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John Ydstie

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Banking Giants Settle Currency Manipulation Charges

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Six banks, including Citigroup, Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase, will pay regulators more than $4 billion to settle charges they manipulated the currency exchange market to boost profits.


October Jobs Data Show Solid Employment Growth

Friday, November 07, 2014

The economy added 214,000 jobs in October, less than the 248,000 produced in September, but just enough to continue pushing the unemployment rate down.


It's Still Too Early For Tanking Oil Prices To Curb U.S. Drilling

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The U.S. is now the world's largest oil producer, and some worry that falling prices could mean an industry slowdown. But with production costs also falling, drillers are unlikely to cut back soon.


Federal Reserve Votes To End Quantitative Easing

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Federal Reserve policymakers voted Wednesday to end a giant bond-buying stimulus program that's been in place in one form or another for the last six years.


AIG Lawsuit Presents Different Versions Of 2008 Bailout

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulson and Tim Geithner were in court this week defending the actions they took six years ago when they set the terms for the government's bailout of insurance giant AIG.


Former Treasury Secretaries Head To Court For AIG Lawsuit

Monday, October 06, 2014

Henry Paulson, Timothy Geithner and former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will all testify in a case that stems from the government's bailout of insurance giant, AIG.


New Jobs Report Is A Bounceback From Disappointing August

Friday, October 03, 2014

The U.S. jobless rate dropped below 6 percent in September, the lowest it's been since July 2008. And employers added 248,000 new jobs to their payrolls, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Obamacare's First Year: How'd It Go?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

It has been a year since Obamacare launched with a difficult start. Now, supporters are confident about the program's future. But critics say it's too early to gauge its success.


Big Sponsors May Find It Hard To Break Up With The NFL

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Companies like Anheuser-Busch pay hundreds of millions to be identified with the NFL's aura. The last thing they want is to be associated with scandal, but it might be financially tough to walk away.


Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.


With Turmoil Roiling Abroad, Why Aren't Oil Prices Bubbling Up?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Conflict in oil-producing regions usually sends oil prices higher. But the cost of oil has actually dropped, despite turmoil in the Middle East. Economists say it's a matter of supply and demand.


Employer-Sponsored Health Costs Rose Modestly In 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Health insurance premiums went up only a little more than inflation this year, according to a new survey. The average family plan cost about $16,800. That's a 3 percent increase over last year.


A Disappointing Jobs Report May Mask Economy's Strength

Friday, September 05, 2014

The latest labor report indicates a slowdown in job growth, but many economists aren't buying it. They say other data paint a stronger picture, but the jobs numbers may delay higher interest rates.


How Close Is The Economy To Full Employment?

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says 142,000 jobs were added to the economy in August, far below expectations. So the view that the Fed won't likely hike interest rates until mid-2015 remains intact.

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Fed Officials Debate Timing Of Interest Rate Hike

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Minutes of the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting show that a number of officials believe the benchmark rate should rise sooner than is currently expected.


China Investigates Lexus For Anti-Monopoly Violations

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Toyota says it will lower prices of auto parts for its Lexus models in China. This comes after Chinese regulators raised concerns over possible antitrust violations in the country's auto industry.


Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Crosses Milestone

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Class A share of Berkshire Hathaway is now worth more than $200,000. Warren Buffett created the conglomerate about 50 years ago, and he has refused to split Berkshire's shares.


Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Projections suggest that climate change will hurt agriculture in most parts of the world. But some areas of the U.S. could actually see a benefit as corn production moves farther north.


Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Studies warn that climate change will threaten corn production in coming decades. Meanwhile, farmers are experimenting with new planting methods in hopes of slowing soil erosion from torrential rains.


Russia Retaliates For Western Sanctions With Ban On Food Imports

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Russia reacted to Western economic sanctions by imposing a yearlong ban on U.S. and European food products. Moscow also made clear it's still considering other measures.