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Aston Martin IPO: Can it Race Past Ferrari?

WSJ Your Money Briefing

Sports car brand Aston Martin intends to pursue an aggressive IPO in early October that would value the company at about $6.7 billion. Wall Street Journal senior reporter William Boston has details and explains why some on Wall Street are skeptical.

7 Min

Sep 21, 2018

Investors Turn to 'Safety' Stocks to Score Dividends

WSJ Your Money Briefing

Investors have been steering their resources toward defensive sectors in the S&P 500 as a way to protect against strong market swings. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains.

6 Min

Sep 20, 2018

Buybacks 'Blackout' Could Invite Market Volatility

WSJ Your Money Briefing

An upcoming freeze on corporate stock buybacks could mean volatility creeping back into equity markets. Wall Street markets reporter Amrith Ramkumar explains.

7 Min

Sep 19, 2018

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9 min
Sep 18, 2018
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Institutional investors are turning to computers and algorithms to scoop up large numbers of single-family homes as rental properties. Wall Street Journal reporter Ryan Dezember explains how the computers can gather precise detail about homes.

9 min
Sep 17, 2018
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Wall Street Journal 'Intelligent Investor' columnist Jason Zweig discusses the new book 'Mastering the Market Cycle' and the notion that investors can spot trends in the market. However, they often misread shorter-term market moves as trends and inject their own current emotions in their analysis.

7 min
Sep 14, 2018
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While an interest rate increase be the Federal Reserve is widely expected in September, Wall Street Journal chief economics correspondent Nick Timiraos explains why increases in December and beyond are not as certain.

6 min
Sep 13, 2018
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The recent highs registered by stocks in the Dow Jones Transportation Average indicate the broader Dow Jones Industrial Average may be poised to set fresh records. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains.

6 min
Sep 12, 2018
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Wall Street Journal markets reporter Ben Eisen explains how many investors are finding it difficult to profit from big tech stocks as a result of using structured notes.

6 min
Sep 11, 2018
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Apple faces a balancing act: maintain strong price points on its iPhones to appease Wall Street, but also keep customers happy. Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains.

7 min
Sep 10, 2018
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Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett explains why he declined to inject life-saving cash into Lehman Brothers at the start of the 2008 financial crisis.

9 min
Sep 7, 2018
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During each of their four years of college, college students (and their parents) can take specific action to help establish and build a good credit rating. Wall Street Journal news editor Demetria Gallegos explains.

6 min
Sep 6, 2018
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Although Apple was the first company to cross $1 trillion in market capitalization last month, and Amazon followed suit this week, Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains why investors should expect Amazon to overtake Apple as the world's most valuable company.

5 min
Sep 5, 2018
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The tax overhaul bill offers a new, $2,000-per-child break for taxpayers. Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders explains the specifics of the benefits, and the catch.

8 min
Sep 4, 2018
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Jealous much? United Capital founder and CEO Joe Duran explains how trying to 'keep up with the Joneses' and developing envy based on others' social media posts, or the fear of missing out (FOMO), can pose a significant threat to one's financial well-being.

4 min
Sep 3, 2018
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What is the right age to buy a house? To get your first credit card? To retire? A survey of consumers shows significant differences among age groups and genders in terms of when they should reach key financial milestones in their lives.

5 min
Aug 31, 2018
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A car-repair bill totaling $500 could put some Americans in financial dire straits, according to an alarming Federal Reserve report on the lack of savings on the part of consumers. Ally Insurance vice president Gabe Garroni has tips to keep car-repair bills low and protect your nest egg.

6 min
Aug 30, 2018
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Thanks to the success of its e-commerce business, Wall Street sees Walmart as an attractive investment. Heard on the Street columnist Aaron Back details the retailer's significant growth in the past quarter.

8 min
Aug 29, 2018
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Owners of World Wrestling Entertainment stock have been on a roller-coaster ride since 2014, but Heard on the Street columnist Spencer Jakab explains why the stock is back in investors' good graces.

