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The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto explains how the mortgage interest tax deduction could be eliminated under the proposed tax overhaul, but how homeowners could still enjoy a tax benefit.
A data dive shows different types of planes within airline fleets have varying records for on-time arrivals and cancellations. The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney breaks down how you can better get to your destination on time.
Investors often earn tidy profits from spun-off companies. The Wall Street Journal's Miriam Gottfried explains why some spin-offs, however, do poorly versus the broader market. She also explains why some large corporations choose not to spin off components as separate companies.
Traditional retailers are expected to have another frosty holiday season as consumer continue to purchase online. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Wursthorn explains how investors are shorting brick-and-mortar retailers, and why some are even placing bearish bets against online giant Amazon.
Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders answers reader and listener questions about the Republican tax reform proposal. She covers topics such as property taxes, alimony deductions, and an extra standard deduction for older Americans.
With a new study showing significant declines in buying power at some major hotel programs, the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney talks why points can't get the rooms they used to with many major chains.
The Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin explains sacred cows, or the most popular tax deductions, and their likely future in tax reform. Sacred cows are also the topic of a video he hosts on wsj.com where he illustrates key deductions, with real cows, on a farm.
Despite political uncertainty and tumultuous world events, the S&P 500 has moved more than 1% in either direction on only eight occasions in 2017. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen explains the lessons to learn from a placid market.
A survey shows ATM fees now average more than $5.00 in some U.S. cities and have risen more than 50% in the past decade. Bankrate.com's Greg McBride explains how consumers can avoid paying escalating ATM fees and other bank charges.
In our final segment, Wall Street Journal higher education reporter Melissa Korn explains why public universities and state universities perform so well in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings.
Wall Street Journal reporter Doug Belkin explains how schools inspire students and how that influences the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Union college rankings. He also reveals how the success of a student in the post-graduate world is calculated.
You probably can't tell from looking at your paycheck, but hourly wages in the U.S. are nearing historical highs. That is, if you take very low inflation into account. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath explains.
Analysts are expecting an Apple earnings 'supercycle' to begin with the unveiling of a trio of new iPhones. But Wall Street Journal columnist Dan Gallagher says some tepid reviews for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus could dampen results.
Active investors, longtime critics of passive buying and selling, are researching the opportunities and pitfalls behind the investment method, and how to profit from it. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich explains.
The Federal Reserve's decisions on interest rates and most notably the wind down of its bond-buying program will have investors paying close attention to their impact on Wall Street. The Wall Street Journal's Harriet Torry explains.
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will hold interest rates steady, and next month will begin unwinding its bond-buying program. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen spelled out details and answered reporters' questions.
Equifax's relationship with the U.S. Social Security Administration has raised additional concerns since a major data breach of the company's networks was revealed last week. Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Papoport explains.
More companies are forgoing raises for employees next year, and in some cases eliminating them altogether. Wall Street Journal reporter John Simons explains why.
Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders reveals some little-known tax benefits for companies providing aid for employees recovering from natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Some air passengers who purchase Basic Economy tickets face a rude awakening when they arrive at the airport and have pay more money in an additional fee. Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney explains.
For student attending college in the 2018-2019 academic year, the first step in applying for financial aid comes on Oct. 1. Wall Street Journal wealth adviser reporter Veronica Dagher explains the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or 'Fafsa.'
Marketwatch's Jacob Passy explains how consumers can purchase Apple's iPhone for a considerable discount, if consumers are willing to part with their current phone and do some quick math with regard to their current usage contract.
Students have a new way down their college debt: pay a percentage of their future earnings in exchange for tuition aid. Marketwatch's Jillian Berman explains income share agreements.
Everything changed after some of the costliest storms in U.S. history hit the Sunshine State. The Wall Street Journal's Leslie Scism joins us in the studio with a closer look as Florida braces for Hurricane Irma.
It's a job seeker's labor market, and for hiring managers to succeed, they should expand their focus beyond just compensation. Robert Half's Billie Moliere explains the firms 2018 Salary Guides with some key advice, such as be ready to offer benefits associated with an applicant's pet.
For examples of labor-market strength in the West, look no further than two of the nation's fastest job-growing metros: Provo, Utah, and Boise, Idaho. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Chaney has the details.
Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Kusisto says the Trump administration plans new restrictions on reverse mortgages. The Department of Housing and Urban Development says changes are needed to put the mortgage program on a sounder financial footing.
A new study finds workers save more for retirement when they're persuaded to by their employers. The Wall Street Journal's Francesca Fontana tells us about the experiment involving older workers at North Carolina's retirement division.
Investors are pulling a steady stream of money from the U.S. stock market, the latest sentiment shift to cause unease among market bulls. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen joins us in the studio with the details.
Ford is changing its loan approval process. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis says Ford Credit is looking at other ways besides credit scores to increase loan and lease approvals and to boost sales.
The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler says four mutual fund companies marked down their investments in Uber Technologies by up to 15 percent. It suggests these investors are souring on the scandal-plagued company.
Financing company Affirm is in talks to offer installment loans to some Wal-Mart shoppers. This could provide stiff competition for Wal-Mart's credit-card issuer Synchrony, says the Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis.
Stocks have fallen the past two weeks. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Wursthorn says that with President Trump's legislative agenda stalled and the earnings season winding down, there's not much for investors to get enthusiastic about right now.
Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney says smart US air travelers use Air Canada to connect to flights in Europe and Asia. Passengers find they get better deals and faster flight times than they get from the US carriers.
Oregon has become the first state to require businesses that don't have retirement-savings plans of their own to give workers access to a state-run plan. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen says the plans have plenty of both supporters and opponents.
Airlines are offering luxury seats to lure business class travelers, their most profitable customers. But carriers pay a lot for these seats, and the Wall Street Journal's Doug Cameron says they can push up the cost of outfitting a plane by millions of dollars.
JP Morgan Chase's Sapphire Reserve credit card has been a hit with consumers because of its generous rewards. But that's made the card a money-loser for JP Morgan's retail banking unit and is a cause for concern at the company, says the Wall Street Journal's Emily Glazer.
J.P. Morgan Chase has eliminated a program allowing customers to replace lost or stolen debit cards instantly at many of its branches. A big reason was fraud. Wall Street Journal reporter Kate Fazzini says debit card fraud remains a big concern for banks and customers.
Value stocks, such as industrial and energy companies, have trailed tech-oriented growth stocks for a long time. Wall Street Journal Hong Kong reporter Steve Russolillo says global value funds are on track this year for their worst performance since before the financial crisis.
Drones, photo-taking apps and artificial intelligence are accelerating what has long been a clunky, time-consuming experience: the auto or home-insurance claim. The Wall Street Journal's Nicole Friedman joins us in the studio with the details.
The Dow crossed 22000 for the first time Wednesday, its 32nd record close this year and its fourth 1,000-point milestone since the U.S. election. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani joins us with some theories for why the stock market keeps rising.
Investing firms are enjoying inflows of new capital from pensions, sovereign-wealth funds and large investors. The Wall Street Journal's Matt Jarzemsky joins us in the studio with the details.
Strong corporate earnings have boosted the stock market. But, paradoxically, companies' stocks have fallen on average on the day they've reported earnings. The Wall Street Journal's Jon Sindreu joins us from London to explain this stock market twist.
Amid uncertainty about federal healthcare policy, insurers in some states are seeking premium hikes of 30 percent or more for Affordable Care Act plans. Wall Street Journal reporter Anna Mathews talks about which states are requesting the big increases.
Once the king of trading among Wall Street banks, Goldman Sachs now finds itself trailing its rivals. The Wall Street Journal's Liz Hoffman describes how Goldman is undertaking a charm offensive designed to showcase a more customer-friendly company.
U.S. sales of cars, light trucks and SUVs fell more than five percent last month. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Colias says built-up inventories led to fewer lease sales and more incentives. It could be a great time to shop for a deal on a car.
Uber Technologies is launching a credit card with a unit of Barclays as the issuer. It would make Uber the first ride-sharing company to roll out a credit card. Rival Lyft is planning a similar move, says the Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis.
The charge-off rate, the percentage of balances that card issuers write off as a loss, hit the highest level in four years during the second quarter. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis says that could be a warning sign for the markets and broader economy.
