World Bank predicts sharp economic downturn, hitting developing countries hardest

Jan 12, 2023
The projected slump would put the global economy on a razor’s edge, World Bank researchers say.
A vendor sells cereals in Nairobi, Kenya. A recent World Bank report says that a global recession could hit emerging economies especially hard.
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Why is Evergrande shaking markets?

Sep 21, 2021
The Chinese property developer is "potentially representative of a much broader set of problems across China's real estate sector," one expert says.
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Wall Street follows world markets higher as Americans vote on Election Day

Nov 3, 2020
Markets are up on investor hopes that a Joe Biden victory in the U.S. presidential election might lead to more economic stimulus.
Many investors expect a “Democratic sweep, which is the key to unlocking Congress’s ability to deliver significant fiscal stimulus,” said Stephen Innes of Axi in a report.
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Are we moving away from a global free market?

Mar 2, 2018
We look at how tariffs could affect current trade deals after Trump's surprise announcement this week.
President Trump participates in a meeting with leaders of the steel and aluminum industries at the White House on March 1.
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Investors ponder safe havens amid market volatility

Feb 7, 2018
The last few days have seen big swings in the global stock markets. During such volatile times, investors often shift their assets to what are called safe-haven currencies, traditionally the Japanese yen or Swiss franc. Why does that happen, and is now a good moment for safe havens? Click the audio player above to hear […]

Tick, tock

Jan 19, 2018
Time is running out to avert a government shutdown.
The U.S. Capitol is seen as lawmakers work to avert a government shutdown today in Washington, D.C.
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Global markets react to first presidential debate

Sep 27, 2016
The international financial community seems to have judged Clinton the winner.
An issue of the publication La Jornada, in Mexico City, displays a story about last night's presidential debate. 

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China is bullish on growth targets

Mar 7, 2016
China's new 5-year economic plan has growth targets of 6.5% - an ambitious goal.
An investor makes his way in front of a screen showing stock market movements in a securities firm in Fuyang, east China's Anhui province on March 2, 2016. Shanghai stocks closed more than four percent higher on March 2 as investors stormed into the market on hopes of further measures to stimulate the slowing economy, dealers said. 
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Japan's interest rates go negative

Jan 29, 2016
Japan's central bank introduces negative interest rates in a bid to spur investment.
Governor of the Bank of Japan (BoJ) Haruhiko Kuroda explains his negative interest rate plan using a board during his regular press conference in Tokyo on January 29, 2016.

Beyond the markets, China's real economy is what matters

Jan 7, 2016
Decline in China's imports of natural resources has global economic consequences