7 min
Aug 28, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Amrith Ramkumar explains how investors' lofty expectations of the booming U.S. economy results in the bar being continually raised and, in some cases, their view of the economy skewed.

7 min
Aug 27, 2018
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A Charles Schwab survey of young people aged 16 to 25 reveals a lack of knowledge about saving money and debt management. They also view their parents as role models, after seeing them endure the recession last decade.

4 min
Aug 24, 2018
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While women hold numerous leadership positions along Wall Street, they run just two of the top 50 hedge funds by assets under management. Wall Street Journal reporter Rob Copeland reveals some unexpected data and explains which positions most women hold at hedge funds.

5 min
Aug 23, 2018
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A new crop of shooting-style videogames coming this fall will take aim at chipping away at Epic Games' popular "Fortnite" game. Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains.

9 min
Aug 21, 2018
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A new organization by the Winklevoss brothers aims to help cryptocurrency exchanges regulate themselves. The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vigna says this could provide the digital currency industry with much-needed transparency and confidence.

7 min
Aug 20, 2018
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No more annoying quarterly reports: the Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen talks about why being privately-held is becoming more attractive to companies than being publicly traded.

7 min
Aug 19, 2018
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Converting your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA can be a great tax strategy. But the Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says there are several factors you should consider before you make the move.

6 min
Aug 17, 2018
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Even as the S&P 500 nears a new high, shares of consumer-staples stocks which are considered defensive plays have been climbing. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says that suggests that investors are hedging their bets through a safe corner of the market.

8 min
Aug 16, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Amrith Ramkumar explains why lithium, used in batteries that help power electric vehicles, has gone from one of last year's hottest trades to one of this year's most-shorted investments.

9 min
Aug 14, 2018
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Financial technology startups have begun issuing credit cards to people with poor credit histories. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis says fintechs are filling the growing void left by credit card-issuing banks.

6 min
Aug 14, 2018
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For a decade, savers have earned next to nothing on their bank deposit rates. But banks are starting to pay out higher rates partly because of Fed rate hikes, according to the Wall Street Journal's Aaron Back.

7 min
Aug 12, 2018
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Smartphone makers have reaped the benefits of being able to raise prices. But smartphone buyers may have grown tired of price hikes. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher explains.

5 min
Aug 10, 2018
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Markets reporter Michael Wursthorn explains what forces are holding valuations in check while the broader market is approaching its January high. He also points out bargain opportunities for investors.

5 min
Aug 8, 2018
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Despite several months of volatility and wild swings on Wall Street, many investors are placing their bets that stocks' rally will continue. Wall Street Journal reporter Gunjan Banerji explains.

6 min
Aug 7, 2018
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Bankruptcy filings among Americans age 65 and older has more than tripled since 1991. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains why.

7 min
Aug 6, 2018
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Facebook has asked large banks for access to users' bank account balances and bank card transactions. Wall Street Journal reporter Deepa Seetharaman explains why.

6 min
Aug 5, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains tax rules surrounding joint tax return filers when one person is convicted of embezzlement.

4 min
Aug 2, 2018
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This year's series of weather disasters has exposed shortcomings in homeowners' insurance policies, resulting in the inability to fully repair damaged homes. Wall Street Journal reporter Nicole Friedman outlines steps homeowners should take to be sure they're covered when the next disaster hits.

7 min
Aug 1, 2018
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A Wall Street Journal analysis of more than 1,100 public companies shows that size is an important factor, but not the only significant factor, in determining employee pay. Reporter Theo Francis explains.

6 min
Aug 1, 2018
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Extended lifespans, unrealistic investment expectations and excessive promising by politicians are among factors that have led to a hole in U.S. state and local pensions rivaling the GDP of Japan. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Krouse explains. (Update: Moody's now estimates the pension hole is around $4 trillion, not $5 trillion as originally reported.)

7 min
Jul 30, 2018
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The leaders of Delta and American have defended the tightest sections of their planes -- while sitting in them. The Wall Street Journal's Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney has more.

