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Investors are pulling a steady stream of money from the U.S. stock market, the latest sentiment shift to cause unease among market bulls. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen joins us in the studio with the details.
Ford is changing its loan approval process. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis says Ford Credit is looking at other ways besides credit scores to increase loan and lease approvals and to boost sales.
The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler says four mutual fund companies marked down their investments in Uber Technologies by up to 15 percent. It suggests these investors are souring on the scandal-plagued company.
Financing company Affirm is in talks to offer installment loans to some Wal-Mart shoppers. This could provide stiff competition for Wal-Mart's credit-card issuer Synchrony, says the Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis.
Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney says smart US air travelers use Air Canada to connect to flights in Europe and Asia. Passengers find they get better deals and faster flight times than they get from the US carriers.
Oregon has become the first state to require businesses that don't have retirement-savings plans of their own to give workers access to a state-run plan. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen says the plans have plenty of both supporters and opponents.
Airlines are offering luxury seats to lure business class travelers, their most profitable customers. But carriers pay a lot for these seats, and the Wall Street Journal's Doug Cameron says they can push up the cost of outfitting a plane by millions of dollars.
JP Morgan Chase's Sapphire Reserve credit card has been a hit with consumers because of its generous rewards. But that's made the card a money-loser for JP Morgan's retail banking unit and is a cause for concern at the company, says the Wall Street Journal's Emily Glazer.
J.P. Morgan Chase has eliminated a program allowing customers to replace lost or stolen debit cards instantly at many of its branches. A big reason was fraud. Wall Street Journal reporter Kate Fazzini says debit card fraud remains a big concern for banks and customers.
Value stocks, such as industrial and energy companies, have trailed tech-oriented growth stocks for a long time. Wall Street Journal Hong Kong reporter Steve Russolillo says global value funds are on track this year for their worst performance since before the financial crisis.
The Dow crossed 22000 for the first time Wednesday, its 32nd record close this year and its fourth 1,000-point milestone since the U.S. election. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani joins us with some theories for why the stock market keeps rising.
Investing firms are enjoying inflows of new capital from pensions, sovereign-wealth funds and large investors. The Wall Street Journal's Matt Jarzemsky joins us in the studio with the details.
Strong corporate earnings have boosted the stock market. But, paradoxically, companies' stocks have fallen on average on the day they've reported earnings. The Wall Street Journal's Jon Sindreu joins us from London to explain this stock market twist.
Amid uncertainty about federal healthcare policy, insurers in some states are seeking premium hikes of 30 percent or more for Affordable Care Act plans. Wall Street Journal reporter Anna Mathews talks about which states are requesting the big increases.
Once the king of trading among Wall Street banks, Goldman Sachs now finds itself trailing its rivals. The Wall Street Journal's Liz Hoffman describes how Goldman is undertaking a charm offensive designed to showcase a more customer-friendly company.
U.S. sales of cars, light trucks and SUVs fell more than five percent last month. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Colias says built-up inventories led to fewer lease sales and more incentives. It could be a great time to shop for a deal on a car.
Uber Technologies is launching a credit card with a unit of Barclays as the issuer. It would make Uber the first ride-sharing company to roll out a credit card. Rival Lyft is planning a similar move, says the Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis.
The charge-off rate, the percentage of balances that card issuers write off as a loss, hit the highest level in four years during the second quarter. The Wall Street Journal's AnnaMaria Andriotis says that could be a warning sign for the markets and broader economy.
As Tesla moves into the mainstream market, Heard on the Street's Charley Grant and Spencer Jakab join MoneyBeat's Stephen Grocer and Paul Vigna to talk the launch of the long-awaited Model 3 electric car, with a look at what investors are betting on.
A boom in securities-backed lending is bolstering bank profits, but critics say it doesn't always benefit clients, and regulators have been keeping a close eye on the practice. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Wursthorn joins us in the studio.
As more services use algorithms to generate investment tips, they continue to threaten one of the most personal businesses in personal finance: advice. The Wall Street's Anne Tergesen has the latest.
A report says there are more than 30 million jobs paying at least 35 thousand dollars for workers without four-year college degrees. The problem, says the Wall Street Journal's Lauren Weber, is that there are more than twice as many workers without college diplomas.
The Fed held interest rates steady at their latest policy meeting. Greg McBride of Bankrate.com, says the lack of inflation will make it tough for the Fed to raise rates anytime soon. He also discusses the Fed's plan to shrink its balance sheet.
