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China’s market woes make it trickier to negotiate with

When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that the Chinese president would be arriving, figuratively, in a gleaming aircraft carrier with his trademark "Chinese Dream" banners flying. The challenge then...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Markets’ fall a reminder: It’s the economy, stupid

The sudden turmoil in the financial markets is a reminder that when the preliminary hoopla is over and voters actually begin to select their presidential nominees, competence and cool will probably matter.If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more...

Date: 08/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

How long can China straddle line between capitalism, Communism?

One way to think about the recent financial turmoil in China is as a parenting dispute between "Xi Dada" and "Yang Ma" — meaning "Big Daddy Xi" (the nickname for President Xi Jinping) and "Big Mama" (a popular moniker for the...

Date: 08/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

China unveils $483 billion fund to stem stock rout

BEIJING — China has created what amounts to a state-run margin trader with $483 billion of firepower, its latest effort to end a stock-market rout that threatens to drag down economic growth and erode confidence in President Xi Jinping’s government.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Business Wire

Earnings top expectations, helping lift stocks

NEW YORK — For U.S. investors, low expectations are paying off.Over the last week, 38 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index have reported quarterly results, and financial information company S&P Capital IQ says most have posted bigger-than-expected...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Business Wire

Chinese watch in horror as investments crash

BEIJING — Tao dreamed of buying a new car with his winnings from the stock market's surge. A 32-year-old professional from Shanghai, he had been egged into investing by his friends, and then by media stories of grannies making huge killings on shares.So he became one...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Business Wire

Albertsons plans public stock offering

Albertsons Cos., the nation’s second-largest grocery store operator whose holdings include the Vons and Safeway chains, on Wednesday disclosed plans for a public stock offering.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Business Wire

State’s farms, businesses need trade deal

Opening foreign markets to American agricultural exports has provided strong returns to rural communities. When the high-quality products grown and made in rural Washington have a chance to compete on a global scale, every Washingtonian benefits.Expanded exports mean more...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Commentary

Opportunists in GOP oppose Ex-Im Bank

Here's a case study in rapid radicalization. Just three years ago, the House voted overwhelmingly to extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank and to expand its business of loaning money to boost American exports. Among Republicans, 147 voted yes and 93 voted no.Nothing...

Date: 06/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trade bill a boon to state’s businesses

In our global economy, every state needs international trade in order to generate growth and create good jobs. But some states are especially reliant on foreign trade to maintain a robust economy; Washington is without question one of these states. That's why Washington state businesses...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Commentary

ConocoPhillips posts loss as oil prices fall

HOUSTON — Hurt by falling oil prices, ConocoPhillips reported a loss during its fourth quarter and said it would cut spending on drilling and exploration projects in parts of the U.S.

Date: 01/30/2015 | Business Wire

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