Government debt

FILE- In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo specialist Michael Pistillo works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 25. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
January 25, 2019 - 1:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed higher on Wall Street Friday, recovering a chunk of their losses from earlier in the week. Technology and industrial companies jumped. Traders took a brighter view on the economy, and U.S. companies continued to report solid results for the fourth quarter. Energy and...
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Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, left, walks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, as they review the honor guard at the Rafik Hariri international airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. The ruler of the wealthy Gulf state of Qatar has arrived in Beirut to attend an Arab economic summit that has been marred by divisions over readmitting Syria to the Arab League. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
January 21, 2019 - 1:09 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Qatar has announced that it will invest $500 million in Lebanese government bonds to support the Mediterranean country's struggling economy. Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani made the announcement in comments to Qatar's state news agency. Monday's...
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January 16, 2019 - 8:40 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A court hearing on a major restructuring of Puerto Rico's massive debt opened on Wednesday, with protesters warning the deal would further indebt the U.S. territory and supporters arguing it would secure funds that the government urgently needs. The hearing involves...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, listens as Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, talks about border security after making a surprise visit to the press briefing room of the White House in Washington. Trump and Judd share an ominous view of the southern border and a certainty that a wall along the boundary is urgently needed to stop what they’ve described as a humanitarian crisis. Judd, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol, has helped to validate Trump’s fiery immigration rhetoric and affirm the president’s conviction the border with Mexico is a frequently lawless place. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
January 15, 2019 - 4:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brandon Judd, president of the union that represents thousands of border patrol agents, has flipped the axiom that there are no winners in a government shutdown. His proximity to President Donald Trump has elevated the union leader's profile while burnishing the image of the U.S...
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Specialist Peter Mazza, left, and trader Ryan Falvey work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Stocks are slumping in early trading on Wall Street led by steep drops in Macy's and other retailers after several of the companies reported weak holiday sales. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
January 10, 2019 - 10:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly lower Thursday afternoon as a four-day rally in global markets fades. U.S. and Chinese officials wrapped trade talks in Beijing without a significant breakthrough. Retailers sank after Macy's said its sales over the holidays were worse than expected, and...
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December 24, 2018 - 10:12 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Stocks plunged Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling 653 points following President Trump's tweet attacking the Federal Reserve and its independence. The Dow Jones lost 2.9 percent and the...
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December 20, 2018 - 8:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates slipped this week, reflecting the stock market decline and rush by investors to Treasury notes. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the benchmark 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell slightly to 4.62 percent from to 4.63...
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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., gives a farewell speech in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Ryan is bemoaning America's "broken politics" in which he calls Washington's failure to overhaul costly federal benefit programs "our greatest unfinished business." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
December 19, 2018 - 1:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan decried the outrage and bitterness that he said now color American politics in a farewell speech that also acknowledged his inability to achieve two top goals: controlling surging federal debt and reining in Medicare and other mammoth benefit...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speak at a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the fourth time this year to reflect the U.S. economy's continued strength but signaling that it expects to slow hikes next year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
December 19, 2018 - 12:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that future interest rate decisions will likely depend more on newly released economic data than in the recent past. This would allow the Fed greater...
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A TV monitor inside the Greek paliament shows the speech of Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a parliament session in Athens on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Greek lawmakers are debating the heavily-indebted country's draft budget for 2019, the first since Greece exited an eight-year bailout program. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
December 18, 2018 - 1:28 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers approved the heavily indebted country's budget for 2019 late Tuesday, the first since Greece exited an eight-year bailout program. The budget lawmakers passed with a 154-143 vote still is heavy on austerity measures to ensure Greece registers a hefty surplus,...
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