Kevin Hall

Nasdaq halt prompts SEC to renew call for scrutiny of electronic trading

A three-hour pause in trading Thursday on the Nasdaq stock exchange raised concerns anew about cyber security and whether technology is overwhelming financial markets and regulators. | 08/22/13 19:47:10 By - By Kevin G. Hall

In effort to double exports, U.S. initiative targets big cities

Nestled in the westernmost part of North Carolina, which is best known for its wood furniture, Plasticard-Locktech International is at first blush an unlikely exporter. Its calling card is plastic cards, the kind that’s used to get into a hotel room or stuck inside a birthday card as a gift. But the company, now in its 25th year, with about 305 employees, is the kind of exporter the Obama administration is after in its ambitious plan to double exports to more than $3 trillion by the end of next year. | 08/08/13 13:36:08 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama trumpets housing gains, calls for affordable mortgages

Proclaiming a rebounding housing market, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pressed Congress to help more Americans secure cheaper mortgages – or affordable rentals – and stressed a need to limit government involvement in the mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. | 08/06/13 18:51:49 By - By Anita Kumar, Kevin G. Hall and Lesley Clark

Most 2013 job growth is in part-time work, survey suggests

The July government employment report released Friday showed the job market treading water. And a closer look at one of the two measures the Labor Department uses to gauge employment suggests that part-time work accounted for almost all the job growth that’s been reported over the past six months. | 08/02/13 16:03:14 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obama taps little-known turnaround specialist to head IRS

President Barack Obama nominated a corporate turnaround specialist Thursday to head the embattled Internal Revenue Service. | 08/01/13 19:36:05 By - By Kevin G. Hall, Anita Kumar and David Lightman

U.S. economic recovery may be gaining steam

The U.S. economy is gaining momentum and is poised for a stronger recovery later this year, according to new data Wednesday from the Commerce Department. The numbers also showed that 2012 was stronger than had been estimated. | 07/31/13 16:15:58 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Economic data expected to show slow second quarter

When the Commerce Department releases its first-blush economic growth estimates for the second quarter of 2013 on Wednesday, it’ll likely show a U.S. economic recovery lumbering along at an anemic pace. | 07/30/13 16:40:33 By - By Kevin G. Hall

JP Morgan Chase’s alleged manipulation of electricity markets detailed

The federal regulator of electricity markets on Monday accused Wall Street powerhouse JP Morgan Chase & Co. of using multiple trading strategies to manipulate electricity markets in California and the Midwest for profit. | 07/29/13 19:13:26 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Financial regulators tame cheating ‘cheetah,’ fine, ban high-speed trader

Financial regulators on Monday took their first-ever action against a cheating “cheetah,” accusing a high-speed trader in oil and other commodities of deceiving the market and disrupting normal trading activity. | 07/22/13 16:39:18 By - By Kevin G. Hall

IRS workers say D.C. office stalled tea party cases

Internal Revenue Service managers at Washington headquarters thwarted attempts by field employees to speed up review of tea-party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, two agency employees testified Thursday before Congress in the strongest evidence yet that higher-ups were involved in the targeting of conservative groups. | 07/18/13 18:20:59 By - By David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall

U.S. reports strong job growth in June, 2 prior months

Hiring has broken out to a new, higher level as employers added a better-than-expected 195,000 jobs in June and the prior two months were revised upward, a government said Friday in a firecracker of a report. | 07/05/13 16:05:17 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Trevor Graff

Prosecutions of offshore banks may help turn tide against secrecy

From clandestine meetings to phony foundations described in federal indictments, the secret world of offshore banking and the lengths to which Americans have gone to avoid taxes point to the complexities Congress will confront as it embarks on comprehensive tax restructuring. Fully 45 percent of Americans who’ve taken advantage of the IRS’s tax amnesty program held accounts in Switzerland. | 07/03/13 16:39:23 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Officials confirm different IRS treatment of conservatives, liberals

The Internal Revenue Service failed to subject liberal groups seeking tax-exempt status to the same rigid scrutiny as tea party groups and other conservative organizations, the agency’s acting chief and a Treasury Department inspector general confirmed Thursday. | 06/27/13 17:21:26 By - By Kevin G. Hall

U.S. consumers feel more confident, but are still cautious

Four years after the end of the Great Recession, the consumer is back – just not with a vengeance. Consumption continues to show improvement, and yet Americans still clutch their wallets. On the plus side, rising home prices, improving jobs numbers and a falling unemployment rate are bolstering how consumers feel about the economy. | 06/27/13 14:30:29 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Uphill battle begins for Mel Watt’s nomination to head mortgage regulator

President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the federal agency that oversees mortgage finance faces an uphill battle Thursday at a Senate confirmation hearing. Many Republicans are happy with the current caretaker and worry that Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., will bring a social agenda to the post. | 06/26/13 16:33:31 By - By Kevin G. Hall

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