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Why trusts aren’t reducing the conflicts in Trump’s cabinet

The president’s cabinet has many conflicts of interest, even after agreements to reduce them, writes Elliot Blair Smith.

7 min ago
Existing-home sales rise to a 10-year high in January despite higher rates, leaner supply

Sales of previously-owned homes jumped even though there are fewer options and borrowing costs grew more expensive.

14 min ago
Fannie, Freddie losses continue after court ruling

Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw further pressure Wednesday, a day after the two over-the-counter stocks plunged in the wake of a federal appeals court upholding a decision that investors could not sue to overturn the sweep of the mortgage buyers' profits to the U.S. Treasury. Fannie shares were recently down 4% and Freddie Mac was down about 1%.

26 min ago
Mnuchin urges IMF to police exchange-rate policies

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde he expects the fund to provide “frank” analysis of the exchange-rate policies of all its member countries.

28 min ago
McMaster isn’t the visionary U.S. foreign policy needs

By picking yet another general as his national security adviser, Donald Trump may have missed a much-needed opportunity to bring coherence to U.S. foreign policy, writes Darrell Delamaide.

33 min ago
Taxing robots is Bill Gates’s dumbest idea yet

Bill Gates has just come up with his worst idea yet: That we should tax the robots who take away our jobs.

33 min ago
Bill Gates supposedly has long way to go to catch the real richest man in the world

Coming in at around $86 billion, Bill Gates has ridden his Microsoft fortune straight to the top of the Forbes list of the world’s richest men. Then again, the business magazine doesn’t take into account the likes of Vladimir Putin.

43 min ago
Trump shatters small-donor records | Fewer want Obamacare repeal, poll finds

President Trump shatters small-donor records; poll finds fewer want Obamacare repeal; Rep. Keith Ellison holds edge in race to lead Democratic National Committee; and more.

46 min ago
Why world trade growth just saw its fifth straight decline

Questions about how Brexit and elections from the U.S. to South Korea will affect the economy may be mostly to blame for the fifth straight decline in world trade growth, the World Bank says.

9:15 a.m. Today
Trump blames ‘liberal activists’ for ‘angry crowds’ in Republican town halls

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted late Tuesday that “liberal activists” are to blame for unhappy crowds at Republican meetings across the country.

8:19 a.m. Today
Corporate America could be entering an era of CEO activism

CEOs can be a strong check on Trump’s power, write Chris Edelson and Erran Carmel.

8:03 a.m. Today
America needs her immigrants

Closing borders is bad business for U.S. companies and jobs, writes Lata Krishnan.

8:03 a.m. Today
The inherent asymmetry in the Fed’s monetary policy

The Fed has been encouraging risk-taking for a long time, but doesn’t know when to say enough is enough, writes Caroline Baum.

7:53 a.m. Today
Trump administration officials head to Mexico for talks amid strained relations

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were set to arrive in Mexico on Wednesday for talks, as President Donald Trump’s immigration and trade stances toward the country have strained relations between the longtime allies.

7:09 a.m. Today
March, May or June? Fed minutes may hold clues on timing of next interest-rate hike

Fed watchers disagreed whether Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen was signaling a March rate hike or one in May or June. They are hoping the minutes hold the answer.

6:01 a.m. Today
Here are 6 global flashpoints Trump could ignite with a simple tweet

Donald Trump’s penchant for off-the-cuff tweets could set fire to any number of global financial flashpoints, writes David Marsh.

5:56 a.m. Today
Inside the global elite’s bag of financial tricks

Financial engineering, easy money masks global economy’s precarious health, writes Satyajit Das.

7:14 p.m. Feb. 21, 2017
Trump Today: Anti-Semitic threats ‘horrible’ reminders of bigotry, president says

President Donald Trump toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture, spoke out about “horrible” anti-Semitic threats and met with his vice president on Tuesday.

4:04 p.m. Feb. 21, 2017
How conservatives would limit carbon dioxide emissions and fight climate change

A tax of $40 per metric ton would achieve greater reduction in CO2 than all of the existing emissions regulations, says Martin Feldstein.

2:40 p.m. Feb. 21, 2017
A Nobel winner’s warning about the Trump presidency

What Trump says and tweets must be taken seriously, no matter how extreme, says Joseph Stiglitz.

1:50 p.m. Feb. 21, 2017
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