7 min
Jul 30, 2018
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GuideStone Capital Management president David Spika discusses likely obstacles to sustained economic growth that investors should be mindful of, and ways to invest to be insulated from common headwinds.

7 min
Jul 27, 2018
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The threat of a global trade war is causing investors to pull money from U.S. stocks and find safer ground in bonds. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Michael Wursthorn explains.

6 min
Jul 26, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Vipal Monga explains trade finance, a short-term financing business that bridges the gap between corporations delaying payments and their suppliers that need funds in a timely fashion.

6 min
Jul 25, 2018
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Internet CEOs topped the Wall Street Journal survey of retail chief executives' pay. WSJ's Patrick Thomas discusses the top salaries, and why internet company leaders top the list.

8 min
Jul 24, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Jean Eaglesham discusses how investors lost more than $100 million at the hands of Scott Kohn, a felon who operated out of a Nevada strip mall. Kohn promised returns far more attractive than investors were receiving in stock and bond markets.

5 min
Jul 23, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders outlines key changes to the so-called 'kiddie tax' and how it changes tax liabilities when parents and grandparents give stocks and other assets to children.

4 min
Jul 19, 2018
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A new threatened round of tariffs on goods from China could force U.S. retailers to change how they import products in time for the holidays. Heard on the Street columnist Elizabeth Winkler explains.

6 min
Jul 18, 2018
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Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, often get a bad rap when fears of market disruptions arise. Wall Street Journal reporter Asjylyn Loder explains why ETFs and other passive investments aren't likely to cause significant market swings.

7 min
Jul 17, 2018
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Small businesses would be able to offer 401(k) retirement saving plans under legislation currently being considered by Congress. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains other retirement-related legislation under review.

4 min
Jul 17, 2018
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Despite strong earnings turned in by several of the big banks, investors still are nervous about the future. Heard on the Street columnist Aaron Back explains why that fear may be misplaced.

6 min
Jul 16, 2018
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The sale of new homes has not followed in lockstep with the recovery of the broader housing market, and it is a mystery to some on Wall Street. Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart has some answers.

6 min
Jul 13, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains ways retirement savers can catch up on putting money away if they have fallen behind.

5 min
Jul 11, 2018
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Despite strong earnings reports expected from big banks in the second quarter, Wall Street continues to have a wary eye on their stocks. Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Louise Ensign explains why.

7 min
Jul 11, 2018
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Ongoing trade war threats and moves by the Federal Reserve have markets trading in narrow ranges. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains how investors hope second-quarter earnings will jump-start Wall Street.

6 min
Jul 10, 2018
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Second-quarter corporate earnings are not expected to match the 26.6% average growth seen in the first quarter, but Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart predicts Wall Street will be happy just the same.

6 min
Jul 9, 2018
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Under a law being enforced by the IRS and the State Department, hundreds of thousands of Americans with overdue tax debts will be denied new or renewed passports if they don't pay up. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains.

6 min
Jul 5, 2018
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New research indicates how employees dress at work can have a direct correlation to the chance of them receiving a promotion. OfficeTeam District President Brandi Britton discusses.

7 min
Jul 4, 2018
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Tom Gimbel, CEO of staffing and recruiting company LaSalle Network, outlines homework employees should do before asking their boss for a salary raise. He also explains common mistakes raise-seekers make.

7 min
Jul 3, 2018
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More than 20% of credit card users, or about 43 million Americans, have wrongly carried a balance to help improve their credit scores. CreditCards.com's Matt Schulz explains best practices for maintaining a good credit score.

6 min
Jul 3, 2018
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After floundering two years ago, the U.S. and global IPO market has bounced back to levels rarely seen in the past two decades. Wall Street Journal reporter Maureen Farrell explains.

9 min
Jul 2, 2018
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Charles Schwab's Jeff Kleintop outlines stock market expectations for the second half of 2018, including the effect of U.S. tariff threats lobbed against Europe and China.

6 min
Jun 29, 2018
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Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains why investors may have shown too much forgiveness too soon toward Facebook stock in the wake of the user data scandal. He suggests there could be more negative news to come.

