Modest slowdown in China sacks global market

A newly built tunnel in Zhengzhou, China, in January. (Reuters)

The sheer scale of China’s economy is so big that the nation still dominates the commodities market. But as China’s appetite wanes, the rest of the world isn’t growing fast enough to pick up the slack.

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D.C.-based Liquidity Services takes stock of its own business

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As self-driving cars come to more states, regulators take a back seat

The industry has asked state lawmakers to let the technology develop before enacting laws.

End of the affair for head of Ashley Madison: He’s out of a job

End of the affair for head of Ashley Madison: He’s out of a job

Hackers again show that they can take down corporate hotshots.

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U.S. stocks come out ahead after a frenzied week

Despite a roller coaster ride, the Dow Jones industrial average ended the week with a 1.1 percent gain.

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The 2015 F-150 pickup: Redefining ‘Ford tough’

The 2015 F-150 pickup: Redefining ‘Ford tough’

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Main Street Morning: Walmart to stop selling assault rifles

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Barry Ritholtz

A rollicking week in the markets is really a chance to clean up your act

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Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Don’t let grown children derail your retirement

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Allan Sloan

Allan Sloan

Get a grip! The markets are a little nutso. Don’t you go there, too.

Remember this: Those big lurches up and down are utterly irrational. Best to grit your teeth and not obsess.

Thomas Heath

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From Madrid to the melting pot, educator helps map others’ success

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Calm on Wall Street: A turbulent week ends on a placid note

Well, that was exciting.

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Top Fed official: ‘Good reason to believe’ inflation will rise

Top Fed official: ‘Good reason to believe’ inflation will rise

Impacts of stronger dollar, weak global demand and low oil prices should start to fade, Fed vice chairman says.

What the Ashley Madison hack says about how many women cheat

What the Ashley Madison hack says about how many women cheat

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What working black women everywhere have in common with Serena Williams

What working black women everywhere have in common with Serena Williams

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Meet the CEO who offered his private jet to help the mothers of the American heroes in France

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Why checking a potential employee’s background is legally tricky

Why checking a potential employee’s background is legally tricky

Wednesday’s shooting in Roanoke, Va., puts a spotlight on one of corporate America’s trickier tasks: Unearthing potentially negative information about a prospective employee before it hires them in the first place.

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U.S. stocks come out ahead after a frenzied week

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Should you take out an insurance policy to cover college tuition?

No family wants to envision a child withdrawing from school, but with the high cost of college some parents are planning ahead.

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DARPA’s next-gen drones will launch and land on other airplanes. While they’re moving.

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