U.S. Trade Gap Narrows in July

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The U.S. trade gap narrowed in July as demand grew overseas for American-made autos and industrial supplies.

AIG to Freeze Traditional Pension Plan

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American International Group told employees that it would freeze its traditional U.S. pension plans, becoming the latest company to shift away from guaranteed retirement benefits.

A Gold Trade Investors Can't Refuse---Even if They Want To

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London-listed gold miner Polyus gives investors another hard lesson in why they should stay away from emerging-markets resources stocks with small free floats.

China's Devaluation Wins IMF Over

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Beijing’s careful management of its currency since its devaluation last month is bolstering China’s bid to get the yuan included in the IMF’s basket of reserve currencies as soon as November, according to people familiar with the matter.

For Russia, Oil Collapse Has Soviet Echoes

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For most countries, the economic slowdown in China and the accompanying slump in commodity prices represent something between nuisance and pothole. For Russia, they are a catastrophe, writes Greg Ip.

Slumping Commodities Force Glencore to Make a Tough Trade

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Glencore is under fire because of its high debt levels relative to mining peers. It can free up cash in its trading business, but that raises the risk of denting its earnings power.

IMF Says China Slowdown, Other Risks Threaten Global Outlook

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China’s slowdown and a host of other downside risks threaten to push the global economy into much deeper trouble without concerted action by the world’s largest economies, the International Monetary Fund warned.

The Risk Investors Don't Have to Worry About This Time

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Although markets are wobbling, U.S. banks have their feet on the ground.

Wall Street Sales Squads Sit Out Summer

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A deeper-than-usual August decline in bond and equity sales will leave third-quarter earnings for big banks dependent on trading results and the still-thriving M&A market.

Small U.K. Banks Show Big Rivals How To Travel Light

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Picture a life without the baggage of the past. In the U.K., smaller banks are showing established rivals how that could be.

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