6 min
Jun 28, 2018
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Tesla reports second-quarter delivery results next week, and investors will have a keen eye on the electric car maker's Model 3 sedan numbers specifically. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Charley Grant explains the significance of the production figures.

7 min
Jun 27, 2018
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The Federal Reserve is considering significant changes to "stress tests," which measure whether banks could continue lending during a severe recession. Wall Street Journal financial regulation reporter Ryan Tracy explains the potential changes.

5 min
Jun 26, 2018
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Despite a strong economy, certain indicators that point to the initial signs of a recession have caught the eye of economists. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Ben Eisen explains.

5 min
Jun 25, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains why those who are retired and semi-retired should review their tax withholdings to be in line with changes ushered in by the tax overhaul law.

5 min
Jun 22, 2018
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The new tax overhaul law gives companies until mid-September to add to their pension funds, when tax benefits become less attractive. Wall Street Journal reporter Vipal Monga explains.

8 min
Jun 21, 2018
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After being a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average group of 30 stocks since 1907, General Electric is being dropped from the list and Walgreens is being added. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Michael Wursthorn explains the significance.

7 min
Jun 20, 2018
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Pop-up shops, lower-priced collections and celebrity endorsers are among the tactics high-end jewelers are employing to reach millennials, who have significantly different tastes than their elders. Wall Street Journal style reporter Ray Smith explains.

7 min
Jun 19, 2018
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Economists expect U.S. corporate earnings, which grew on average 25% in the first quarter, to slow considerably. Wall Street Journal reporter Akane Otani explains the likely impact on the markets.

4 min
Jun 17, 2018
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The new tax law significantly reduces how much interest consumers can deduct by taking out a home-equity loan or a home-equity line of credit. Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders has details.

8 min
Jun 15, 2018
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Some big investors are growing uneasy over banks' ability to track when investors read emails, who reads them, and for how long. Wall Street Journal reporter Telis Demos explains.

4 min
Jun 14, 2018
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As the Federal Reserve moves interest rates higher, it's getting more expensive for consumers to borrow money. Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Kiernan explains.

6 min
Jun 13, 2018
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The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will increase interest rates to a range of 1.75%-2%. Fed Chairman Jay Powell indicated the Fed sees the economy as strong and plans more rate increases this year and in 2019. Bankrate.com's Mark Hamrick provides analysis.

6 min
Jun 12, 2018
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At this year's E3 gaming, Microsoft is previewing 50 new games with a focus on software and services, but is not planning a price drop on its Xbox console. Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains why Wall Street supports that move.

7 min
Jun 11, 2018
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By projecting as many as four interest rate increases for 2018, the Federal Reserve runs the risk of setting short-term rates on a path of surpassing long-term rates and potentially touching off fears of a recession. Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart explains.

6 min
Jun 10, 2018
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Does the convenience of mobile payments diminish consumers' financial literacy? George Washington University School of Business's Annamaria Lusardi discusses how a significant level of financial awareness is removed when making payments via devices.

8 min
Jun 7, 2018
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Steadily rising oil prices have forced airlines to raise fares, through surcharges and higher overall ticket prices. Wall Street Journal's Doug Cameron explains why consumers won't be able to avoid the extra charges when booking with frequent-flier miles.

6 min
Jun 6, 2018
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A study of the U.S. prime-age labor participation rate ties its lag behind 34 other developed countries to the nation's opioid crisis. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Chaney explains.

6 min
Jun 5, 2018
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Banks and insurance companies paid out some of the largest settlements in the past decade in lawsuits alleging inadequate worker compensation. Wall Street Journal workplace reporter Lauren Weber explains.

9 min
Jun 4, 2018
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The nine-year stock market rally has caused some value investors, including Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, to rethink how they shape their portfolio to capitalize on growth. Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Wursthorn explains.

6 min
Jun 3, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains how the new tax law will exclude millions of tax filers from mortgage-interest deductions and, in some cases, paying off their mortgage could be a wise move.

