Why a Recession Could Arrive Without a Yield Curve Warning

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Investors may not be able to count on a once-reliable economic warning bell to ring before the next recession. Ultralow yields on short-term bonds may prevent the yield curve from inverting even if the economy is about to contract.

Ground Shifts Under Wheat Export Market

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Record harvests, the strong dollar and cheap oil are combining to shake up the multibillion-dollar global wheat market.

Tech Stocks Swoon as Growth Disappoints

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The sector led a broad decline, as a disappointing outlook from LinkedIn helped fuel a rush out of stocks.

Sugar Smuggling Into China Stirs Market

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A poor sugar harvest this year, which has pushed up local prices, is creating an incentive for smugglers to flout China’s import restrictions and bring cheaper supplies across the hard-to-police borders of Southeast Asia

Container Ship Remains Stuck in Elbe River

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One of the world’s biggest container ships, the 1,300-foot-long Indian Ocean, has run aground near the busy German port of Hamburg and so far has resisted all efforts to free it.

Schism Atop World's Biggest Hedge Fund

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Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio and his presumed heir apparent, Greg Jensen, called for dueling votes about each other’s conduct at the world’s largest hedge fund, which manages $154 billion.

Job Market Leaves Fed in Limbo

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The U.S. job engine slowed in January while unemployment hit an eight-year low and wage growth accelerated, complicating the outlook for Federal Reserve officials as they assess whether the economy is strong enough for further interest-rate increases.

Why European Banks Keep Getting Clobbered

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After years of lackluster results, financial scandals, painful share sales, disruptive management changes, onerous regulations and strategic U-turns, many European bank investors are throwing in the towel.

January Jobs: Right Number at Wrong Time for the Fed

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There were positives and negatives in the January employment report, but the Federal Reserve isn’t going to take any chances.

BNP Paribas Admits Reality in Investment Banking

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The French bank has finally decided to trim its investment bank and bolster its capital base.

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