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In Japan’s vanishing rural towns, newcomers are wanted

On a recent afternoon in the rural Japanese town of Kanna-machi, all seemed well. Children splashed in the town’s namesake […]

Is retirement dying? The old work model is disappearing for Boomers, Gen Xers

More Americans are opting to work well into retirement, a growing trend that threatens to upend the old workforce model.  […]

The biggest risk facing the stock market in the coming year isn’t trade jitters or the election, Deutsche Bank warns

There’s plenty for investors to get all stressed out about in the coming year, and Deutsche Bank chief economist Torsten […]

Here’s who really decides whether Trump is impeached and forced from office

How does the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump compare to the one that forced Richard Nixon […]

An under-the-radar way to measure economic growth in China is painting a bleak picture

China’s true pace of economic growth is always hard to decipher, but the country’s lagging diesel demand could be a […]

China set to deepen Argentine trade ties with bid for grains ‘superhighway’

By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Chinese state-owned construction giant CCCC is preparing a bid to dredge Argentina’s Parana […]

Trucking industry’s troubles spill over to rest of the economy

This year alone, some 2,500 truck drivers have lost their jobs as trucking companies large and small declare bankruptcy. Major […]

The rise of the only child: How America is coming around to the idea of ‘just one’

“I come across a lot of people who say, ‘Oh, I was an only child,’ or, ‘I have an only […]

When Wall Street is your landlord

With help from the federal government, institutional investors became major players in the rental market. They promised to return profits […]

The US-China trade war is creating winners out of Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and Canada

The US-China trade war continues to accelerate. America has put 25% tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports, and […]