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    1. August 25, 2015

      World trade suffers biggest fall in 6 years

      World trade recorded its biggest contraction since the financial crisis in the first half of this year, according to...

    2. August 24, 2015

      Pressure grows to scrap controls on US oil exports

      A push to liberalise American oil exports is gaining momentum in Washington as the US nuclear deal with Iran and a...

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      The repercussions of the oil price slide are only now starting to be felt. A wave of c...
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    1. August 19, 2015

      Bigger glut sends oil back to January price levels

      Oil sank to the lowest price since January after an increase in US crude stocks pointed to a deepening glut. Commercial...

    2. FT Alphaville

      August 14, 2015

      How will the Fed react to contrasting domestic and international developments?

      By Mohamed El-Erian Data out of China, Europe and the United States highlight contrasting influences on Fed officials...

    3. August 7, 2015

      ITV declines on advertising slowdown fears

      ITV was among the biggest fallers on the FTSE 100 on Friday after worries about a slowdown in advertising revenue in...

    4. August 1, 2015

      Trade talks fail to break TPP deadlock

      US-led plans to seal a landmark Pacific Rim trade deal by the end of this year suffered a major blow on Friday as trade...

    5. July 31, 2015

      The price is right as Russian oil heads west

      US-Russian relations have been dominated by two major trends over the past few years: the vast rise in US oil output...

    6. July 29, 2015

      ExIm Bank to stay shut for the summer

      The House of Representatives passed a highway funding bill on Wednesday that excludes a measure to save the US’s export...

    7. July 27, 2015

      Barack Obama urges Ethiopia to improve political freedoms

      Barack Obama has praised Ethiopia for its efforts to combat militant Islamist groups in east Africa, but urged the...

    8. July 26, 2015

      Negotiators inch towards historic trade deal

      If the 12 trade ministers gathering at a beachside hotel and spa on the Hawaiian island of Maui this week to put the...

    9. July 24, 2015

      WTO deal to cut tariffs on IT products

      The US, China, the EU and more than 50 other members of the World Trade Organisation have sealed an agreement to reduce...

    10. July 23, 2015

      Where Barack Obama treads US business plans to follow

      Barack Obama’s first visit to Kenya as US president is not only significant because of his family roots. When the son...

    11. July 21, 2015

      Obama makes a return to his Kenyan roots

      Barack Obama’s trip to Kenya and Ethiopia this week marks something of a watershed for Africa. If his predecessors...

    12. July 20, 2015

      Savannah makes waves as it lures shipping

      On a subtropical summer afternoon at the Port of Savannah, Georgia, it is tempting to conclude that the Savannah...

    13. July 19, 2015

      Deal reached on cuts to global IT tariffs

      The US, China and the EU are expected to sign up this week to what would be the biggest tariff agreement struck at the...

    14. July 7, 2015

      Dollar rise threatens US growth and emerging markets, IMF warns

      More gains by the dollar could leave US growth “significantly debilitated” and have repercussions across emerging...

    15. July 6, 2015

      Oil market throws cold water on US export ban push

      A handful of US senators last month sent a letter warning President Barack Obama that lifting America’s 40-year-old ban...

    16. June 29, 2015

      US trade: Trailing behind

      The WS Darley company and its fire engines have a history of taking on giants. Founded in 1908, the company began life...

    17. June 26, 2015

      That Russelling is the sound of indices being realigned

      As I write this, in New York on the morning of Friday June 26, stock market traders are locked in to what they know...

    18. June 25, 2015

      Prepare for fireworks from America’s populist left

      If you mention the words “Elizabeth Warren” on Wall Street, many bankers metaphorically foam at the mouth. No wonder....

    19. June 24, 2015

      Obama’s big Pacific trade gambit: What comes next

      The US Congress on Wednesday put the final stamp on legislation giving President Barack Obama the “fast-track”...

    20. June 23, 2015

      Obama clears last big hurdle to fast-track trade powers

      President Barack Obama is poised to win the powers he needs to close the biggest trade deal in a generation, after a...

    21. June 21, 2015

      US-China: Shifting sands

      The satellite images of bright strips of sand rising from turquoise waters and surrounded by an intricate network of...

    22. June 21, 2015

      President and his party trade blows

      The way Keith Ellison tells it, decades of bad trade policy and globalisation are responsible for the devastation of...

    23. June 19, 2015

      Congress’s fast track to discord on free trade

      Congress last week blocked the “fast-track” trade promotion authority (TPA) that would have given President Barack...

    24. June 18, 2015

      Obama’s trade agenda revived by House vote

      Republicans in the House of Representatives sought to resurrect Barack Obama’s trade agenda and plans for a Pacific Rim...

    25. June 17, 2015

      GE’s Jeff Immelt warns that US jobs depend on Export-Import Bank

      General Electric’s chief executive has launched a broadside at Congress over US trade policy, threatening to relocate...

    26. June 17, 2015

      White House turns up heat in Trans-Pacific Partnership battle

      The Obama administration is telling Democrats that a failure to deliver a trade deal with Japan and 10 other Pacific...

    27. June 16, 2015

      Obama wins more time over trade fight

      US lawmakers on Tuesday voted to give themselves and Barack Obama an extra six weeks to find a solution to an impasse...

    28. June 15, 2015

      US looks to reassure partners after trade rebuff

      Barack Obama has dispatched a senior international negotiator to reassure trading partners concerned that Congress will...

    29. June 14, 2015

      A setback to American leadership on trade

      The Senate’s rejection of Pre­sident Woodrow Wilson’s commitment that the US would join the League Of Nations was the...

    30. June 14, 2015

      Obama in high-stakes push to rescue trade agenda

      Barack Obama and his Republican allies in Washington spent the weekend trying to rescue his trade agenda as US...

    31. June 14, 2015

      The fading features of trading pit tribes

      It was a language of many dialects, yet in three weeks it will be all but dead, and the tribe that nurtured it almost...

    32. June 14, 2015

      Obama must push hard to save himself

      There were troubling portents in the way Democrats humbled President Barack Obama last Friday. It is not only that he...

    33. June 12, 2015

      Obama reaps the whirlwind over trade

      Two decades ago Bill Clinton promised that the North American Free Trade Agreement would create 1m US jobs within five...

    34. June 12, 2015

      Obama’s fast-track trade bill stumbles in House

      President Barack Obama’s ambitious trade agenda suffered a serious blow on Friday after Democrats in the US Congress...

    35. June 11, 2015

      Sunny Chinese optimism woos a tough US crowd

      This week marked a striking milestone in the long commercial dance between China and the US. Jack Ma, founder of...

    36. June 11, 2015

      Pacific trade deal a hard sell for Obama

      From their base in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the residents of Henry County, Virginia, used to live at...

    37. June 5, 2015

      US economy: the case (in charts) for optimism

      The big question hanging over the US economy is just how strongly it can bounce back from a grim first quarter which...

    38. June 3, 2015

      Fed survey sees growth return to US economy

      Growth seems to have returned to the US economy over the past two months albeit at a “modest to moderate pace” and with...

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