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Stocks fell Friday, but have now advanced for two straight weeks after a rough October. The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Menton says investors will monitor retail earnings and retail sales, to gauge consumer demand as we head toward the holidays.
Wall Street Journal reporter Ryan Tracy explains how House Democrats, once they take office in January, will try to legislate changes when it comes to Wall Street and the big banks.
As expected, the Democrats re-took the House and the GOP kept hold of the Senate. Bill Stone of Avalon Advisors says Wall Street likes the lack of surprise. He also predicts zero chance of a rollback in tax cuts.
The midterms elections were just the start of a busy November that Wall Street is watching closely. Reporter Amrith Ramkumar outlines key domestic and international events that could impact markets.
Despite controversy and expected upsets surrounding the 2018 midterm elections, Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart explains why investors should let the election results distract them from planning and managing their portfolios.
Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin outlines likely changes to tax laws if Democrats retake control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. He also lists likely changes if Republicans retain control.
Apple's disappointing holiday outlook snuffed out a 3-day market rally. The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Menton says techs have been priced to perfection so news like Apple's hurts sentiment. She adds investors eagerly anticipate Tuesday's midterm elections.
Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney explains how international travelers can score some low airfares thanks to loopholes in aviation laws.
The S&P 500 took a beating in October, down nearly 7%. Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Wursthorn explains why the market uneasiness isn't going away, and why it leaves investors with little room to hide.
Wall Street Journal columnist James Mackintosh explains how investors should read into October's rocky stock market performance, which included several broad selloffs. He also explains what the volatility might mean for 2019.
Some credit card companies, unsure how long the current economic recovery will last, have begun tightening lending standards and reducing consumers' spending limits. Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains.
American Airlines has seen its profit margin per passenger increase, yet investors have turned up their noses at the carrier. Heard on the Street columnist Jon Sindreu explains why.
Tech sales sneeze, the markets catch cold. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says a market pullback was probably inevitable even though earnings and the economy have been strong. She adds that the selloff has some investors scratching their heads.
Wall Street Journal markets reporter Amrith Ramkumar explains the significance of stocks and commodities moving in tandem, known as correlation, and why that could put investors' portfolios at risk.
The biggest western energy companies are sitting on nearly $100 billion in excess cash thanks to soaring crude prices, but Wall Street is reluctant to swoop in and buy shares. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Kent explains.
Edward Jones investment strategist Kate Warne explains why investors should not be intimidated by the current stretch of market instability. She also explains why investors should not allow politics to dictate investment decisions.
A new, proposed set of rules could make it easier for small businesses to offer 401(k) savings plans to employees and allow them to be better prepared for retirement. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains.
Several highly valued tech giants are poised to enter the IPO market in 2019. Wall Street Journal reporter Maureen Farrell explains how next year could rival 2000 and see records broken in terms of IPO dollars raised.
Stocks ended a turbulent week mixed, as good earnings news tussled with geopolitical worries. It's been a strong quarterly profit reporting season, but the Wall Street Journal's Mike Wursthorn wonders if this is as good as it gets for earnings.
After an extended period of declines, gold-related stocks are seeing support among investors. Wall Street Journal reporter Riva Gold explains why, and what could sustain growth in the gold sector.
Investors are making substantial changes to their portfolios to adapt to the market volatility that has punctuated much of October. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains how investors are diversifying their holdings.
Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley reported strong quarterly earnings, thanks in part to the IPO market among Chinese companies and U.S. market volatility. Heard on the Street columnist Aaron Back makes the case that the stocks are undervalued and could see strong growth ahead.
Banks have expressed relief that consumers have not curbed borrowing habits for many types of loans in the face of eight interest rate increases in the past three years. But Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Rudegair explains banks and Wall Street have concerns about more long-term loan products like mortgages.
A growing number of people are defaulting on loans taken against their 401(k) retirement accounts, with the loss amount nearly 3% of $7.8 trillion in 401(k) accounts. Wall Street Journal retirement reporter Anne Tergesen explains how workers leaving jobs before repaying loans is often the culprit.
U.S. markets endured a second day of huge losses in a very volatile session. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says investors are bracing for more possible turmoil, as the third quarter earnings season begins.
Wednesday's stocks selloff was peculiar because of how investors did not react. Plus, as homeowners and businesses in Florida endure Hurricane Michael, pension funds and endowments could face a substantial financial hit as well. WSJ global investing editor Geoff Rogow explains.
Special Edition: Markets plummeted Wednesday as rising bond yields continued to draw investors away from stocks. Art Hogan of B. Riley FBR explains the effect of higher yields on equities; he also doesn't foresee a full-fledged bear market because the economy is sound.
Wall Street Journal senior markets columnist James Mackintosh explains why stock investors should not feel spooked by the recent run-up in bond yields.
Although the White House and Congress have shifted the spotlight away from infrastructure projects, Wall Street Journal reporter Miriam Gottfried explains how private equity finds repairs of the nation's bridges and pipelines to be an attractive investment.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has ramped up its regulation and enforcement of cryptocurrency fraud and other related crimes in the past year. Wall Street Journal reporter Gabriel Rubin explains how cryptocurrency oversight is one component of the commission's (and the SEC's) body of work.
While some on Wall Street predict a stock market pullback after November's midterm elections, Wall Street Journal markets reporter Allison Prang explains why historical data (and current economic conditions) point to a different market response.
Amazon's decision to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour could spell trouble for competitors looking to ramp up their holiday season worker ranks. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Elizabeth Winkler explains.
The Federal Reserve is considering a revamp of the rules that govern and define big banks. Wall Street Journal financial regulation reporter Ryan Tracy explains how it is part of the Trump administration's effort to scale back what it deems overreaching banking rules.
U.S. stocks and bond yields jumped at the start of the fourth quarter after the U.S. and Canada reached a last-minute deal to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains sectors that are affected by ongoing trade tensions with China.
The IRS is expected to release details saying meal expenses involving business clients will once again, in most cases, be 50% deductible. But Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders says that will not apply to entertainment expenses.
Luxury hotels are becoming living quarters for more and more of the ultra-rich and powerful. Wall Street Journal reporter Katy McLaughlin explains why and details some of the lavish perks that come with hotel living.
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will increase interest rates to a range of 2%-2.25%. Fed Chairman Jay Powell addressed several topics, including the challenges of weighing economic strength against raising rates as well as the potential impact of trade tensions on the economy.
Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains why some merchants like Amazon and Target want to reject several types of credit cards with among the most generous rewards programs on the market.
While the stock markets have been reaching new heights, there are numerous widely held companies that remain in bear-market territory. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani discusses the companies and what it means for the broader economy.
The Internal Revenue Service is ending its program allowing American tax cheats with secret offshore accounts to confess them and avoid prison, but the bad guys aren't off the hook. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains.
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.
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.
An upcoming freeze on corporate stock buybacks could mean volatility creeping back into equity markets. Wall Street markets reporter Amrith Ramkumar explains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains tax rules surrounding joint tax return filers when one person is convicted of embezzlement.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.