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    1. Lawrence Summers

      May 26, 2016

      Why Americans don’t trust government

      I have an op-ed in the Boston Globe today on infrastructure, addressing the issue of quality rather than quantity of...

    2. May 25, 2016

      US productivity slips for first time in three decades

      Productivity is set to fall in the US for the first time in more than three decades, raising the prospect of persistent...

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    1. FT 400 Top Financial Advisers

      There appears to be no shortage of worries for American investors in 2016. Recent mark...
    2. World Economy

      The world economy is at a fork in the road. On one path, 2016 looks likely to see a de...
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    1. May 13, 2016

      US retail sales climb on wages growth

      US retail sales grew the most in a year in April, as wage growth improved, suggesting that consumers could help revive...

    2. May 12, 2016

      Treasury yields threaten to break lower

      The US April retail sales report is due for release on Friday. Critics complain it is lacking as a good guide to the...

    3. May 6, 2016

      Lack of conviction reflects negative mood

      Why have markets started to behave as though they are alarmed about recession risks once more? Since the year began...

    4. May 6, 2016

      US rate rise chances recede as jobs growth slows

      Hiring by American employers decelerated in April to the slowest pace since September, taking some of the shine off the...

    5. May 5, 2016

      US wage growth shows signs of life

      While Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen appeared dismissive in March when asked whether wage growth was accelerating...

    6. May 3, 2016

      Strong US car sales in April revive hopes for fresh record

      US new car sales were poised to set a record in the month of April, reviving hopes that the market’s steady recovery...

    7. April 29, 2016

      The curse of slow growth afflicts the US economy

      This week, the central banks of the world’s two richest advanced nations decided to do nothing. One of those decisions,...

    8. April 24, 2016

      US stock market set for second-longest bull run

      The US stock market is set to hit a new milestone on Thursday, surpassing the postwar boom as the second-longest...

    9. April 14, 2016

      US economy in charts: gloom versus data

      From Donald Trump’s assertions that the US is not winning any more to Bernie Sanders’ warnings of a “rigged economy”,...

    10. April 11, 2016

      A hidden tale of tenuous tenure

      “The ’hood is good. There is a lot of money to be made there.” These are the words of Sherrena Tarver, a private...

    11. April 8, 2016

      Janet Yellen hails progress US economy has made post-crisis

      Janet Yellen has brushed aside suggestions that the Federal Reserve’s December interest-rate increase was a mistake, as...

    12. April 6, 2016

      Walmart – trouble in store

      Linda McKinney wells up when she talks about the closure of the Walmart supercentre in McDowell County, West Virginia....

    13. April 5, 2016

      Wall Street stumbles amid increasing signs of economic strain

      Wall Street’s comeback petered out on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 falling by the most in almost a month and several...

    14. April 5, 2016

      US earnings season: what to watch for in charts

      US equities may have staged a fierce comeback in the first quarter, but the same cannot be said for corporate profits,...

    15. April 4, 2016

      The fury of American voters is in its infancy

      There is a deep anger in the American electorate that explains the rise of two candidates whose presidential campaigns...

    16. April 4, 2016

      Wisdom wanes for ‘don’t fight the Fed’

      For generations, “Don’t fight the Fed” was a mantra beaten into market neophytes by Wall Street’s grizzled veterans....

    17. April 1, 2016

      Oil and US earnings matter for investors

      Friday was a Big Data Day if ever there was one. Investors had to sift through the usual raft of April Fool spoofs, and...

    18. April 1, 2016

      US maintains solid jobs growth

      The US economy sustained its momentum in March as employers added a greater number of jobs than expected, the labour...

    19. March 29, 2016

      Earnings set to define Wall Street direction

      As March comes to an end the first-quarter US earnings season is just around the corner. With the S&P 500 having spent...

    20. March 29, 2016

      Growing labour force belies grim US mood

      Beneath the angry economic mood clouding the US presidential race are new signs of improvement in the US jobs market,...

    21. March 25, 2016

      Earnings season set to cool Wall Street’s improving mood

      Inflows into risk assets including junk debt and shares in recent days continued strongly in the wake of the Fed’s...

    22. March 13, 2016

      Troubling warnings for the US from the 1930s

      When people strike comparisons with Hitler — or Munich — I usually reach for my earplugs. The same applies to the Great...

    23. March 10, 2016

      Seven fat years for US stocks

      The US stock market has had its seven fat years. This week saw the seventh anniversary of the S&P 500’s post-Lehman low...

    24. March 9, 2016

      Wall Street rebound lets investors breathe easy — for now

      What a difference a month makes. US equity investors are breathing easier after the world’s most valuable benchmark...

    25. March 4, 2016

      US job growth accelerates but wages slip

      The US economy added significantly more jobs than expected in February, but wages continued to stagnate, highlighting...

    26. March 3, 2016

      Fed’s Kaplan calls for patience on interest rates

      Federal Reserve officials needed to show “patience” as they weigh up when to next raise interest rates, according to a...

    27. March 3, 2016

      Improving data ease Wall Street’s fears for economy

      Financial market indicators that a few weeks ago were flashing a recessionary warning for the US economy have calmed,...

    28. March 3, 2016

      Trump, jobs data and economic anger in the US

      Friday’s US jobs data are expected to provide another sign of what — from a global perspective — is a relatively strong...

    29. March 3, 2016

      Lower energy price hopes for US consumers

      As worries build about the health of the global economy, many investors are hoping a stoic US consumer can help keep...

    30. March 2, 2016

      Senior Fed policymaker bullish on US economy and inflation target

      The US economy is set to “power ahead” and push inflation back to target despite hazards overseas, a senior Federal...

    31. March 1, 2016

      Fed’s Dudley says risks to economy rising

      One of the Federal Reserve’s top policymakers has warned of increased risks to US growth and flagged up a troubling...

    32. February 28, 2016

      US first-quarter earnings outlook dims on falling oil

      Wall Street analysts have slashed expectations for US earnings in the first quarter as companies grapple with...

    33. February 26, 2016

      US growth stronger than expected

      US inflation accelerated in January and the economy ended last year on a stronger footing than expected, suggesting...

    34. February 24, 2016

      The return of the ‘buyback bid’

      Stocks have enjoyed a nice rebound. Is that due to the return of the buyback bid? At the margin, corporates boosting...

    35. February 22, 2016

      Obama seeks to brighten economic mood

      Anger over a halting US economic recovery has emerged as the political theme of the 2016 election, fuelling the surge...

    36. February 22, 2016

      US retail investors retreat from global stocks

      American retail investors sold $36bn of global shares in the first seven weeks of the year, the biggest such retreat...

    37. February 18, 2016

      Winners and losers divide South Carolina

      While Wall Street frets about an industry-led recession in the US, Clayton Campbell reckons he is living through a...

    38. February 11, 2016

      Yellen keeps open option of negative rates but says move unlikely

      Janet Yellen said the Federal Reserve was keeping open the option of taking interest rates negative as headwinds grow...

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