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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?

Don't Worry About the Oil Prices

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

The crass ignorance of the realities in the Middle East and the exploitation of that ignorance by speculators compounded by the mediatization of the...

8 Industries That Could Get Crushed By Commodity Prices

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The cost of crucial goods are rising, and consumers are about to feel the pinch. Amid indications of improvement in the American economy, a host o...

Yepoka Yeebo

Food, Fuel Prices Drive Up Costs For Consumers In January | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Higher food and energy prices pushed up the consumer price index for January according to government figures released today. The index, the most clos...

Inflation Hits Consumers, Food Prices

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Shoppers can expect food prices to increase this year. Despite promising signs of economic recovery, many businesses are still struggling with the do...

Cheez Doodle Bags: A Leading Economic Indicator

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Lurio

I went to get a bag of potato chips and noticed that a dollar bag is significantly smaller than it used to be.

The Oil Question From Egypt: What Happens Now in Saudi Arabia?

Daniel Dicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Dicker

As much as we yearn personally for democracy in places like Saudi Arabia, a major political disruption there would add a fast and significant premium to an oil price quickly racing out of control.

Food Matters: Commodity Prices and the Egyptian Revolution

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Paul

For all of the stories wired in from Cairo of the yearning for freedom in Tahrir Square, one question is rarely addressed: why now?