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How Much Do Airlines Profit Off of Tickets?

WSJ Your Money Matters

The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney breaks down the numbers and explains how much U.S. airlines profit from ticket prices and fees. Plus, which airline achieved an unusually high profit margin in 2017, even without charging baggage fees?

5 Min

Feb 20, 2018

Why More Workers Should Negotiate Their Salary

WSJ Your Money Matters

In a recent survey, only about 40% of workers said they negotiated for their starting salary at their most recent job. Robert Half senior regional manager Rich Deosingh explains the benefits of negotiating salary, and offers tips for job candidates.

7 Min

Feb 19, 2018

Tight Labor Market: No College Degree? No Problem

WSJ Your Money Matters

Employers and hiring managers, in a tight labor market, are taking unusual steps to fill open positions requiring an up-to-date skill set. Wall Street Journal reporter Lauren Weber explains.

5 Min

Feb 16, 2018

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7 min
Feb 15, 2018
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American consumers confidence is high and their appetite for taking on debt remains strong. Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis, however, explains how their ability to repay loans has come under pressure and describes the impact of 'bad debt.'

4 min
Feb 14, 2018
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A new study indicates an alarming number of Americans, mostly men, are dying at the age of 62. Wall Street Journal news editor Demetria Gallegos explains.

7 min
Feb 12, 2018
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Would comparing February's pullback on Wall Street to past significant stocks corrections help paint a picture of where the market is likely to go from here? Wall Street Journal chief economics commentator discusses.

6 min
Feb 12, 2018
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As stocks and bonds get more expensive and as retirements last longer, Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen outlines ways to plan and rethink approaches to building a retirement portfolio.

5 min
Feb 9, 2018
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Tesla's spirits are high following a successful rocket launch of one of the company's roadsters into space. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Charley Grant, however, explains some of that enthusiasm could be tempered by the electric car company's fourth-quarter earnings figures.

6 min
Feb 7, 2018
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What are the chances the Federal Reserve will employ the 'Fed put' in the face of volatility on Wall Street to calm the markets? Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart explains.

8 min
Feb 7, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Jon Sindreu explains how excess calm among investors was a major contributor to Monday's record selloff by the Dow Jones Industrials.

8 min
Feb 6, 2018
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After Monday's historic selloff by the Dow Jones Industrial Average, B. Riley FBR chief market strategist Art Hogan explains what has spooked the market and when investors should expect Wall Street to recover.

5 min
Feb 5, 2018
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Positive wage growth in January coupled with a boost in consumer spending power spurred on by tax cuts is likely to make the Federal Reserve less gun shy when it comes to raising interest rates. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart explains.

6 min
Feb 1, 2018
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Wall Street Journal deputy editor Paul Page explains the significant funding obstacles surrounding President Trump's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan laid out in his State of the Union Address.

6 min
Jan 31, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Kusisto discusses the continued strength of U.S. housing prices and why demand is not the main factor driving them higher.

7 min
Jan 31, 2018
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Wall Street Journal chief economics correspondent Nick Timiraos discusses Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen's term, which is set to expire at the end of January, and what type of monetary policy might be implemented by her successor, Jay Powell.

5 min
Jan 30, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Melissa Korn explains fees and royalties paid by banks to many college and universities as a result of fees incurred by students holding checking and debit accounts of partner banks.

8 min
Jan 29, 2018
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U.S. foreclosure activity fell to its lowest level in 12 years, according to a report by ATTOM Data Solutions. The key reason, says ATTOM Senior VP Daren Blomquist, is that banks have made loans that carry a lot less risk.

11 min
Jan 26, 2018
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Patrón Chairman John Paul DeJoria discusses the company's sale to Bacardi that values the company at $5.1 billion and has tips for business owners to make money starting and selling a company.

5 min
Jan 24, 2018
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Bank of America and Citigroup released data this month detailing differences in pay among men, women and minorities. Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Louise Ensign explains.