Americans are expected to pour a record 316 billion dollars into home remodeling this year. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says the boom is being driven by a shortage of single family homes, which is driving up prices.
With short-term interest rates on the rise, businesses are demanding higher rates on their deposit accounts from banks. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rexrode says banks are giving businesses what they want.
Online travel giants Expedia and Priceline want a big piece of the short-term home rental market currently dominated by Airbnb. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Kirkham says the two are boosting their inventory of home-rental options that can be booked with just a few clicks.
Times are tough for skeptics of the bull market. A gauge of bets against stocks is at a four-year low even as warning signs persist. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen joins us in the studio with the story.
General Electric reports second quarter earnings Friday, right before John Flannery takes over as new CEO. The Wall Street Journal's Thomas Gryta says familiar problems confront GE, including its slumping stock price and its cash flow.
Many "Trump trades" have wound down as hopes fade that tax cuts and stimulus spending will happen. But the Wall Street Journal's Justin Lahart says the overall stock market still hopes that President Trump's agenda will get enacted.
A survey by Bankrate.com finds that real estate remains Americans' favorite investment for the long-term. Bankrate senior economic analyst Mark Hamrick says stocks came in a distant third, meaning that too many people are passing up stocks and their higher long-term returns.
Good news for employees who may not have saved enough for retirement. Some companies are raising their 401(k) contributions. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse says it's a bid to retain employees and encourage older workers to retire.
Bitcoin slid sharply over the weekend, falling below two thousand dollars. The cryptocurrency had been above three thousand in mid-June. The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vigna says it's a reminder that these digital assets remain highly speculative, experimental trading vehicles.
A study finds that Google searches on buying a first home are sharply higher. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says it indicates more millennials are interested in purchasing a home, but affordability remains a key concern.
In a surprise, the Senate GOP retained the 3.8 percent surtax on investment income in its latest healthcare measure. The tax will hit high earners most of all, but the Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says others can often minimize the tax if they plan ahead.
In one case, a $22 million settlement; in another, a judge's dismissal after a trial. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen joins us in the studio to help make sense of what's happening with 401(k) fee lawsuits.
Calm markets, the Fed and lighter lending are among the factors seen influencing second-quarter results. The Wall Street Journal's Peter Rudegeair joins us in the studio with a look at what to watch when banks report earnings.
Interest rates on bank deposits have been at rock-bottom levels for a long time. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rexrode talks about the pressures banks may face to raise those rates, now that Fed short-term rates have topped one percent.
A handful of startups are helping building owners get in on the home-sharing trend, turning empty units into hotel rooms. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto talks about these startups and the resistance that short-term rentals face.
Warren Buffett has a legendary reputation as a stock picker. But the bid by his Berkshire Hathaway company to buy Oncor, a Texas utility, is the latest sign that Berkshire is shifting from picking stocks to running businesses. The Wall Street Journal's Nicole Friedman joins us.
In an echo of the 1990s, semiconductor sales have been strong as chip companies find new markets, including autos and household items. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says chips are also benefiting from smartphones, even though phone sales are slowing.
A controversial new metric on executive pay is on Congress's chopping block. The Wall Street Journal's Stephen Wilmot reports from London on why investors should care.
June meeting minutes showed Fed policymakers were ready to start shrinking the Fed's huge portfolio of bonds and mortgage-backed securities in the next few months. Details from Wall Street Journal reporter Nick Timiraos.
Bank stocks rose recently after the biggest financial institutions passed the Federal Reserve's stress tests. But banks face a challenging lending and interest rate environment, says the Wall Street Journal's Telis Demos.
Renting a car this summer? WalletHub's Jill Gonzalez reveals which credit card companies offer the best options for rental car insurance. She also says some exotic cars are not covered.
Airlines are now taking into consideration weather delays, mechanical repairs and air-traffic mix-ups when creating their schedules. Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney says this approach is helping improve on-time arrival rankings.
Meal-kit delivery company Blue Apron had a disappointing IPO and the Wall Street Journal's Miriam Gottfried says the lackluster investor demand may stem from the influence of Big Tech, particularly companies like Amazon.com.
Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, were a key factor in the stock market rally during the first quarter. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich says ETFs spent nearly 100 billion dollars buying U.S. stocks the first three months of the year.
San Francisco saw just a five percent price growth rate in April, signaling a cooling in what was once the hottest US housing market. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says that could presage a broader US housing slowdown.
Stock market volatility has been near historic lows because the economy has been incredibly calm as well, according to the Wall Street Journal's Justin Lahart.
