Recessions and depressions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, left, talk as they arrive for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. The German government sold 30-year bonds at a negative interest rate Wednesday Aug. 21, 2019, in a sign of the clouds over markets and future growth as well as increased expectations that more central bank stimulus is likely on the way.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
August 21, 2019 - 4:56 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Imagine lending money to someone and having to pay for the privilege of doing so. Or being asked to invest and informed of how much money you'll lose. Sounds absurd, but increasingly that's the global bond market these days. A rising share of government and corporate bonds...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2019, file photo, shipping containers are loaded onto a cargo ship at a port in Nantong in eastern China's Jiangsu province. Beijing appealed to Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 21, to "meet China halfway" and end a tariff war after President Donald Trump said Americans might need to endure economic pain to achieve longer-term benefits. (Chinatopix via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 8:14 am
BEIJING (AP) — Beijing appealed to Washington on Wednesday to "meet China halfway" and end a tariff war after President Donald Trump said Americans might need to endure economic pain to achieve longer-term benefits. A foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, expressed hope Washington can "get along...
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In this Aug. 9, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Trump is showcasing the growing effort to capitalize on western Pennsylvania’s natural gas deposits by turning gas into plastics. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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August 20, 2019 - 11:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The "fundamentals" of the U.S. economy are solid, the White House asserted, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession could imperil President Donald Trump's reelection. Exhibiting no such concern, senior adviser Kellyanne...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2019, photo JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon testifies before the House Financial Services Committee during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. A group of influential CEOs, which included Dimon, is changing its view on corporations, saying it’s no longer just about shareholders. The Business Roundtable said Monday, Aug. 19, that its new statement on “the purpose of a corporation” emphasizes that all stakeholders are important, which includes workers, suppliers, customers and the communities their businesses are in. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
August 19, 2019 - 8:48 pm
The "shareholder comes first" has for years been the mantra of the Business Roundtable, a group that represents the most powerful CEOs in America and their thinking. The group's new principles on the role of a corporation released Monday imply a foundational shift, putting shareholders on more...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, the sun sets over the city of Frankfurt with the buildings of the banking district. Germany, Europe's industrial powerhouse and biggest economy, with companies like Volkswagen, Siemens and BASF, may be entering a recession, according to a gloomy report from the country's central bank Monday, August 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
August 19, 2019 - 3:20 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Germany, Europe's industrial powerhouse and biggest economy, with companies like Volkswagen, Siemens and BASF, may be entering a recession, according to a gloomy report from the country's central bank Monday — a development that could have repercussions for the rest of the eurozone...
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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 19, 2019 - 1:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong majority, 74%, of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump's economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. The economists surveyed by the National Association for Business...
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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 18, 2019 - 6:31 pm
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday the economy is "doing very well" and dismissed concerns of recession, offering an optimistic outlook after last week's steep drop in the financial markets. "I don't think we're having a recession," Trump told reporters as he returned...
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FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2019, photo specialist Peter Mazza works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks of companies that do lots of business with China are obvious targets to sell when trade worries rise, and they’ve lagged sharply behind the rest of the market whenever President Donald Trump sends out a tariff tweet. But investors are also looking way beyond these first-order effects, as they pick out which stocks look most vulnerable to the trade war. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 18, 2019 - 11:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Looking across the stock market, it's hard to find a company that isn't vulnerable in some degree to the U.S.-China trade war. Stocks of companies that do lots of business with China, such as chipmakers and other technology companies, are obvious candidates for investors to sell...
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Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Stocks are opening broadly higher at the end of a turbulent week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
August 17, 2019 - 11:22 am
You're not the only one confused about where the economy is headed. Just look at the stock market, where perplexed investors have been sending stocks on a wild ride in August. And there could be plenty more where that came from. Two notoriously volatile months for stocks lie just ahead. Stocks...
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President Donald Trump reacts at the end of his speech at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 17, 2019 - 6:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation's strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy...
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