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The Wall Street Journal's Josh Mitchell says it's easy for parents to get a federal college loan for their children through the Parent Plus program. The problem is that the program has a double-digit default rate on loan repayments.
Luca Paolini of Pictet Asset Management says markets jumped after far-right candidate Marine Le Pen didn't do as well as expected in French elections. He also thinks there's more room for growth overseas than in the U.S.
Many Americans fear the political climate in Washington could hurt the U.S. economy, even more than a slumping stock market or terrorist attack. So says Bankrate.com's Mark Hamrick. He joins John Wordock with new survey results.
Luxury retailers were long thought to be recession-proof. But, as the Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Kapner reports, Neiman Marcus and other high-end retailers are learning that even wealthy shoppers are hunting for better deals and selection.
Trump's Wall Street Journal interview revealed the president is sticking with his dovish interest rate views and appreciates Fed Chair Janet Yellen. WSJ's David Harrison says it could resolve the dilemma Trump has long faced over monetary policy.
A new study finds public servants can't afford to live in the communities they serve. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto on a Trulia.com study that finds most major metro areas are out of reach for people such as teachers and police officers.
What should you do if you get bumped from a flight? Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney says bumped passengers don't have many rights but they can lower their chances of being bumped, or get compensation if they have to leave the plane.
Small cap stocks have been the market leaders throughout most of the bull market's run. But lately, they've trailed other stock sectors. We find out why from Wall Street Journal Ahead of the Tape columnist Steve Russolillo.
In behavioral experiments at Duke University, test subjects who used mobile apps were able to limit their spending. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen talks about the test results and how to use them to save money.
The Fed says U.S. credit-card debt hit the trillion-dollar mark in February, the highest level since the last recession. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis says this is the latest sign of a growing appetite for household debt.
A ransomware attack can be devastating for small businesses. Datto CEO Austin McChord joins us in the studio with some context on the growing problem, plus tips for how to get back to work more quickly after an attack.
Sam Stovall of CFRA Research noted that unemployment fell, despite weaker than expected job growth numbers. He adds that there's a lot of hope built into the markets that President Trump will get his economic policies put into law.
Stung by its failure to advance a health-care overhaul through Congress, the White House is trying to lay a stronger foundation for a tax-code rewrite. The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos joins us from the Washington newsroom.
Two years ago, Apple hoped to replace the credit card with its mobile payment service. But the Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle says only a small number of iPhone owners use Apple Pay and too few retailers accept it.
Scott Wren of Wells Fargo Global Institute says the markets are in a wait-and-see mode on when and whether Donald Trump's economic policies get passed. He's also monitoring wage inflation and how fast the Fed moves to raise interest rates.
A growing number of tech IPO's are structured so that company founders and top executives get nearly all the voting power. Shareholders have few or no voting rights at all. The Wall Street Journal's Maureen Farrell explains how this IPO power grab works.
The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rogers explains why high-tech crash prevention equipment raises your car insurance premiums, instead of lowering them.
Many tax filers can choose to omit health-coverage information, but they risk questions from the IRS. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders joins us in the studio with advice and plenty of tips.
American, Delta, United and others are prepping streamlined systems that could skew their lost-luggage stats. The Wall Street Journal's Middle Seat Columnist Scott McCartney joins us with the details.
Heard on the Street's Aaron Back joins Miriam Gottfried and Alex Frangos to discuss why bank stocks may still climb despite legislative gridlock in Congress.
ATTOM Data Solutions says its index measuring home affordability fell to an eight-year low in the first quarter. ATTOM Senior VP Daren Blomquist says that's despite annual wage growth outpacing home price growth in a slight majority of markets surveyed.
BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, is overhauling its underperforming stock picking unit. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse says part of the overhaul includes using computer systems, essentially robots, to help make investment decisions.
Steve Russolillo of the Wall Street Journal says retail investors tend to overreact when the market slumps, even in a one-day drop following a bull run. As a result, history shows that investors end up underperforming the markets.
The Dow has fallen for eight straight sessions, but Art Hogan of Wunderlich Securities points out there have been no huge drops in that time. He adds that the economy is strong and that he'd like to see new economic policy layered over that strength.
After the health-care setback last week in Washington, what happens to tax reform? Is a stock market correction coming? Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Asset Management Group, looks at the landscape.
More than two-thirds of credit cardholders succeeded in getting lower rates when they asked. So finds a survey by CreditCards.com. Senior analyst Matt Schulz reveals other findings about fees and card limits.
Companies will likely absorb the extra cost on no-interest purchases, hoping the rate boost is a sign of an improving economy. The Wall Street Journal's Vipal Monga joins us in the studio.
An online dating promotion for loyalty points with British Airways by Match and eHarmony brought unintended consequences. The Wall Street Journal's Middle Seat Columnist Scott McCartney joins us with the details.
The head of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank sketches out where he sees interest rate policy going the rest of this year. WSJ reporter Harriet Torry talked with John Williams and shares insights.
Americans are feeling good about the stock market, the economy and their finances. A new Wells Fargo/Gallup Retirement and Investment survey finds optimism is at a 16-year high. Joe Ready of Wells Fargo has the survey details.
