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.... Countries such as China that had never embraced the Washington consensus – or, like much of Asia, rejected it after its own crisis – fared well. It was obvious that UK and US government borrowing rose as a consequence of recession rather than being its cause; nor could governments be blamed for the vertiginous growth of private debt and bank balance sheets in the decade before the crisis. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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How the crash discredited the Anglo-US democratic model | Will Hutton image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 11:05:01 PM
.... Countries such as China that had never embraced the Washington consensus – or, like much of Asia, rejected it after its own crisis – fared well. It was obvious that UK and US government borrowing rose as a consequence of recession rather than being its cause; nor could governments be blamed for the vertiginous growth of private debt and bank balance sheets in the decade before the crisis. ...
Nissan attacked for one of 'nastiest anti-union campaigns' in modern US history image
....”. Late Friday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the independent US government agency responsible for enforcing US labor law, filed the latest in a series of complaints against Nissan. ...
Serious Fraud Office opens investigation into BAT bribery claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 09:34:35 AM
....”. Matthew Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, called on the US government to also investigate BAT. ...
Can Jack Ma, Asia’s richest man, create 1m jobs in the US? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of July 2017 06:30:12 AM
....That charm is increasingly being directed at Trump administration officials. But beyond the million-jobs propaganda story, Ma is working to convince the US government that his intentions are innocuous as he makes a $1. ...
Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case image
.... In 2008, Prevezon entered a partnership with AFI in which Prevezon bought for €3m, a 30% stake in four AFI subsidiaries in the Netherlands. Five years later, AFI tried to return the money to the Russian-owned company, but it was intercepted and frozen by Dutch authorities at the request of the US government as part of the Prevezon money-laundering investigation. ...
British American Tobacco to acquire Reynolds as activists decry merger image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of July 2017 06:51:28 PM
.... In addition, American Tobacco Company struck an agreement with Imperial Tobacco in the UK. But in 1911, the US government succeeded in its efforts to break up the monopoly, and the American tobacco giant RJ Reynolds, as well as British American Tobacco, were born out of American Tobacco Company’s dissolution. ...
Cold revolution  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 4th of June 2017 11:01:37 PM
.... . In offices, air conditioning makes us more productive: according to one early study, it made US government typists do 24% more work. ...
Oil price slides as Opec production cuts fail to impress markets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 09:54:49 AM
....”. Some Opec delegates said they did not believe forecasts by the US government, which expect US production up 1m barrels a day year-on-year by December – a level that would offset more than half the cuts of the “Vienna group”. ...
Will Opec extend output cuts in bid to push up oil prices? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 11:07:36 PM
....There is a new complication for the producers' calculations. President Trump's budget plan includes a proposal to sell half the oil in the US government's emergency reserves, the strategic petroleum reserve, starting from the next financial year. ...
'Nothing we could do' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 11:00:17 PM
.... . He says the checks and balances in the US government, where the different branches of government hold equal authority and offset one another, and the interdependence of the car industry across the Nafta members will keep the deal alive. ...
US accuses Fiat Chrysler of using 'defeat devices' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 07:28:10 PM
. The US government is suing car firm Fiat Chrysler, alleging the firm sold vehicles with "defeat devices" that helped them pass emissions tests. ...
Trump's $4.1tr budget takes hatchet to safety net image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 03:31:49 PM
.... . This budget projects the US government will eliminate its deficit and be running a surplus by 2027 - for the first time since the 1990s. ...
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg in call to help working mothers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 07:24:19 PM
....38bn. She wrote on Sunday that the US government and employers must do more to help parents, especially single mothers, who are struggling to provide for their children while assuring their safety and well-being. ...
Breaking brands image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 6th of May 2017 11:46:31 PM
....Launched in 2003 it was said to be worth $9bn in 2014, but in 2015 a report by The Wall Street Journal claimed its device produced inaccuracies. This led to an investigation by the US government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which later revoked the company's licence to operate in California and banned its founder Elizabeth Holmes from running a lab for at least two years. ...
Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 08:51:04 AM
. Ride-sharing firm Uber is facing a criminal investigation by the US government. ...
