Dec 19, 2014

U.S. regulators label MetLife as potential financial system threat

Major insurer MetLife Inc. says U.S. regulators have labeled it as a potential threat to the financial system, a designation that brings stricter government oversight. MetLife said Thursday that the Financial Stability Oversight Council has designated the company as “systemically important.” As a result, ...

321,000 hired in U.S. last month

Dec 6, 2014

321,000 hired in U.S. last month

by Christopher S. Rugaber

A resurgence in U.S. hiring accelerated in November and put 2014 on track to be the healthiest year for job growth since 1999. The gain of a robust 321,000 jobs — the most in nearly three years — put further distance between a strengthening ...

Nov 1, 2014

World stocks rally on BOJ action

Global stocks soared and U.S. markets powered to fresh records Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised investors with a sharp increase in its deflation-targeting stimulus operations. The policy switch, aimed at countering a slowdown in the Japanese economy so the central bank can ...

Oct 31, 2014

The strengthening U.S. growth reflects help from Fed

The U.S. economy powered its way to a solid annual growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the developed world and appearing on track to extend its momentum through this year and beyond. The result is not a fluke. ...

How well did the Fed's stimulus work?

| Oct 30, 2014

How well did the Fed's stimulus work?

by Matthew Craft

Soaring inflation. A collapsing dollar. Bubbles in financial markets that would soon pop. One presidential candidate even suggested that the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman should be roughed up. Over the past five years, as the Fed has pumped ever-more money into the financial system, ...

Oct 15, 2014

Ailing global economy could lead Fed to delay rate hike

Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that’s spooked investors across the world. The economic slump could spill into the United States, potentially weakening job growth and keeping inflation well ...

World ministers step up effort against Ebola

Oct 12, 2014

World ministers step up effort against Ebola

World financial leaders promised swift action against Ebola at the fall meeting of the IMF and World Bank on Saturday as countries across the world scrambled to stem the deadly outbreak, which U.N. officials warn is getting worse. Officials also pledged to act boldly ...

Global finance leaders pledge bold efforts for growth

Oct 12, 2014

Global finance leaders pledge bold efforts for growth

World financial leaders on Saturday promised “bold and ambitious” action to boost a global recovery that has shown recent disturbing signs of weakness. That pledge from the International Monetary Fund’s policy-setting committee came after a week of stomach-churning swings in the financial markets triggered ...

Oct 10, 2014

Drop in U.S. jobless claims points to labor market strength

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly its lowest level since before the 2007-09 recession, a sign of growing steam in the U.S. labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 1,000 to a seasonally ...