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China touts its economic reforms amid U.S. tariff threats

Jun 7, 2018
But Chinese officials have not appeased the United States by opening strategic sectors, such as health care and the internet.
A 40th anniversary celebration of China's economic reforms in Shanghai.
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SoftBank’s profit jumps as it eyes more investments in U.S. tech

Aug 7, 2017
One of the big names in corporate earnings news today was SoftBank, which reported that its quarterly profit rose 50 percent from a year ago. If you’ve never heard of the Japanese conglomerate, you probably have heard of Sprint. SoftBank bought a majority stake in the U.S. wireless carrier four years ago for 22 billion […]

Strong jobs market boosts demographic groups that usually lag in employment

Aug 4, 2017
As unemployment continues to fall and employers scramble to find the workers they need, demographic groups that traditionally lag economically are benefiting. The unemployment rate for African-Americans fell to 7.1 percent in June, just shy of the all-time low of 7 percent hit in April 2000. Unemployment rates for young people and those with a […]

Here’s why the dollar is losing ground to other currencies

May 17, 2017
Until yesterday, stocks seemed pretty immune to the noise out of Washington. But the dollar? Different story. The past week has not been kind to the U.S. currency. It’s at a seven-month low, in fact. Here’s why the dollar is so sensitive to the news. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Strong job market, but not so much for workers with mid-level skills

Dec 2, 2016
Manufacturing jobs are down from October, continuing a long-term trend.
Kyle Tennessen, branch manager at the Command Center temporary employment agency gives a day job assignment to two men, in Williston, North Dakota, on September 6, 2016. 

Market Update: our coverage of this week's stock chaos

Aug 25, 2015
Here’s another way the markets are not like the real world: in the markets, the B word is worse than the C word. So much worse! C is for Correction, a sharp drop in prices, with a defined ending and a recovery. B, on the other hand, is for bear market, a long-term drop, with […]
 A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the morning of August 27, 2015 in New York City. Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks continued their rally, opening approximately 200 points higher today.
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Inside the 'investor economy'

Dec 3, 2014
It's been a banner year for corporate bond issuance and American stocks. Meanwhile, commodity prices are falling precipitously. What unites them all? Investors.

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