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  • One Key Way the US Lags Behind Finland (and Denmark and Taiwan)

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    The U.S. ranks 27th in a new study that ranks 195 countries based on “expected human capital” — the population’s overall level of survival, health and education, considered a key determinant of...

  • FILE PHOTO: A combine drives over stalks of soft red winter wheat during the harvest on a farm in Dixon, Illinois

    Congress Fails to Pass Farm Bill

    By Michael Rainey

    The federal farm bill expired at midnight on Sunday, leaving dozens of programs in limbo until Congress can pass a new spending package or an extension of the old one. Lawmakers were unable to agree...

  • U.S. President Trump arrives to discuss trade deal in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington

    What’s in Trump’s New NAFTA?

    By Michael Rainey

    President Trump announced a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico Monday that is intended to replace NAFTA, the 24-year-old trade agreement that regulates roughly $1.2 trillion worth of trade between...

  • The US Government’s Biggest Financial Asset: Student Debt

    By Michael Rainey

    We hear a lot about government debt, but what about government assets? Jill Mislinski of Advisor Perspectives looked at the Federal Reserve's financial accounts data and found that student loans make...

  • FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump hosts a lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at the White House in Washington

    Trump Signs Spending Bill to Avert Pre-Election Shutdown

    President Trump on Friday signed the $854 billion spending package that had been passed by the House and Senate. The signing, announced by Senate Republicans, averts a partial government shutdown...

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