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The Fed’s New Message: The Economy Can Get a Lot Better for Workers

The Fed’s New Message: The Economy Can Get a Lot Better for Workers

A rejection of what had been a consensus view of the relationship between the jobless rate and inflation.
Why Stocks Are Hitting Records as Economic Fears Rise: ‘There Is No Alternative’

Why Stocks Are Hitting Records as Economic Fears Rise: ‘There Is No Alternative’

Markets now have echoes of the mid-2010s, when central banks around the world were holding interest rates so low investors had little choice but to buy stocks.
Bond Returns Have Been Spectacular. Don’t Count on a Sequel.

Bond Returns Have Been Spectacular. Don’t Count on a Sequel.

A large and largely unexpected decline in bond interest rates requires downshifting expectations for the future.
This Could Be a Rare Time When It’s Smart to Fight the Fed

This Could Be a Rare Time When It’s Smart to Fight the Fed

Anticipation of interest-rate cuts sent stocks to new highs, but weak economic growth is raising fears that it’s too late to stave off a recession.
The Week in Business: Amazon Won’t Let the Robots Take Over

The Week in Business: Amazon Won’t Let the Robots Take Over

Plus, the Trump administration has a big job opening, and there’s a new technology tax.
The Week in Business: Amazon Won’t Let the Robots Take Over

The Week in Business: Amazon Won’t Let the Robots Take Over

Plus, the Trump administration has a big job opening, and there’s a new technology tax.
Goldbugs for Trump

Goldbugs for Trump

They sold their principles a long time ago.
How to Stay Financially Stable When the World Might Be Falling Apart

How to Stay Financially Stable When the World Might Be Falling Apart

Trade wars, climate change and slowing economic growth can mean severe trouble. So what’s a long-term investor to do?
Facebook Cryptocurrency Plans Have a Problem: Facebook’s Reputation

Facebook Cryptocurrency Plans Have a Problem: Facebook’s Reputation

Lawmakers raised broad concerns about the company’s Libra effort at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Facebook Cryptocurrency Plans Have a Problem: Facebook’s Reputation

Facebook Cryptocurrency Plans Have a Problem: Facebook’s Reputation

Lawmakers raised broad concerns about the company’s Libra effort at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Facebook Cryptocurrency Plans Have a Problem: Facebook’s Reputation

Facebook Cryptocurrency Plans Have a Problem: Facebook’s Reputation

Lawmakers raised broad concerns about the company’s Libra effort at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Trump’s Policies, Not His Heckling, May Force Fed to Cut Rates

Trump’s Policies, Not His Heckling, May Force Fed to Cut Rates

The central bank is independent, but as the president keeps global risks alive with his trade wars, interest rate cuts become all the more likely.
Big U.S. Banks Are Earning Billions. Trump’s Tax Cuts Are Helping.

Big U.S. Banks Are Earning Billions. Trump’s Tax Cuts Are Helping.

The five largest United States banks reported tax rates of 22 percent or less for the second quarter this year. Lower taxes helped smooth over some rough spots.
Fact-Checking Trump’s Tweet About Too-High Interest Rates

Fact-Checking Trump’s Tweet About Too-High Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve raised rates specifically because the United States economy was stronger than its global counterparts.
The Week in Business: A Suddenly Vulnerable Netflix

The Week in Business: A Suddenly Vulnerable Netflix

Plus, the fight for a $15 minimum wage and a Russian viral app that may be dangerous. (It’s not. It just makes you look older.)
The Week in Business: A Suddenly Vulnerable Netflix

The Week in Business: A Suddenly Vulnerable Netflix

Plus, the fight for a $15 minimum wage and a Russian viral app that may be dangerous. (It’s not. It just makes you look older.)
Fed Poised to Cut Rates for First Time Since Financial Crisis, Ending an Era

Fed Poised to Cut Rates for First Time Since Financial Crisis, Ending an Era

Investors expect a quarter-point precautionary cut, a turning point that underlines that this might be as good as the economy will get.
Fed Poised to Cut Rates for First Time Since Financial Crisis, Ending an Era

Fed Poised to Cut Rates for First Time Since Financial Crisis, Ending an Era

Investors expect a quarter-point precautionary cut, a turning point that underlines that this might be as good as the economy will get.
Why We Should Fear Easy Money

Why We Should Fear Easy Money

Cutting interest rates now could set the stage for a collapse in the financial markets.
What to Watch Ahead of the Fed Meeting

What to Watch Ahead of the Fed Meeting

The central bank appears poised to cut interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis. Here’s what to keep an eye on.