Articles by Ann Saphir

Explained: How California’s Wildfires Could Spark a Financial Crisis

Wildfires across the U.S. West are among the sparks from climate change that could ignite a U.S. financial crisis by damaging home values, state tourism and local government budgets, an advisory panel to a U.S. markets regulator found. Those effects …

Fed Leaders Say Economy Needs More Federal Help and More People Wearing Masks

The U.S. economy, battered by a resurgence in the spread of COVID-19, needs increased government spending to tide over households and businesses and broader use of masks to better control the virus, U.S. central bankers said on Monday. The calls …

Without More Aid, Many Small Businesses Won’t Make It

OAKLAND, Calif./NEW YORK — After surviving two strokes at age 27, Olivia Colt threw herself into starting a catering business, a lifelong dream. Ten years and another stroke later, she had built Salt & Honey Catering Plus Events into a …

Federal Reserve Warns of ‘Long Road’ Ahead to Economic Recovery

The Federal Reserve expects household finances and business balance sheets to suffer “persistent fragilities” as a result of the shock to economic activity arising from the coronavirus pandemic, the central bank said in a report to Congress on Friday. In …

Who Got Money in Small Business Paycheck Protection Program?

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 (Reuters) – Over two frantic weeks, the U.S. government pledged $350 billion to Main Street businesses across America desperate for cash after coronavirus lockdowns. Now a picture is emerging of who got the money. More than …

Calpers: One-Fifth of Public Holdings Exposed to Climate Risk

About one-fifth of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System public markets portfolio is exposed to potential losses from climate change, the $381 billion pension fund manager reported this week in its first ever climate-risk disclosure report. The report, mandated by …

Futures Industry Looks to Insurance After MF Global Collapse

Long-derided as unsuitable for sophisticated futures markets, insurance is getting a surge of attention heading into the new year as the industry works to patch itself up after the stunning collapse of brokerage MF Global in 2011. Three separate efforts …

Systemic Firms Will Not Be ‘Too Big to Fail,’ Says FDIC’s Bair

Financial firms that the U.S. government deems as “systemic” will not be “too big to fail,” bank regulator Sheila Bair said Thursday. Bair, pushing back against critics who say the systemic designation is simply a government guarantee, said a major …