Recessions and depressions

In this photo taken from video provided by the New York Stock Exchange, Chief Security Officer Kevin Fitzgibbons rings the opening bell at the NYSE, while recognizing Randy Timmons in Albany, Ga., and thousands of employees of the Proctor & Gamble Company, Thursday, April 9, 2020. (New York Stock Exchange via AP)
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April 09, 2020 - 5:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street closed out its best week in 45 years on Thursday after the Federal Reserve launched its latest titanic effort to support the economy through the coronavirus outbreak. The central bank announced programs to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to households, local...
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A man wears a protective mask while waiting for a bus in Detroit, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Detroit buses will have surgical masks available to riders starting Wednesday, a new precaution the city is taking from the new coronavirus COVID-19. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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April 08, 2020 - 9:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Even as coronavirus deaths mount across Europe and New York, the U.S. and other countries are starting to contemplate an exit strategy and thinking about a staggered and carefully calibrated easing of restrictions designed to curb the scourge. “To end the confinement, we’re not...
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April 03, 2020 - 4:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week for the second straight week as anxiety has spiraled over devastation to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. Home-loan rates have been hitting all-time lows. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on...
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Pat Marmo, owner of Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, walks through a viewing room set up to respect social distancing, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. He and other funeral directors are seeing a surge of clients because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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April 02, 2020 - 11:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks in the swiftest, most stunning collapse the U.S. job market has ever witnessed, and the public health crisis deepened in New York City, where a funeral home in a hard-hit neighborhood had 185...
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The U.S. Capitol Building stands on April 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
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March 26, 2020 - 11:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the massive $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief bill approved by the Senate will pass the House on Friday with “strong bipartisan support.” Pelosi spoke to reporters at the Capitol on Thursday a day after the Senate unanimously approved the...
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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell announces a half percentage point interest rate cut
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March 26, 2020 - 8:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy grew by a moderate 2.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, but many economists believe that will be the last positive growth seen for some time as the country endures a sharp contraction due to the impact of the coronavirus. The Commerce Department said Thursday in...
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 U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on March 23, 2020. The U.S. Congress continues to work on legislation for the nearly $2 trillion dollar aid package to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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March 24, 2020 - 6:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — As cases of coronavirus rise, President Donald Trump said that he wants to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months, and claimed, without evidence, that continued closures could result in more deaths than the pandemic itself. "We can’t have the cure be worse than the...
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In this image from video, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, March 21, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)
March 22, 2020 - 1:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-level negotiations between Congress and the White House are pushing toward resolution on a ballooning $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package, as President Donald Trump urged a deal to steady a nation shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. With a population on edge and...
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FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during a teleconference with governors at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence is at right. When President Donald Trump speaks, financial markets gyrate and quiver in real time. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool, File)
March 21, 2020 - 1:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump speaks, financial markets gyrate and quiver in real time. But that hasn't stopped the president from holding forth almost daily about the coronavirus pandemic and its economic implications without waiting until markets have closed for the day. While...
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This photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange shows trader Patrick Casey, left, and specialist Peter Mazza as they work on the trading floor on Friday, March 20, 2020. Stocks turned lower Friday after New York became the latest major state to mandate nearly all workers stay home to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. (Nicole Pereira/NYSE via AP)
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March 20, 2020 - 5:13 pm
Wall Street ended the week the same way it began: in full retreat from the coronavirus. Stocks fell sharply and the price of oil sank Friday as federal and state governments moved to shut down bigger and bigger swaths of the nation’s economy in the hope of limiting the spread of the outbreak. The...
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