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Stocks Off to a Strong Start for 2019

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The Wall Street Journal's Mike Wursthorn says a lot of uncertainty has subsided for investors with regard to both trade and interest rates. He adds that earnings will be closely watched as we enter the thick of the reporting season.

7 Min

Jan 18, 2019

Remembering Vanguard Group Founder Jack Bogle

WSJ Your Money Briefing

Wall Street Journal 'Intelligent Investor' columnist Jason Zweig discusses the legacy of Vanguard Group founder Jack Bogle, who created the first mutual fund tied to an index and who made investing affordable for millions of people.

8 Min

Jan 18, 2019

Hacker Made Millions After Breaching SEC Computers

WSJ Your Money Briefing

Wall Street Journal reporter Dave Michaels has the story of a Ukrainian man who allegedly hacked into SEC databases twice, and on one occasion was able to pilfer confidential corporate earnings data.

9 Min

Jan 17, 2019

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5 min
Jan 16, 2019
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Earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo had some positive news, fueled in part by higher interest rates, but Heard on the Street columnist Aaron Back looks deeper and finds troubling signals about the track of the U.S. economy.

6 min
Jan 15, 2019
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After Apple warned investors of lower earnings due to economic struggles in China, are other large U.S. companies likely to follow suit? Wall Street Journal reporter Inti Pacheco explains.

8 min
Jan 14, 2019
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The popular workplace instant-messaging app Slack plans to go public later this year, but bypass the traditional IPO route, as Spotify did last year. Wall Street Journal reporter Maureen Farrell explains.

7 min
Jan 11, 2019
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Stocks posted healthy gains this week as worries about trade and interest rate hikes subsided. But the Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says upcoming earnings reports will be closely watched, since analysts have already downgraded their profit forecasts.

5 min
Jan 11, 2019
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The energy sector, among the most battered of all stocks in 2018, has raced out to substantial gains in 2019, and clocks in as the best-performing sector in the S&P 500 so far this year. Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Menton has analysis.

8 min
Jan 10, 2019
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Wall Street Journal reporter Michael S. Derby discusses his recent interview with FOMC member James Bullard, one of several committee members who favor limited moves on interest rates, until a clearer track by the U.S. economy emerges.

5 min
Jan 9, 2019
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin explains the decision to allow the IRS to release tax refund payments during the government shutdown

8 min
Jan 8, 2019
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After stock markets took investors on a roller coaster ride for much of the fourth quarter of last year, Wall Street Journal markets reporter Jessica Menton explains why January is expected to mean smoother trading days as well as gains for stocks.

10 min
Jan 7, 2019
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Wall Street Journal reporter Dave Michaels explains why cryptocurrency traders and startups see SEC member Hester Peirce as an important ally in the growth of the currency.

5 min
Jan 4, 2019
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Jerome Powell sent the markets soaring with his pledge that the Fed would be patient and flexible regarding future interest rate moves. But the Wall Street Journal's Mike Wursthorn says more uncertainty lies around the corner with upcoming earnings.

7 min
Jan 4, 2019
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Instead of buying existing homes, institutional landlords have found it cheaper to build their own homes to meet booming consumer demand for rental properties. Ryan Dezember of the Wall Street Journal explains.

11 min
Jan 3, 2019
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Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains why banks are cutting some perks and rewards that have attracted consumers to their credit cards.

6 min
Jan 2, 2019
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Ally Bank senior director Emily Shallal discusses how to find the right online savings account to build a nest egg, including seeking out the best interest rate.

7 min
Jan 2, 2019
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Stock market gyrations and volatility are unlikely to go away in 2019, and that could give investors reason to realign their portfolios. Principal Global Investors chief investment officer Todd Jablonski explains how investors can best insulate themselves from steep market ups and downs.

7 min
Dec 31, 2018
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Ally Bank's Emily Shallal has tips for getting the most out of online savings accounts, including how to find the best interest rate.

6 min
Dec 28, 2018
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U.S. stocks posted solid gains in an incredibly turbulent week. The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Menton says the volatility has occurred despite the fact that we're not in a crisis. The problem is that investors are confronted with so much uncertainty.

10 min
Dec 28, 2018
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Certified financial planner Bill Francavilla offers tips for consumers to avoid being scammed by fraudsters over email, including emails and calls from people claiming to be from the IRS.

5 min
Dec 27, 2018
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In a recent survey, parents said they'd be willing to give a child at least $5,000 to help them out of debt. But not all debt is created equal. CreditCards.com's Ted Rossman discusses exceptions to parents' sense of generosity.

5 min
Dec 26, 2018
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Hightower Treasury Partners chief investment officer Richard Saperstein explains materials investors should be gathering throughout the year and have when meeting with their financial planner to begin the new year. He also details sectors to avoid, and the biggest mistakes investors typically make.

6 min
Dec 24, 2018
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Investors who suffered from the bitcoin tumble can get some relief from the U.S. tax code. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says one thing investors can do is use bitcoin losses to offset taxes on winning investments, either now or later.

