Trends and decisions affecting your wallet.
Credit rating blues
What is a sovereign credit rating and does it really matter?
Support for oil-rich Azerbaijan is critical to Western interests
Commentary: In spite of a tainted election, efforts to establish democracy must continue.
The shutdown is over (for now). What did it cost the economy?
You're not going to like this, America (and the rest of the world).
Why India and Pakistan must be united on health care
Commentary: Not surprisingly, India and Pakistan have nuclear bombs but few vaccines for insect-borne tropical diseases.
Innovation or nightmare? Here come the cyborg-bugs
Grab a cockroach, slap some fancy electronics on it, and send it on its way. What could go wrong?
A world of debt watchers: All eyes on Washington
Global leaders stress that a US default would have a devastating impact on the rest of the world.
A conversation with Timothy Adams on China
The Institute for International Finance CEO and former Treasury undersecretary weighs in on China's financial reforms.
From Sam I Am to the Grinch: Will Ted Cruz block the Senate deal?
Congress forges an eleventh-hour agreement, but a single senator could still trigger a default.
Nobel Prize for Economics: In praise of usefulness (VIDEO)
Not all economists are theoretical blowhards. Some actually make the world a better-informed place.
EU sees US default risk for world economy
His warning followed remarks in a similar vein by the governor of the French central bank, Christian Noyer, in the French newspaper Le Figaro on Monday.
Tymoshenko’s deal sets stage for EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
Commentary: Unpopular Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych faces hard choices.
Things rich people do: have 'receipt wars'
Two Russian millionaires battle it out to see who can spend more at a night club in London.
US debt ceiling: The world scolds Washington. Again
No, world leaders are not very happy with what's happening at the political center of Earth's largest economy.
The US is sneezing like crazy. Will the world catch a cold?
Analysis: John Kerry says the government shutdown is 'an example of the robustness of our democracy.' The world may not be buying it.
US shutdown: Is it worth impeaching the president to avoid default?
Commentary: Obama could soon face a choice among conflicting constitutional obligations.
Reactions to Yellen's expected nomination for Fed chair
If confirmed, Yellen would replace Ben Bernanke, whose current term as head of the Fed ends in January. Obama is due to make the announcement at the White House at 3 p.m.
Twenty-eight’s a crowd
The EU is extending its hand to Ukraine and Moldova, but no one’s talking about membership.
Teenage rebellion, on a Brazilian budget
Out of work. Out of school. Plenty to be unhappy about. Here's why Brazil's streets will likely be seeing more of the country's protesting youths.
Russia’s Arctic face-off
Playing hardball with Greenpeace is Moscow’s latest demonstration it’s serious about its claim to the Arctic Ocean.
Eurozone recovery speeds up, activity at 27-month high
Eurozone business activity continued to pick up in September hitting a 27-month high that offered a fresh hope of recovery gathering pace.
Government shutdown: ‘Utter insanity’
Analysis: Not only are the inmates running the asylum, they may be getting ready to blow it up.
Iran: Have sanctions finally paid off?
Analysis: After decades of cat-and-mouse economic punishment of Iran, the latest round may have hit home.
8 places that do health care better than the US
It's the last day to sign up for Obamacare. Or you could just move to ...
North Korea’s impending collapse: 3 grim scenarios
A RAND report urges the West to plan carefully for Kim Jong Un's downfall. Here's why.
Migrants flee Greek xenophobia
Inhuman detention conditions and racist violence are prompting refugees and others seeking to enter Western Europe to stream through the Balkans instead.
Georgians prepare for election amid worries about what will follow
As a bitter rivalry between the country’s leaders fades, a mysterious equity fund is raising questions about the future.
Asia is set to dethrone North America as the world's richest region by 2014
Asia now counts more millionaires than any other region except North America, and it's gaining fast.
People waiting in lines for things (PHOTOS)
Lots of people are waiting in lines for iPhones today. Here are some other reasons to wait in lines.
Brazil-US: What's at stake?
Analysis: From Boeing fighter jets to big oil fields, plenty's left sitting on the table after Brazil and the United States called off their White House dinner.
A Rust Belt victim transforms himself into a successful China hand
Stranded by America’s industrial decline, an Ohio native builds a new life helping US companies navigate China.
The serial tech entrepreneur
A Boston native helps fuel a Beijing startup frenzy.