WSJ Your Money Briefing

WSJ Your Money Briefing

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Investors to Snooping Banks: Back Off!

WSJ Your Money Briefing

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.

8 Min

Jun 15, 2018

Borrowing Costs for Consumers Are on the Rise

WSJ Your Money Briefing

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.

4 Min

Jun 14, 2018

Special Fed Coverage: Powell Press Conference

WSJ Your Money Briefing

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 13, 2018

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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.

7 min
May 7, 2018
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U.S. sanctions on a large Russian aluminum producer have send shockwaves through the commodities market and are creating headwinds on earnings at companies like Boeing and Ford. Wall Street Journal reporter Amrith Ramkumar explains.

5 min
May 7, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains options available to investors who relied on the investment fee tax deduction, recently eliminated under the new tax law.

5 min
May 3, 2018
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U.S. corporations are registering the best earnings season since 2011, thanks to the unusual combination of larger pretax profits and smaller tax bills. Wall Street Journal reporter Theo Francis explains that success has yet to benefit the broader economy.

6 min
May 2, 2018
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Apple's iPhone sales rose just 3% in the last quarter, but Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains why Wall Street is still upbeat about the tech giant.

8 min
May 2, 2018
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Federal regulators are determining whether widely traded cybercurrencies other than bitcoin should be considered securities and face scrutiny. Wall Street Journal reporter Dave Michaels explains.

5 min
May 1, 2018
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More than half of companies in the S&P 500 have reported results and about 80% of those have exceeded Wall Street profit expectations. Heard on the Street coulmnist Charley Grant explains why stocks aren't following in an upward track.

5 min
Apr 30, 2018
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The weaker U.S. Dollar against several foreign currencies has boosted corporate earnings but Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Eisen explains why that may not last very long.

7 min
Apr 26, 2018
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Consumer-staple companies face hesitation by investors as a result of holding prices in check as a result of Amazon's pricing power, known as 'the Amazon Effect.' Wall Street Journal reporter Akane Otani explains.

10 min
Apr 26, 2018
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What are the biggest personal finance mistakes athletes make when suddenly awash in millions of dollars, like some joining the National Football League? HighTower's Sports and Entertainment Managing Partner Jordan Waxman explains.

6 min
Apr 25, 2018
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Despite a strong economy and overall stock market strength, confidence among retirees that they'll have enough money to live on is falling. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains.

6 min
Apr 23, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Gunjan Banerji says it's harder for investors to trade in a number of financial markets because liquidity has gotten worse. Liquidity is the ability for investors to buy or sell when they want.

7 min
Apr 23, 2018
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Tracking where millennials move to around the country could mean a lucrative investing opportunity. J.R. Whalen discusses this with Melissa Reagen of Nuveen Investments' TH Real Estate.

8 min
Apr 20, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Gabriel T. Rubin says cryptocurrency firms and their backers want a broad exemption from federal oversight. The digital coin industry has lobbied the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying oversight would hurt the growth of their business.

8 min
Apr 19, 2018
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With the iPhone in a maturing market, Apple is looking to its services business for growth. Its Apple Music streaming service has seen big growth in subscribers, but the Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says that doesn't translate into big profits.

6 min
Apr 18, 2018
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U.S. corporations had around $2.4 trillion in cash and investments last year. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen explains why that's good news for shareholders and stock market investors.

9 min
Apr 17, 2018
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Facebook was once among Wall Street's most reliable bets, along with Amazon, Netflix and Google. Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Wursthorn explains why that is changing.

6 min
Apr 15, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders offers some important tax advice to Meghan Markle, a U.S. citizen, in advance of her marriage to Prince Harry in May.

9 min
Apr 12, 2018
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As competition heats up among credit card companies, consumers seeking out travel perks and rewards have a lot of benefits to choose from. Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney calls out the most attractive rewards.

5 min
Apr 11, 2018
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Fidelity Investments is changing its fee structure for affluent clients for financial advice. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Krouse explains how it is one of the biggest-ever pricing shake-ups for a firm that oversees hundreds of billions in wealth held by American investors.

7 min
Apr 11, 2018
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As more consumers are priced out of the housing market in the face of rising price s and mortgage rates, Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Kusisto explains how lenders are adjusting credit standards.

7 min
Apr 9, 2018
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While some investors have pulled money out of the market amid the latest stretch of volatility, many others are staying on for the long haul. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains the train of thought.

5 min
Apr 8, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains how top earners in the U.S. wind up paying the lion's share of income tax this year, even though that group was among the beneficiaries of the new tax plan.

6 min
Apr 5, 2018
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Heard on the Street columnist Spencer Jakab explains why recent market swings and declines have not significantly improved valuations for investors.

6 min
Apr 4, 2018
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The recent success enjoyed by active mutual fund managers on Wall Street has hit a wall in the form of wild gyrations and market volatility. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Chelsey Dulaney explains.

6 min
Apr 4, 2018
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The debate is still raging over where taxpayers can deduct 2018 property taxes on this year's returns that they rushed to pay at the end of 2017. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders has answers.

8 min
Apr 2, 2018
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A new Wall Street Journal interactive graphic allows you to compare salaries across hundreds of U.S. companies and view some surprising differences at companies within the same industry. Reporter Theo Francis explains.

6 min
Apr 2, 2018
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Wells Fargo's Joe Ready discusses the outlook of investors planning for retirement in the face of the current wild swings on Wall Street.

7 min
Mar 30, 2018
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Day Traders, a usually bullish set of investors willing to ride the market through dramatic moves, are growing nervous over the current volatility on Wall Street, and specifically the tech selloff. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Ben Eisen explains.