7 min
Dec 21, 2018
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U.S. stocks were hammered again Friday, capping the worst week in a decade. Is there any respite ahead for the markets? Not right away; the Wall Street Journal's Mike Wursthorn says investors are looking to 2019 before they think about buying again.

5 min
Dec 21, 2018
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For the first time, cryptocurrency investors who buy contracts to bet on prices will be paid in bitcoin. Wall Street Journal reporter Gabriel Rubin explains.

6 min
Dec 20, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders reviews some significant changes to tax rules as a result of the new tax law, including adjustments to the standard deduction, benefits of charitable deductions, and the alternative minimum tax.

7 min
Dec 19, 2018
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Greg Peters, Senior Portfolio Manager at PGIM Fixed Income discusses the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates by 0.25% to a range of 2.25% to 2.5%, and how investors should in turn adjust their portfolios.

9 min
Dec 19, 2018
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The Experian credit reporting agency will soon begin factoring cellphone and utility bill payments into credit scores. What's the risk fctor for consumers? Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis has details.

6 min
Dec 18, 2018
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U.S. financial markets have typically staged a Santa Claus rally to close out the year. But that could be tough in 2018; stocks are down for the year over issues like trade, the Fed and global growth. The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Menton explains.

9 min
Dec 17, 2018
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Heard on the Street columnist Spencer Jakab discusses the characteristics of Bitcoin's dramatic drop in value over the past year and how it has triggered a debate over whether it represents what is often called a bubble.

7 min
Dec 14, 2018
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Friday's stock plunge sent the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P down at least ten percent each from recent highs. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch says investors don't want to be long in stocks ahead of perhaps another tumultuous weekend.

4 min
Dec 14, 2018
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Heard on the Street columnist Elizabeth Winkler explains how Under Armour investors should have seen the companies #MeToo issues as a sign of poor corporate governance and anticipated potential growth weakness.

6 min
Dec 13, 2018
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After enjoying a steep run-up in the first three quarters of 2018, small-cap stocks are off more than 15%. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Jessica Menton explains what the trajectory of mid-cap stocks tells us about the health of the broader economy.

6 min
Dec 12, 2018
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College costs have leveled off. But as Wall Street Journal higher education reporter Douglas Belkin explains, obstacles still exist that can leave some worse off than if they hadn't gone to college.

7 min
Dec 11, 2018
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After a banner first nine months of 2018, it's been a tough slog for stocks seeking momentum to match extended losses with a series of gains. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Amrith Ramkumar discusses what has held markets in check and what could propel them upward.

7 min
Dec 10, 2018
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Even with a trade truce currently in place between the U.S. and China, U.S. companies are paying record amounts in customs duties as a result of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration that are taking effect. Wall Street Journal reporter Josh Zumbrun explains.

7 min
Dec 7, 2018
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The Dow fell 558 points Friday, and the major indexes ended with a weekly loss of more than four and a half percent each. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch on the flood of concerns dogging investors.

5 min
Dec 7, 2018
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'Friends' reruns viewers were relieved when Netflix announced the series will remain in the lineup. Heard on the Street columnist Elizabeth Winkler explains why series owner WarnerMedia (and parent AT&T) chose not to bring the series in-house until at least 2020.

6 min
Dec 6, 2018
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Following a high-profile 2017 incident in which a passenger was 'bumped' from and dragged off a United Airlines flight, airlines are bumping far fewer passengers off of flights. Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney explains.

5 min
Dec 5, 2018
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Cash and cash equivalents are emerging as smart bets on Wall Street in the face of market gyrations and instability, such as Tuesday's broad selloff. Wall Street Journal reporter Riva Gold explains.

5 min
Dec 4, 2018
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Unlike some of its tech rivals, Microsoft became one of the world's most valuable companies with neither fanfare nor splashy headlines. Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Greene explains.

8 min
Dec 3, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains how billionaires use multiyear tax planning to save substantial amounts of money. She offers tips for taxpayers who want to set out and do the same.

6 min
Dec 1, 2018
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Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani says good news like solid employment growth and strong earnings has already been priced into markets. So there could be more downside ahead with all the uncertainty facing investors.

6 min
Nov 30, 2018
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Unlike many of its big-tech peers, Microsoft has remained relatively unscathed in the face of this quarter's market selloff. Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains how Microsoft is evidence that big tech is here to stay.

4 min
Nov 29, 2018
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Wall Street has been reluctant to jump back into the oil market after this past year's extended selloff. Oil markets reporter Stephanie Yang explains.

8 min
Nov 28, 2018
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In an effort to close funding gaps often in the trillions, many U.S. pension funds have turned to some of the riskiest types of property investments. Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Gillers explains.

4 min
Nov 27, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Kusisto explains the impact on Seattle's housing market of Amazon's decision to build new headquarters locations in New York City and Northern Virginia.

