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Commodities Trading Regulator Filed Record Actions In Past Year

AP | Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A federal agency that regulates commodities trading says it brought the most enforcement actions it has in its 37-year history during th...

Commodity Traitors: Financial Speculation on Commodities Fuels Global Insecurity

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business
Eric Michael Johnson

In the face of widespread global hunger, it turns out there is a downside to playing with your food.

The Era of Living Dangerously

Robert Walker | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

We saw what happens when over-leveraged economies like the U.S. and Europe failed to anticipate the threats posed by unsustainable debt loads; we don't want to see what happens if we ignore signs that we are over-leveraging the planet's resources.

Christine Lagarde on Sovereign Debt, Growth and Social Instability

iMFdirect | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

The IMF chief gave a speech in New York City today that sets out how the IMF can help countries tackle this troika of challenges to the global economy...

Farming Bubble Could Be Reality

Posted 09.21.2011 | Business

(Christine Stebbins) - Soaring farmland values in the past year are causing worries among agricultural bankers that a farmland "bubble" may be bre...

Goldman Cuts Growth Forecasts On Weak Consumer Spending

Posted 09.17.2011 | Business

Goldman Sachs has cut its forecast for U.S. second-quarter growth to 1.5 percent from 2 percent, citing weak consumer spending. The downgrade f...

High Food Prices Here To Stay

AP | By RAF CASERT | Posted 08.17.2011 | Home

PARIS -- High food prices are likely to rise even further over the next decade, putting the poor at an increasing risk of malnutrition and hunger, a w...

High Energy Prices Cause Sharp Decline In Manufacturing

DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. manufacturing activity expanded in May at the slowest pace in 20 months, the latest sign that a sharp rise in energy prices is...

More Diversity Will Help the IMF at Work

iMFdirect | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business

Nemat Shafik, who took over as IMF Deputy Managing Director in April, says she has been surprised by the vigor of internal policy debate at the IMF. "...

Gas And Food Prices Jump But Not Enough To Worry Fed

Posted 07.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (By Lucia Mutikani) - Inflation raced to a 2-1/2 year high in April as food and gasoline prices rose, but there was little sign of a ...

Gas Prices up, Wages Down, Americans Caught in the Middle

Bryce Covert | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business
Bryce Covert

What do Americans do when we can't afford the necessities? What we've learned to do over the past 30 years as our wages stagnated: use credit cards to plug the gaping holes.

Subsidies -- Love Them or Hate Them, It's Better to Target Them

Masood Ahmed | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business
Masood Ahmed

Like many things, there may be a time and a place for using subsidies. But they need to be better targeted. And, often, there will be better alternatives. Alternatives that do a better job of protecting the poor.

China's Trade Surplus Booms As Exports Hit Record High

Posted 07.10.2011 | Business

BEIJING (Kevin Yao and Aileen Wang) – China stormed back to post a hefty trade surplus in April as exports hit a record while imports eased more...

What Really Caused Oil's Record Drop?

Posted 07.09.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Reuters) - When oil prices fell below $120 a barrel in early New York trade last Thursday, a few big companies that are major oil consumers ...

Zach Carter

House GOP Bill To Delay Financial Regulations Clears Key Hurdle | Zach Carter | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With gas prices approaching record highs and soaring food prices fueling global unrest, Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee p...

Asian Countries Join Forces To Fight Inflation Risk

Posted 07.03.2011 | Business

HANOI - Finance ministers of China, Japan and South Korea are mindful of the challenges from inflation, rising commodity prices and the increasing...

Zach Carter

Bernie Sanders Demands Obama Action On Oil Prices | Zach Carter | Posted 06.29.2011 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) demanded on Thursday that regulators impose limits on oil speculation to help lower the price of gas in a letter sent to P...

This University Endowment Owns About $1B In Gold Bars

Bloomberg | David Mildenberg and Pham | Posted 06.16.2011 | Business

he University of Texas Investment Management Co., the second-largest U.S. academic endowment, took delivery of almost $1 billion in gold bullion and i...

Global Recovery Strengthens, Tensions Heighten

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 06.11.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The need for careful design of economic policies at the national level, and coordination at the global level, may be as important today as they were at the peak of the crisis two years ago.

IMF: U.S. Growth So Sluggish, Fed Needs To Keep Easy Money Flowing

Bloomberg | Rainer Buergin | Posted 06.11.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON: The U.S. economy is recovering at such a sluggish pace that the Federal Reserve needs to keep an easy monetary policy in place while t...

Fed Officials Split Over Policy Changes

Reuters | Mark Felsenthal and Glenn Somerville | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (By Mark Felsenthal and Glenn Somerville) - Some Federal Reserve officials last month believed they would have to hold to an easy monet...

Brown Shoots

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

As spring dawns, the economy's green shoots have been trampled once again, first by the economic fallout from Japan's tsunami, and again by rising worldwide commodity prices.

China's Surprising Trade Deficit

AP | JOE McDONALD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BEIJING — China reported a surprise trade deficit in February as surging prices for oil and other commodities pushed up its import bill. February...

Bernanke and Limits to Growth

Robert Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

Bernanke won't put it this way, but what the markets appear to be telling us is that we live on a finite planet with finite resources.

Latin America: Making the Good Times Better

Dominique Strauss-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Latin America has enjoyed tremendous economic dynamism and a rising quality of life in recent years. But, faced with new challenges, the question is: how best to sustain this progress?