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Federal Reserve: Weak Inflation a Worry

WSJ Your Money Matters

Minutes from the last policy meeting indicated that the Federal Reserve is on track for one more rate hike this year. But policymakers were also worried about persistently weak inflation. We get details from the Wall Street Journal's Harriet Torry.

6 Min

Nov 23, 2017

Malls Aren't Going Down Without a Fight

WSJ Your Money Matters

Major shopping centers are spending big to draw shoppers in and compete with online retailers this holiday season. Wall Street Journal Reporter Esther Fung explains just how much they're spending, and whether it's working.

6 Min

Nov 22, 2017

PayPal Branches Out into Robo-Investing

WSJ Your Money Matters

PayPal customers will soon be able to use their accounts to make contributions to Acorns Grow, an automated savings and investment service. Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Rudegair explains.

5 Min

Nov 21, 2017

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5 min
Nov 20, 2017
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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.

13 min
Nov 16, 2017
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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.

7 min
Nov 15, 2017
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The streaming service offers entertainment packages, without sports or news, starting at $16 a month. Philo hopes to appeal to audiences craving a la carte options.

10 min
Nov 14, 2017
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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.

10 min
Nov 14, 2017
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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.

14 min
Nov 13, 2017
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To say Bitcoin has had a volatile November is putting it lightly. The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vigna explains Bitcoin's latest loss of more than 25 percent after a dramatic run-up in recent weeks.

7 min
Nov 12, 2017
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We don't know how the tax code will change because Congress hasn't yet passed tax reform. But the Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says there are still ways that taxpayers can plan ahead for next year.

6 min
Nov 10, 2017
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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.

5 min
Nov 8, 2017
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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.

7 min
Nov 8, 2017
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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.

7 min
Nov 7, 2017
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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.

6 min
Nov 6, 2017
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Who comes away as winners and losers from the House Republican tax proposal? Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders explains.

9 min
Nov 2, 2017
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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.

9 min
Nov 1, 2017
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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.

11 min
Oct 31, 2017
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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.

8 min
Oct 31, 2017
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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.

9 min
Oct 29, 2017
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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.

3 min
Oct 27, 2017
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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.

9 min
Oct 26, 2017
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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.

7 min
Oct 25, 2017
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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.

7 min
Oct 24, 2017
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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.

6 min
Oct 22, 2017
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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.

8 min
Oct 20, 2017
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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.

14 min
Oct 19, 2017
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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.

9 min
Oct 17, 2017
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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.

7 min
Oct 17, 2017
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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.

10 min
Oct 15, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Daisy Maxey explains the pros and cons of investing in bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has risen fourfold this year.

5 min
Oct 13, 2017
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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.

6 min
Oct 12, 2017
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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.

6 min
Oct 11, 2017
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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.

9 min
Oct 10, 2017
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Thirty years since the 1987 'Black Monday' stock market crash, MarketWatch's Mark Hulbert explains why crashes on Wall Street are inevitable, but not for the reasons you might think.

8 min
Oct 9, 2017
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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.

5 min
Oct 6, 2017
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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.

7 min
Oct 5, 2017
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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.

5 min
Oct 4, 2017
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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.

6 min
Oct 3, 2017
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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.

5 min
Oct 2, 2017
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President Donald Trump and Republican leaders are proposing a new tax framework for American taxpayers and companies. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders joins us in the studio with a closer look.

5 min
Sep 30, 2017
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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.

6 min
Sep 29, 2017
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Wall Street Journal higher education reporter Melissa Korn discusses the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings and the importance of a school's ability to encourage students to think.

6 min
Sep 28, 2017
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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.

5 min
Sep 27, 2017
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Wall Street Journal reporter Doug Belkin explains the data behind the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings.

5 min
Sep 26, 2017
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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.

7 min
Sep 25, 2017
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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.

8 min
Sep 22, 2017
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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.

8 min
Sep 21, 2017
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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.

21 min
Sep 20, 2017
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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.

4 min
Sep 20, 2017
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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.

