FINANCE INSIDER: The market is bracing for a global recession

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Financial markets seem to be bracing for a global recession.

One sign of this in action is the bond market, where investors are shifting their money out of high-yield funds and into government bonds.

For Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, the market chaos of the first few weeks of 2016 is a bit of short-term pain for a long-term gain. Hedge fund billionaire George Soros, on the other hand, is bearish.

In other news, JPMorgan is going to let employees take a little more parental leave, and hedge fund manager David Tepper just inked a deal to open an office in the most colourful building I’ve ever seen.

Finally, if you’re in the Northeast US, here’s what to expect from the ‘paralyzing’ blizzard set to clobber the region later today.

Here are the top Wall Street headlines at midday –

American Express is getting slammed American Express shares were down as much as 13% in trading on Friday, following earnings results that showed the company is still struggling.

A third of the most expensive apartments in New York are empty most of the time – East Midtown Manhattan is the site of some of the most expensive real estate in the world, with residences in New York’s City’s commercial center selling for an average of around $1 million a piece.

The boss of Saudi Arabia’s $95 billion King Abdullah Economic City has 50 meetings in 4 days to attract investors – Saudi Arabia unveiled plans in 2005 to construct a supercity to establish a thriving metropolis that could take on some of the world’s biggest industrial, manufacturing, and tech centres in the world.

This data point explains (in part) the conundrum of the global economy – The global economy is the primary focus for many industry titans and global policymakers this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Wall Street is rolling its eyes at this comment from the vice president of China, but it actually makes sense – The vice president of China on Thursday said something that has traders all over Wall Street rolling their eyes into the back of their heads.

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