9 min
Jan 24, 2018
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TaxAct's Jenna Ivanoski outlines common mistakes and tax-form traps often facing self-employed workers and freelancers.

6 min
Jan 23, 2018
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Are you hiding a savings account or credit card form your romantic partner? CreditCards.com's Matt Schulz discusses a survey that indicates millions of couples in the U.S. have financial holdings their partner isn't aware of, and creates a trust issue in the relationship.

7 min
Jan 22, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders explains, in light of new tax rules, why taxpayers should review their withholding information and what they've entered on their W-4 form filed with their employer.

7 min
Jan 19, 2018
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NYSE owner Intercontinental Exchange is launching a service that would unify bitcoin pricing across exchanges and deliver cybercurrency data to hedge funds and trading firms. Wall Street Journal reporter Alexander Osipovich explains.

9 min
Jan 18, 2018
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The current labor market favors job seekers over employers, but there are important tips to remember when setting out to find a new job. Accountemps' Rich Deosingh discusses keys to standing out, like what to ask an interviewer, and who to send 'thank you' notes to.

9 min
Jan 17, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Maureen Farrell explains how Spotify's upcoming IPO, estimated to take place around late March, could upend traditional IPO rules and how fees are paid to big banks.

9 min
Jan 16, 2018
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The Roth IRA, which turned 20 years old this month, can be especially beneficial to younger investors and offers features different from traditional IRAs. Retirement expert Ed Slott explains the pros and cons of investing in a Roth IRA.

6 min
Jan 14, 2018
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A new report from ATTOM Data Solutions finds its more affordable to buy a home in a slim majority of U.S. markets than it is to rent. But ATTOM senior VP Daren Blomquist says most of the population lives in markets where it's more affordable to rent.

7 min
Jan 11, 2018
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Wall Street Journal Chief Economics Commentator Greg Ip explains why Jerome Powell, who assumes the top post at the Federal Reserve in February, could be in a tough position with regard to raising interest rates to ward off a potential stocks bubble burst.

6 min
Jan 11, 2018
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Wall Street Journal MoneyBeat editor Erik Holm explains Kodak's plan to launch an initial coin offering and enter the digital-currency world.

7 min
Jan 10, 2018
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Wall Street Journal contributor Dan Weil explains why there are limited opportunities for investments in sports and professional sports teams.

8 min
Jan 9, 2018
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Wall Street Journal 'Intelligent Investor' columnist Jason Zweig says that, amid an expected changeable stock market in 2018, investors should expect several factors to emerge this year.

11 min
Jan 8, 2018
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Northwestern Mutual's Brent Schutte explains why wages are likely to rise in 2018, with inflation following suit. Plus, he suggests how investors should plan their portfolios in response.

9 min
Jan 5, 2018
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Banks and non-bank lenders are battling over the use of credit scores used to decide which U.S. buyers can get a mortgage. The Wall Street Journal's Annamaria Andriotis explains how the fight could impact those of us with mortgages, and those who are applying for them.

8 min
Jan 4, 2018
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After a robust holiday spending spree by consumers, paying down debt will be on the minds of many consumers in 2018. Financial planner Rebecca Walser explains common traps debt-ridden consumers face, as well as smarter methods for getting out of the red.

5 min
Jan 3, 2018
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Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street editor Ken Brown outlines several key areas of the U.S. and global economies likely to impact investors in 2018.

9 min
Jan 2, 2018
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Before you decide how to invest, make sure you protect your data. Wall Street Journal reporter Veronica Dagher suggests that and other resolutions for consumers to make regarding their finances in 2018.

11 min
Dec 31, 2017
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With money a constant stress point for Americans, WalletHub is out with its 10 Financial Resolutions for 2018. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez runs down the list, which is designed to help people achieve financial fitness in the New Year.

8 min
Dec 28, 2017
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From joint tax return filing to changes associated with charitable deductions, Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders answers readers' and listeners' moat popular questions regarding the tax overhaul bill that takes effect Jan. 1.