Oil hits five-month low amid warnings of commodities rout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 01:51:47 AM
....27c. Traders also remained cautious ahead of Friday’s US government payrolls report, following March’s underwhelming 98,000 figure. ...
Does Federal Reserve monetary policy affect your US mortgage? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 01:22:00 PM
....To make these attractive to investors looking for a safe, long-term investment, banks keep the interest rates on mortgages slightly higher than the interest rates on long-term government debt. This means it is changes in the interest rates offered to investors by the US government on its treasuries that drive mortgage rates higher or lower, not the Federal Reserve’s benchmark interest rates. ...
US budget: No cash for Trump's wall in budget deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of May 2017 06:26:01 AM
....Congress has struck a budget deal to avert a government shutdown, but it allocates no cash for President Donald Trump's proposed US-Mexico border wall. The $1tr (£770bn) agreement to keep the US government running until 30 September was reached on Sunday night. ...
Nasdaq surge expected to continue after strong Alphabet and Amazon results image
.... But after-the-bell figures from the industry’s giants looked set to take it even higher when trading resumes on Friday. With shares already buoyant on the hopes of huge corporate tax cuts by the Trump administration, the impressive earnings helped Wall Street brush aside any concerns about a possible US government shutdown amid continued congressional wrangling. ...
Voodoo Reaganomics won't save Trump on the Hill | Larry Elliot image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 03:33:00 PM
.... Both Republicans and Democrats will want to know how the president intends to make up for the loss of revenue that a cut of this magnitude will cause. On current projections, the US government expects the tax take from corporation tax to double from $290bn (£226bn) a year in 2016 to $580bn by 2020. ...
Has the US started a lumber trade war with Canada? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:29:49 PM
....In 2006, Canada and the US reached a second Softwood Lumber Agreement for a seven-year term, under which the US scrapped the duties and Canada imposed taxes and quantitative restriction on lumber exports . That was extended until 2015, and the US government and industry agreed to not undertake any new countervailing or antidumping duty investigations for a year - that deal expired last October. ...
Lockheed Martin profits take fall, despite sales increase image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 05:20:59 PM
....Lockheed has come under pressure for its F-35 fighter jet program, which has been plagued by delays and cost overruns. A report from the US government's auditing arm, the Government Accountability Office, on Monday found that "cascading delays" meant the cost of the programme would run more than $1bn over budget. ...
Geeks v government  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 11:03:23 PM
.... . A few weeks earlier, the Stanford researchers had received an unsettling letter from a shadowy US government agency. ...
Trump launches investigation into steel dumping image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 07:41:27 AM
....However, Asian steelmakers also climbed as investors appeared to shrug off the news. The US government has previously attempted to shield national steelmakers from cheap foreign steel through the World Trade Organization, but the Trump administration says this has had little impact. ...
Emirates to cut US flights after Trump travel restrictions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 04:33:04 PM
.... Those bans have been contested in court. An Emirates spokeswoman said: "The recent actions taken by the US government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the US. ...
Microsoft patched 'NSA hack' Windows flaws before leak image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 10:27:49 AM
....Microsoft normally acknowledges third parties who tip it off to problems, but has not done so in this case. The Reuters news agency reported that the company had told it that neither the NSA nor any other part of the US government had informed it of the hacking tools' existence. ...
Falling US retail sales cast doubt on further Fed interest rate rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 04:34:01 PM
....Falling retail sales and lower inflation in the US have added to signs that the world’s biggest economy has lost momentum in recent months, casting doubt over how many more times the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year. Stronger takings at clothing and electronics stores in March were not enough to offset a continued drop in demand for cars, according to figures from the US government (pdf). ...
The new age of Ayn Rand: how she won over Trump and Silicon Valley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 05:49:09 PM
.... Not least because Trump’s offer to the electorate in 2016 was not a promise of an unfettered free market. It was a pledge to make the US government an active meddler in the market, negotiating trade deals, bringing back jobs. ...
Poorest UK families struggle to put food on the table, survey finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 01:42:08 PM
.... While 16% of young people aged 16-24 and 11% of 25- to 34-year-olds were food insecure, this shrank to just 1-2% for over 65s. The FSA’s Food and You report adapted an established US government survey used to categorise respondent households on a scale of vulnerability to food insecurity; it included questions on whether people worried their food would run out before they got money to buy more, and whether they could afford to eat balanced meals. ...
