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Traders Poised to Win in Trump-Era Redo of Oil Speculation Rules

Traders Poised to Win in Trump-Era Redo of Oil Speculation Rules

U.S. regulators are poised to issue long-delayed restrictions on excessive speculation in oil and metals markets after tougher proposals stalled during the Obama administration, said three people with
India’s struggling consumer goods sector pins its hopes on Budget 2020

India’s struggling consumer goods sector pins its hopes on Budget 2020

Fixing GST, and arresting rural slump are top priorities.
China Agrees to Tweaks on Drug Patents as Part of Trade Deal

China Agrees to Tweaks on Drug Patents as Part of Trade Deal

China agreed to set up a system to resolve conflicts over drug patents, a move that may help U.S. pharmaceutical companies seeking greater protections for their branded medicine in developing nations.
The $95 Billion Centerpiece of the Trade Deal Is Already In Doubt

The $95 Billion Centerpiece of the Trade Deal Is Already In Doubt

China has pledged to buy almost $95 billion worth of additional U.S. commodities as part of a phase one trade deal. The market is not so sure.
China Agrees to Buy Rare Earths That U.S. Doesn’t Have to Give

China Agrees to Buy Rare Earths That U.S. Doesn’t Have to Give

The phase one trade deal that lists the items China agreed to buy more from the U.S. includes rare earths that are already in short supply in the North American nation.
EU Fuels Indonesia Trade Tensions With 5-Year Biodiesel Tariffs

EU Fuels Indonesia Trade Tensions With 5-Year Biodiesel Tariffs

The European Union imposed five-year tariffs on biodiesel from Indonesia to counter alleged subsidies to producers in the country, a move that could prompt the Indonesian government to retaliate.

Volvo will use blockchain to prove its cobalt wasn’t mined by children

The dark side of electric vehicle production is that the lithium ion batteries most EVs run on require raw materials like cobalt, and cobalt mines have become notorious for using child labor. Now that
Nigeria President Extends Border Closure to Jan. 31, Punch Says

Nigeria President Extends Border Closure to Jan. 31, Punch Says

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the closure of Nigeria’s border with neighboring countries to Jan. 31, Lagos-based Punch newspaper reported.
Tariff Tide Rolls in Alabama Toward Airbus, Mercedes

Tariff Tide Rolls in Alabama Toward Airbus, Mercedes

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I Lost My Identity to a Fraudster, and It Took Six Years to Clean Up the Mess

I Lost My Identity to a Fraudster, and It Took Six Years to Clean Up the Mess

A Bloomberg reporter’s first-person account of trying to get back his name and credit rating.
Everyday Consumer Goods Are De-Produced Into Rectangular Prisms of Raw Materials

Everyday Consumer Goods Are De-Produced Into Rectangular Prisms of Raw Materials

Dutch design team Studio Drift (previously) codifies the complex mix of materials that are used to create modern consumer goods in their newest series, Materialism. The collection reduces down
It would take 100 pees to make the world’s first human-urine brick

It would take 100 pees to make the world’s first human-urine brick

Bricks play a crucial role in the construction industry, add a distinct aesthetic to homes, and now can also be made of human urine. On…
‘I Love Trump for That’: Colombian Rival of U.S. Window Makers Revels in Tariffs

‘I Love Trump for That’: Colombian Rival of U.S. Window Makers Revels in Tariffs

President Donald Trump’s tariffs on aluminum imports are giving Colombian window-exporter Tecnoglass Inc. a leg up on its U.S. competition.
It’s Getting Harder for Companies to Escape Trump's China Duties

It’s Getting Harder for Companies to Escape Trump's China Duties

U.S. companies and industry groups are returning to Washington this week in an increasingly futile effort to get relief from President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports.
How Car Companies Are Blasting Trump's Import Investigation

How Car Companies Are Blasting Trump's Import Investigation

Two words sum up how auto companies are portraying the future if the Trump administration determines that car imports are a national security threat and slaps imported vehicles and parts with tariffs:
Once a Trump Favorite, Harley Now Feels the Pinch From Trade War

Once a Trump Favorite, Harley Now Feels the Pinch From Trade War

Not long ago, President Donald Trump pointed to Harley-Davidson Inc. as an example of what was going to go right for manufacturing in America. Now, Harley seems to encapsulate a lot of what’s going
Trump Metal Tariffs Will Raise Vehicle Prices, Automakers Say

Trump Metal Tariffs Will Raise Vehicle Prices, Automakers Say

The Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from the European Union, Canada and Mexico will make cars more expensive, threaten jobs and slow the adoption of technologies that
U.S.-China Trade Truce May Not Last With Differences Unresolved

U.S.-China Trade Truce May Not Last With Differences Unresolved

The U.S. and China declared a truce in their trade dispute over the weekend, but that will prove temporary if the world’s two largest economies fail to deliver on their vague commitments to re-balance
Kellogg Says It’s Discontinuing Venezuela Operations

Kellogg Says It’s Discontinuing Venezuela Operations

The food giant is just the latest international company to close shop in the troubled nation.