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June 15, 2012 | By Don Lee and Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Wall Street is betting that the Federal Reserve and other central banks are ready to roll out programs to help protect the global economy from financial market turmoil. Investors have been piling into the stock market this week on hopes that more stimulus programs might be in the works amid negative U.S. economic snapshots and continued uncertainty in Europe. Stocks in the U.S. rallied Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average charging up 155.53 points, or 1.2%, to 12,651.91.
June 18, 2011 | Tom Petruno, Market Beat
This isn't where Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke hoped to be in mid-2011. Just as the Fed is wrapping up its $600-billion bond-buying program aimed at boosting the economy, the recovery is weakening again, stock prices are slumping and Greece's fiscal meltdown is threatening to fuel another global financial crisis. And the other Washington entity with the power of the purse — Congress — seems in no mood to talk stimulus. Just the opposite: Some Republican leaders are threatening to block an increase in the federal debt limit, and risk defaulting on the government's debts by early August, unless the White House agrees to massive spending cuts.
August 8, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
If there is anything about which the average American has no doubt, it's that the state of the economy is a five-alarm emergency. Consumer demand, already weak, is destined to ebb even more as Americans watch their retirement savings and other investments shrivel in the global markets meltdown. Businesses won't hire in this kind of environment, no matter how much cash is sitting on their balance sheets. And the cycle continues to roll, downhill. These are the times when Americans look to Washington for leadership and solutions.
July 17, 2009 | David Pierson
Massive stimulus spending and record bank lending lifted China's economic growth rate in the second quarter to 7.9%, a sign that the Chinese economy is defying the recessionary forces that are weighing down most other countries. The surprisingly robust numbers released Thursday by China's National Bureau of Statistics are an improvement from the 6.1% growth in gross domestic product in the first three months this year.
September 12, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Most market participants expect the Federal Reserve to announce another round of stimulus Thursday, but nearly 6 in 10 doubt it will lower unemployment. Those were the findings of a CNBC survey of 58 money managers, strategists and economists. The poll, released Wednesday, also found financial professionals prefer Republican Mitt Romney over President Obama in November's election 53% to 18%. But if they had to bet, they'd put their money on the incumbent. Asked who they expected to win, 46% of respondents said Obama and 24% said Romney, with the rest unsure.
November 27, 2009 | By Alana Semuels
What was once the bustling Evergreen Pulp mill is today a forlorn factory of smokestacks and tan buildings clustered quietly beside the still, gray waters of the Arcata harbor near Eureka, Calif. Entrepreneur Bob Simpson bought the closed facility in February with the hopes of reopening it as a environmentally friendly toilet paper plant. He planned to spend $400 million rehabbing the factory and rehiring 215 workers who lost their jobs when the old pulp mill shut down in October 2008.
April 3, 2013 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
The recent improvement in the labor market and other signs that the recovery is gaining speed have surprised economists, fueling speculation that the Federal Reserve will soon pull back from its massive monetary stimulus. One of the Fed's policymaking participants, John C. Williams, said in an interview with The Times that he can envision the central bank dialing back some of its bond purchases this summer before halting them entirely by the end of the year. Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, is a self-described centrist on a panel of 19 Fed officials who meet regularly to discuss the economy and policy options.
July 12, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
President Obama says that the $787-billion stimulus program must be given a chance to work before consideration is given to a second jolt for the still-ailing economy. Obama acknowledged in his weekly radio and Internet address that people were getting nervous about continuing high joblessness -- the unemployment rate hit 9.5% in June -- but said that reversing payroll losses takes time. He asked Americans to be as patient as possible. Republicans have labeled the $787-billion stimulus a failure.
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said the U.S. may need a second economic stimulus package as unemployment is poised to continue rising. "It looks like we're going to need more medicine, not less," Buffett said in a Bloomberg Television interview. "We're going to have more unemployment. The recovery really hasn't got going." Buffett is chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which is based in Omaha.
August 29, 2010 | Doyle McManus
Republicans are on a roll. Swing voters have fallen out of love with President Obama and his party, and many are willing to give the opposition a chance. Washington's chief prognosticator, Charlie Cook, forecasts that Republicans are increasingly likely to win control of the House and even stand a chance of taking over the Senate, an idea that seemed far-fetched only a month ago. And weeks of bad economic news have only made the Democrats' problems worse. But do the Republicans have workable solutions?
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