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The House of Representatives has approved a $1.1trn budget that appears to have a distinctly Republican edge to it

US agrees on $1.1trn budget, avoiding a shutdown

The House of Representatives has approved a $1.1trn budget that appears to have a distinctly Republican edge to it

With only hours to go before the government was set to shutdown for a second time in just over a year, the US House of Representatives signed off on a $1.1trn spending bill that would see most government operations through until September 2015. "Thank you...

World Finance speaks to Rupert Scofield, President and CEO of FINCA, to find out why he thinks the US is more philanthropic that the UK

‘There is a much stronger culture of philanthropy in the US’ than the UK

World Finance speaks to Rupert Scofield, President and CEO of FINCA, to find out why he thinks the US is more philanthropic that the UK

World Finance: Americans are more generous than Brits, that's according to my next guest Rupert Scofield. Tell me, that's a pretty bold declaration to make, what was it all about? Rupert Scofield: That there is a much stronger culture of philanthr...

From the conference floor of Felaban 2014 in Medellin, Colombia, World Finance speaks to the country's Finance Minister, Mauricio Cardenas, to ask what's next for its economy

How will Colombia move forward economically? | Felaban 2014 | Video

From the conference floor of Felaban 2014 in Medellin, Colombia, World Finance speaks to the country’s Finance Minister, Mauricio Cardenas, to ask what’s next for its economy

Colombia has faced a tough time trying to convince the international community to give it post-conflict economic support. But could its fortunes be about to change? World Finance travels to the Felaban Conference in Colombia to find out. World Fina...

From Obamacare to quantitative easing, we talk to economist Ryan McMaken about what’s next for America’s economy

‘People don’t like Obama, that’s clear’: what’s next for the American economy?

From Obamacare to quantitative easing, we talk to economist Ryan McMaken about what’s next for America’s economy

The future of the US economy is anything but certain with presidential elections looming. World Finance meets with Ryan McMaken, Editor of Mises Daily and The Free Market, to discuss what’s next for the world’s number one superpower. World Fina...

Is the rest of the world looking to America to drive the global recovery? World Finance discusses with Ryan McMaken

How important is America’s economy to the rest of the world? | Video

Is the rest of the world looking to America to drive the global recovery? World Finance discusses with Ryan McMaken

Treasury Chief Jacob J Lew said the world is looking to America to drive the global recovery. Is this the case? World Finance speaks to Ryan McMaken, Editor of Mises Daily and The Free Market, to discuss how important America's economy is to the rest of t...

Having seen its fair share of political strife and economic disdain, it’s not surprising that Paraguay only became a democratic country 21 years ago. Its predominantly young population is now focused on spearheading its strong independent exports

Don’t underestimate Paraguay’s potential, says Sudameris Bank CEO

Having seen its fair share of political strife and economic disdain, it’s not surprising that Paraguay only became a democratic country 21 years ago. Its predominantly young population is now focused on spearheading its strong independent exports

Surrounded by Bolivia to the northwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Argentina to the south and southwest, the Paraguay of the 21st century – a landlocked nation of 6.8 million inhabitants – has been shaped by more than 200 years of tense rel...

American department store JCPenney has struggled to survive since its modern business approach saw sales plummet in 2011. When Marvin Ellison takes over as CEO next year, the company must establish a sustainable strategy

The price of fashion: JCPenney plots return to form

American department store JCPenney has struggled to survive since its modern business approach saw sales plummet in 2011. When Marvin Ellison takes over as CEO next year, the company must establish a sustainable strategy

After a disastrous 17 months under modern retail guru Ron Johnson, recent times have seen a renewed focus for American department store JCPenney – with sales rising under incumbent CEO Myron (‘Mike’) Ullman. But a quick glance at the rise masks the ...

