Terra crash sharpens Washington’s attention on crypto regulations

The collapse of the stablecoin TerraUSD USTUSD, + 1.64% has made waves in Washington, attracting the attention of the nation’s top policymakers and adding urgency to an ongoing debate in Congress about cryptocurrency regulation. At its peak in early May, TerraUSD, also known by its ticker UST, was the third most popular stablecoin, with a … Read more

EXPLAINER: Why is Turkey wary of Nordic states’ NATO bid?

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has thrown a spanner in the works of Sweden and Finland’s historic decisions to seek NATO membership, declaring that he cannot allow them to join due to their alleged support of Kurdish militants and other groups that Ankara says threaten its national security. NATO Secretary General Jens … Read more

15 stocks that have fallen at least 33% but by these measures are still standouts in their sectors

During a year in which more than half of the stocks in the S&P 500 Index have declined 10% or more, you have probably seen the term “oversold” being bandied about. But what does oversold really mean? It means you think a stock has dropped too much, based on some quality you expect to fuel … Read more

The clock is running out for Congress to pass Big Tech antitrust bills this year

Nearly three years ago, when the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission launched probes into the business practices of Big Tech, antitrust experts and legal talking heads declared a new age in enforcement and a chastening of unbridled financial power. But a pandemic and countless bill markups later – amid feverish lobbying efforts by Apple … Read more

Natural-Gas Prices Soar in Europe After Russia Sanctions Energy Companies

Natural-gas prices in Europe shot higher Thursday, a day after Russia unveiled a set of sanctions on energy companies operating on the continent that could further threaten supply. Among the companies sanctioned by Moscow were former subsidiaries of Russian state gas giant Gazprom PJSC in the European Union and the Polish owner of a key … Read more

Al Jazeera reporter killed during an Israeli raid in the West Bank

JERUSALEM – Veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin early Wednesday. The broadcaster and a reporter who was wounded in the incident blamed Israel forces. The Israeli army initially raised the possibility that Abu Akleh might have … Read more

Jared Kushner’s New Fund Plans to Invest Saudi Money in Israel

Jared Kushner’s new private-equity fund plans to invest millions of dollars of Saudi Arabia’s money in Israel startups, according to people familiar with the investment plan, in a sign of warming ties between two historic rivals. Affinity Partners, which has raised more than $ 3 billion, including a $ 2 billion commitment from the kingdom’s … Read more

Fed, Biden Administration Float New Lending Rules for Lower-Income Areas

WASHINGTON — Top US banking regulators are poised to overhaul how banks lend hundreds of billions of dollars annually in lower-income communities, after scrapping a Trump-era revamp that had divided regulators and industry officials. The latest proposal to modernize rules for the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act is set to be announced Thursday and aims to … Read more

Uber’s Revenue Doubles, but Stock Falls After Lyft Warns of Higher Driver Costs

Uber Technologies Inc.’s UBER -4.65% revenue more than doubled last quarter, as demand for rides rebounded from the downturn caused by the Covid-19 surge late last year and the company’s food delivery grew despite restaurant reopenings. Uber issued a bullish outlook for the current quarter, but its shares fell about 5% Wednesday, triggered in part … Read more

Some economists say a recession is inevitable. Should you pay off your mortgage now? Consider these factors first.

An economic downturn appears to be in the cards. And that could put some homeowners in a tight spot. Fears of a recession were stoked last week when data showed that the US economy shrank in the first quarter at a 1.4% annualized rate. Roger Ferguson, who previously served as Federal Reserve governor, said that … Read more