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An estimated 19% of Black Americans, roughly 3.5 million people, have a negative net worth because of a history of discriminatory policies from the government and private industry that has hindered the accumulation of wealth over time, according to a new McKinsey & Company study released Thursday. Just 8% of White Americans have a negative...
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The US Senate recently demonstrated that the only adhesive capable of uniting the two parties is a good, old-fashioned enemy. Although the Democrats and Republicans continue to bicker over the Biden administration’s infrastructure legislation, they achieved rare accord in passing a major technology bill that directs investment into key sectors of the economy. Why the sudden bipartisanship?...
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JOHANNESBURG, June 18 (Reuters) – FirstRand (FSRJ.J) has found offering banking to cash-only businesses in South African townships trickier than expected, but the firms involved are also far bigger than it realised. Africa’s biggest lender by market capitalisation announced the takeover of financial technology firm Selpal in March, with the aim of capturing a greater...
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Dollar index jumps to two-month high Fed signals earlier than expected rate increases LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) – The dollar jumped on Thursday and hit a two-month high against a basket of currencies, a day after U.S. Federal Reserve officials surprised markets by projecting a hike in interest rates and end to emergency bond-buying sooner...
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FILE PHOTO: Customers drink, eat and talk at well-spaced tables on Almanac Taproom’s former-parking lot-turned-pandemic-beer-garden in Alameda, California, U.S. June 4, 2021. REUTERS/Ann Saphir/File Photo (Reuters) – A gauge of future U.S. economic activity increased for the third consecutive month in May, suggesting the economy continued to recover from the recession caused by the novel...
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Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business. The markets are edgy this morning after the US Federal Reserve surprised investors by indicating that interest rates will rise from record lows sooner than expected, as the US recovery gather speed. The Fed’s new projections,...
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Labor Secretary Marty Walsh has said that a strong, equitable recovery depends on getting women back into the workforce. More than 4.6 million women dropped out of the labor force during the coronavirus pandemic, with Black and Latinx women disproportionately hurt by this devastating job loss. Women’s jobs are almost twice as vulnerable to being...
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LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union on Wednesday called on Britain and the United States to limit litigation by agreeing how to price legacy contracts after the tarnished Libor interest rate is scrapped. FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo After banks...
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Corporate America wants to hire workers aggressively as the US economy races back to life following the pandemic. The Business Roundtable, an influential lobbying group comprised of top US executives, said Wednesday that its CEO economic outlook index has climbed to the second-highest level on record, behind only early 2018 when the Trump tax cuts...
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Gideon Rachman’s rather unconvincing commentary (“The G7 is the west’s last chance to lead”, Opinion, June 8) did not mention that the G7 is worth barely 40 per cent of the world’s economy. But it rather substantiates our past president’s perspective that the G7 is an outdated forum. The heralded agreement that the US, UK,...
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