5 signs the world is headed for a recession

New York CNN Business  —  Around the world, markets are flashing warning signs that the global economy is teetering on a cliff’s edge. The question of a recession is no longer if, but when. Over the past week, the pulse of those flashing red lights quickened as markets grappled with the reality — once speculative, … Read more

Liz Truss admits mistakes on controversial tax cuts plan, but doubles down on it anyway

London CNN  —  British Prime Minister Liz Truss admitted mistakes had been made with her government’s controversial “mini-budget” announced last week – which sent the pound to historic lows and sparked market chaos – but stood by her policies. Speaking to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg on Sunday morning Truss said: “I do accept we should … Read more

Inflation relief checks: Why some economists warn they could fuel rising prices

Washington CNN  —  Several states are sending taxpayers money to help them cope with inflation, but some economists warn that the payments will do little to alleviate the pain of rising costs and could further fuel inflation. In California, for example, about 23 million qualifying taxpayers are expected to receive up to $1,500, with smaller … Read more

Government shutdown averted as Biden signs funding bill

CNN  —  The House of Representatives voted on Friday to approve a stopgap bill to fund the government through December 16, averting a shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline when funding was set to expire. President Joe Biden signed the bill Friday afternoon. The Senate passed the measure on a bipartisan basis on … Read more

US officials troubled by controversial UK tax cut plan

New York CNN  —  US officials are increasingly troubled by the United Kingdom’s proposal to slash taxes at a time of crushing inflation, a plan that has ignited turbulence in financial markets. UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s tax-cut plan has drawn criticism from economists and investors and prompted the Bank of England to calm panicked … Read more

Senate approves government funding extension to avert shutdown

CNN  —  The Senate voted on Thursday to approve a short-term government funding extension that would prevent a shutdown at the end of the week. The bill was approved on a bipartisan basis with a vote of 72 to 25. Government funding is currently on track to expire Friday at midnight, but the stopgap bill … Read more

Mortgage rates surge, closing in on 7%

Mortgage rates surged for the sixth week in a row, moving closer to 7%. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.70% in the week ending September 29, up from 6.29% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. That’s the highest level since July 2007. Mortgage rates have more than doubled since the start of this year … Read more

The UK is gripped by an economic crisis of its own making

London CNN Business  —  A week ago, the Bank of England took a stab in the dark. It raised interest rates by a relatively modest half a percentage point to tackle inflation. It couldn’t know the scale of the storm that was about to break. Less than 24 hours later, the government of new UK … Read more

China’s yuan hovers near record lows against the dollar despite central bank warning

Hong Kong CNN Business  —  China’s yuan hovered near record lows against the US dollar on the offshore market on Thursday, as major currencies around the world continue to tumble after the Federal Reserve’s aggressive hikes. The yuan — also known as the renminbi —has been declining for months despite interventions by China’s central bank. … Read more

Liz Truss’s premiership has got off to the worst start possible

Liverpool, England CNN  —  Liz Truss’s first few weeks as British prime minister have been defined by crisis. She’d barely been in the job 48 hours when news broke that Queen Elizabeth II had died, placing the country in a state of official mourning and delaying the official launch of the Truss plan for Britain. … Read more