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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.