World Finance speaks to Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA, to discuss what the implications will be of Argentina deciding to repay its debt - or default - on July 30

Don’t cry for d(efault) Argentina

World Finance speaks to Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA, to discuss what the implications will be of Argentina deciding to repay its debt – or default – on July 30

D-Day arrived for Argentina: when the country either had to repay its debt, or default. Both options are not particularly savoury for the economically crippled country. World Finance speaks to Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of Jubilee USA, to talk abou...

The Commerce Department has permitted two firms to export ultra-light oil, although the White House insists this does not signal a change in policy

US eases crude oil export ban, but denies changing policy

The Commerce Department has permitted two firms to export ultra-light oil, although the White House insists this does not signal a change in policy

Following a four decade-long ban on unrefined crude oil exports, the US Commerce Department has given the go-ahead for two firms to export ultra-light oil to international buyers. The move comes amid emboldened domestic oil production and growing calls fo...

The US Supreme Court has dolled out a severe blow to the Argentinian economy after ruling that the country has to pay more than $15bn in debt to holdouts

Argentina may default on outstanding debt

The US Supreme Court has dolled out a severe blow to the Argentinian economy after ruling that the country has to pay more than $15bn in debt to holdouts

Judges in US’ highest court have ruled that Argentina cannot appeal or evade paying back more than $15bn owed to creditors who bought cheap Argentinian debt following the country’s $82bn default in 2001. The ruling is the culmination of a long legal b...

The country’s economy contracted a little more than expected in the first quarter. However, macroeconomic indicators suggest there is cause for optimism moving forwards

Economists blame weather as US economy contracts in Q1

The country’s economy contracted a little more than expected in the first quarter. However, macroeconomic indicators suggest there is cause for optimism moving forwards

Revised Department of Commerce figures show that the US economy shrunk in the first quarter of 2014, marking the country’s first instance of economic contraction in three years. On an annualised basis, the economy contracted by one percent, little under...

Dry conditions and a challenging economic environment in Brazil may push sugar market into deficit

Brazil’s sugar market takes a beating as economy suffers

Dry conditions and a challenging economic environment in Brazil may push sugar market into deficit

Brazil has been facing an enduring drought over the past quarter adding pressure to an already strained market. Surpluses over the past three years have caused prices to drop to record lows, fuelling an increasing in demand that the industry is unlikely t...

The Pacific Alliance is set to boost trade in several Latin American economies. But some are concerned it is simply designed to cause geopolitical divide between left-wing and right-wing governments

Latin America’s Pacific Alliance trade bloc is one to watch

The Pacific Alliance is set to boost trade in several Latin American economies. But some are concerned it is simply designed to cause geopolitical divide between left-wing and right-wing governments

Trade deals are becoming an increasingly popular way for economies to foster growth and promote exports in a globalised world. The new kid on the trade block is the Pacific Alliance, which is set to become a chief trading organ for the dealing with Latin ...

Once the most traditional of American industries, cattle rearing and beef production has been in swift decline while prices soar. Over the years, beef has gone from a food staple to a luxury good for millions of Americans, and it is not likely to revert back any time soon

US beef production drops as cattle herds dwindle

Once the most traditional of American industries, cattle rearing and beef production has been in swift decline while prices soar. Over the years, beef has gone from a food staple to a luxury good for millions of Americans, and it is not likely to revert back any time soon

The hamburger is, in many ways, the quintessential American foodstuff – from the sweet white bun to the meaty beef patty. It has long been a staple in the diet of millions of Americans, for better or worse, and has evolved as a sort of shorthand for all...

Investment opportunities in Colombia’s hydrocarbons sector look set to rise, given that companies such as Reficar are instilling a greater sense of sustainability in the industry

Reficar invest in long term Colombian production

Investment opportunities in Colombia’s hydrocarbons sector look set to rise, given that companies such as Reficar are instilling a greater sense of sustainability in the industry

Colombia has long been among Latin America’s brightest geographies for oil production, a status that shows no signs of fading. Government policy and economic growth have set the scene for a significant rise in oil production. The boom in Colombia’s...

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