As Tesla moves into the mainstream market, Heard on the Street's Charley Grant and Spencer Jakab join MoneyBeat's Stephen Grocer and Paul Vigna to talk the launch of the long-awaited Model 3 electric car, with a look at what investors are betting on.
A boom in securities-backed lending is bolstering bank profits, but critics say it doesn't always benefit clients, and regulators have been keeping a close eye on the practice. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Wursthorn joins us in the studio.
As more services use algorithms to generate investment tips, they continue to threaten one of the most personal businesses in personal finance: advice. The Wall Street's Anne Tergesen has the latest.
A report says there are more than 30 million jobs paying at least 35 thousand dollars for workers without four-year college degrees. The problem, says the Wall Street Journal's Lauren Weber, is that there are more than twice as many workers without college diplomas.
The Fed held interest rates steady at their latest policy meeting. Greg McBride of Bankrate.com, says the lack of inflation will make it tough for the Fed to raise rates anytime soon. He also discusses the Fed's plan to shrink its balance sheet.
Americans are expected to pour a record 316 billion dollars into home remodeling this year. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says the boom is being driven by a shortage of single family homes, which is driving up prices.
With short-term interest rates on the rise, businesses are demanding higher rates on their deposit accounts from banks. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rexrode says banks are giving businesses what they want.
Online travel giants Expedia and Priceline want a big piece of the short-term home rental market currently dominated by Airbnb. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Kirkham says the two are boosting their inventory of home-rental options that can be booked with just a few clicks.
Times are tough for skeptics of the bull market. A gauge of bets against stocks is at a four-year low even as warning signs persist. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen joins us in the studio with the story.
General Electric reports second quarter earnings Friday, right before John Flannery takes over as new CEO. The Wall Street Journal's Thomas Gryta says familiar problems confront GE, including its slumping stock price and its cash flow.
Many "Trump trades" have wound down as hopes fade that tax cuts and stimulus spending will happen. But the Wall Street Journal's Justin Lahart says the overall stock market still hopes that President Trump's agenda will get enacted.
A survey by Bankrate.com finds that real estate remains Americans' favorite investment for the long-term. Bankrate senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick says stocks came in a distant third, meaning that too many people are passing up stocks and their higher long-term returns.
Good news for employees who may not have saved enough for retirement. Some companies are raising their 401(k) contributions. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse says it's a bid to retain employees and encourage older workers to retire.
Bitcoin slid sharply over the weekend, falling below two thousand dollars. The cryptocurrency had been above three thousand in mid-June. The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vigna says it's a reminder that these digital assets remain highly speculative, experimental trading vehicles.
A study finds that Google searches on buying a first home are sharply higher. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says it indicates more millennials are interested in purchasing a home, but affordability remains a key concern.
In a surprise, the Senate GOP retained the 3.8 percent surtax on investment income in its latest healthcare measure. The tax will hit high earners most of all, but the Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says others can often minimize the tax if they plan ahead.
In one case, a $22 million settlement; in another, a judge's dismissal after a trial. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen joins us in the studio to help make sense of what's happening with 401(k) fee lawsuits.
Calm markets, the Fed and lighter lending are among the factors seen influencing second-quarter results. The Wall Street Journal's Peter Rudegeair joins us in the studio with a look at what to watch when banks report earnings.
Interest rates on bank deposits have been at rock-bottom levels for a long time. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rexrode talks about the pressures banks may face to raise those rates, now that Fed short-term rates have topped one percent.
A handful of startups are helping building owners get in on the home-sharing trend, turning empty units into hotel rooms. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto talks about these startups and the resistance that short-term rentals face.
Warren Buffett has a legendary reputation as a stock picker. But the bid by his Berkshire Hathaway company to buy Oncor, a Texas utility, is the latest sign that Berkshire is shifting from picking stocks to running businesses. The Wall Street Journal's Nicole Friedman joins us.
In an echo of the 1990s, semiconductor sales have been strong as chip companies find new markets, including autos and household items. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says chips are also benefiting from smartphones, even though phone sales are slowing.
Matt Schulz from CreditCards.com reveals new research about which Americans are the best and worst tippers. He also details which professions tend to do better with tips.
A controversial new metric on executive pay is on Congress's chopping block. The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Wilmot reports from London on why investors should care.