Rex Nutting writes the Money and Power column for MarketWatch, based in Washington. Previously he was Washington bureau chief, responsible for our economic and political coverage. Rex has been a journalist for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with MarketWatch and long stints with UPI Financial, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Patriot-Ledger in Quincy, Mass. He earned a master's degree in economics from The American University.
Millions of Americans could lose their jobs in coming weeks as we fight the coronavirus. Millions of American businesses may not have the cash flow to survive an extended shutdown. They need cash.
If any good can come from this terrible pandemic, it could be the recognition that public health is a public good. We all need each other to be as healthy as possible.
It’s impossible to predict what people will do in an epidemic, because people are rapidly changing their behavior, says David Kelly, winner of the Forecaster of the Month contest.
With the coronavirus now spreading in communities around the country, it’s becoming more likely that the epidemic will slam consumer spending.
Contrary to what everyone is telling you, the Federal Reserve might actually be able to help if the economy began to weaken because of the coronavirus.
The coronavirus epidemic is going to have a much bigger impact on the global economy than stock-market investors and policy makers had assumed.
The president and his defenders in the Republican Party argue he should be given a pass because of all the good things he’s done for the economy and the stock market.
The economy is OK, and that’s pretty good, says economist Jay Bryson of Wells Fargo.
President Trump’s promises to bring back jobs are coming up short.
A softening economy risks sinking Donald Trump this November as it did Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The coronavirus outbreak is not under control yet, not by a long shot. But all too often we ignore the familiar things that kill and instead obsess over distant threats.