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Iconic singer hopes to close financing gap for African women

Nov. 20, 2019 7:54 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The insect-eaten money fluttered in pieces to the floor. For global music star Angelique Kidjo, that image of her grandmother having to use a closet as a bank is driving her desire to see African women leap the many obstacles to obtaining credit — and respect. The Benin-born...

Federal Reserve, FDIC approve merger of BB&T, SunTrust banks

Nov. 19, 2019 5:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Tuesday approved the $66 billion merger between BB&T and SunTrust, clearing the last hurdles in creating the sixth-largest bank in the U.S. The combination of BB&T Corp., which is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,...

Patrick defends corporations and capitalism in primary bid

Nov. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Deval Patrick is centering his fledgling campaign on a defense of corporations and capitalism that puts him directly at odds with some of the party’s most progressive figures. “There is a role in the economy for private equity. You bet...

Trump summons Powell to discuss rates amid WH attacks on Fed

Nov. 18, 2019 2:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump summoned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to the White House on Monday to discuss the economy and interest rates — issues on which Trump has repeatedly attacked the Fed. The Fed said in a statement that Powell’s message to Trump during their...

Anti-government protests cripple major Iraqi port, oil field

Nov. 18, 2019 1:56 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq blocked roads leading to the country’s main port and an oil field on Monday, while the Iraqi central bank reduced working hours because of the ongoing unrest, security officials said. Protesters burned tires, blocking the roads to the...

Stocks subdued after US record highs, eyes on trade talks

Nov. 18, 2019 7:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global markets were subdued Monday as investors look for developments in the U.S.-China trade war and the outlook for stocks after Wall Street indexes hit record highs last week. France’s CAC 40 slipped 0.1% to 5,931 and Germany’s DAX also fell 0.1% to 13,229. Britain’s...

Asian shares mixed amid cautious mood, eyes on trade talks

Nov. 17, 2019 10:21 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mixed Monday in a cautious mode after Wall Street closed out the week with milestones as the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 28,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 inched up nearly 0.2% to 23,344.06...

Fed finds resilient financial system despite high debt

Nov. 15, 2019 5:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Friday that corporate debt remains at historically high levels but overall the U.S. financial system is resilient, a view in sharp contrast to the problems that led to the 2008 financial crisis. In its twice-yearly “Financial Stability Report,” the...

Markets Right Now: S&P 500 ekes out a record at the close

Nov. 14, 2019 4:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The S&P 500 has eked out a new record on an otherwise uneventful day on Wall Street. The benchmark index closed with a gain of 2 points at 3,096, its third straight increase after a decline on Monday....

EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European...