Sabri Ben-Achour

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Possible severing of Israeli-Palestinian banking ties stirs worries

May 28, 2024
If the Israeli finance minister's threat is carried out, the Palestinian economy — and the Palestinian Authority — could be starved of revenue.
Vandalized aid trucks on the Israeli side of a barrier with the West Bank. Before the Hamas attack of Oct. 7, many more Palestinians earned paychecks by working in Israel.
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"There is no economic solution for a political problem": The state of the Palestinian economy

Eight months into the Israel-Hamas war, here's what the Palestinian economy looks like.
The war in Gaza has sent massive shockwaves through the already struggling Palestinian economy.
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SEC moves closer to blessing ether ETFs, cheering crypto fans

May 24, 2024
It could soon be easier to buy and sell ether, a cousin of bitcoin, via traditional market mechanisms.
Instead of directly buying the cryptocurrency, a spot ETF would allow an asset manager to do it for you.
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Major retailers lower prices as competition heats up

May 23, 2024
Target and Walmart are among the outlets competing for the dollars of consumers who may have reached the limit of what they will pay.
"We've made price cuts on 1,500 frequently shopped items," Target CEO Brian Cornell told investors.
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The high stakes trade that can move entire currencies 

May 16, 2024
The “currency carry trade” is one way investors chase returns by moving their money from one country to another, and it can move currency markets. It’s emblematic of the power of interest rates to slosh money around the globe, and it may be growing. 
Currency carry trade is a particular type of bet that investors make when they think they can earn more money in one country than in another.
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How GE made history: a look back at an iconic conglomerate

May 8, 2024
In April, General Electric split itself up to focus on wind power, aerospace and health care. Its finance and media divisions are long gone.
A General Electric employee viewed rows of wind turbine parts in 2021. GE was an "incredible industrial company and built truly incredible things," reporter Ted Mann said.
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When the government can no longer pay full Social Security benefits

May 7, 2024
Monday's report on the system's "go-broke" date raises questions about how Social Security is funded.
Projections indicate that Social Security and Medicare benefits will be cut immediately after 2033 by 21%, says Will McBride, vice president of federal tax policy at the Tax Foundation.
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U.S. and Europe chafe over "overcapacity" — but is it real?

May 6, 2024
Is the problem unfair industry subsidies, or is China just better at making electric vehicles?
The U.S. and Europe say China is flooding countries with leftover electric cars, like the ones made by BYD, above.
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Why does the world want dollars? Because of high interest rates, thriving economy in U.S.

Apr 23, 2024
The greenback is so strong that Japan and South Korea have complained.
“The U.S. has strong growth, strong earnings potential, and so we’re drawing in global equity investment,” said Win Thin at Brown Brothers Harriman.
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Monday was a big filing day for PACs and other political groups

Earlier this week, political campaigns and PACs had to turn in numbers on spending and fundraising to the Federal Election Commission.
"Having cash on hand becomes an important metric for understanding how much by way of resources a campaign or a PAC has yet to spend," said University of Mary Washington's Rosalyn Cooperman.
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