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Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day

By Want to receive this post in your inbox every morning? Sign up here. China is setting growth forecasts, Merkel secures a fourth term and Australia’s central bank meets. Here are some of the things people in markets are talking about. China’s National People’s Congress  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang opens the national parliament’s annual session Monday with…

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Populism, immigration in spotlight as Italy goes to polls

CLOSE Italian voters speak out as they cast ballots Video provided by AFP Newslook People wait in line to cast their ballot at the polling station in Rome on Sunday, March 4, 2018. (Photo: Alessandro Di Meo, EPA-EFE) Italians formed long lines at the polls Sunday to determine whether Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni's government would…

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These may be the best days for streaming music

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek (above) might be taking his company public in early 2018. (Photo: Spotify) LOS ANGELES —These may be golden years for streaming digital music — so enjoy it while it lasts.  Hundreds of millions of listeners have made the leap to streaming, abandoning CDs and downloads for free and monthly subscription services like Pandora,…

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Japan Is Growing But Wages Have Barely Budged. Why?

By For Japan’s mission to revitalize its once roaring economy, getting wages to rise is crucial. Conditions appear ripe for fatter paychecks: the tightest labor market since the 1970s, eight straight quarters of economic growth and record profits for Japan Inc. Yet economists expect only a 1 percent pay rise this year. This would be the…

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