The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says the possibility of tax reform is threatening funding for affordable housing deals. It's because a lower corporate tax rate could lower the value of tax credits used to fund projects.
Wall Street has high expectations President Trump and Congress will get things done this year. Maybe too high? Trip Miller at Gullane Capital Partners explains how investors should read all the news out of Washington.
At some point, the Federal Reserve's rate increases will trickle down to savers, but it will continue to be a slow and uncertain process. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rexrode joins us in the studio.
Now that the Federal Reserve has hiked its chief lending rate, Kathy Jones explains the impact on bonds, savers and borrowers. The chief fixed income strategist at Schwab Center for Financial Research talks to John Wordock.
Fed policymakers raised interest rates a quarter point, a sign of Fed confidence in the economy. Higher rates are good news for banks, but the Wall Street Journal's Rachel Ensign says slower growth in bank lending is a worry.
Retail sales slowed to a one-tenth percent gain in February, but it may be a one-time event. The Wall Street Journal's Steve Russolillo says a delay in federal tax refunds put a temporary crimp in consumer spending.
The Wall Street Journal's Leslie Scism says retirees with pensions may soon start getting their pension checks from an insurance company. This, as companies with old-fashioned pension plans are shedding responsibility for them.
How would an expected rate hike by the Fed affect Americans with credit card debt, adjustable rate mortgages and auto loans? Bankrate.com chief financial analyst Greg McBride discusses the impact on these consumers.
A rate hike is widely expected at this week's Fed policy meeting. Paul Nolte of Kingsview Asset Management wonders whether the Fed's statement and Fed chair Janet Yellen's press conference might signal a more proactive stance.
With Americans facing a potential record for credit card debt, WalletHub's Jill Gonzalez has tips for getting your debt under control. She wraps up her conversation with John Wordock.
WalletHub's Jill Gonzalez says credit card debt for Americans could hit an all-time high in 2017. In a conversation with John Wordock, she explains why you should watch the Federal Reserve this year.
Author William D. Cohan joins MoneyBeat hosts Paul Vigna and Stephen Grocer to examine Wall Street's lasting importance, despite all its critics.
The Federal Reserve is expected to hike interest rates as early as next week. How do investors plan for a rising rate climate in 2017? Horizon Investment Services CEO Chuck Carlson offers insights.
As the bull market celebrates its eighth anniversary, how much longer can the bulls keeping running? Wells Capital Management chief investment strategist Jim Paulsen joins John Wordock.
Low interest rates have been squeezing retirees. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch says some retirees are opting for higher-risk investments such as stocks to make sure they have enough money for their remaining years.
Jeff Carbone of Cornerstone Financial Partners is optimistic about the markets, though it may be time for a pause. He thinks market strength going forward could hinge on whether we see action from Washington on President Trump's policy proposals.
Brian Battle of Performance Trust Capital Partners says the market is starting to pull back as expectations for the Trump presidency are replaced by reality. He also notes that the U.S. is exiting zero interest rate policy for the first time in history.
The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis says American Express is boosting the rewards on its Platinum credit card. She also talks about whether this is enough to beat out JP Morgan Chase's rival Sapphire Reserve card.
Brent Schutte of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management says a stronger global economy has lifted stocks. But he adds that stocks aren't cheap and investors may want to pull back on their expectations for market growth long term.
Eugene Peroni of Peroni Portfolio Advisors said there were no real surprises in President Trump's speech to Congress. He added that markets welcomed Trump's calls for fiscal responsibility, regulatory relief and lower taxes.
Sam Stovall of CFRA Research wants President Trump to be specific about his proposals in Tuesday evening's speech to Congress. If that doesn't happen, the "hype" phase will likely turn into the "gripe" phase.
What's the number one U.S. airline? The answer may surprise you. ThePointsGuy.com ranks the best and worst carriers, based on fares, route networks and fees. Julian Mark Kheel of ThePointsGuy.com checks off the list.
John Manley of Wells Fargo Funds Management Group thinks the market may be overdue for a correction, but that the overall trend is still positive.
The Transportation Security Administration is embracing social media to answer air travelers' questions and solve problems. Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney says the TSA is using Twitter and Facebook in its outreach.
Bill Stone of PNC Asset Management Group says he's focused this week on minutes from the last Fed meeting and some home sales data. He also points out that some economic numbers from overseas were stronger than expected.
A judge ruled that a woman didn't have "any legal duty" to pay for her daughter's college tuition bill before declaring bankruptcy, deepening a fracture between judges that's rocking schools and families. The Wall Street Journal's Katy Stech reports.
Skip Aylesworth of Hennessy Advisors thinks that, although the markets may have risen too far, too fast, investor bullishness is well-founded. He cites optimism about President Trump's plan for lower taxes and fewer regulations.
Back from the depths of the financial crisis, shares of the major banks are soaring again to all-time highs. The Wall Street Journal's Liz Hoffman says investors are buying bank stocks on hopes they'll benefit from President Trump's pro-growth policies.