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Which Airlines Offer Best and Worst Coach Seats?

WSJ Your Money Matters

Wall Street Journal travel columnist Scott McCartney checks off the carriers offering the best and worst experiences in coach these days.

5 Min

Jun 16, 2017

Smith: Fed Moving Toward 2% Fed Funds Rate

WSJ Your Money Matters

The Fed hiked interest rates as expected Wednesday, and David Smith of Rockland Trust believes policy makers will move methodically toward a Fed funds rate of 2 percent. That way, the central bank will have a cushion if the economy weakens.

7 Min

Jun 15, 2017

Chuck Carlson: More Fed Hikes After This Week

WSJ Your Money Matters

The Federal Reserve is widely-expected to raise interest rates this week. So what about the rest of the year? Chuck Carlson, CEO of Horizon Investment Services, previews this meeting and sees even more rate hikes this year.

7 Min

Jun 12, 2017

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7 min
Jun 9, 2017
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Airlines have been whittling away at amenities for their customers, and the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney says that even elite frequent fliers are now seeing fewer perks, such as the system-wide upgrade.

7 min
Jun 8, 2017
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Big tech names like Apple, Amazon and Facebook are a big reason why many stock pickers have beaten the market this year. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich says many funds have large holdings of these super-performing stocks.

6 min
Jun 6, 2017
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Apple has unveiled its voice-activated home speaker called the HomePod. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says the HomePod costs nearly twice as much as Amazon's Echo.

6 min
Jun 6, 2017
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A new study has stirred debate about whether combining drugs to treat cancer is worth the cost. According to the Wall Street Journal's Peter Loftus, critics say the study found modest benefits in patients from drugs whose costs can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

6 min
Jun 5, 2017
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Bill Stone of PNC Global Asset Management sees little economic or market impact from the weekend's terror attack in London. But he says it could give a boost to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and ruling Conservatives in Thursday's election.

7 min
Jun 5, 2017
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Sales of Apple's iPhones or iPads don't explain the big rise in Apple's stock, which is up about 70 percent from a year ago. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle says other factors are at play, including the Warren Buffett factor.

7 min
Jun 2, 2017
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The IRS has new tools to find secret accounts held overseas by Americans. And the Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says tax evaders who've intentionally hidden money offshore from Uncle Sam are receiving harsher penalties, including prison time.

7 min
Jun 2, 2017
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More restaurants are selling designer hamburgers with gourmet toppings and artisan buns. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon says it's resulted in much higher prices for burger-and-fries meals. Consumers are finding it's much cheaper to grill at home.

6 min
Jun 1, 2017
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With college so expensive these days, many Americans who have gone straight from high school to college have had regrets about it. The Wall Street Journal's Doug Belkin says that's the finding of a new Gallup poll.

6 min
May 31, 2017
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We trust computers for countless tasks in our lives, so why not trust them for picking our investments? The Wall Street Journal's Jason Zweig talks about the possibilities of making stock decisions based on algorithms.

6 min
May 31, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen talks about Amazon.com and a handful of other tech companies that are helping to power the market's gains this year.

6 min
May 31, 2017
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The average U.S. credit score hit a record high in April. Meantime, the share of Americans deemed to be some of the biggest credit risks hit a record low. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis says it could provide a big boost for lending and consumer spending.

6 min
May 30, 2017
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More Americans who refinance their mortgages are using the cash-out option. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rexrode says the rate of cash-out refis is at the highest level since 2008.

7 min
May 30, 2017
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Stock splits were once seen as a way to keep shares affordable for the average investor. But they've become increasingly rare and we find out why from Wall Street Journal MoneyBeat editor Erik Holm.

5 min
May 29, 2017
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The one-time home of late New York Yankees great Yogi Berra is for sale. The Hall of Fame catcher lived there from the 1950s to the 1970s. What's the sale price? Find out now.

5 min
May 26, 2017
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Can you beat the market using The Wall Street Journal's trading simulator? The man who built it, Elliot Bentley, joins us in the studio.

7 min
May 25, 2017
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As part of the Wall Street Journal series, "The Quants," WSJ's Leslie Scism looks at how insurance companies use computer algorithms to determine coverage and set rates.

