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When Designer Steel From Lapland Makes Sense, DespiteTariffs
The Finnish steel manufacturer Outokumpu has access to mineral deposits that give it a clear advantage over U.S. makers. But Trump’s tariffs are raising prices for American customers.... More >>

Sovereign Wealth Funds Embrace Their Growing Ambitions
Once regarded mostly as sources of money for professional money managers, sovereign funds have matured into aggressive investors.... More >>

Tech Workers Now Want to Know: What Are We Building This For?
Tech employees concerned their products are being deployed for government surveillance or censorship are increasingly asking their employers how the technology is being used.... More >>

The Trump Trade Strategy Is Coming Into Focus. That Doesn’t Necessarily Mean It Will Work.
Taking an aggressive stance with traditional allies now seems to be just a warm-up for the main event: isolating China.... More >>

Corner Office: Eileen Fisher: ‘When Was Fashion Week?’
The founder of her namesake clothing line drew inspiration from the kimono and never looked back. Today she oversees her company with a light touch and steers clear of the fashionista set.... More >>

With 8 Years of Job Gains, Unemployment Is Lowest Since 1969
The American economy added 134,000 jobs in September, the Labor Department said, and unemployment fell to 3.7 percent.... More >>

Macron, With Popularity Slumping, Tries Tax Cuts for France’s Working Class
As polls numbers drop, President Emmanuel Macron promises benefits for middle- and low-income earners and tells investors he won’t halt economic reforms.... More >>

The New New World: Private Businesses Built Modern China. Now the Government Is Pushing Back.
Taxes are rising. Regulation is tightening. State-run firms are ascendant. That could spell problems for a country where economic growth is slowing.... More >>

Do Muoi, Vietnam’s Leader in Economic Transition, Dies at 101
He was called “a prime example of a steadfast communist.” But he also pushed through reforms as Vietnam opened its markets and encouraged free enterprise.... More >>

State of the Art: Silicon Valley’s Keystone Problem: ‘A Monoculture of Thought’
In a satirical new novel, a former Google executive identifies the technology industry’s chief issue: its narrow engineering-focused bubble.... More >>

For Canada, a Sigh of Relief More Than a Celebration in New Nafta Deal
Although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the agreement as a win for Canada, economists painted a more complex picture of some of its potential impact.... More >>

I.R.S. Tax Fraud Cases Plummet After Budget Cuts
Audits and criminal referrals are down sharply since Congress cut the tax agency’s budget and management changed priorities.... More >>

Housing Market Slows, as Rising Prices Outpace Wages
Even in attractive, fast-growing cities like Denver, New York and Seattle, selling prices are rising more slowly and asking prices are being slashed.... More >>

The Most Important Least-Noticed Economic Event of the Decade
A localized recession in manufacturing-heavy areas can explain a lot of things.... More >>

The Hot Property That’s Next on Tech’s Agenda: Real Estate
Venture capitalists are racing to pour money into technology for real estate — or what Silicon Valley is now calling proptech.... More >>

As Debt Rises, the Government Will Soon Spend More on Interest Than on the Military
Tax cuts, spending increases and higher interest rates could make it harder to respond to future recessions and deal with other needs.... More >>

Hotel Workers Fret Over a New Rival: Alexa at the Front Desk
As technologies threaten to displace service workers, unions are making job protection and new opportunities a priority in contract talks.... More >>

Trump’s Tariffs May Hurt, but Quitting China Is Hard to Do
Companies are reconsidering where to put their factories as the trade war mounts, but few places can match China’s convenience and reliability.... More >>

Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence
Homeowners and businesses will have to pay more for lumber, steel, aluminum and other materials because of President Trump’s trade policy.... More >>

Editor, John C. DePrez Jr.; Executive Editor, Carol Rogers; Publishers: IBRC and IAR

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