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We've mostly been talking about how Republican tax plans differ in the House and the Senate. But The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders explains why it's more important to look at overlap in the plans, to find out which proposals are most likely to pass.
Should you forego turkey and family on Thanksgiving to get the best holiday season 'Doorbuster' deals, or is it wise to wait until Cyber Monday? DealNews's Janice Lieberman explains the best ways to strategize your initial holiday season shopping spree.
Despite spending $100 million on Chase Pay, JP Morgan is struggling to compete against other banks and tech companies who offer similar mobile payment programs. The Wall Street Journal's Emily Glazer explains why JP Morgan is having so much trouble.
Special coverage of the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and WSJ Editor in Chief Gerard Baker discuss the GOP tax proposal and the impact on corporations. Mnuchin also comments on Fed chairman-nominee Jerome Powell as well as sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.
A survey by CreditCards.com finds just a bare majority of Americans will buy a gift that costs at least 50 dollars this holiday season. And that frugality also includes many upper income households, according to Matt Schulz of CreditCards.com.
A couple of studies say California's biggest housing markets figure to be among the losers if the GOP's tax reform bill becomes law. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says the reason is the bill's limits on mortgage-interest deduction.
The House GOP tax overhaul bill faces many hurdles to passage by year's end. That's because there are disagreements over issues such as deductions, the child tax credit and pass-through income. We get details from the Wall Street Journal's Siobhan Hughes.
A strong economy is encouraging S&P 500 firms to sell and spend more, but profits aren't rising as quickly in the fourth quarter as they were earlier this year. Wall Street Journal Reporter Theo Francis explains why.
Several Caribbean destinations are still recovering from a damaging hurricane season, causing travel bookings to pick up in other areas, like Jamaica. The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney talks about what you need to know if you're looking to travel this holiday season.
The U.S. homeownership rate inched higher for the second consecutive quarter, but should we expect that to continue? The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto explains how buyers are not deterred by the difficulty in finding an affordable home, and why the current market benefits renters.
The Wall Street Journal's Spencer Jakab explains why the savings rate among U.S. consumers is remarkably low, and why an increase in savings could mean bad news for Wall Street.
Do consumers fear data breaches more than spiders? WalletHub's Jill Gonzalez outlines what concerns consumers the most, as well as the least ideal credit card rewards programs currently in the marketplace.
The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich explains the Sharpe ratio and how it measures levels of reward and risk in the stock market. He notes that while there is little risk in the current market climate, history tells us to expect a change.
Health-related jobs in areas such as home health care and hospitals will grow by about 3.7 million jobs by 2026, according to a new report released by the Labor Department. The Wall Street Journal's Sharon Nunn has the latest on further jobs growth.
Wall Street Journal reporter Kelsey Gee discusses the growing trend of the sharing of salary information in the workplace among employees, most notably millennials, and how companies have become more transparent about compensation.
The Wall Street Journal's Spencer Jakab explains how supply and demand could play a more significant role in the price of natural gas than weather this winter season.
The Wall Street Journal's Nicole Friedman explains how homeowners impacted by Hurricane Irma who allow builders to negotiate with insurance companies, known as an assignment of benefit, can drive up insurance rates.
The amount U.S. workers can contribute annually to their 401K accounts would be significantly reduced under proposals related to the Republican tax reform plan. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen explains why the financial industry has voiced opposition.
Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel discusses the growing U.S. freelance workforce, whose earnings exceed a trillion dollars annually, and why they develop tools to succeed faster than full-time workers.
Wall Street Journal markets editor Colin Barr and Plimsoll Mark Capital's Jim Awad discuss the October 19, 1987 'Black Monday' stock market crash and whether current global economic conditions could trigger a similar event.
Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani outlines keys to what's driven the Dow Jones Industrial Average to repeated records, and what traders fear could spook Wall Street.
The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto explains how the mortgage interest tax deduction could be eliminated under the proposed tax overhaul, but how homeowners could still enjoy a tax benefit.
A data dive shows different types of planes within airline fleets have varying records for on-time arrivals and cancellations. The Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney breaks down how you can better get to your destination on time.
Investors often earn tidy profits from spun-off companies. The Wall Street Journal's Miriam Gottfried explains why some spin-offs, however, do poorly versus the broader market. She also explains why some large corporations choose not to spin off components as separate companies.
