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George W. Bush’s ‘greatest economic statement’ and the ‘toxic concoction’ that could finally crush the U.S. economy

Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett once hailed Bush for delivering a timely take on the economy during the financial crisis. One blogger takes a look at the relevance of those words today. 7 min ago

Oil prices decline after unexpected climb in weekly U.S. crude inventory data

Oil futures are lower Wednesday after U.S. government data showed U.S. supplies of crude oil unexpectedly climbed last week. 43 min ago

Stocks tick higher as Wall Street awaits Fed policy update

U.S. stocks are slightly higher Wednesday as investors turn their attention to a Federal Reserve policy update later in the session while waiting for news of progress on China-U.S. trade talks 10:38 a.m. Today

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Gold prices edge higher as investors watch tariff talks and the Fed

Gold prices are slightly higher Wednesday as uncertainty about U.S. international trade policy helps to buttress the yellow metal ahead of the Federal Reserve’s last policy statement and interest-rate projections of 2019.

10:01 a.m. Today
Dow slightly lower as stocks open mixed before last Fed meeting of year

U.S. stocks opened mixed on Wednesday ahead of an eagerly awaited policy update by the Federal Reserve which could deliver clues on the interest rate outlook. The S&P 500 was up 0.2% to 3,137. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 27 points, or 0.1%, to 27,854. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.2% to 8,630. All three benchmarks ended Tuesday within 1% or less of their record closes set nearly two weeks ago on Nov. 27. The Fed is expected to stand pat but could point to how the interest rate path for next year may shape up. Investors saw signs of an inflation pickup on Wednesday, with consumer prices up 0.3% in November. The prospect for a delay to tariffs would also remain in focus amid comments by White House advisers Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro who have both suggested import duties could still take place at the end of the week.

9:40 a.m. Today
Treasury yields hold ground before Fed policy update

U.S. Treasury yields show little direction in early Wednesday as traders look forward to parsing the Federal Reserve’s policy statement and interest-rate projections.

8:01 a.m. Today
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The stock market will ‘breathe a sigh of relief’ if President Trump is re-elected in 2020, says billionaire Howard Marks

Howard Marks, co-founder of Oaktree Capital Management, who has made billions investing in distressed debt, says that a 2020 election victory likely would be a major relief for Wall Street investors.

6:56 a.m. Today
Poshmark CEO on How Marie Kondo Propelled Secondhand Clothing Sales

Poshmark CEO Manish Chandra shares how Marie Kondo and the tidying-up movement led to a boom in the resale fashion industry. video content

6:00 a.m. Today
U.S. Army will fund rare earths processing: report

The U.S. Army is looking to fund construction of rare earths processing facilities, Reuters reported, citing a government document it saw. The report said it would be the first financial investment by the U.S. military into commercial-scale rare earths production since the Manhattan Project. China has threatened to stop exporting rare-earths minerals.

4:13 a.m. Today
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Lending standards to slide for homeowners with spotty credit, Moody’s warns in 2020 outlook

Shrinking home affordability and increased competition among lenders are poised to lead to lower loan standards for homeowners with less-than-stellar credit, Moody’s warns in year-ahead mortgage bond outlook.

6:24 p.m. Dec. 10, 2019
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Why President Trump’s constant cheerleading of the stock market might not help him much come election time

A recent poll of likely voters shows 61% of Americans said that the market’s rally has had little or no impact on their finances.

5:47 p.m. Dec. 10, 2019

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