Government policy

Michael Conlon, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Stocks are sharply lower after resuming trading as traders fear that not enough is being done to contain the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 12, 2020 - 3:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the action in the financial markets (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The severity of Wall Street’s rout this week may echo the swoons for stocks at the height of the 2008 financial crisis, but that’s where the parallels end. Back then, investors were rattled as Lehman...
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Mourners wearing face masks and gloves pray over the body of former politburo official in the Revolutionary Guard Farzad Tazari, who died Monday after being infected with the new coronavirus, at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Iran is the hardest-hit country in the Mideast by the new coronavirus, which sickens but largely doesn't kill those afflicted. (Mahmood Hosseini/Tasnim News Agency via AP)
March 12, 2020 - 2:59 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Thursday it asked the International Monetary Fund for a $5 billion loan to fight the coronavirus, the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that it has sought such assistance, in a staggering admission of how fragile its economy has become amid the epidemic and...
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Traders Edward Curran, left, and Jonathan Mueller work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The deepening coronavirus crisis is sending stocks into another alarming slide on Wall Street, triggering a brief, automatic shutdown in trading for the second time this week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 12, 2020 - 2:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve moved Thursday to try to ease disruptions in the financial markets stemming from the coronavirus by announcing that it will sharply increase its purchases of short-term Treasury bonds. The Fed said it's making available at least $2 trillion in short-term...
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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an update on the situation regarding the COVID-19 (previously named novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
March 12, 2020 - 2:48 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister demanded Thursday that the United States immediately halt what he called a “campaign of economic terrorism” and lift sanctions, saying they have made it increasingly difficult for the country to export oil and virtually impossible to import medicine and...
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Traders Edward Curran, left, and Jonathan Mueller work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The deepening coronavirus crisis is sending stocks into another alarming slide on Wall Street, triggering a brief, automatic shutdown in trading for the second time this week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 12, 2020 - 2:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve moved Thursday to try to ease disruptions in the financial markets stemming from the coronavirus by announcing that it will sharply increase its purchases of short-term Treasury bonds. The Fed said it's making available at least $2 trillion in short-term...
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A trader uses a hand sanitizer dispenser on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The deepening coronavirus crisis is sending stocks into another alarming slide on Wall Street, triggering a brief, automatic shutdown in trading for the second time this week. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 12, 2020 - 2:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — During the financial crisis a decade ago, President Barack Obama could look around the room and turn to an economist who served as Harvard's president, a former president of the New York Federal Reserve and a renowned academic considered one of the world's authorities on the Great...
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President of European Central Bank Christine Lagarde looks up prior to a press conference following a meeting of the ECB governing council in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, March 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
March 12, 2020 - 1:40 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank deployed targeted new stimulus measures to cushion the shock to the economy from the virus outbreak, but its president said monetary policy couldn't do it alone and called for a "decisive and determined” response from governments. ECB President...
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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo the White House is seen in Washington. Congress is shutting the Capitol to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the coronavirus, officials announced Thursday, March 12. White House tours have been temporarily suspended. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
March 12, 2020 - 11:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Testing the nation's political and health care systems, Washington is straining for an ample response to the coronavirus outbreak after President Donald Trump restricted air travel from Europe, Congress ran into trouble approving an aid package Thursday and the centers of power —...
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The buildings of the banking district are photographed through raindrops on a window in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
March 12, 2020 - 10:24 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is deploying new stimulus measures to cushion the economic pain inflicted by the virus outbreak, but avoided cutting interest rates in a situation where economists say monetary policy can do little more than limit the damage. The central bank for...
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The buildings of the banking district are photographed through raindrops on a window in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
March 12, 2020 - 10:08 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is deploying new stimulus measures to cushion the economic pain inflicted by the virus outbreak, but avoided cutting interest rates in a situation where economists say monetary policy can do little more than limit the damage. The central bank for...
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