Recessions and depressions

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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FILE - In this June 12, 2019, file photo, personal shopper and stylist Kat Yeh looks at shoes for a client in San Francisco. One of the fastest-growing job categories of the past decade has been in what economists call "wealth work": Catering to the whims, desires and appetites of the wealthy. California officials announced Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, that job growth in the world's fifth largest economy is now in its 113th month, tying the expansion of the 1960s as the longest on record. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
August 16, 2019 - 6:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's job growth is now in its 113th month, tying the expansion of the 1960s as the longest on record as the world's fifth largest economy continues its recovery from the Great Recession, officials announced Friday. The country's most populous state needs between 8,...
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Traders John Romolo, left, and George Ettinger work 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 16, 2019 - 5:23 pm
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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A man stands as a car goes by an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Asian shares were mixed Friday as turbulence continued on global markets amid ongoing worries about U.S.-China trade conflict. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
August 16, 2019 - 7:40 am
LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets looked set to end a turbulent week on a positive note although worries about the U.S. economy and the trade conflict between the U.S. and China still have the potential to derail Friday's recovery. Investors in stocks were spooked earlier this week by developments...
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File - In this Tuesday, March 5, 2019, file photo, an employee in protective clothing works with a steel pouring ladle during a guided media tour at the steel producer Salzgitter AG in Salzgitter. The German economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter from the previous quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry weighed on Europe's largest economy. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
August 15, 2019 - 8:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall. Those trends have hammered American...
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FILE - In this June 29. 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Trump is prioritizing China trade negotiations over defending the Hong Kong protesters. This contrasts with the stance normally taken by his White House predecessors, who would use such a flashpoint as a moment to espouse an American commitment to democratic values.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 15, 2019 - 5:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rather than speak up strongly for the Hong Kong protesters, President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested the answer to their complaints of Chinese oppression is simply for Beijing's "great leader," Xi Jinping, to meet with them and peacefully sort out the unrest that has been...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2019, file photo unsold 2019 Lincoln Navigators sit at a dealership in Englewood, Colo. On Thursday, Aug. 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for July. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
August 15, 2019 - 10:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over weakening economic growth and a persistent trade war that have roiled financial markets have yet to dampen consumer confidence. Retail sales rose a healthy 0.7% last month after a 0.3% gain in...
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FILE - In this June 24, 2019, file photo Ford's employees work on a Lincoln Aviator line at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago's Hegewisch neighborhood. On Thursday, Aug. 15, the Federal Reserve reports on U.S. industrial production for July. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)
August 15, 2019 - 10:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production fell 0.2% in July, as factory activity slumped in a worrisome sign for the economy. The Federal Reserve said Thursday that the overall decline was caused primarily by a 0.4% drop last month in manufacturing production. Output decreased for autos,...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2019, file photo a container ship is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Thursday, Aug. 15, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the second quarter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
August 15, 2019 - 9:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity increased at a decent pace in the second quarter, a trend that could lead to higher wages if it continues. The Labor Department said Thursday that productivity — or output per hour worked — rose 2.3% in the April-June quarter, down from 3.5% in the first three...
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