| Jul 14, 2014
| 7:25 AM
Think of him as China’s Stephen Colbert – only his patriotism shtick isn’t a put-on. For years, TV news anchor Rui Chenggang has been a China booster and an icon for China’s global “soft power” push. But in a...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 4:37 PM
When Brazil's state-run oil company raked in $70 billion in a 2010 public offering, leaders here called it evidence of the nation's rising economic power.
"It wasn't in Frankfurt. It wasn't in London. It wasn't in New York. It was here in São Paulo,"...
| Jul 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Since the financial crash of 2008, one of the biggest guessing games in the U.S. economy and markets has centered on interest rates — and when they would finally rise from the historic lows that followed the Great Recession.
But year after year,...
| May 29, 2014
| 5:59 PM
The economy stumbled badly during the severe winter, much more than first estimated, according to a government report, and stalled a recovery that appeared poised to take off this year.
Economists, however, see the quarterly drop more as a delay in...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Commenting recently about seeing the play "War Horse," one of my 11th-grade students expressed surprise that "even some of the Nazis had humane feelings" for the plight of animals caught up in war.
"It's about the First World War," I replied. "There...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 6:26 AM
With beach balls, snorkels and other vacation-themed decorations festooning a section of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, six top Southwest Airlines executives will split off in pairs to a steel drum beat and board three flights to the Caribbean.
| Jul 2, 2014
| 10:52 AM
From Oxford's quads to Harvard Yard and many a steel and glass palace of higher education in between, exams are giving way to holidays. As students consider life after graduation, universities are facing questions about their own future. The higher-...
| Jun 18, 2014
Sharp surges in the world's oil prices usually end up dragging the economy down, so analysts are watching the crisis in Iraq for risks to U.S. consumers and the globe's fragile recovery.
Oil prices have climbed to a nine-month high amid the escalating...
| May 25, 2014
| 4:30 AM
A humble metal box measuring just 20 feet or 40 feet by 8 feet, the shipping container has changed the world.
It helped usher in globalization, deliver bananas that taste fresh despite being picked weeks before, and provide the ability for companies...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 3:06 PM
If you use U.S. dollars to pay the U.S. subsidiary of an overseas company for a product stored in the U.S., is that a foreign transaction?
That question arose after Jay Berman, 74, of Manhattan Beach was slapped with a 3% foreign transaction fee by Bank...
| May 6, 2014
| 6:48 AM
A leading international organization on Tuesday trimmed its forecast for global growth this year but said it expects the U.S. economy to rebound strongly after a winter slowdown and that the worldwide recovery finally was gaining momentum.