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1. Escalating trade war causing anxiety in America's heartland -

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — When President Donald Trump began talking about tariffs in 2017, Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer suspected that her crop could become a weapon. Two years later, she and her family are watching the commodity markets on an hourly basis as an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China creates turmoil in rural America.

2. There’s no reason not to trust investments to robo-advisers -

Robo-advisers have been around long enough that the question is no longer whether you should turn your investment decisions over to a computer. Now the question is: Why wouldn’t you?

The success of Wealthfront and Betterment, two startups that helped launch the trend, led mainstream investment companies including Vanguard, Schwab and Fidelity to add robo-advice services in recent years. Depending on the robo-adviser, you may also have access to human financial advisers, socially responsible investments and tax-loss harvesting to help reduce tax bills.

3. Don’t let others pick your financial adviser -

Gaylen Rust must have seemed trustworthy to the people who gave him money. Rust was a longtime businessman in Layton, Utah, where he ran a coin shop started by his father in 1966. Rust also founded a charity called Legacy Music Alliance that funded arts programs in schools.

4. Farmers to Trump: Settle trade disputes, keep the cash -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Many farmers remain critical of President Donald Trump's tariffs and the damage done to commodity prices and markets but were appreciative Tuesday that he offered to provide some cash to help offset their losses.

5. Some GOP lawmakers critical of relief program for farmers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it will provide $12 billion in emergency relief to ease the pain of American farmers slammed by President Donald Trump's escalating trade disputes with China and other countries.

6. US announces billions to help farmers hurt by Trump tariffs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday to assist farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China and other trading partners.

The plan focuses on Midwest soybean producers and others targeted by retaliatory measures.

7. US mortgage rates highest since 2013; 30-year at 4.58 pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term U.S. mortgage rates continued to climb this week, reaching their highest level in more than four years and denting prospective home purchasers' prospects amid the spring buying season.

8. Marchetti to serve as president of NFJE -

L. Gino Marchetti, Jr., managing partner at Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti and Blair, PLLC, has been elected to serve as the 2018-2019 president of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence.

The NFJE was founded in 2004 and provides appellate judges with educational programs and other tools to enhance the rule of law and the administration of justice. In its 13 years, the foundation has hosted nearly 1400 appellate court judges from 44 states at its annual symposium.

9. Dollar General's net sales up 6.5% in Q1 -

GOODLETTSVILLE — Dollar General Corporation today reported Net sales increased 6.5 percent to $5.61 billion in the 2017 first quarter compared to $5.27 billion in the 2016 first quarter.

“For the first quarter of 2017, I am pleased with our earnings results which reflect solid management of the business in a difficult retail environment as we overcame our most challenging comparisons from the prior year. Our same-store sales improved as we moved past the delay in income tax refunds and the timing shift of the later Easter holiday. We continue to execute on our focused strategy and implement our operating initiatives which we believe will improve customer traffic and transactions,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer.

10. IMF foresees global economy accelerating to 3.5 pct. in '17 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A resilient China, rising commodity prices and sturdy financial markets are offering a sunnier outlook for the global economy and helping dispel the gloom that has lingered since the Great Recession ended.

11. US stocks stage a late turnaround, led by the energy sector -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks staged a rapid comeback in late-afternoon trading to close solidly higher Wednesday, helped by a surge in the price of oil and a decline in the U.S. dollar.

Chipotle Mexican Grill fell as the company said a federal investigation into its E. coli outbreak had widened, and Yahoo sank as the troubled Internet company announced layoffs and plans to sell businesses.

12. Fed voices concern about global economic pressures -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve sounded a note of concern Wednesday about how global pressures could affect the U.S. economy, while keeping a key interest rate unchanged.

Six weeks after it raised rates from record lows, the Fed took stock of a more perilous international picture that could alter its plans for further raising rates. The statement it issued after its latest policy meeting signaled that the Fed could slow future rate hikes if financial market losses and global weakness don't abate.

13. Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway spending and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP's tea party wing and its anti-establishment presidential candidates.

14. Moody's warns of impact from China slowdown and US rate hike -

LONDON (AP) — Rating agency Moody's warned Wednesday that a slowdown in global growth linked to China and a rise in U.S. interest rates are two key reasons why it could lower its credit grades for countries next year.

15. First Data debut, Albertsons delay show cooling IPO market -

NEW YORK (AP) — The largest initial public offering of the year fell short of expectations and the proposed second-largest was postponed in a sign that IPOs are struggling while investors worry about the health of the global markets.

16. Wells Fargo's earnings edge up 1 percent to $5.4 billion -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo reported a slight gain in third-quarter earnings on Wednesday, helped by an increase in borrowing from consumers and businesses.

The San Francisco-based bank earned $5.44 billion after payments to preferred shareholders, or $1.05 a share, for the three-month period ending in September. That compares with a $5.41 billion, or $1.02 a share, in the same period a year earlier.

