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Cities in China not under lockdown still feel the pain

May 23, 2022
Dozens of cities are under lockdown or COVID-19 restrictions, and that is affecting businesses across China.
COVID-19 restrictions in China make it hard to attract new overseas investment and foreign talent, a member of the European Union chamber of commerce in China says.
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Amid staffing challenges, some businesses look to invest in equipment

Apr 27, 2022
Many of the investments businesses make in their own operations will take time to actually pay off.
Many investments businesses make in their own operations are built with the long term in mind.
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Businesses that have survived the pandemic are spending. On themselves.

Apr 21, 2021
Many businesses are pumping money into much-needed improvements, and that spending is rippling through the economy.
Some changes businesses made during the pandemic, including in the food industry, will improve operations over the long term.
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Business investment has been falling for three quarters. Should we worry?

Jan 30, 2020
Money spent on things like equipment, computers and office supplies accounts for about 13% of gross domestic product.
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Companies also suffer when the stock market goes crazy

Dec 28, 2018
Volatility impacts a company’s stock price, which has big consequences for the company itself, not just for the investors.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

GE cuts dividend but shareholders may ultimately benefit

Nov 13, 2017
General Electric announced today that all is maybe not well inside the multinational conglomerate empire. CEO John Flannery said the next couple years will be less profitable than previously thought and that, among other changes, he company will cut its annual dividend in half. That may sound scary if you’re holding some GE stock, or […]

How Trump's political drama could hurt the economy

Jun 28, 2017
Investigations and turmoil have potential economic costs, experts say.
President Trump speaks at a rally on June 21 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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For public good, not for profit.

Do tax cuts automatically lead to economic growth?

Jun 6, 2017
It depends on what kind of taxes are cut and how they are paid for.
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney discusses the Trump administration's proposed fiscal year 2018 budget at a press conference. The $4.1 trillion budget would cut programs for the poor while offering big tax cuts for the wealthy.
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Behind the World Bank's new global growth forecast

Jun 8, 2016
The bank is just the latest to revise growth figures downward. Here's why

Why the global economy is stuck in a 'low-growth trap'

Jun 1, 2016
And what policymakers should do about it.