Analysis of the big global business and economic issues, as they affect consumers, investors and the...
World stock markets have risen after American politicians agreed on a last-minute deal to prevent a series of sharp tax rises and big spending cuts. But does the deal simply set the stage for fresh confrontations in the coming months over the deficit and economic policy?
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(Image: President Obama makes a statement on avoiding the fiscal cliff. Credit: Getty Images)
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