17. White House swings behind huge $1.1T spending bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders narrowly quelled a revolt among their conservatives Thursday, then worked to overcome Democratic opposition to legislation to provide $1.1 trillion in government spending and chart a new course for selected, highly shaky pension plans.

18. Gleam is gone as gold prices sink to 4-year low -

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing is going gold's way. Inflation remains tame, the dollar looks strong and Americans are increasingly confident.

Even fears that the Federal Reserve would set off another financial crisis have faded as the central bank ends its effort to pump money into the economy.

19. Gleam is gone as gold prices sink to 4-year low -

NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing is going gold's way. Inflation remains tame, the dollar looks strong and Americans are increasingly confident.

Even fears that the Federal Reserve would set off another financial crisis have faded as the central bank ends its effort to pump money into the economy.

20. Minutes show Fed supports stimulus through midyear -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Federal Reserve policymakers want to continue extraordinary bond purchases to help boost the U.S. economy at least through the middle of the year, according to minutes from the Fed's last meeting released Wednesday.

21. Glimmer of hope in US debt talks buoys markets -

LONDON (AP) — Hopes that U.S. politicians will be able to reach a deal on raising the government's debt limit, avoiding the risk of a disastrous default, supported global markets on Monday, when Wall Street will remain closed for a holiday.

22. Economy improving despite all its problems -

The Council of Multiple Listing Services met in Boston last week, and one of the speakers was Elliot Eisenberg, PhD., a highly regarded economist who made several observations on the status of the economy, as well as several predictions on where the US is heading.

23. House GOP mixes some increases with spending cuts -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative House Republicans are again going after President Barack Obama's budget to regulate Wall Street, build rural water projects and send food aid overseas as the latest in a series of spending bills get under way.

24. Regulator: JPMorgan changed risk strategy in 2011 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting late last year, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reduced the amount of hedging it was doing to contain potential losses, according to a top federal regulator.

25. SEC reviewing JPMorgan's filings after $2B loss -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are reviewing what JPMorgan Chase told investors about its finances and the risks it took weeks before suffering a multibillion-dollar trading loss.

Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, told the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday that the agency is examining JPMorgan's earnings statements and first-quarter financial reports to determine if they were "accurate and truthful."

26. JPMorgan loss sets off call for heavier regulation -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprise $2 billion trading loss by a division of JPMorgan Chase triggered calls Friday for tougher regulation of banks three years after their near-death experience in the financial crisis.

27. Turmoil in Europe pushes stocks lower in US -

Political uncertainty in debt-hobbled Europe spread to financial markets Tuesday and pushed stocks lower in Europe and the United States.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down almost 200 points at its low point for the day before recovering most of its loss to finish down 76. It was the average's fifth straight decline.

28. Corzine blames predecessors for MF Global's fall -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Summoned by Congress, Jon Corzine embraced a bold strategy Thursday to distance himself from MF Global's fall and $1.2 billion in missing clients' money:

Answer each question. Be courteous. And don't huddle with your lawyer before replying.

29. Partisan divide spells defeat for Obama nominee -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau established in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse faces almost certain defeat in the Senate, the victim of a particularly nasty partisan fight that could spill over into next year's presidential campaign.

30. Corzine deflects blame for MF Global demise -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Corzine will tell a House panel Thursday that he doesn't know the location of client money that went missing when MF Global failed. And he will argue that he inherited a firm doomed by the risks his predecessors took.

31. Move by central banks exhilarates Wall Street -

A move by the world's central banks to lower the cost of borrowing exhilarated investors Wednesday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average soaring 490 points and easing fears of a global credit crisis similar to the one that followed the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers.

32. Ford 3Q profit falls 2 pct to $1.6 billion -

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it earned $1.6 billion in the third quarter, down 2 percent from a year ago. The decline was partly due to a charge for hedging on commodities like copper whose prices fell during the quarter.

33. Payday loans: Taking the good with the bad -

Kelly Newell was out of cash. The Joelton resident, who has an in-home transcription business, found herself a little short and decided to go into Check into Cash for a $200 payday loan, the legal limit at the time.

34. Oil below $97 as US debt limit deadline nears -

Oil prices fell below $97 a barrel Friday as U.S. leaders failed to agree to lift the government debt limit just days from a deadline, leaving investors to consider worst-case scenarios if a default occurs.

35. GOP uses budget, other tools to sap financial law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are greeting the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's financial overhaul law by trying to weaken it, nibble by nibble.

Wary of attempting to dismantle the entire statute and being portrayed as Wall Street's allies — banks are among the nation's most unpopular institutions — GOP lawmakers are attacking corners of it. They can't prevail because they don't control the White House or Senate, but they may be able to force some compromises on agency budgets, pressure regulators and influence some of Obama's nominations.