UK nuclear plans could be hit by Westinghouse financial crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of March 2017 06:47:55 PM
....Westinghouse filing for Chapter 11 protection would potentially limit future losses for its owner Toshiba. The move will also trigger complex negotiations between the Japanese conglomerate, its American unit and creditors, and could embroil the US and Japanese governments, given the scale of the collapse and US government loan guarantees for new reactors. ...
UK flight ban on electronic devices announced image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 04:34:26 PM
....He added that about 1,000 UK-bound passengers used Turkish Airlines every day to fly from long-haul destinations and would also be affected as their planes were routed via Istanbul. While the US government cited unspecified "threats" in its announcement, the prime minister's official spokesman declined to discuss whether the new rules were prompted by specific intelligence. ...
US charges Russian spies over Yahoo breach image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 02:54:02 PM
....The suspects are also alleged to have targeted Google accounts. Hacking was directed at Russian and US government officials, including security, diplomatic and military personnel, according to the DOJ. ...
HSBC appoints AIA boss Mark Tucker as new chairman image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 11:19:23 PM
....HSBC has also been attempting to repair its image after a series of scandals. Earlier this year it reached a $470m (£325m) settlement with the US government and states related to dubious mortgage lending and foreclosure practices during the financial crisis. ...
Volkswagen pleads guilty to all criminal charges in emissions cheating scandal image
....The German automaker has already agreed to pay $4. 3bn in civil and criminal penalties – the largest ever levied by the US government against an automaker –although VW’s total cost of the scandal has been pegged at about $21bn, including a pledge to repair or buy back vehicles. ...
Apple, Samsung and Microsoft react to Wikileaks' CIA dump image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 09:32:08 AM
....Google declined to comment about allegations that the CIA was able to "penetrate, infest and control" Android phones due to its discovery and acquisition of "zero day" bugs - previously unknown flaws in the operating system's code. The World Wide Web Foundation - which campaigns for internet privacy - said the US government needed to issue a detailed response. ...
The fine print behind the GM deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 09:17:53 AM
....GM, meanwhile, continues to shrink its ambitions and focus on the future. Since it was bailed out by the US government in the aftermath of the financial crisis, it has closed in America the Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer and Pontiac brands, and ditched its plants in Australia, where it had made cars since 1931. ...
Donald Trump has made rookie mistakes – he must change his approach image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 08:59:39 AM
....Now, it is Trump’s turn to attempt a shakeup, and he is approaching it differently than his predecessors. But Trump cannot change the rules of the game singlehandedly, he must work within the constraints of the US government’s many mediating institutions and strong system of checks and balances. ...
Will Trump build a wall protecting US banks from global rules? | Howard Davies image
....Such a reversal would generate tensions within the Fed, and where it would leave the FSB, or indeed the Basel Committee, is unclear. In the early days of the Bank for International Settlements (where the Basel Committee’s secretariat is located) in the 1930s, the US government declined to take a board seat, and the US was represented by JP Morgan. ...
Volvo to seek volunteers for self-driving car trial in UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 07:22:32 AM
.... A firewall will be installed between the vehicle’s different systems in an effort to ensure that steering, braking and acceleration cannot be hacked. US government research predicts that driverless vehicles will lead to an 80% decline in the number of car crashes by 2035. ...
Deutsche Bank fined $630m over Russia money laundering claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 31st of January 2017 05:00:06 AM
....January 2017 £500m for Russian money-laundering offences. January 2017 £75m to resolve a US government lawsuit over hiding tax liabilities to the Internal Revenue Service in 2000. ...
Trump is a conservative – but that won't stop him sending deficits soaring image
....On the other side of the spectrum, Democratic president Bill Clinton, during what most academic economists consider to have been an extremely successful presidency, actually put the government into surplus. Indeed, at the end of the 1990s, some researchers actually wondered how international markets would function if the US government gradually retired all of its debt. ...
Six Volkswagen executives charged with fraud over emissions cheating image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 09:42:57 PM
.... Volkswagen will also spend three years on probation and an independent monitor will be sent in to “oversee its ethics and compliance program”. The penalty against the company is the largest ever levied by the US government against an automaker, eclipsing the $1. ...
