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Frustration rules as Venezuela unveils new currency

Aug. 20, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Saul Jimenez just wanted to buy bread from his neighborhood bakery in Venezuela's capital on Monday. It did not go well. Banks and most other businesses were closed for the day as Venezuela launched a series of dramatic economic reforms, beginning with the release of a currency...

How to reset retirement plans to weather a downturn

Aug. 20, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

The older the current bull market gets, the more stories you're likely to read about how this is an awful time to retire. Yes, we're due for a correction that trims 20 percent or more from stock values. That could be a big problem for people taking withdrawals from investment portfolios, since market losses early...

Venezuelans jittery ahead of sudden economic reforms

Aug. 19, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Residents across Venezuela's capital spent a nervous weekend bracing for dramatic measures that President Nicolas Maduro has announced to rescue a downward-spiraling economy, including a more-than-3,000 percent hike in the minimum wage. The changes start to kick in Monday with the...

Fed rate policy unintentionally pressures emerging economies

Aug. 15, 2018 2:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blaming the United States for Turkey's financial crisis, ignoring homegrown problems like high debts, raging inflation and his own erratic policies. Yet one of the threats facing Turkey and other emerging-market countries really is made-in-America: By...

How US Fed is unintentionally squeezing developing economies

Aug. 15, 2018 6:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blaming the United States for Turkey's financial crisis, ignoring homegrown problems like high debts, raging inflation and his own erratic policies. Yet one of the threats facing Turkey and other emerging-market countries really is made-in-America: By...

British inflation rate rises, keeping squeeze on households

Aug. 15, 2018 5:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The inflation rate in Britain has picked up, keeping a squeeze on households facing the uncertainty of Brexit. Official figures released Wednesday show that consumer prices were up 2.5 percent annually in July, up from June's 2.4 percent rate. That remains above the Bank of England's target...

How US Fed is unintentionally squeezing developing economies

Aug. 15, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is blaming the United States for Turkey's financial crisis, ignoring homegrown problems like high debts, raging inflation and his own erratic policies. Yet one of the threats facing Turkey and other emerging-market countries really is made-in-America: By...

Turkish leader talks big, but can be pragmatic in crises

Aug. 14, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The man at the center of Turkey's currency crisis and feud with the United States — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — is unleashing the same combative rhetoric that powered him through other grave challenges in his 16 years as the increasingly authoritarian leader of a key NATO...

Turkey shaken by financial fears, Trump rattles it further

Aug. 10, 2018 9:31 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A financial shockwave ripped through Turkey on Friday, when its currency nosedived on concerns about its economic policies and a dispute with the U.S., which President Donald Trump stoked further with a promise to double tariffs on the NATO ally. The lira tumbled 14 percent in one...

Consumer prices up 2.9 pct, leaving Americans worse off

Aug. 10, 2018 9:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices climbed 2.9 percent in July from a year earlier, a rate of inflation that suggests Americans are earning less than a year ago despite an otherwise solid economy. The Labor Department said Friday that the consumer price index ticked up 0.2 percent in July. Annual inflation...