5 min
Sep 19, 2017
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More companies are forgoing raises for employees next year, and in some cases eliminating them altogether. Wall Street Journal reporter John Simons explains why.

7 min
Sep 18, 2017
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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.

9 min
Sep 15, 2017
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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.

5 min
Sep 14, 2017
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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.'

6 min
Sep 13, 2017
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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.

7 min
Sep 12, 2017
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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.

7 min
Sep 11, 2017
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An increasing number of Americans are forced to retire far earlier than they planned. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen has some tips to prepare for the unexpected.

5 min
Sep 8, 2017
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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.

3 min
Sep 7, 2017
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The price of avocados has spiked to record levels this year. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Parkin explains reasons behind the price increase, and whether consumers will see relief at the grocery store.

4 min
Sep 6, 2017
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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.

4 min
Sep 5, 2017
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A second home can mean endless headaches, unexpected costs and shattered plans. Reporter Jeffrey Brown joins us with a look at what you need to know before you buy.

4 min
Aug 31, 2017
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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.

5 min
Aug 30, 2017
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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.

3 min
Aug 29, 2017
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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.

4 min
Aug 28, 2017
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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.

7 min
Aug 27, 2017
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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.

5 min
Aug 25, 2017
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Gold is pacing to outperform stocks for the first time since 2011. The Wall Street Journal's Ira Iosebashvili says concerns about several issues are driving investors to gold as a safe haven.

7 min
Aug 23, 2017
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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.

7 min
Aug 23, 2017
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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.

6 min
Aug 22, 2017
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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.

5 min
Aug 21, 2017
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Corporate stock buybacks have helped lift the market in recent years, but share repurchases have slowed. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich tells us why we shouldn't be worried.

6 min
Aug 17, 2017
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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.

6 min
Aug 17, 2017
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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.

5 min
Aug 16, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Kirsten Grind says more borrowers are defaulting on loans designed to help them make eco-friendly upgrades to their homes.

6 min
Aug 14, 2017
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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.

5 min
Aug 14, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says there was a 40 percent jump in the number of Americans who underpaid estimated taxes between 2010 and 2015. These include business owners, retirees and gig workers.

6 min
Aug 10, 2017
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We've seen a rise in electronic mortgage closings. But Wall Street Journal columnist Robyn Friedman tells us about the first entirely remote online closing, which took place last month - all from a laptop.

7 min
Aug 9, 2017
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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.

5 min
Aug 9, 2017
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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.

6 min
Aug 8, 2017
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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.

6 min
Aug 7, 2017
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The dollar has fallen around seven percent this year. The Wall Street Journal's Chelsey Dulaney says investors predict the greenback will keep falling, partly because of political gridlock in Washington.

5 min
Aug 7, 2017
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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.

5 min
Aug 4, 2017
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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.

5 min
Aug 3, 2017
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Shares of companies with big overseas exposure have driven the latest rally as growth in the U.S. stays tepid while the rest of the world picks up. The Wall Street Journal's Justin Lahart joins us in the studio.

5 min
Aug 2, 2017
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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.

6 min
Aug 2, 2017
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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.

5 min
Aug 2, 2017
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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.

6 min
Aug 1, 2017
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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.

6 min
Aug 1, 2017
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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.

5 min
Jul 31, 2017
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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.

7 min
Jul 31, 2017
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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.

5 min
Jul 30, 2017
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A study from the Tax Policy Center finds nearly a third of those households could see tax increases averaging from $3,000 to $4,000 a year. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders joins us with details.

6 min
Jul 28, 2017
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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.

5 min
Jul 28, 2017
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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.

6 min
Jul 27, 2017
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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.

6 min
Jul 26, 2017
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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.

6 min
Jul 26, 2017
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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.

7 min
Jul 26, 2017
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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.

6 min
Jul 25, 2017
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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.

7 min
Jul 24, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Josh Mitchell says college prices are now rising just 1.9 percent, in line with inflation. He says stagnant enrollment is a big reason for slowing price growth.

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