Traditional retailers are expected to have another frosty holiday season as consumer continue to purchase online. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Wursthorn explains how investors are shorting brick-and-mortar retailers, and why some are even placing bearish bets against online giant Amazon.
Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders answers reader and listener questions about the Republican tax reform proposal. She covers topics such as property taxes, alimony deductions, and an extra standard deduction for older Americans.
With a new study showing significant declines in buying power at some major hotel programs, the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney talks why points can't get the rooms they used to with many major chains.
The Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin explains sacred cows, or the most popular tax deductions, and their likely future in tax reform. Sacred cows are also the topic of a video he hosts on wsj.com where he illustrates key deductions, with real cows, on a farm.
Despite political uncertainty and tumultuous world events, the S&P 500 has moved more than 1% in either direction on only eight occasions in 2017. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen explains the lessons to learn from a placid market.
A survey shows ATM fees now average more than $5.00 in some U.S. cities and have risen more than 50% in the past decade. Bankrate.com's Greg McBride explains how consumers can avoid paying escalating ATM fees and other bank charges.
In our final segment, Wall Street Journal higher education reporter Melissa Korn explains why public universities and state universities perform so well in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings.
Wall Street Journal reporter Doug Belkin explains how schools inspire students and how that influences the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Union college rankings. He also reveals how the success of a student in the post-graduate world is calculated.
You probably can't tell from looking at your paycheck, but hourly wages in the U.S. are nearing historical highs. That is, if you take very low inflation into account. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath explains.
Analysts are expecting an Apple earnings 'supercycle' to begin with the unveiling of a trio of new iPhones. But Wall Street Journal columnist Dan Gallagher says some tepid reviews for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus could dampen results.
Active investors, longtime critics of passive buying and selling, are researching the opportunities and pitfalls behind the investment method, and how to profit from it. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich explains.
The Federal Reserve's decisions on interest rates and most notably the wind down of its bond-buying program will have investors paying close attention to their impact on Wall Street. The Wall Street Journal's Harriet Torry explains.
The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will hold interest rates steady, and next month will begin unwinding its bond-buying program. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen spelled out details and answered reporters' questions.
Equifax's relationship with the U.S. Social Security Administration has raised additional concerns since a major data breach of the company's networks was revealed last week. Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Papoport explains.
More companies are forgoing raises for employees next year, and in some cases eliminating them altogether. Wall Street Journal reporter John Simons explains why.
Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders reveals some little-known tax benefits for companies providing aid for employees recovering from natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Some air passengers who purchase Basic Economy tickets face a rude awakening when they arrive at the airport and have pay more money in an additional fee. Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney explains.
For student attending college in the 2018-2019 academic year, the first step in applying for financial aid comes on Oct. 1. Wall Street Journal wealth adviser reporter Veronica Dagher explains the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or 'Fafsa.'
Marketwatch's Jacob Passy explains how consumers can purchase Apple's iPhone for a considerable discount, if consumers are willing to part with their current phone and do some quick math with regard to their current usage contract.
Students have a new way down their college debt: pay a percentage of their future earnings in exchange for tuition aid. Marketwatch's Jillian Berman explains income share agreements.
Everything changed after some of the costliest storms in U.S. history hit the Sunshine State. The Wall Street Journal's Leslie Scism joins us in the studio with a closer look as Florida braces for Hurricane Irma.
It's a job seeker's labor market, and for hiring managers to succeed, they should expand their focus beyond just compensation. Robert Half's Billie Moliere explains the firms 2018 Salary Guides with some key advice, such as be ready to offer benefits associated with an applicant's pet.
For examples of labor-market strength in the West, look no further than two of the nation's fastest job-growing metros: Provo, Utah, and Boise, Idaho. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Chaney has the details.
Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Kusisto says the Trump administration plans new restrictions on reverse mortgages. The Department of Housing and Urban Development says changes are needed to put the mortgage program on a sounder financial footing.
A new study finds workers save more for retirement when they're persuaded to by their employers. The Wall Street Journal's Francesca Fontana tells us about the experiment involving older workers at North Carolina's retirement division.
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.
Stocks have fallen the past two weeks. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Wursthorn says that with President Trump's legislative agenda stalled and the earnings season winding down, there's not much for investors to get enthusiastic about right now.
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.
Drones, photo-taking apps and artificial intelligence are accelerating what has long been a clunky, time-consuming experience: the auto or home-insurance claim. The Wall Street Journal's Nicole Friedman joins us in the studio with the details.
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.