6 min
May 24, 2017
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Would you let a robot advise you on your investments? As part of the Wall Street Journal series, "The Quants," WSJ's Veronica Dagher tells us how algorithms are changing the way financial advice is offered.

6 min
May 24, 2017
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Investors are attracted to municipal bonds for their tax protections. But the Wall Street Journal's Daisy Maxey explains why munis would become less attractive if President Donald Trump's tax cut plan passes in its current form.

7 min
May 23, 2017
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Stocks that were expected to benefit from a Trump presidency has struggled this year. The Wall Street Journal's James Mackintosh says investors who don't believe the president will be able to work with Congress may want to adopt a pre-election strategy.

7 min
May 23, 2017
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Studies show Americans become more pessimistic about markets and their own finances as they get older. So they stay frugal, according to the Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen.

7 min
May 22, 2017
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A Federal Reserve survey finds Americans are doing better financially, except for those without a college education. The Wall Street Journal's Harriet Torry says that the financial health of American households overall has improved modestly in recent years.

6 min
May 22, 2017
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Those who pay $20,000 or more to rent a luxury place each month should expect to go under the microscope. Wall Street Journal Jumbo Jungle columnist Robyn A. Friedman has advice for what to expect and how to handle the financial scrutiny.

6 min
May 19, 2017
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Amid the final installment of The Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape column, Steve Russolillo looks back at its best and worst stock picks and explains why trying to predict the markets for 15 years hasn't always been easy.

6 min
May 19, 2017
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U.S. total household debt jumped to a record 12.7 trillion dollars in the first quarter, exceeding its 2008 peak. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf says job gains and economic growth boosted Americans' incomes and willingness to borrow.

6 min
May 18, 2017
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Turmoil in the Trump administration rattled Wall Street Wednesday. But Brent Schutte of Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management points out that, historically, markets have almost always responded to geopolitical risks with long-term gains.

5 min
May 18, 2017
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Summer is a time for family vacations. The Wall Street Journal's Sue Shellenbarger says involving children in vacation decision-making teaches them valuable life skills - as long as parents don't give up too much control.

6 min
May 17, 2017
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Stocks have fallen today over White House-related concerns. But until now, the market has been frothy with low volatility, inviting comparisons to the 2007 rally. However, there are some differences between then and now, says the Wall Street Journal's Sam Goldfarb.

6 min
May 17, 2017
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Veronica Dagher, host of the Wall Street Journal podcast "Watching Your Wealth," says financial advisors are finding they need to change their approach - and their clothes - to win the business of millennials.

7 min
May 16, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Jason Zweig says that, throughout history, only a handful of "superstocks" like Amazon.com have accounted for much of the wealth generated by the entire stock market.

6 min
May 16, 2017
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Mutual fund companies investing in Puerto Rico's debt lost more than five billion dollars over the past five years, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. WSJ reporter Heather Gillers on fund managers' chances for recovering any losses.

5 min
May 15, 2017
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Private colleges are seeing declining enrollment and flat revenue growth. So they're offering record tuition discounts to incoming freshmen. It's a great help to students, but the Wall Street Journal's Melissa Korn says it hasn't really helped colleges.

5 min
May 14, 2017
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Millions of taxpayers take the medical expense deduction. What will happen to it with healthcare and tax reform on the horizon? Laura Saunders of the Wall Street Journal says the outcome is uncertain due to conflicts in proposals from the White House and Congress.

5 min
May 13, 2017
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You got a pay raise recently. But it doesn't seem to matter. You still feel like you're not getting ahead. Why? Wall Street Journal reporter Eric Morath says you should blame inflation.

6 min
May 12, 2017
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With the federal government reviving tougher sentences for drug offenders, expect even more confusion for people in the marijuana business who have to file for bankruptcy. Wall Street Journal reporter Katy Stech has details on federal developments.

5 min
May 12, 2017
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The number of fraud alerts for credit cards and debit cards have jumped double-digits in the last two years. Matt Schulz from CreditCards.com breaks down new findings with John Wordock.

5 min
May 11, 2017
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After sitting on the sidelines for a decade, millennials are buying homes en masse, promising to kick the already strong housing market into higher gear. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto joins us in the studio.

