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Consumers defy inflation to support economy. For how long?

May. 22, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With prices across the economy — from food, gas and rent to cars, airfares and hotel rooms — soaring at their fastest pace in decades, you might think Americans would tap the brakes on spending. Not so far. Consumers as a whole are showing surprising...

US stocks got close to a bear market. Here’s what that means

May. 20, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The bear came close to Wall Street but then backed off. The stock market’s slump this year briefly pulled the S&P 500 into what's known as a bear market Friday, before a late rally put the index in the green. The prevailing sentiment among investors remains...

Asian stocks rise after Wall St slips closer to bear market

May. 20, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Friday after Wall Street fell closer to bear territory, China cut a key interest rate and Japanese inflation edged higher. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced. Oil prices fell more than $1 per barrel. ...

Fed nominee Michael Barr calls inflation 'far too high'

May. 19, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick to be the Federal Reserve's top banking regulator pledged Thursday to help reduce high inflation and provide “clear rules” to govern financial innovation. “I strongly believe that inflation is far too high today and I’m...

Sri Lanka limits foreign currency holdings amid crisis

May. 19, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka will lower the maximum amount of foreign currency that individuals can possess to $10,000 from $15,000 and penalize anyone who holds it for more than three months, the central bank announced Thursday, as police fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of...

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates edge down to 5.25%

May. 19, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates retreated modestly this week, but interest on the key 30-year loan remains at decade-high levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the 30-year rate slipped to 5.25% from 5.3% last week. By contrast, the...

Biden's burdens grow: Sagging global economy adds to US woes

May. 18, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden embarks for Asia on Thursday, he's facing a new risk at home for the economy and his Democratic Party: a global slowdown caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the pandemic shutting down Chinese cities and factories. The world economy...

UK inflation hits 40-year high amid Russia's war in Ukraine

May. 18, 2022 05:55 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s inflation rate rose to the highest level in 40 years last month as Russia's war in Ukraine fueled further increases in food and fuel prices. Consumer price inflation accelerated to 9% in the 12 months through April, up from 7% the previous month, the...

Asia stocks mixed after Wall St gain, Powell warns on rates

May. 17, 2022 23:33 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street rose and the Federal Reserve's chairman said it will raise interest rates further if needed to cool inflation. Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. Tokyo and Seoul advanced. Oil prices rose to stay above $110 per...

Powell: Fed to keep hiking rates until it controls inflation

May. 17, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday underscored the Federal Reserve's determination to keep raising interest rates until there is clear evidence inflation is steadily falling — a high-stakes effort that carries the risk of causing an eventual recession. The Fed's...