China resorts to extraordinary measures to soothe entrepreneurs amid deep retreat of private business

Hong Kong CNN  —  After years of regulatory crackdowns and draconian Covid curbs, private entrepreneurs in China are low on enthusiasm. The Chinese government is resorting to surprising measures to restore their confidence, but the campaign has inspired more nervousness than optimism. The province of Hainan, an island that Beijing plans to turn into the […]

Retail spending fell in March as consumers pull back

Washington, DC CNN  —  Spending at US retailers fell in March as consumers pulled back after the banking crisis fueled recession fears. Retail sales, which are adjusted for seasonality but not for inflation, fell by 1% in March from the prior month, the Commerce Department reported on Friday. That was steeper than an expected 0.4% […]

JPMorgan ends remote work for senior bankers

New York CNN Business  —  America’s largest bank is ending pandemic-era hybrid work for its senior staff. “Our leaders play a critical role in reinforcing our culture and running our businesses,” JPMorgan Chase told staff in a memo. “They have to be visible on the floor, they must meet with clients… and they should always […]

Yellen: ‘Not anticipating a downturn’ in the US economy

Minneapolis CNN  —  US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said she believes the American economy remains strong and its banking system is resilient despite some recent turmoil among regional financial institutions. “I’ve not really seen evidence at this stage suggesting a contraction in credit, although that is a possibility,” Yellen said at a press conference Tuesday […]

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