 1, 2015

      Barack Obama plans to tax overseas cash piles

      President Barack Obama will propose raising $238bn by levying a one-off tax on the cash piles held by US companies overseas...

    11. January 29, 2015

      Obama on collision course with Congress over budget

      US President Barack Obama will propose raising domestic and military spending above agreed limits in next week’s budget,...

    12. January 28, 2015

      ‘Policy cliff’ deadlines test US Congress

      Republicans and the White House face a ticking clock on a series of legislative deadlines that will test their ability to...

    13. FT Alphaville

      January 27, 2015

      Bank of Canada rate cut necessary as pre-emptive strike

      In this guest post, Alex Bellefleur, global macro strategist at Pavilion Global Markets, writes that the Bank of Canada was...

    14. December 14, 2014

      Costly missteps mark US road to war

      Cost of the Afghanistan war Whether it is the $500m spent on fighter planes that are now scrap metal or an $80m consulate...

    15. December 14, 2014

      $1tn cost of longest US war hastens retreat from military intervention

      Afghan slideshow The Afghanistan war, the longest overseas conflict in American history, has cost the US taxpayer nearly...

    16. December 14, 2014

      Acrimony in passing US budget foreshadows problems ahead

      The US Senate ended the threat of a government shutdown by passing a $1.1tn spending package at the weekend, but only after...

    17. December 13, 2014

      $1.1tn budget bill delayed in US Senate

      The US government continued to live off stopgap funding on Saturday as conservative opposition slowed the progress of a...

    18. December 12, 2014

      US spending dispute reflects Wall Street’s ability to divide

      Wall Street’s still-toxic political reputation nearly derailed a $1tn spending bill that both the Democratic and Republican...

    19. December 12, 2014

      US lawmakers in narrow $1tn spending deal

      The House of Representatives narrowly passed a $1tn spending package late on Thursday, capping a day of high drama on...

    20. December 10, 2014

      Grouse is sacrificed for US budget peace

      US lawmakers adorned a $1tn spending package known as a “Christmas tree” with legislative decorations that were bad for...

    21. December 10, 2014

      US lawmakers reach $1tn budget deal to avoid shutdown

      US lawmakers have reached a last-minute deal on a spending package to avert a federal shutdown, funding most of the...

    22. December 5, 2014

      US defence nominee faces budget battle

      Stuck between restive generals and a gridlocked Congress, Ashton Carter, the bureaucrat-academic who was nominated on Friday...

    23. December 2, 2014

      US moves closer to averting government shutdown

      Republican lawmakers moved closer on Tuesday to proposing a hybrid spending package that would avert a shutdown of the US...

    24. December 2, 2014

      Clock ticks over US spending bill as immigration tensions simmer

      Congress has fewer than 10 days to pass some sort of spending bill to avert a shutdown of the US federal government. In the...

    25. November 26, 2014

      US Congress considers host of tax breaks

      The US Congress is pondering a tax package that would permanently extend a host of popular tax breaks and, critics say, make...

    26. November 14, 2014

      Clashes loom as Obama pursues his legacy

      Barack Obama has set the stage for a new period of political confrontation in the US, rapidly moving to sharpen his...

    27. November 4, 2014

      Midterm results likely to sway investors

      Investors holding energy, financial and healthcare stocks were paying close attention to US midterm election results on...

    28. October 15, 2014

      US budget deficit falls below 3% of GDP

      The US public finances have staged a dramatic turnround as the budget deficit fell below 3 per cent of gross domestic...

    29. beyondbrics

      October 7, 2014

      Guest post: which EMs are vulnerable to US dollar strength?

      By Tim Ash, Standard Bank It has been easy in recent weeks to get carried away with big emerging market (EM) currency...

    30. September 12, 2014

      Hawks reclaim lost ground in America

      In the space of weeks, Washington has been transformed from the capital of a reluctant imperium into a cheerleader for the...

    31. September 8, 2014

      Lew says tax inverters threaten US budget

      Jack Lew, the US Treasury secretary, has warned that recent cuts to the US’s $492bn budget deficit are being put at risk by...

    32. FT Alphaville

      September 5, 2014

      All about the eurodollars

      Whilst everyone was focused on the ECB on Thursday… … the Fed pulled this little snippet out of its bag: As part of the...

    33. FT Alphaville

      September 5, 2014

      Estados Unidos and Spanish bond yields

      Those looking for excess in financial markets have lots of examples to choose from, but a recent favourite has been the...

    34. FT Alphaville

      September 4, 2014

      BIS says we should follow the money

      On Wednesday we wrote about the growing consensus among scholars and policymakers that unencumbered financial flows are bad,...

    35. September 4, 2014

      US lawmakers near deal to spare export bank

      US lawmakers are closing in on a compromise that would temporarily extend the life of a business-friendly federal credit...

    36. FT Alphaville

      August 11, 2014

      The Closer

      FURTHER FURTHER READING - The FICC and the dead: banks and volatility. - Russia and markets: the power of weakness. - Amanda...

    37. FT Alphaville

      July 30, 2014

      The Closer

      FURTHER FURTHER READING - America’s inverted tax logic. - How are protected weekends working out for young bankers? - Income...

    38. July 28, 2014

      Medicare expected to stay solvent longer

      The trust fund that covers hospital treatment for elderly Americans will stay solvent until 2030 – four years longer than...

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