7 min
Nov 26, 2018
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Families often make the mistake, when setting up inheritance plans, of not passing knowledge or family money values to younger generations. AllianceBernstein's Stephen Lewis offers steps families can take to avoid a generational finance knowledge gap.

8 min
Nov 24, 2018
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Stocks fell Friday, capping a bad holiday-shortened week. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says tumbling oil prices added to concerns about slowing global economic growth.

4 min
Nov 23, 2018
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From re-gifting to mapping out a family holiday gift strategy, there are ways to alleviate the pressure to buy too many presents and in turn overspend. Bankrate's Adrian Garcia explains, and discusses men and women approach holiday shopping differently.

6 min
Nov 21, 2018
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What can Apple and the rest of corporate America learn from lower iPhone demand that forced Apple to cut production? Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart has answers.

5 min
Nov 20, 2018
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The October-into-November market downturn has forced investors to be more careful about investing, and has turned them toward companies that might be insulated from an economic decline. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains.

8 min
Nov 19, 2018
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People in their 20s and 30s are finding it harder than previous generations to save for retirement. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen has tips on how they can boost savings, like putting 10 percent aside for a 401(k).

6 min
Nov 17, 2018
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It was a tough week for technology shares, with rising fears of a slowdown in sales. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Wursthorn says investors are getting out of growth stocks and getting more defensive with sectors such as consumer staples.

5 min
Nov 16, 2018
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In the nation's largest cities, more than a quarter of all workers have changed jobs because they're fed up with their commute. Dawn Fay of staffing company Robert Half explains how companies could assist in providing an easier commute.

6 min
Nov 15, 2018
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A surprising number of people admit they do not remember what caused the 2008 financial crisis, and cannot identify how the economy has recovered since. Dan Egan of the Betterment financial adviser company reveals more surprises from a recent survey.

10 min
Nov 14, 2018
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A new Wells Fargo retirement study shows that as life expectancy increases, 40% of U.S. workers are worried about not having enough money in retirement past age 85. Wells Fargo Asset Management's Fredrik Axsater has tips for making smart decisions in planning for retirement.

8 min
Nov 13, 2018
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Before too long, the government will spend more on debt than it will on other priorities, like national defense and Medicaid. The reason is that interest costs are skyrocketing, according to the Wall Street Journal's Kate Davidson.

6 min
Nov 12, 2018
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In the wake of October's series of stock market selloffs, bulls have re-emerged aiming to scoop up bargains. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Michael Wursthorn discusses whether this means expected market growth for 2019.

6 min
Nov 10, 2018
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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.

6 min
Nov 9, 2018
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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.

7 min
Nov 8, 2018
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Heard on the Street columnist Jon Sindreu explains why equity markets are likely to show gains following the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

8 min
Nov 7, 2018
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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.

7 min
Nov 7, 2018
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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.

4 min
Nov 6, 2018
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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.

6 min
Nov 5, 2018
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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.

6 min
Nov 3, 2018
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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.

7 min
Nov 1, 2018
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Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney explains how international travelers can score some low airfares thanks to loopholes in aviation laws.

9 min
Oct 31, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 31, 2018
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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.

7 min
Oct 30, 2018
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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.

8 min
Oct 29, 2018
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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.

8 min
Oct 27, 2018
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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.

7 min
Oct 26, 2018
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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.

4 min
Oct 25, 2018
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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.

8 min
Oct 24, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 23, 2018
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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.

8 min
Oct 22, 2018
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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.

5 min
Oct 20, 2018
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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.

5 min
Oct 19, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 18, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 17, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 16, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 15, 2018
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Fees for financial advice are finally coming down, following the track of fees for retail stock trading as well as various funds. Wall Street Journal reporter Lisa Beilfuss explains.

5 min
Oct 13, 2018
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The markets were dented this past week by a massive two-day selloff. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says that if upcoming earnings are strong, they could ease investor fears over higher interest rates.

6 min
Oct 12, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 11, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 11, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 10, 2018
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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.

7 min
Oct 10, 2018
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Wall Street Journal senior markets columnist James Mackintosh explains why stock investors should not feel spooked by the recent run-up in bond yields.

6 min
Oct 9, 2018
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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.

9 min
Oct 8, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 6, 2018
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Stocks suffered a big two-day selloff Thursday and Friday, hurt by rising bond yields. Volatility returned to the markets. That's expected to continue, according to the Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch.

5 min
Oct 5, 2018
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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.

4 min
Oct 4, 2018
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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.

7 min
Oct 3, 2018
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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.

5 min
Oct 2, 2018
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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.

6 min
Oct 1, 2018
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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.

10 min
Sep 28, 2018
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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.

6 min
Sep 27, 2018
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The series of tariffs the U.S. has placed on more than $200 billion of Chinese goods could result in long-term damage to relations between the two countries. WSJ chief economics commentator Greg Ip explains.

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