7 min
Jun 1, 2018
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Wall Street Journal Heard in the Street columnist Justin Lahart explains why investors should look beyond profit numbers issued by S&P 500 companies to get a clearer view of their first-quarter earnings picture.

8 min
May 31, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Theo Francis explains scenarios where S&P 5000 corporations are forced to retroactively change a CEO's pay figures, sometimes due to arithmetic errors, or even typographical errors.

6 min
May 30, 2018
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Many banks facing slowed loan growth and stepped up competition for clients are sweetening their deals on loans to businesses. Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Louise Ensign explains why regulators have a wary eye on the new loan arrangements.

9 min
May 29, 2018
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Ensuring your safety while on vacation includes being smart about money and credit cards. Ally Financial's Carrie Sumlin has tips for travelers planning trips to both domestic and international cities.

8 min
May 27, 2018
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Actor and spokesman William Shatner, marking Priceline's 20th anniversary, discusses online travel planning and why the company has survived in a crowded space. He also shares his feelings on today's science fiction entertainment.

6 min
May 24, 2018
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Rising yields on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note come in response to the growing economy, but some economists fear they could deflate the housing market and threaten overall economic growth. Wall Street Journal Daniel Kruger explains.

6 min
May 23, 2018
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A San Francisco startup provides homeowners a "trade-in" service that will allow them to buy a new home without having to worry about the hassle of selling the old one. Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Kusisto explains.

6 min
May 23, 2018
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Current New York Stock Exchange chief operating officer Stacey Cunningham, who began as a summer intern at the NYSE, takes over as president of the exchange this week. She becomes the first female leader in the NYSE's 226-year history. Wall Street Journal reporter Alexander Osipovich epxlains.

8 min
May 21, 2018
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Wall Street Journal 'Intelligent Investor' columnist Jason Zweig describes scenarios where robo-investors may require monitoring and oversight by investors, such as in the case of automated online investment manager Wealthfront.

5 min
May 21, 2018
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Congress significantly reduced the scope of the Alternative Minimum Tax, also known as the AMT, under the new tax law. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains which taxpayers still fall under the unpopular rule, and which tax benefits can push some taxpayers to have to pay the AMT.

5 min
May 18, 2018
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Amid the fanfare and pageantry of the royal wedding, Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders offers some timely tax advice to Meghan Markle, a U.S. ex-patriot, in light of her marriage to non-U.S. citizen, Prince Harry.

8 min
May 18, 2018
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Fidelity Investments says the number of its 401(k) accounts worth $1 million jumped 45% in the first quarter of the year. Tax attorney Rebecca Walser explains why that is not enough to retire on, and suggests ways to complement a 401(k).

8 min
May 17, 2018
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Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney discusses airlines that offered among the best frequent-flier award programs of 2018.

6 min
May 16, 2018
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U.S. companies are putting stockpiled cash to work at a pace not seen in seven years. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains why Wall Street is happy, but the ramp-up in spending is getting a cool reception from shareholders.

7 min
May 15, 2018
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Wall Street firms like KKR and Goldman Sachs are raising up their bet on high-interest, short-term home loans. Wall Street Journal reporter Ryan Dezember explains the risk and rewards, as well as lessons learned from 2007's housing crash.

9 min
May 14, 2018
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For every movie blockbuster like 'Avengers: Infinity War', there are other big-budget movies that flop with audiences. Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart explains why movies that do not make the box-office grade are particularly painful to movie studios.

6 min
May 11, 2018
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Videogame makers are planning to launch subscription services to bring gamers back to play repeatedly and launch games against other players. Heard on the Street columnist reporter Dan Gallagher explains.

8 min
May 10, 2018
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Median pay for the biggest U.S. companies reached $12.1 million last year, a post-recession high. Wall Street Journal reporter Theo Francis reviews the numbers.

8 min
May 9, 2018
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After ranking among the worst performing groups in the stock market, shares of energy companies have become a favorite of investors recently, especially as oil prices have zoomed higher, hovering around $70 a barrel. Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Wursthorn explains.

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