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Lead trapped in Arctic ice reveals economic impact of wars, plagues

Lead trapped in Arctic ice reveals economic impact of wars, plagues

Science
July 10 (UPI) -- Today, economists use a wide variety of sophisticated tools to measure economic output. But how does one measure economic activity that happened 1,000 years ago? One way is measure changes in lead pollution levels trapped in ancient ice. Using Arctic ice cores, an international team of researchers successfully retraced the economic ups and down of the last 1,500 years. The findings, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed the the economic impacts of wars and plagues. "We all were surprised at how similarly lead pollution varied across this half of the Arctic and how closely those variations coincided with known historical events," Joe McConnell, director of DRI's Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory at the Desert ...
Banking sector performance improved due to fall in bad loans in 2018-19: Economic Survey

Banking sector performance improved due to fall in bad loans in 2018-19: Economic Survey

Finance
NEW DELHI: The performance of banking sector has improved as bad loans declined in the last fiscal, but financial flows are constrained due to fall in money raised from capital markets and stress in the non-banking financial sector, the Economic Survey 2018-19 said Thursday. The monetary policy witnessed a U-turn over the last year. The benchmark policy rate was first hiked by 50 basis points (bps) and later reduced by 75 bps due to weaker than anticipated inflation, growth slowdown and softer international monetary conditions, the survey, tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament, said. "The performance of the banking system has improved as non-performing asset (NPA) ratios declined and credit growth accelerated. However, financial flows to the economy remained constrain...
Jared Kushner pushes economic talks in meeting with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

Jared Kushner pushes economic talks in meeting with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu

World
May 30 (UPI) -- White House senior adviser Jared Kushner met Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to push for economic talk tied to a Middle East peace deal. The meeting was the final leg of a regional tour that took a U.S. delegation to Morocco and Jordan to rally for an economic workshop in Bahrain next month. At the Bahrain meeting, the U.S. administration plans to unveil economic aspects of its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. "It's always a great pleasure to welcome Jared Kushner to Israel, to Jerusalem, to discuss our common efforts for prosperity, security and peace," Netanyahu said. "I have to say I am tremendously encouraged by everything I hear, and about how President [Donald]Trump, the United States, is working to bring allies together in the region against ...
German economic growth slowest for five years

German economic growth slowest for five years

Business
Germany's economy grew by 1.5% last year, its slowest rate since 2013, the latest official figures show.Figures from the Federal Statistics Office showed Europe's largest economy slowed sharply as the year wore on.A weaker global economy and problems in the car industry, caused by new pollution standards, have been cited as contributing to the slowdown.At the start of 2018, the German economy had been expected to grow by 1.8%. Growth was 2.2% in 2017.Germany's economy had shrunk in the third quarter of the year, by 0.2%, with global trade disputes blamed for the contraction.There were fears that Germany was at risk of following that with another quarter of negative growth, something that would have put the country into recession.The statistics office has ...
Stocks plunge may have been a too fearful reaction to trade, economic worries

Stocks plunge may have been a too fearful reaction to trade, economic worries

Finance
After sharp gains in the past week amid hopes for a trade deal, stocks fell back into correction mode Tuesday, plunging on worries the trade talks could fail and that global growth is slowing. But some strategists said the selling, which took the Dow down as much as 800 points intraday, appeared to be overdone and could have also been made heavier by the fact that the stock market is closed for a full day Wednesday for President George H.W. Bush's funeral. The selloff was also exacerbated by a big move in the bond market, with the trading there flashing warning signs about the economy. "I don't think this continues. I think this is people with ...