Is the economy slowing? Manufacturing gauge in August slows to nine-month low

An index that tracks U.S. manufacturers and service-oriented companies showed slower growth in August, suggesting that economic growth has tapered off from a three-year peak in late spring. See full story.

Investors, including market bears, are fixated on the economy and earnings at the expense of political headlines. See full story.

Sales of newly-constructed homes declined, touching the lowest in nearly a year, as the on-again, off-again housing recovery struggled for direction. See full story.

The U.K. government on Thursday published advice for British businesses on how to prepare for an abrupt and messy break with the European Union, a move aimed at underscoring to Brussels that it is serious about walking away from talks if it doesn’t get a satisfactory deal. See full story.

Everyone hates emerging markets as the MSCI Emerging Markets Index has fallen 20%, but the decline may soon be over. See full story.

Personal finance experts say it’s especially smart to avoid using cash for these five types of purchases. See full story.

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