5 min
Dec 27, 2017
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Veterans, students and parents seeking employment or a job change have made use of a free hotline provided by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas over the past several years. CEO John Challenger explains some information the hotline provides.

5 min
Dec 27, 2017
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Good news for college students and their parents: textbook prices are falling. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Chaney says a surge in online comparison shopping has forced booksellers to provide cheaper options.

5 min
Dec 25, 2017
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Wall Street Journal's Justin Lahart explains how consumer confidence this holiday season could mean trouble for the U.S. economy in 2018.

11 min
Dec 25, 2017
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Some investors who bought into Bitcoin years ago have since forgotten the passwords to log into their accounts. And that's leaving many unable to cash in - or get out - as the cryptocurrency soars to new highs and falls to new lows. The Wall Street Journal's Stephanie Yang and Alison Sider explain the extremes some investors are going to in an attempt to recover lost passwords.

8 min
Dec 22, 2017
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Bankrate.com's Mark Hamrick details results of a recent report on consumer sentiment, and advises Americans what they should do with extra cash coming to their paycheck as a result of the new tax bill.

11 min
Dec 21, 2017
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Wall Street Journal analysis of the GOP tax bill and its impact on several groups, including families, consumers saving for retirement and homeowners considering a sale.

9 min
Dec 20, 2017
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Wall Street Journal cryptocurrency reporter Paul Vigna discusses alternative digital currencies benefiting from bitcoin's recent explosive growth, and how some are more stable than others.

8 min
Dec 19, 2017
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Wall Street Journal Heard in the Street columnist Justin Lahart discusses the direct benefits to the economy from the new tax plan expected in its first year.

5 min
Dec 18, 2017
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Wall Street Journal reporter Sharon Nunn discusses the strong start to the holiday shopping season, including robust numbers posted by big brick-and-mortar retailers. She also measures the strong sales against income gains.

10 min
Dec 14, 2017
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Wall Street Journal personal technology editor Wilson Rothman discusses the best Chromebooks currently on the market, and offers advice for parents concerned about security controls on the devices.

10 min
Dec 13, 2017
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Fisher Investments' Ken Fisher explains misconceptions behind the current stock market. He also explains which sectors investors should seek out to find rewards, and why bitcoin could be a signal that a bear market is edging closer.

16 min
Dec 13, 2017
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The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will increase interest rates to a range of 1.25%-1.5%. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen, in her final news conference, answered questions on topics such as low inflation, the strength of the stock market and whether the central bank would consider launching its own version of bitcoin.

5 min
Dec 13, 2017
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains how proposed changes in the Republican tax bill could disrupt the withholding system and impact workers' paychecks next year.

7 min
Dec 11, 2017
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A new survey revealed the surprising fact that half of investors would stop saving for retirement if tax-deferred 401(k) account ended. Wells Fargo Asset Management's Fredrik Axsater explains what steps investors should take so they don't run out of money in retirement.

8 min
Dec 10, 2017
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Wall Street Journal news editor Susan Carey explains new fees that could soon be added to airline tickets, but this time the airlines aren't to blame.

7 min
Dec 7, 2017
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Despite Bitcoin's skyrocketing value and strong investor interest, some big banks on Wall Street are reluctant to enter the virtual currency's futures market. Wall Street Journal reporter Alexander Osipovich explains.

4 min
Dec 7, 2017
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The elimination of the state and local tax deduction in the Republican tax proposal could have an adverse effect on schools. Wall Street Journal reporter Michelle Hackman explains.

8 min
Dec 5, 2017
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Wall Street Reporter Laura Kusisto explains why buyers across nearly all groups pay in all cash, and details the pros and cons of doing so.

8 min
Dec 5, 2017
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Wall Street Journal reporter Kate Davidson details several amendments in the Senate version of the GOP tax bill that provide unexpected benefits for several industries, like cruise ships.