Rex Tillerson cuts ties with Exxon Mobil via $180m retirement package image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 02:16:38 PM
....Some $54m of Tillerson’s stock options have already vested; he will be able to sell them at a much-reduced rate of tax, owing to laws that provide financial incentive to cabinet appointees to sell holdings that might conflict with their duties as public servants. Some have simply refused to do so, notably George W Bush’s vice-president, Dick Cheney, who retained stock options in government contractor Halliburton, which substantially increased its business with the US government while Cheney was in office. ...
FTSE 100 soars to new closing high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 07:35:58 PM
....Traders said the rally was the result of optimism in the American economy, with data earlier this week showing consumer confidence in the US had hit a 15-year high. Investors are also anticipating a surge in US government spending, with president-elect Donald Trump having pledged a new $1tn fiscal stimulus programme once he takes office. ...
The iPhone at 10 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 26th of December 2016 02:18:43 AM
....In each case, there was scientific brilliance and plenty of private sector entrepreneurship. But there were also wads of cash thrown at the problem by government agencies - usually US government agencies, and for that matter, usually some arm of the US military. ...
Carl Icahn to advise Trump on regulatory reform image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 11:09:26 PM
....". On Wednesday Mr Trump also had a meeting with Dennis Muilenburg, the chief executive of Boeing, and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin to talk about the defence firms' charges for US government projects. ...
Rolls-Royce exploited US sanctions loopholes to trade with Iran image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 10:30:15 AM
....”. Rolls-Royce disputed that any aspect of its supply of equipment to Iran had been secret but declined to comment on the record as to what information it provided to US government officials or shareholders. ...
Trump must overcome global barriers to deliver his economic promise | Mohamed El-Erian image
....The expectation that Trump will have better luck on this front has produced a textbook asset-price response. Stock prices have climbed, led by financials and industrials; interest rates on US government bonds have risen, both on a standalone basis and relative to those in other advanced economies; and the dollar has surged to levels not seen since 2003. ...
Leak reveals Rex Tillerson was director of Bahamas-based US-Russian oil firm image
.... In this brief window Exxon discovered a major Arctic field with some 750m barrels of new oil. Tillerson has criticised the US government’s policy on Russia. ...
King Rex? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 05:09:38 PM
....Mr Tillerson has publicly spoken out against international sanctions placed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea. In 2014, Exxon filed a report saying the US government and European Union's sanctions cost the company a maximum of $1bn (£790m) in damage to joint ventures. ...
Iran signs $16bn deal to buy 80 Boeing aircraft image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 11:35:41 AM
....Boeing confirmed that the deal was worth $16. 6bn at current list prices, and had been approved by the US government. ...
Google data centres to be 100% renewable-powered by 2017 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 10:32:39 PM
....". Of course the big incentive for a company like Google to hit this kind of target is the bounty of tax incentives offered by the US government (and others) for investing in clean energy. ...
Trump says Air Force One Boeing order should be cancelled image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 05:06:02 PM
....But if he does, it could cost the US taxpayer even more as the new president tries to save money. The US government has already signed a contract with Boeing for $170m (£134m; €158m). ...
Potential conflicts image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 12:50:18 AM
Protectionism and trade disputes threaten world growth, says OECD image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of November 2016 10:00:26 AM
.... Now the problem with trade has been the distribution of the gains from trade and this has always been known … and the fabric of domestic policies has not addressed that,” she said. On the tax and spending side, the OECD’s forecasters said they expected stimulus measures from the US government would raise US GDP growth by around 0. ...
Loans boss paid hackers to attack consumer website, court told image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 03:48:44 PM
....The court was told Frazer-Mann used the Liberty Reserve payment system, based in Costa Rica, which allowed users to transfer money by giving a name, date of birth and email address. It was shut down by the US government in May 2013 amid fears it was being used by criminals. ...
Trump is right: Nafta is a disaster. But US workers aren’t the big losers | Felicity Lawrence image
.... The poor got poorer. If the new trade had generated much greater tax revenues for the Mexican government, or indeed for the US government, they might have been able to mitigate the effects, but transnationals park their profits offshore in tax-haven subsidiaries. ...
