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July 23, 2020 - 3:32 am
Why are coins hard to find during the pandemic? The Federal Reserve has seen a significant decline of coins in circulation because people are not spending them as regularly at businesses, many of which are either temporarily closed or not accepting cash. Coins are still plentiful. In April, the U.S...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Reserve, Judy Shelton, appears before the Senate Banking Committee for a confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a shift, the Senate Banking Committee is likely to back President Donald Trump's unconventional nomination of Shelton for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors in a party-line vote Tuesday, July 21. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
July 21, 2020 - 3:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's choice of Judy Shelton for the Federal Reserve board of governors on a party-line vote, overcoming widespread questions about her qualifications for the Fed. Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Crapo, Republican of...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, two people walk past a closed sign at a retail store in Chicago. Ever since the U.S. government launched its emergency lending program for small businesses on April 3, there have been complaints that bigger companies had their loans approved and disbursed more quickly. There is now evidence to back up those complaints. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
July 20, 2020 - 3:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since the U.S. government launched its emergency lending program for small businesses on April 3, there have been complaints that bigger companies had their loans approved and disbursed more quickly. There is now evidence to back up those complaints. An Associated Press...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a House Small Business Committee hearing on oversight of the Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury pandemic programs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 17, 2020. (Erin Scott/Pool via AP)
July 17, 2020 - 8:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged Congress Friday to quickly enact a new pandemic relief package targeting hardest-hit swaths of the economy, as lawmakers race to stand up federal aid in the face of the latest spike in coronavirus cases across much of the Sun Belt and...
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July 17, 2020 - 6:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund predicted Friday that the U.S. economy will shrink 6.6% this year, pounded by the coronavirus and the lockdowns meant to contain it. The grim forecast is actually an upgrade from one the IMF made last month when it foresaw the American economy...
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A currency trader wearing a face mask watches computer monitors near the screens showing the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 17, 2020. Asian stock markets rebounded Friday after Wall Street closed lower amid uncertainty about the U.S. economic outlook. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
July 17, 2020 - 4:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street ticked higher Friday to close out its third straight winning week, one punctuated by hopes that the economy can continue to steady itself despite the pandemic. The S&P 500 rose 9.16 points, or 0.3%, to 3,224.73 after yet another day of wobbly trading. The Dow Jones...
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FILE This April 16, 2020 photo shows a real estate company sign marking a home for sale in Harmony, Pa. U.S. homeowners are seizing on historically low mortgage rates to refinance their mortgages. Refinancing is outpacing home purchase loans as job losses and economic uncertainty put off would-be buyers. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
July 16, 2020 - 4:26 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the 30-year mortgage rate falling this week below 3% for the first time in a half-century, more U.S. homeowners are likely to seize the chance to refinance their home loans. Americans refinanced nearly 2 million home loans from January through April, more than double the...
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At sunset, the sky above the Frankfurt skyline and the water of the river Main are colored deep red, Friday, June 19, 2020, in Frankfurt, Germany. (Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)
July 16, 2020 - 10:33 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank hit pause Thursday after deploying massive stimulus measures in recent weeks and urged government leaders to do their part by agreeing on an EU-wide fund to support regions hardest hit by the virus outbreak. ECB President Christine Lagarde said...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019, file photo a Bank of America logo is attached to the exterior of the Bank of America Financial Center building in Boston. The Federal Reserve said on Thursday, June 25, 2020, a worst-case scenario for the U.S. economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic would cause nation’s 34 largest banks to collectively lose roughly $700 billion. To bolster the banks ahead such a potentially damaging recession, the Fed ordered the banks to suspend stock buybacks and dividend payouts until Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
July 16, 2020 - 8:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America's second quarter profits were sawed in half and the consumer banking giant set aside billions of dollars to cover potentially bad loans caused by the pandemic. Bank earnings this quarter have begun to paint a picture of American families and businesses struggling to...
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July 15, 2020 - 12:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Investment bank Goldman Sachs posted a massive 41% rise in revenues in the second quarter, the bank said Wednesday, helped by a blowout performance by the bank’s trading desks. The New York-based bank had second quarter revenues of $13.3 billion, which is up from $9.46 billion in...
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