Inflation could push Fed into August rate hike

CNBC’s Jim Cramer on Monday said the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates in August, before its next scheduled meeting in September, if this week’s economic data shows that inflation is not abating. “The Fed is still in charge of this market. A week ago, it looked like they might ease up, but after Friday’s … Read more

Is Japan open to travelers? It’s where Singaporeans want to travel

Some 49% of Singaporeans say they are considering Japan for their next vacation abroad, according to the market research firm YouGov. Interest may be even higher among young citizens. Some 68% of Singaporeans aged 16 to 24 years old indicated they are considering Japan for their “next vacation,” compared to 37% of those aged 55 … Read more

FAO food price index fell sharply in July but the respite may not last

Farmers harvest a wheat field near Melitopol in Ukraine. Wheat, soybean, sugar, and corn futures have fallen from their March highs back to prices seen at the start of 2022. Olga Maltseva | afp | Getty Images Food prices dropped significantly in July from the previous month, particularly the costs of wheat and vegetable oil, … Read more

US readies largest security package for Ukraine, bringing commitment to $9.8 billion

Ukraine was already stocking up on US-made Javelins before Russia invaded. Here a group of Ukrainian servicemen take a shipment of Javelins in early February, as Russia positioned troops on Ukraine’s border. Sergei Supinsky | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced a $1 billion security assistance package for Ukraine on Monday, … Read more

‘Echoes of the Cold War’ as Blinken heads to Africa, vying with Russia for influence

PRETORIA, South Africa, August 8, 2022: South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor (R) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) attend a strategic dialogue opening session meeting at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation. ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in South Africa on Monday to … Read more

Reconciliation bill includes nearly $80 billion for IRS funding

Charles P. Rettig, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, testifies during the Senate Finance Committee hearing titled The IRS Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, in Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, June 8, 2021. Tom Williams | Pool | Reuters Senate Democrats on Sunday passed their climate, health and tax package, including nearly $80 billion … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday, August 8

A trader works on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), New York, August 3, 2022. Andrew Kelly | Reuters Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Stocks look for momentum US equities markets were on track to open higher Monday morning after three … Read more

The market’s big winners and losers in climate, health and tax bill

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) walks outside the US Capitol in Washington, US August 2, 2022. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Want to know what the Inflation Reduction Act means for the market’s biggest companies, as well as for your wallet? When it comes to politics, you always have to follow the money – … Read more

Hong Kong cuts hotel quarantine for travelers to 3 days

Hong Kong is reducing the amount of time travelers will need to serve hotel quarantine, from seven days down to three starting Friday. “The seven-day quarantine hotel arrangement will be changed to three days in a quarantine hotel, plus four days of home medical surveillance,” Chief Executive John Lee said at a press conference Monday. … Read more

Large Indiana employers Eli Lilly and Cummins speak out about the state’s new restrictive abortion law

An Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical manufacturing plant is pictured at 50 ImClone Drive in Branchburg, New Jersey, March 5, 2021. Mike Segar | Reuters Drugmaker Eli Lilly, one of the biggest employers in Indiana, said that the state’s newly passed law restricting abortions will cause the company to grow away from its home turf. … Read more