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R.I. could be leader in new type of health reimbursement arrangements

As of Jan. 1, businesses have a new way to provide health coverage for their employees. Called an Individual Coverage HRA , this health...
MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG leads 2020 presidential hopefuls in fundraising in Rhode Island. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MARIO TAMA

Buttigieg outpacing candidates in R.I. fundraising

PROVIDENCE – The presidential hopeful that has raised the most in Rhode Island as of Nov. 30 is South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg,...
THE U.S. AND CHINA have indicated that the two nations have reached a deal for the first phase of a broader trade agreement. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON

U.S. and China agree to ‘phase-one’ deal easing trade tensions

WASHINGTON – The United States and China said they agreed to the details of the first phase of a broader trade agreement in a...

The status quo on health care is a sure disaster

Cassandra, of Greek mythology, predicted disaster. As Democrats debate Medicare for All versus the public option versus expanded “Obamacare” versus a yet-unnamed option, the...

U.S. economy keeps defying the recession odds

It’s impressive how well the U.S. economy has held up during the past year. As early as 2018, leading indicators were suggesting a heightened...
THE U.S. GOODS TRADE deficit decreased to $66.5 billion in October from $70.5 billion the prior month. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM RUE

U.S. goods trade deficit narrowed in Oct. as imports plunged

WASHINGTON – The United States merchandise-trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed to the lowest in more than a year as imports plummeted, signaling the impact of...
THE U.S. AND CHINA have agreed to roll back tariffs in the event of a completed trade agreement. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIME RUE

China, U.S. agree to tariff rollback if trade deal reached

BEIJING – China and the United States have agreed to roll back tariffs on each other’s goods in phases as they work toward a...
THE U.S. BUDGET DEFICIT 26% to $984 billion in 12 months through September. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

U.S. annual budget deficit nears $1T with 26% rise

WASHINGTON – The United States budget deficit widened to almost $1 trillion in the latest fiscal year, surging to the highest level since 2012...
SMALL-BUSINESS optimism declined to its lowest since March, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

U.S. small-business optimism drops to near lowest of Trump era

WASHINGTON – United States small-business sentiment fell to near the lowest level of Donald Trump’s presidency, as tariffs and economic uncertainty increasingly weigh on...
THE UNITED STATES goods-trade gap with China shrank to a seasonally adjusted $28.9 billion in August from $29.6 billion a month earlier. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/QILAI SHEN

U.S. trade gap with China narrows as exports hit five-month high

WASHINGTON – The United States' merchandise trade deficit with China narrowed in August as exports rose to a five-month high, a possible sign of...
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