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What China’s Slowing Economy Means for The Rest of The World

China's economy grew only 4% in the final quarter of 2021, the slowest pace seen since the second quarter of 2020, the New York Times reports. The stall in economic growth is likely due to a drop in property sales, slowed demand and Covid-forced shutdowns. Experts predict other economies will also lose momentum in the near future. "The snapshot of ...
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China Cuts Interest Rate for the First Time in Nearly Two Years

China's central bank cut its interest rate on 700-billion-yuan ($110.19 billion) worth of one-year medium-term lending facility (MLF) loans to some financial institutions by 10 basis points from 2.95% to 2.85%, according to news reports.While prices have remained stable for China, policymakers are likely to shift their focus toward boosting growth,...
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Global Growth Expected to Slow and Hurt Developing Economies

The global economy had a strong initial rebound following the start of the pandemic. However, as the Omicron variant continues to rapidly spread, the economy is entering a slowdown phase, the World Bank reports."Global growth is expected to decelerate markedly from 5.5 percent in 2021 to 4.1 percent in 2022 and 3.2 percent in 2023 as pent-up demand...
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Nonresidential Construction Employment Expands As Construction Industry Unemployment Ticks Higher

The construction industry recovered 92.1% of the jobs lost during earlier pandemic stages and added 22,000 new jobs in December, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.Nonresidential construction employment added 27,000 jobs in December: 12,900 in nonresidential specialty trade 10,400 in heavy and civil engineering 3,700 in nonresidentia...
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Supply-Chain Woes Fading, New Indictor Shows

A new barometer from the New York Federal Reserve, called the Global Supply Chain Pressure Index (GSCPI), indicates supply-chain issues may be peaking and could start to moderate. The Fed's new gauge uses different factors to track supply-chain snags, including the Baltic Dry Index, which tracks the cost of shipping materials, and the Harper I...
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Retail Sales Grew at Rapid Pace Despite Supply Chain and Omicron

This holiday season, sales rose at the fastest pace in 17 years, according to the Business Mirror. Despite inflation, shortages and the new Covid-19 strain, US holiday sales grew 8.5%, the news outlet reported.According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, clothing sales rose 47%, jewelry 32% and electronics 16%. "I feel really good about how the seas...
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Will the Omicron Variant Dampen Economic Recovery?

Businesses and consumers are watching closely as the highly contagious Omicron variant raises new questions about economic recovery. Will the new variant force shutdowns like seen in the early days of the pandemic? Will Omicron feed the inflation fire or cool things off instead? "These mutations keep coming," Robin Brooks, chief economist at the In...
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Report Shows Steady Growth for Global Trade Finance from 2021-2026

After experiencing moderate growth from 2015-2020, the global trade finance market is projected to grow by 3.7% from 2021-2026, according to IMARC's latest report, Trade Finance Market Size: Global Industry Trends, Share, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2021-2026. This prediction may change as the pandemic continues to be tracked and evaluated as ...
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U.S. Congress Raises Debt Ceiling, Avoiding Default Until 2023

The House and Senate voted this morning to increase the federal debt ceiling by $2.5 trillion, allowing the U.S. government to avoid default until early 2023, according to government officials. The vote was made just hours before the deadline that the U.S. government risked breaching its debt limit, said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.Th...
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Bankruptcy Filings Show Declines Across All Chapters from October to November 2021

New bankruptcy filings across all chapters declined by 5.6% in November from the previous month, according to Epiq's November 2021 bankruptcy filing statistics from its AACER bankruptcy information services business.The total for new commercial filings across all chapters also decreased by 10.3% from October to November. For 2021 through November, ...
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Federal Reserve Plans to Ramp Up Fight Against Inflation

Concerns are growing over lingering inflation, prompting the Federal Reserve to consider speeding up its plan to raise interest rates. Federal Reserve officials plan to discuss stopping their bond-buying stimulus program early during a policy meeting next week, according to The Wall Street Journal. Ending the program in March instead of June would ...
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Omicron Variant Could Drive Inflation Even Higher

Stocks took a major hit yesterday as fears over the recently discovered Omicron coronavirus variant brewed. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell also shared before Senate that he no longer believes inflation is "transitory," noting new factors—like Omicron—could mean high inflation will stick around well into next year.Growing concerns abo...
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Global Standard for Classifying Goods to Change Come January

Another factor will soon further complicate the global supply chain crisis and international trade—new harmonized system numbers (known as HS codes). HS codes are the global standard for classifying goods in international trade. Starting Jan. 1, more than 350 global HS codes will be updates and roughly 1,500 U.S. tariff codes will also be chan...
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Survey Finds Suppliers May See a Rise in Pricing While Manufacturers Expect a Rise in Sales

Material suppliers are expecting costs to rise over the next year, according to Construction Products Association (CPA) recent State of Trade survey for Q3. Data shows that cost pressures are expanding from raw materials to fuel, energy, wages and salaries.This expansion is likely due to the rise in global gas, electricity and crude oil prices—alon...
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U.S. and Japan Plan to Form Trade Partnership

The U.S. and Japan set the foundation of a trade partnership today, agreeing to work toward resolving tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. U.S. Trade Representative Katharine Tai and Japan's trade and industry minister also agreed to cooperate toward a "common global-agenda" for trade, according to ABC News."This Partnership will deepen the ...
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US Inflation Hits 31-Year High in October

Container ships located at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, are averaging a 17-day wait time, according to a Bloomberg report. As of November 12, 83 ships remain either at anchor or in a holding zone, compared to the previous high of 81 from earlier that week."We are trying to add capacity by searching for vacant land to store container...
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White House to Speed Up Infrastructure Upgrades Amid Supply Chain Crisis, Inflation

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday plans to determine and pay for needed upgrades to U.S. ports over the next 90 days, according to the Associated Press. This comes as supply chain disruptions continue to overwhelm major ports across the country and drive inflation. U.S. port authorities will be allowed to reallocate leftover money originally me...
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House Passes $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

Congress passed the much-awaited infrastructure bill on Friday, which includes $550 billion in spending for new infrastructure and $110 billion for improvements to roads and bridges. Overall, the $1.2-trillion package is about $1.1 trillion less than President Joe Biden's March proposal, known as the American Jobs Plan.It also includes funds for tr...
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U.S. Service Sector Hits Record High in October, Manufacturing Continues to Grow

The U.S. service sector grew to a record high in October, the fourth time in 2021, and the manufacturing sector also continued to rise for the 17th consecutive month, according to reports released Wednesday from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM).ISM's survey of the service industry reached a reading of 66.7, up 4.8 points from September...
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US-EU Reach Agreement to Ease Tariffs on Steel, Aluminum Products

The U.S. and EU have reached an agreement to lift U.S. tariffs on some steel and aluminum products coming from Europe, beginning Dec.1, the White House announced Sunday. This agreement sets a threshold for the amount of steel and aluminum coming from the EU before being subject to tariffs.In return, the EU states that it will remove its retaliatory...
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