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The world is swimming in $244 trillion of debt- Markets Insider--1.16.19
Global debt is hovering near an all-time high at $244 trillion according to the Institute of International Finance. The corporate sector accounts for a third of the global debt growth since 2016.

Trade wars. Brexit. Government shutdown. Uncertainty is everywhere- CNN Business--1.16.19
Between trade wars, recession fears, market mayhem, oil turbulence, brexit and a government shutdown, uncertainty is everywhere. This makes it difficult for businesses, households and investors to plan for the future.

China’s trade growth slowed in 2018, as global demand weakened- Market Watch--1.14.19
China's trade growth slowed in 2018 as a tariff battle heats up between them and Washington. Exports rose only 7.1%, down from the 7.9% expected, while import growth declined.

What are biggest risks to the global economy in 2019? - The Guardian--1.11.19
Over the next few years, experts are predicting that economic risks will emerge in areas where investors think recent patterns are unlikely to change.

Fed Chairman Powell says he is ‘very worried’ about growing amount of U.S. debt- CNBC--1.10.19
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is concerned about the amount of U.S. debt. The Fed chief's statements came as the annual U.S. deficit reaches new sustained highs above $1 trillion.

Russia shifts $100bn of its reserves into yuan, yen & euro in a great dollar dump - RT--1.10.19
The Central Bank of Russia is moving further away from the U.S. dollar and has transferred about $100 billion into euro, Japanese yen and Chinese yuan. The share of U.S. currency in Russia's national reserves is now at a new low of 21.9%.

Fed minutes reveal dovish approach to rate hikes this year- Fox Business--1.9.19
During their December meeting, Fed officials largely approved of a more dovish approach to interest rate hikes in 2019. During that same meeting, policymakers voted to raise the benchmark federal funds rate for the fourth time in 2018.

This chart shows how closely the stock market has echoed a selloff from the 1950s- Market Watch--1.9.19
The price action in the stock market over the last 12 months correlates most closely with a period running between October 1956 to October 1957, a period that preceded what came to be known as the "Eisenhower recession."

Retirees will continue to face headwinds in 2019- Market Watch--1.7.19
Social security, pensions and personal savings are all problematic for millions of retirees across the country. Nine out of ten workers in their 50s don't have pensions and nearly half don't participate in a retirement plan at work.

Cyber Attacks: Igniting The Next Recession?- Forbes--1.5.19
Recessions are painful and in a struggling economy, cyber attackers can thrive. Cybercrime has become one of the fastest growing and lucrative methods of attack.

Rite Aid warned of risk of delisting from NYSE as shares fall below $1 - CNBC--1.4.19
Rite Aid is at risk of being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. Shares of the drugstore chain have fallen 64 percent over the past year, down to 75 cents a share as of Thursday's close.

The government shutdown already ranks as the 2nd longest in 20 years- Market Watch--1.4.19
The current government shutdown is now 14 days old and so far, it already ranks as the second-longest shutdown in more than 20 years.

If this is a ‘proper’ bear market, stocks ‘are only at the beginning of the selloff’: SocGen- Market Watch--1.3.19
If we are truly in a bear market, that means there is much more pain ahead for investors in 2019, according to experts. "Despite all the despairing headlines and disappointing returns seen last year, it looks like we are only at the beginning of the sell-off," according to one expert.

King dollar's reign faces challenges in 2019- Reuters--12.28.18
The dollar is expected to face some challenges in the coming year. According to a Reuters poll, the dollar will end 2019 around 5 percent below current levels.

Pending home sales fall unexpectedly in November- CNBC--12.28.18
Contracts to buy previously owned homes fell unexpectedly in November, the latest sign of weakness in the U.S. housing market. Pending home contracts are seen as a forward-looking indicator of the health of the housing market.

Americans’ confidence in the economy falls again and is at lowest level since summer- Market Watch--12.27.18
Americans confidence in the economy has fallen for the second month in a row and touched the lowest level since last summer. Wall Street jitters about the U.S. economy may be weighing on the minds of Americans.

The U.S.'s interest payments are about to skyrocket. Does it matter? - CBS News--12.27.18
The Fed's interest rate hikes are making it much more expensive for the U.S. to carry its debt load. America's interest payments are starting to become a point of concern for some on Wall Street as payments are projected to triple to more than $600 billion by 2023.

Dow sinks below 23,000; Nasdaq flirts with a bear market; Oil in free fall- CNN Business--12.20.18
Fear has taken over Wall Street as the Dow tumbles 464 points and closed below 23,000 for the first time since October 2017. U.S. oil prices are also in a free fall, ending below $46 a barrel for the first time since August 2017.

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