Stock market volatility is way down and corporate profits have been strong. But the Wall Street Journal's Ira Iosebashvili says investors have been increasingly moving to hedge against a big downturn.
Most big banks are less likely to fail stress tests conducted by the Federal Reserve. That's because starting this year, the Fed won't flunk a bank purely for qualitative, or subjective reasons, according to the Wall Street Journal's Ryan Tracy.
The Wall Street Journal's James Mackintosh worries that investors are not showing enough skepticism over Amazon.com's plan to buy Whole Foods. He says investor faith in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' inventiveness provides the main support for the company's stock.
No one likes racking up big credit card charges on a summer vacation. The Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher has tips on keeping your vacation costs in check, including the best day to travel and where the best deals are.
If you speculate in a volatile asset, you could lose a lot of money. The Wall Street Journal's Jason Zweig tells about a money manager who mapped about a strategy for investing his own funds in Ethereum, a volatile cryptocurrency.
The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vigna says there's a fight over how bitcoin should function. One side says the virtual currency should be like a commodity while the other side says bitcoin should function like a currency which can be used to settle transactions.
In a speech to manufacturers Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed confidence that a tax overhaul bill will pass this year. But the Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin says the bill being touted faces numerous hurdles.
The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich says that high-flying tech stocks are in so many different types of funds that it makes it difficult to diversify a portfolio. That could make even low-volatility funds vulnerable in bouts of selling.
Amazon.com's 13.7 billion dollar purchase of Whole Foods pushes the online retailer much deeper into the grocery business. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says it also gets Amazon much closer to customers in terms of delivering its products.
In the last three years, nine states have eliminated or lowered their estate taxes, mostly by raising exemptions. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says states are cutting these taxes to court affluent and wealthy taxpayers.
The Fed hiked interest rates as expected Wednesday, and David Smith of Rockland Trust believes policy makers will move methodically toward a Fed funds rate of 2 percent. That way, the central bank will have a cushion if the economy weakens.
Investor optimism held steady near a 16-year high, according to a new survey by Wells Fargo Investment Institute. But a wide majority say they're worried about the impact of geopolitical risks on their investments. Details on the survey from Wells Fargo's Brian Rehling.
College grads with student debt can face daunting challenges if they try to buy a home. The Wall Street Journal's Jillian Berman talks about programs from Fannie Mae and several states that offer aid for young people who want to become homeowners.
The Federal Reserve is widely-expected to raise interest rates this week. So what about the rest of the year? Chuck Carlson, CEO of Horizon Investment Services, previews this meeting and sees even more rate hikes this year.
Airlines have been whittling away at amenities for their customers, and the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney says that even elite frequent fliers are now seeing fewer perks, such as the system-wide upgrade.
Big tech names like Apple, Amazon and Facebook are a big reason why many stock pickers have beaten the market this year. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich says many funds have large holdings of these super-performing stocks.
It's a virtual lock that Fed policymakers will raise rates at next week's meeting. But the Wall Street Journal's Justin Lahart says a still-sluggish economy and stalled economic legislation in D.C. may just prompt the Fed to put further action on hold.
The U.S. housing recovery has been held back by a lack of potential first-time home buyers, particularly young people. But the Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says the good news is that this is starting to change.
A new study has stirred debate about whether combining drugs to treat cancer is worth the cost. According to the Wall Street Journal's Peter Loftus, critics say the study found modest benefits in patients from drugs whose costs can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Bill Stone of PNC Global Asset Management sees little economic or market impact from the weekend's terror attack in London. But he says it could give a boost to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and ruling Conservatives in Thursday's election.
Sales of Apple's iPhones or iPads don't explain the big rise in Apple's stock, which is up about 70 percent from a year ago. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle says other factors are at play, including the Warren Buffett factor.
The IRS has new tools to find secret accounts held overseas by Americans. And the Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says tax evaders who've intentionally hidden money offshore from Uncle Sam are receiving harsher penalties, including prison time.
More restaurants are selling designer hamburgers with gourmet toppings and artisan buns. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon says it's resulted in much higher prices for burger-and-fries meals. Consumers are finding it's much cheaper to grill at home.
With college so expensive these days, many Americans who have gone straight from high school to college have had regrets about it. The Wall Street Journal's Doug Belkin says that's the finding of a new Gallup poll.
We trust computers for countless tasks in our lives, so why not trust them for picking our investments? The Wall Street Journal's Jason Zweig talks about the possibilities of making stock decisions based on algorithms.