Strong-arm Apple and tax China bigly: a guide to Trump's possible tech policies image
.... It is standard for global businesses to exploit loopholes that allow them to register profits in countries with lower corporate tax rates, though that means the profits (and taxes that go with them) don’t come back to the US. The US government has already said it would like that tax revenue back, and Donald Trump says he has ways of making it happen. ...
Does Trump’s election spell globalisation's end? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 03:43:16 PM
.... But, rather than alarming anyone, this should be seen as reassuring, because the riskiest forms of international finance have been curtailed without disrupting more stable and productive forms of foreign investment. We now face the prospect of the US government revoking the Dodd-Frank Act and rolling back the financial reforms of recent years. ...
No politician can keep a promise to bring back jobs – especially not Donald Trump image
....It worked because it addressed legitimate concerns about people’s lived experience, where not only have many traditional jobs disappeared but the ones that remain are insecure. In fact a 2015 US government report suggests that 40% of US jobs are now contingent, so that “millions of workers … are in temporary, contract, or other forms of non-standard employment arrangements” which have no “employer-provided retirement and health benefits, or … job-protected leave”. ...
Trump could change trade stance, says former Bush adviser image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 11:21:03 AM
....". China is the US's top trading partner in goods, according to US government figures. ...
As the election haze clears, Trump’s China conundrum will become clear | Jonathan Fenby image
....Rich countries, led by the US, got cheap imports that kept down inflation and satisfied consumers. The deal got even better when Beijing recycled its earnings into US government bonds, providing capital to help fuel a credit binge. ...
Why the LSE can serve tech startups better than Nasdaq or the NYSE image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 11:48:02 AM
....At Allied Minds, we single out technologies which will disrupt existing large and growing markets and business models. It’s a gruelling process, sifting through thousands of prospects annually from our relationships with more than 160 top American universities, the Department of Defense and other US government agencies. ...
UK 'flash crash' trader Navinder Sarao pleads guilty in US image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 11:25:36 PM
....He had faced 22 charges carrying sentences totalling a maximum of 380 years. Sarao agreed to pay the US government $12. ...
British trader pleads guilty to wire fraud after US extradition image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 10:30:32 PM
....Sarao was sent to the US in October after losing a High Court challenge against a decision to extradite him over the “flash crash”, which saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunge 600 points in five minutes, wiping tens of billions of pounds off the value of US shares. Sarao agreed to pay the US government $12. ...
Global markets rocked as Trump surges towards White House image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 07:24:09 AM
US government asks: How much Nutella do you eat? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of November 2016 12:20:22 PM
....The company says the difference is important as it dictates the nutritional data on the product's label, which influences shoppers. US government surveys Nutella fans. ...
Yahoo urges US to publish surveillance order image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of October 2016 08:53:25 PM
. Yahoo has called on the US government to publish a surveillance order it received so it can respond to claims it scanned its users' emails. ...
Theranos will shut labs and cut 40% staff image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of October 2016 12:57:13 PM
.... . This led to an investigation by the US government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which later revoked the company's licence to operate in California and banned Ms Holmes from running a lab for at least two years. ...
Yahoo 'secretly scanned emails for US authorities' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of October 2016 06:47:01 PM
. Yahoo secretly scanned millions of its users' email accounts on behalf of the US government, according to a report. ...
Tech start-up funding 'appallingly bad' in UK image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 18th of September 2016 11:00:32 PM
.... . "They [Silicon Valley] did have an ecosystem that was cultivated in the 1940s and 1950s frankly by the US government and the defence industry that were originally in that part of California. ...
Former AIG boss set to go on trial at 91-years-old image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of September 2016 05:31:05 PM
.... . The firm, which issued credit guarantees for sub-prime mortgages, was bailed out by the US government, which took an 80% stake in the firm and provided nearly $185bn in aid. ...
Microsoft's UK data centres power up cloud services image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of September 2016 07:17:42 AM
....It hopes this will reassure clients that their information is secure. Microsoft is, however, fighting a long-running legal battle against the US government, which believes it has the right to force domestic companies to surrender data even when it is held overseas. ...

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