8 min
Dec 4, 2017
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Two exchanges in Chicago are set to launch Bitcoin futures. Wall Street Journal Reporter Alex Osipovich explains what that means for the future of the cryptocurrency.

5 min
Nov 30, 2017
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Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders explains the battle over state and local tax deductions within the Republican tax proposal.

8 min
Nov 29, 2017
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Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Vigna explains what triggered Bitcoin's wild swings on Wednesday in which the virtual currency soared to $11,000 and finished the day at roughly $9,500.

9 min
Nov 29, 2017
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Wall Street Journal reporter James Mackintosh discusses the unusual current scenario of growth stocks strongly outperforming value stocks, as well as when value stocks are likely to rebound.

8 min
Nov 27, 2017
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Business lending has plunged to its lowest level since the beginning of 2011, despite strong economic indicators like low unemployment and a healthy third-quarter GDP. Wall Street Journal Reporter Christina Rexrode explains why that's puzzling economists.

6 min
Nov 27, 2017
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Holiday bonuses have increased this year, but the news isn't all good. Accounting Principals president David Alexander discusses the findings from his firm's Holiday Bonus and Hiring Survey.

11 min
Nov 23, 2017
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Scammers are ready to take advantage of consumers, especially during the holiday season. Cybersecurity expert and former CIA technology director Dr. Eric Cole explains how you can protect yourself from credit card scams and hackers.

6 min
Nov 23, 2017
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Minutes from the last policy meeting indicated that the Federal Reserve is on track for one more rate hike this year. But policymakers were also worried about persistently weak inflation. We get details from the Wall Street Journal's Harriet Torry.

6 min
Nov 22, 2017
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Major shopping centers are spending big to draw shoppers in and compete with online retailers this holiday season. Wall Street Journal Reporter Esther Fung explains just how much they're spending, and whether it's working.

5 min
Nov 21, 2017
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PayPal customers will soon be able to use their accounts to make contributions to Acorns Grow, an automated savings and investment service. Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Rudegair explains.

5 min
Nov 20, 2017
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We've mostly been talking about how Republican tax plans differ in the House and the Senate. But The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders explains why it's more important to look at overlap in the plans, to find out which proposals are most likely to pass.

13 min
Nov 16, 2017
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Should you forego turkey and family on Thanksgiving to get the best holiday season 'Doorbuster' deals, or is it wise to wait until Cyber Monday? DealNews's Janice Lieberman explains the best ways to strategize your initial holiday season shopping spree.

7 min
Nov 15, 2017
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The streaming service offers entertainment packages, without sports or news, starting at $16 a month. Philo hopes to appeal to audiences craving a la carte options.

10 min
Nov 14, 2017
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Despite spending $100 million on Chase Pay, JP Morgan is struggling to compete against other banks and tech companies who offer similar mobile payment programs. The Wall Street Journal's Emily Glazer explains why JP Morgan is having so much trouble.

10 min
Nov 14, 2017
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Special coverage of the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and WSJ Editor in Chief Gerard Baker discuss the GOP tax proposal and the impact on corporations. Mnuchin also comments on Fed chairman-nominee Jerome Powell as well as sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

14 min
Nov 13, 2017
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To say Bitcoin has had a volatile November is putting it lightly. The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vigna explains Bitcoin's latest loss of more than 25 percent after a dramatic run-up in recent weeks.

7 min
Nov 12, 2017
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We don't know how the tax code will change because Congress hasn't yet passed tax reform. But the Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says there are still ways that taxpayers can plan ahead for next year.

6 min
Nov 10, 2017
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A survey by CreditCards.com finds just a bare majority of Americans will buy a gift that costs at least 50 dollars this holiday season. And that frugality also includes many upper income households, according to Matt Schulz of CreditCards.com.