6 min
May 11, 2017
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President Trump's planned tax overhaul touts a middle-class tax cut. But the Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin says how much middle-income families would pay in taxes is a mystery because key details are missing.

6 min
May 10, 2017
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Apple is the world's most valuable listed company, and its market capitalization just topped $800 billion, a first for any U.S. company. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen talks about Apple, its stock and excitement over the upcoming iPhone.

6 min
May 10, 2017
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Several states are pressing ahead with efforts to bring retirement-savings programs to private sector employees. That's despite a Senate vote to repeal regulations encouraging such initiatives. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen has details.

6 min
May 9, 2017
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The stock market's volatility index, commonly known as the VIX or "fear gauge," fell to its lowest level since 1993. The Wall Street Journal's Gunjan Banerji says it indicates investor comfort with the market as jobs and earnings show strength.

6 min
May 9, 2017
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Major banks pay next to nothing in interest rates to depositors. But banks keep taking in billions of dollars more in depositors' money, according to the Wall Street Journal's Rachel Ensign.

6 min
May 8, 2017
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The market for initial public offerings has rebounded strongly this year. But some big startups have held out from going public and Wall Street Journal markets reporter Corrie Driebusch tells us why.

5 min
May 8, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Charley Grant says investors have been paying scant attention to developments on healthcare legislation. He thinks that's a mistake since healthcare earnings could be affected by what happens in Washington.

6 min
May 5, 2017
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How to make the most of President Trump's proposed tax overhaul? The Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher has some moves taxpayers might want to consider making in case the proposal becomes law.

7 min
May 5, 2017
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Omar Aguilar of Charles Schwab Investment Management says investors have started to boost their international exposure, thanks to the recovery in global economies.

6 min
May 5, 2017
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Daren Blomquist from ATTOM Data Solutions reveals new research on where homeowners have mortgages that exceed their home values. He also has advice on where such homeowners can turn for help.

7 min
May 4, 2017
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The bull market on Wall Street is eight years old and Neil Hennessy, chief investment officer at Hennessy Funds, sees no letting up. He talks to John Wordock about what could push stocks higher.

5 min
May 4, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Lauren Weber says more people use IRAs to roll over 401(k) plans than to save for retirement.

6 min
May 3, 2017
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Donald Trump's tax plan is short on details, but the proposal would lower taxes for many Americans. And it especially appears to favor affluent households, according to the Wall Street Journal's Daisy Maxey.

6 min
May 3, 2017
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Republicans who want a big tax cut face a math problem: a rule forbidding tax cuts beyond a 10-year budget window. The Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin says some lawmakers are looking at making the window bigger.

5 min
May 2, 2017
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Whether it's soda, chips or diapers, consumers have lowered their spending on items made by the big consumer products companies. The Wall Street Journal's Sharon Terlep says this has hurt financial results for companies including Proctor & Gamble and Pepsico.

6 min
May 1, 2017
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It's a busy week between the economy, earnings and the Federal Reserve. Bill Stone of PNC Asset Management Group is monitoring the Fed's statement and Fed speeches later in the week. He's also watching April job growth numbers and auto sales.

5 min
May 1, 2017
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Around 60 percent of Americans are enrolled in credit-card rewards programs that offer perks such as cash-back on purchases. But the Wall Street Journal's Jo Craven McGinty says there are hidden costs in these credit-card rewards.

5 min
Apr 28, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says we can expect big changes in our deductions if Congress passes Donald Trump's tax overhaul. One proposal calls for doubling the standard deduction used by most tax filers.

7 min
Apr 28, 2017
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There would be fewer brackets and fewer deductions under President Donald Trump's tax cut proposal. Wall Street Journal reporter Daisy Maxey and Veronica Dagher, host of the WSJ podcast Watching Your Wealth, talk about how the plan would affect households.

6 min
Apr 27, 2017
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Heard on the Street's Spencer Jakab lays out the dramatic tale of how a Greek shipping magnate has reaped millions in profits amid the rise and fall of his company's stock.

7 min
Apr 27, 2017
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A new report from ATTOM Data Solutions finds home sellers realized the highest profits on average in nearly decade. But, as ATTOM senior VP Daren Blomquist tells us, many homeowners opted not to sell.