6 min
Mar 28, 2018
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By some measurements, the current volatility on Wall Street is an indicator that a bear market is closer than we think. But the signs aren't always clear. Wall Street Journal reporter Asjylyn Loder explains.

8 min
Mar 27, 2018
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How has the world changed since the end of the economic downturn in 2008? What's stayed the same? Wall Street Journal reporter Cezary Podkul explains.

8 min
Mar 27, 2018
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Many economists feel the Federal Reserve has been too conservative in its economic growth projections, considering the stimulus about to hit the U.S. economy. Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart discusses the Fed's conservative thinking.

7 min
Mar 25, 2018
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A crowdsourcing startup gives the public a chance to try their hand at high-frequency trading, a controversial form of ultra-fast trading. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Alexander Osipovich explains the risks.

8 min
Mar 23, 2018
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Millions of Americans will soon see missed tax payments removed from their credit reports, increasing their chances of qualifying for bank loans. Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains.

5 min
Mar 21, 2018
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Interest rates on everything from mortgages to car loans are likely to move higher after the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will raise short-term rates by a quarter-percentage point. Wall Street Journal reporter David Harrison explains.

6 min
Mar 21, 2018
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The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will increase interest rates to a range of 1.50%-1.75%. Fed Chairman Jay Powell, in his first news conference, addressed topics such the number of interest rate increases expected this year, and whether wages are growing fast enough.

9 min
Mar 20, 2018
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The current scrutiny surrounding Facebook and the unauthorized use of users' data has, in Wall Street Journal Heard om the Street columnist Dan Gallagher's opinion, created a trust issue among the social media company's users and advertisers.

7 min
Mar 19, 2018
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The likelihood of several interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve means many banks are likely to raise their deposit rates on savings accounts and certificates of deposit. Wall Street Journal reporter Christina Rexrode explains why not all banks are likely to be on board.

9 min
Mar 18, 2018
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Baby Boomers and other older Americans have trillions of dollars in retirement funds saved up, but their own generosity can be responsible for their adult children draining their nest egg. Voya Financial's James Nichols offers advice for protecting your retirement savings.

8 min
Mar 15, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Alexander Osipovich says much of the trading action at the New York Stock Exchange has moved to the final minutes. A big reason is index funds, whose values depend on prices determined at the closing auction.

7 min
Mar 14, 2018
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Google, following Facebook's lead, says it will ban all ads for cryptocurrencies and other speculative financial products across its advertising platforms beginning in June. Wall Street Journal tech reporter Douglas MacMillan explains.

8 min
Mar 13, 2018
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March's relatively calm market performance on Wall Street as compared to February's periods of volatility could mislead some into thinking calmness is here to stay. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street deputy editor Spencer Jakab explains.

7 min
Mar 12, 2018
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Investors are assessing their tolerance of risk in the face of increased market volatility, despite a strong February jobs report. Wall Street Journal reporter Riva Gold explains why this could be characterized the end of the 'Goldilocks' market.

5 min
Mar 11, 2018
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The stock market and property prices helped push U.S. household net worth to values approaching $100 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2017. Wall Street Journal economics reporter Harriet Torry explains why the strong numbers have some people concerned.

5 min
Mar 8, 2018
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Credit-reporting companies will soon be required to offer all U.S. consumers freezing and unfreezing of their credit data free of charge. Wall Street Journal reporter Lalita Clozel explains the significance of the service and how it protects consumers.

6 min
Mar 8, 2018
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Private lenders want a piece of the $100 billion student loans business, of which the government currently has a near monopoly. Wall Street Journal reporter Joshua Mitchell explains.

4 min
Mar 6, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Chelsey Dulaney explains why active fund managers have cut their exposure to the tech sector to the lowest level in more than a year.

8 min
Mar 5, 2018
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The rate of credit card payment delinquencies are rising at smaller banks that tried to lure middle and lower-income consumers with looser credit score requirements. Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains.

6 min
Mar 4, 2018
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From understanding the alphabet soup of terminology to alerting a college or university of a family's financial situation, Wall Street Journal contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk offers several tips for navigating the system and not leave any financial aid behind.

6 min
Mar 2, 2018
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The consensus on Wall Street is inflation will top out at 2% and then level off, but recent history tells us inflation could move higher than expected and the results could be damaging to the economy. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip explains.

6 min
Mar 1, 2018
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Market gyrations like we saw in early February might typically cause investors to take a knee-jerk approach and cash out. Wall Street Journal reporter Christina Rexrode explains how some investors learned from the past and took a more tempered approach.

6 min
Feb 28, 2018
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More than a fifth of the S&P 500 have boosted their dividend payouts this year, but rising bond yields are giving investors pause as to whether high-yield stocks are the best destination for their money. Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Wursthorn explains.

6 min
Feb 26, 2018
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Investors should keep a close eye on rising wages and the potential impact on corporate stock prices, explains Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart.

5 min
Feb 26, 2018
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The new tax law offers benefits to some couples who choose to file their taxes as 'married, filing separately' for the tax year 2018. Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders explains.

7 min
Feb 23, 2018
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Tech giant Amazon has driven more than a quarter of the S&P 500's gains in 2018. But, Amazon's gains have some investors worried about other sectors of the economy that are lagging behind. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani has more.

7 min
Feb 22, 2018
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An analysis by The Wall Street Journal found a widening rift between public colleges and universities that are growing and expanding, versus those that are lagging behind. Reporter Doug Belkin has more on what that means for higher education and prospective students.

5 min
Feb 20, 2018
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In an effort to mitigate stress and distraction among their workforce, companies are offering workers payments in exchange for them saving and being wise with personal finance. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains.

5 min
Feb 20, 2018
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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?

7 min
Feb 19, 2018
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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.

5 min
Feb 16, 2018
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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.

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.

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