5 min
Nov 8, 2017
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A couple of studies say California's biggest housing markets figure to be among the losers if the GOP's tax reform bill becomes law. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says the reason is the bill's limits on mortgage-interest deduction.

7 min
Nov 8, 2017
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The House GOP tax overhaul bill faces many hurdles to passage by year's end. That's because there are disagreements over issues such as deductions, the child tax credit and pass-through income. We get details from the Wall Street Journal's Siobhan Hughes.

7 min
Nov 7, 2017
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A strong economy is encouraging S&P 500 firms to sell and spend more, but profits aren't rising as quickly in the fourth quarter as they were earlier this year. Wall Street Journal Reporter Theo Francis explains why.

6 min
Nov 6, 2017
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Who comes away as winners and losers from the House Republican tax proposal? Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders explains.

9 min
Nov 2, 2017
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Several Caribbean destinations are still recovering from a damaging hurricane season, causing travel bookings to pick up in other areas, like Jamaica. The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney talks about what you need to know if you're looking to travel this holiday season.

9 min
Nov 1, 2017
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The U.S. homeownership rate inched higher for the second consecutive quarter, but should we expect that to continue? The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto explains how buyers are not deterred by the difficulty in finding an affordable home, and why the current market benefits renters.

11 min
Oct 31, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Spencer Jakab explains why the savings rate among U.S. consumers is remarkably low, and why an increase in savings could mean bad news for Wall Street.

8 min
Oct 31, 2017
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Do consumers fear data breaches more than spiders? WalletHub's Jill Gonzalez outlines what concerns consumers the most, as well as the least ideal credit card rewards programs currently in the marketplace.

9 min
Oct 29, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich explains the Sharpe ratio and how it measures levels of reward and risk in the stock market. He notes that while there is little risk in the current market climate, history tells us to expect a change.

3 min
Oct 27, 2017
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Health-related jobs in areas such as home health care and hospitals will grow by about 3.7 million jobs by 2026, according to a new report released by the Labor Department. The Wall Street Journal's Sharon Nunn has the latest on further jobs growth.

9 min
Oct 26, 2017
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Wall Street Journal reporter Kelsey Gee discusses the growing trend of the sharing of salary information in the workplace among employees, most notably millennials, and how companies have become more transparent about compensation.

7 min
Oct 25, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Spencer Jakab explains how supply and demand could play a more significant role in the price of natural gas than weather this winter season.

7 min
Oct 24, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Nicole Friedman explains how homeowners impacted by Hurricane Irma who allow builders to negotiate with insurance companies, known as an assignment of benefit, can drive up insurance rates.

6 min
Oct 22, 2017
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The amount U.S. workers can contribute annually to their 401K accounts would be significantly reduced under proposals related to the Republican tax reform plan. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen explains why the financial industry has voiced opposition.

8 min
Oct 20, 2017
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Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel discusses the growing U.S. freelance workforce, whose earnings exceed a trillion dollars annually, and why they develop tools to succeed faster than full-time workers.

14 min
Oct 19, 2017
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Wall Street Journal markets editor Colin Barr and Plimsoll Mark Capital's Jim Awad discuss the October 19, 1987 'Black Monday' stock market crash and whether current global economic conditions could trigger a similar event.

9 min
Oct 17, 2017
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Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani outlines keys to what's driven the Dow Jones Industrial Average to repeated records, and what traders fear could spook Wall Street.

7 min
Oct 17, 2017
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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.

10 min
Oct 15, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Daisy Maxey explains the pros and cons of investing in bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has risen fourfold this year.

5 min
Oct 13, 2017
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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.

6 min
Oct 12, 2017
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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.

6 min
Oct 11, 2017
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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.

9 min
Oct 10, 2017
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Thirty years since the 1987 'Black Monday' stock market crash, MarketWatch's Mark Hulbert explains why crashes on Wall Street are inevitable, but not for the reasons you might think.

8 min
Oct 9, 2017
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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.

5 min
Oct 6, 2017
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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.

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