6 min
Apr 26, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani talks about the tech rally which has powered the overall market and driven the Nasdaq composite above six thousand.

6 min
Apr 26, 2017
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Students looking to refinance their loans may run into the same risk faced by those who want to refinance their mortgages: rising interest rates. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis has details.

7 min
Apr 25, 2017
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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.

6 min
Apr 25, 2017
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Long-term mortgage rates have fallen back below four percent for the first time since November. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says that could bring a lot more home buyers into the market.

6 min
Apr 24, 2017
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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.

7 min
Apr 24, 2017
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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.

5 min
Apr 21, 2017
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Carriers are upgrading their first and business classes, while paring down amenities for low-fare customers. The Wall Street Journal's Robert Wall joins us with the details from the newsroom in London.

6 min
Apr 21, 2017
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U.S. Bancorp is launching a credit card aimed at high spenders and millennials. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis joins us in the studio with a look at what it means for American Express.

6 min
Apr 20, 2017
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Senior women in finance have some advice for companies and employees on how to create equal opportunities and advance women into positions of power. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse in New York and Emily Glazer in Los Angeles have the details.

6 min
Apr 20, 2017
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A new survey by CreditCards.com finds 65 percent of Americans are losing sleep because of money. Matt Schulz of CreditCards.com says the most common worry is about health care costs.

6 min
Apr 19, 2017
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Major banks have been hampered by a slowdown in business lending. But Aaron Back of the Wall Street Journal says consumers have been ramping up debt, providing a new risk to banks and their investors.

6 min
Apr 19, 2017
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Market research shows ten large stocks are powering the gains of the S&P 500. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich says it's a classic example of the herd mentality at work.

6 min
Apr 18, 2017
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Tesla's stock is flying high, but its profits aren't. The Wall Street Journal's Charley Grant says the electric carmaker will need some big vehicle sales to justify its valuation. Tesla begins production of the Model 3 sedan this summer.

6 min
Apr 17, 2017
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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.

5 min
Apr 17, 2017
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The more expensive the home, the more likely it is to sit. Wealthy sellers say they can afford to wait, though some say it is a bad idea. The Wall Street Journal's Leigh Kamping-Carder joins us in the studio.

6 min
Apr 14, 2017
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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.

6 min
Apr 14, 2017
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New data show that 82% of all U.S. stock funds trailed their respective benchmarks over 15 years. The Wall Street Journal's Daisy Maxey joins us in the studio with a look at what it means.

5 min
Apr 13, 2017
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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.

6 min
Apr 12, 2017
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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.

7 min
Apr 12, 2017
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Kate Warne of Edward Jones thinks the bull market run can continue, but investors may want to prepare for volatility in the short term.

7 min
Apr 12, 2017
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Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher talks about analysts' forecasts for Amazon.com's stock to hit one thousand dollars a share within the next year.

6 min
Apr 11, 2017
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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.

7 min
Apr 10, 2017
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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.

6 min
Apr 10, 2017
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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.

6 min
Apr 10, 2017
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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.

6 min
Apr 7, 2017
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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.

5 min
Apr 7, 2017
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Shares of Constellation Brands suffered from President Donald Trump's posturing toward Mexico but Ahead of the Tape Columnist Steven Russolillo says he thinks there's more upside ahead.

6 min
Apr 6, 2017
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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.

6 min
Apr 5, 2017
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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.

6 min
Apr 5, 2017
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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.

7 min
Apr 5, 2017
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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.

7 min
Apr 4, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen says U.S. companies are trying to stop employees from borrowing from their retirement accounts, a process known as "leakage."

7 min
Apr 3, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rogers explains why high-tech crash prevention equipment raises your car insurance premiums, instead of lowering them.

6 min
Apr 3, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Rob Copeland talks about a growing trend involving some young adults who sign up for every credit card offer -- and find creative ways to rack up charges.

5 min
Apr 2, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 31, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 31, 2017
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The United Kingdom has set in motion the process for exiting the European Union. Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network, explains what this means for American investors.

6 min
Mar 30, 2017
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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.

7 min
Mar 30, 2017
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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.

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