New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking to end his state’s role as the nation’s collections department for predatory loans to small businesses.

  • Zachary R. Mider and Zeke Faux | Bloomberg
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A study shows that most of those with the top 1 percent of incomes are people who work, not the idle rich. But there’s still inequality.

  • Leonid Bershidsky | Bloomberg
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Iowa Republican Steve King was rebuked by GOP House leaders Monday and stripped of his committee assignments over his inflammatory rhetoric about white nationalism and white supremacy.

  • Erik Wasson and Arit John | Bloomberg
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At least three New York State county clerks have taken actions to curtail the use of an aggressive loan-collection tactic known as a confession of judgment, disrupting a system that ensnares thousands of small businesses across the country.

  • Zachary R. Mider and Zeke Faux | Bloomberg
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United Parcel Service Inc. has begun processing export shipments on Saturday to help U.S. retailers gain a day on overseas e-commerce deliveries as trade tensions threaten to weaken international demand.

  • Thomas Black | Bloomberg
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China is adding more challenges to the global economy this year, beyond the trade conflict that’s rattling financial markets.

  • Bloomberg News | Bloomberg
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Quirky market structure forces lead market commentary. 

  • Robert Burgess | Bloomberg
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German factory orders declined more than economists predicted, the first drop in four months, as signs mount that growth momentum is weakening.

  • Jana Randow | Bloomberg
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Airlines can’t get permission to add new planes to their fleets. Mortgage lenders aren’t able to verify the income of borrowers. And brewers can’t sell new beers while label approvals are on hold.

  • Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Ari Natter and Alan Levin | Bloomberg
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Companies added the most workers in almost two years to U.S. payrolls in December, exceeding forecasts and signaling that the job market was solid as 2018 came to an end.

  • Shobhana Chandra | Bloomberg
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Here are some of the things people in markets are talking about.

  • Boris Korby | Bloomberg
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Par Funding, the merchant cash-advance company that sent an intimidating debt collector to pay surprise visits to delinquent borrowers, was ordered to stop raising money from investors in New Jersey.

  • Zeke Faux | Bloomberg
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Boutique banks climbed the ranks of the world’s leading merger advisers, while Deutsche Bank AG dropped out of the top 10. But for all of the shuffling, familiar names remained at the head of the pack.

  • Sonali Basak and Kiel Porter | Bloomberg
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“Kim’s Convenience” portrays the struggles of both immigrants and small businesses.

  • Noah Smith | Bloomberg
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China’s economy is deteriorating and risks heading for a much weaker 2019 as plentiful borrowing by state and private firms is failing to boost growth, according to the China Beige Book.

  • Bloomberg News | Bloomberg
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Amazon.com Inc. reported a record-breaking holiday season as shoppers loaded their online baskets with items from the Echo speaker to Calvin Klein clothes, suggesting consumer optimism isn’t being deterred by a tumbling stock market.

  • Molly Schuetz | Bloomberg
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U.S. Representatives Nydia Velazquez and Roger Marshall called for a ban on a legal tactic that predatory lenders use to seize money from small businesses, matching a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate earlier this month.

  • Zeke Faux and Zachary R. Mider | Bloomberg
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WeWork Cos. is increasingly stepping on the turf of landlords and real estate brokers -- and the industry is starting to push back.

  • Natalie Wong, Ellen Huet and Jack Sidders | Bloomberg
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New York’s state attorney general dissolves the president’s personal piggy bank, but a lawsuit against the faux charity alleging fraud continues.

  • Timothy L. O'Brien | Bloomberg
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Using quantifiable measures called factors to identify promising investments has exploded. But it’s not for amateurs.

  • Nir Kaissar and Noah Smith | Bloomberg
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