US officials troubled by controversial UK tax cut plan

New York CNN  —  US officials are increasingly troubled by the United Kingdom’s proposal to slash taxes at a time of crushing inflation, a plan that has ignited turbulence in financial markets. UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s tax-cut plan has drawn criticism from economists and investors and prompted the Bank of England to calm panicked … Read more

Used cars have become unaffordable

New York CNN Business  —  High prices and rising interest rates are putting used cars out of reach for a growing number of car shoppers. That’s bad news for CarMax, the nation’s largest used car dealer. CarMax reported Thursday that its earnings plunged 54% as the number of cars it sold in the quarter fell … Read more

Latest GDP reading confirms the US economy shrank for two straight quarters, supporting one definition of a recession

Minneapolis CNN Business  —  The US economy shrank by 0.6% during the second quarter of the year, according to the latest gross domestic product estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis released Thursday. That matches the most recent GDP estimate and shows the economy was in contraction for the entire first half of the year … Read more

The UK is gripped by an economic crisis of its own making

London CNN Business  —  A week ago, the Bank of England took a stab in the dark. It raised interest rates by a relatively modest half a percentage point to tackle inflation. It couldn’t know the scale of the storm that was about to break. Less than 24 hours later, the government of new UK … Read more

Markets in a tailspin get a big dose of chill from the Bank of England

This story is part of CNN Business’ Nightcap newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free, here. New York CNN Business  —  All the drama out of the UK government is keeping me from catching up on the only UK drama I really want to consume, which is Love Island, season 8, … Read more

Consumers are growing more optimistic about the US economy

CNN  —  Consumer confidence rose for a second straight month in September, as moderating gas prices and the hope that inflationary pressures might be easing helped lift the nation’s collective mood. The Conference Board reported on Tuesday that its baseline index rose to 108 from a revised 103.6 in August, the highest it has been … Read more

Take no prisoners: In the Fed’s inflation fight, no one is spared

New York CNN Business  —  Call it the “Take No Prisoners” economy. Recession worries are deepening around the world. Mortgage rates are spiking and housing is stalling. The Dow is at a two-year low and near a bear market. Global central banks are jacking up interest rates with no end in sight until high inflation … Read more

Food prices are soaring, and that’s changed how we eat

New York CNN Business  —  Lisa Altman used to take pride in being able to eat what she wanted without worrying much about the cost. When she was growing up, seconds weren’t served and side dishes were rare. “My mom had a budget every week, and she stuck to it,” she said. “As I got … Read more

UK’s mini budget slashes taxes and borrows heavily as recession hits

London CNN Business  —  A huge gamble by the UK government aimed at rescuing the economy from recession and boosting long-term growth sent the pound plunging on Friday. Announcing the biggest tax cuts in 50 years at the same time as boosting spending, Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said the government needed a “new approach for … Read more

What rising interest rates mean for your credit, loans, saving and more

Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a story that originally ran on August 26, 2022. In its continued bid to quash high inflation, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised the overnight bank lending rate to a range of 3% to 3.25%. It is the fifth increase by the US central bank in six … Read more