Tuesday, January 20, 2015

General Economics

Wall Street Journal | Views of Economy Brighten, WSJ/NBC Poll Finds
An upswing in the U.S. economy has contributed to a surge in economic optimism but provided no similar improvement in the standing of the nation’s political leaders, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows.
Wall Street Journal | China Economic Growth Is Slowest in Decades
China’s economic growth slowed to 7.4% in 2014, downshifting to a level not seen in a quarter century and firmly marking the end of a high-growth heyday that buoyed global demand for everything from iron ore to designer handbags.
Wall Street Journal | President, Republicans Aim to Forge Trade Deals
Improved economic and political winds look set to give President Barack Obama a new opening to complete at least one sweeping trade deal, despite reservations within his own party.
Market Watch | MF cuts global economic-growth outlook
Sliding oil prices will give global growth a brief jolt, but the benefits won’t be strong enough to keep the world economy out of a deepening long-term rut, the International Monetary Fund said.

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Wall Street Journal | The Window Is Closing on a Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal
Urgency and trade negotiations are seldom mentioned in the same breath, but the window of opportunity to sign the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is closing fast. In less than a year, the chance to agree on a comprehensive and ambitious free-trade agreement between the European Union and the U.S. may be gone, and the U.K., Europe and America will be the poorer for it.
Forbes | Four Charts To Keep In Mind Before The State Of The Union
On Tuesday, President Obama will give his State of the Union address. He is widely expected to introduce new policies, such as free community college and higher taxes, and to celebrate recent improvements in the economy.

Wall Street Journal | The State of the Economy, in Eight Charts
When President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union speech on Tuesday, the economy will be as strong and bright as it has been in years.