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Trump's Tax Plan: Double the Standard Deduction

WSJ Your Money Matters

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.

5 Min

Apr 28, 2017

How Trump's Tax Cut Plan Would Affect Households

WSJ Your Money Matters

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.

7 Min

Apr 28, 2017

How a CEO Made Millions From a Sinking Ship

WSJ Your Money Matters

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.

6 Min

Apr 27, 2017

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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 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.

6 min
Mar 29, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 29, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 28, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 28, 2017
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Republicans suffered a humiliating defeat when healthcare legislation failed. Their next goal, re-writing the tax code, also faces its own set of hurdles, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Richard Rubin.

6 min
Mar 27, 2017
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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.

5 min
Mar 27, 2017
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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.

5 min
Mar 24, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 23, 2017
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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.

8 min
Mar 23, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 22, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 22, 2017
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Liz Miller of Summit Place Financial Advisors believes that fundamentals such as the economy and earnings remain strong. She also thinks a stock pullback is no surprise after such a strong rally.

6 min
Mar 21, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 21, 2017
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Roy Blumberg of Horatio Street Wealth Management believes investors will be sidelined until they see action on Trump's economic proposals. He thinks lack of action will hurt earnings.

6 min
Mar 21, 2017
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Kevin Giddis, head of fixed income at Raymond James, says it may take savers the better part of this year to reap the benefits of higher interest rates.

6 min
Mar 20, 2017
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Eric Marshall of Hodges Funds sees an improved earnings environment for cyclical areas such as financial, tech and consumer discretionary firms.

6 min
Mar 19, 2017
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Overdraft-fee revenue hit a seven-year high in 2016, but many of these charges can be avoided. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis joins us in the studio with the details and some tips.

6 min
Mar 18, 2017
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The stock market has been hot since Election Day. Too hot? Trip Miller, managing partner at Gullane Capital Partners, talks about finding value in the market and stocks he's watching.

5 min
Mar 17, 2017
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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.

5 min
Mar 16, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 16, 2017
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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.

5 min
Mar 15, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 15, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 14, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 14, 2017
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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.

5 min
Mar 13, 2017
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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.

7 min
Mar 13, 2017
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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.

5 min
Mar 12, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 11, 2017
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Author William D. Cohan joins MoneyBeat hosts Paul Vigna and Stephen Grocer to examine Wall Street's lasting importance, despite all its critics.

7 min
Mar 10, 2017
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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.

5 min
Mar 9, 2017
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JetBlue's Mint service is gaining fans and forcing American and Delta to lower business fares between New York and Los Angeles. The Wall Street Journal's Middle Seat Columnist Scott McCartney reports from Dallas.

6 min
Mar 9, 2017
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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.

7 min
Mar 8, 2017
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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.

7 min
Mar 8, 2017
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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.

5 min
Mar 7, 2017
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Top income earners would pay less in taxes under the House Republican healthcare proposal. The Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin on the changes.

6 min
Mar 7, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 6, 2017
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A Wall Street Journal analysis finds more officials from tax-exempt charities are getting multi-million dollar pay packages. It was based on IRS data, according to the Wall Street Journal's Andrea Fuller.

6 min
Mar 6, 2017
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Mark Luschini of Janney Montgomery Scott says underlying fundamentals such as the economy and earnings will continue to boost stocks. But he thinks the markets are ripe for a pullback in the short-term.

4 min
Mar 5, 2017
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A Bankrate.com survey finds just a small percentage of Americans expecting a tax refund this year plan to spend it on a vacation or shopping spree. Sarah Berger, the Cashlorette at Bankrate.com, has details.

4 min
Mar 3, 2017
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Are you ready for a Fed rate hike? Paul Vigna, Stephen Grocer, Ben Eisen and Corrie Driebusch dissect Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen's latest comments and Wall Street's reaction on Friday.

6 min
Mar 3, 2017
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Ed Campbell of QMA thinks the ingredients are there for more strong market gains. But he also feels stocks have become pricey because of the recent market surge, and we might be setting ourselves up for a pullback.

7 min
Mar 2, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 2, 2017
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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.

6 min
Mar 1, 2017
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Comments from two top Federal Reserve officials indicate the central bank will seriously consider an interest rate hike at the upcoming March policy meeting. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Derby has details.

6 min
Mar 1, 2017
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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.

6 min
Feb 28, 2017
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It's getting cheaper for consumers to trade stocks and exchange-traded funds online. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse says two Internet brokerage giants have lowered their trading commissions.

6 min
Feb 28, 2017
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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.

6 min
Feb 27, 2017
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As President Trump delivers a speech to Congress Tuesday night, what will investors want to hear? Hugh Johnson of Hugh Johnson Advisors lays out what he wants to hear.

6 min
Feb 27, 2017
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Chris Zaccarelli of Cornerstone Wealth says investors are awaiting President Donald Trump's speech to Congress Tuesday evening.

6 min
Feb 26, 2017
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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.

7 min
Feb 25, 2017
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How much longer can the stock market rally? Ben Eisen, Steve Russolillo and Chris Dieterich join Paul Vigna and Stephen Grocer for a spirited MoneyBeat debate.

6 min
Feb 24, 2017
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Rob Bartenstein of Kestra Private Wealth Services says earnings and the economy are boosting the markets. He says we may see a short-term pullback from the rally, but a retreat is not necessarily imminent.

6 min
Feb 24, 2017
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Investors have worried that Donald's Trump criticism on Twitter of a company will hurt its stock. A Wall Street Journal study finds investors shouldn't be worried. WSJ's Akane Otani has details of the study.

5 min
Feb 23, 2017
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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.

6 min
Feb 22, 2017
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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.

6 min
Feb 22, 2017
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Alan Gayle of RidgeWorth Investments says the stock rally has been boosted by economic fundamentals which have been improving since last fall. He thinks the market may soon catch its breath.

7 min
Feb 21, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Leslie Scism says smartphone use by drivers is increasingly cited by auto insurers in raising premiums.

6 min
Feb 21, 2017
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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.

6 min
Feb 20, 2017
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Have you used the same credit card for more than a decade? Some 32 million cardholders haven't made a change in at least ten years, says Matt Schulz at CreditCards.com.

6 min
Feb 19, 2017
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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.

6 min
Feb 17, 2017
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Liz Miller is cautiously optimistic the stock market rally will continue. The president of Summit Place Financial Advisors grades the economy and earnings, and she explains what could undo the rally.

7 min
Feb 16, 2017
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Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney says there's a new type of travel agency. It's a brick-and-mortar vacation planner that doubles as an upscale hangout.

6 min
Feb 16, 2017
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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.

7 min
Feb 15, 2017
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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.

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