Square: Learning Banking Truths the Hard Way

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Like other fintech firms, Square’s lending business faced financing difficulties in the first quarter.

Push for $15 Raises Pay---And Tensions

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The growing push to raise minimum hourly pay to as much as $15 per hour is creating new issues in the workplace: While some of America’s lowest-paid workers will get fatter paychecks, others may feel underpaid.

Miners' Lessons for Investment: Avoid Past Pitfalls

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Rio Tinto has taken the plunge with a $5.3 billion expansion of a copper mine in Mongolia. That will raise some eyebrows.

Air Products Sells a Chemicals Unit to Evonik for $3.8 Billion

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Evonik Industries has agreed to buy the performance-materials division of Air Products & Chemicals for $3.8 billion, as the German company beefs up its U.S. operations with the largest acquisition in its history.

Affordable Starter Homes Prove Increasingly Elusive

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Five years into the housing recovery, one crucial segment of single-family construction has yet to materialize: starter homes.

Bangladesh Central Banker to Meet With Top Fed, Swift Officials

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The head of Bangladesh’s central bank will meet next week with a top Federal Reserve official and representatives of interbank-messaging service Swift in an effort to trace $81 million stolen from the country’s Fed account.

Stuck at Zero: The Long-Term Challenge for Investors

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The length of time investors face zero or negative rates is just as important as the level of rates.

Maersk Line Expects Demand to Stabilize, Says CEO

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Maersk Line, the world’s biggest container shipping operator, expects demand to stabilize this year after last year’s meltdown, CEO Soren Skou said, saying consolidation will remove some overcapacity.

Vedanta's Debt Solution Merely a Rest Stop to Salvation

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Vedanta has put off its near-term debt maturities through various maneuvers, but its tangle of debt will keep the company in a stranglehold.

The Jobs Report: Gauging Underappreciated Strength

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The labor market’s momentum shouldn’t be overlooked by investors and the Federal Reserve ahead of Friday’s jobs report.

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