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Tariffs Could Upend Retailers' Holiday Inventories

WSJ Your Money Briefing

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.

4 Min

Jul 19, 2018

Fears of ETFs Disrupting Markets May Be Overdone

WSJ Your Money Briefing

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.

6 Min

Jul 18, 2018

401(k) Plans Could Be Altered Under Proposed Laws

WSJ Your Money Briefing

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.

7 Min

Jul 17, 2018

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4 min
Jul 17, 2018
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Despite strong earnings turned in by several of the big banks, investors still are nervous about the future. Heard on the Street columnist Aaron Back explains why that fear may be misplaced.

6 min
Jul 16, 2018
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The sale of new homes has not followed in lockstep with the recovery of the broader housing market, and it is a mystery to some on Wall Street. Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart has some answers.

6 min
Jul 13, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains ways retirement savers can catch up on putting money away if they have fallen behind.

5 min
Jul 11, 2018
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Despite strong earnings reports expected from big banks in the second quarter, Wall Street continues to have a wary eye on their stocks. Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Louise Ensign explains why.

7 min
Jul 11, 2018
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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.

6 min
Jul 10, 2018
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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.

6 min
Jul 9, 2018
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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.

6 min
Jul 5, 2018
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New research indicates how employees dress at work can have a direct correlation to the chance of them receiving a promotion. OfficeTeam District President Brandi Britton discusses.

7 min
Jul 4, 2018
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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.

7 min
Jul 3, 2018
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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.

6 min
Jul 3, 2018
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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.

9 min
Jul 2, 2018
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Charles Schwab's Jeff Kleintop outlines stock market expectations for the second half of 2018, including the effect of U.S. tariff threats lobbed against Europe and China.

6 min
Jun 29, 2018
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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.

6 min
Jun 28, 2018
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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.

7 min
Jun 27, 2018
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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.

5 min
Jun 26, 2018
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Despite a strong economy, certain indicators that point to the initial signs of a recession have caught the eye of economists. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Ben Eisen explains.

5 min
Jun 25, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains why those who are retired and semi-retired should review their tax withholdings to be in line with changes ushered in by the tax overhaul law.

5 min
Jun 22, 2018
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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.

8 min
Jun 21, 2018
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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.

7 min
Jun 20, 2018
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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.

7 min
Jun 19, 2018
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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.

4 min
Jun 17, 2018
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The new tax law significantly reduces how much interest consumers can deduct by taking out a home-equity loan or a home-equity line of credit. Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders has details.

8 min
Jun 15, 2018
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Some big investors are growing uneasy over banks' ability to track when investors read emails, who reads them, and for how long. Wall Street Journal reporter Telis Demos explains.

4 min
Jun 14, 2018
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As the Federal Reserve moves interest rates higher, it's getting more expensive for consumers to borrow money. Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Kiernan explains.

6 min
Jun 13, 2018
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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.

6 min
Jun 12, 2018
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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.

7 min
Jun 11, 2018
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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.

6 min
Jun 10, 2018
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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.

8 min
Jun 7, 2018
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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.

6 min
Jun 6, 2018
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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.

6 min
Jun 5, 2018
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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.

9 min
Jun 4, 2018
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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.

6 min
Jun 3, 2018
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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.

7 min
Jun 1, 2018
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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.

8 min
May 31, 2018
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Wall Street Journal reporter Theo Francis explains scenarios where S&P 5000 corporations are forced to retroactively change a CEO's pay figures, sometimes due to arithmetic errors, or even typographical errors.

6 min
May 30, 2018
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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.

9 min
May 29, 2018
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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.

8 min
May 27, 2018
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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.

6 min
May 24, 2018
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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.

6 min
May 23, 2018
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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.

6 min
May 23, 2018
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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.

8 min
May 21, 2018
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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.

5 min
May 21, 2018
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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.

5 min
May 18, 2018
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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.

8 min
May 18, 2018
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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).

8 min
May 17, 2018
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Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney discusses airlines that offered among the best frequent-flier award programs of 2018.

6 min
May 16, 2018
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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.

7 min
May 15, 2018
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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.

9 min
May 14, 2018
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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.

6 min
May 11, 2018
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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.

8 min
May 10, 2018
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Median pay for the biggest U.S. companies reached $12.1 million last year, a post-recession high. Wall Street Journal reporter Theo Francis reviews the numbers.

8 min
May 9, 2018
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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.

7 min
May 7, 2018
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U.S. sanctions on a large Russian aluminum producer have send shockwaves through the commodities market and are creating headwinds on earnings at companies like Boeing and Ford. Wall Street Journal reporter Amrith Ramkumar explains.

5 min
May 7, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains options available to investors who relied on the investment fee tax deduction, recently eliminated under the new tax law.

5 min
May 3, 2018
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U.S. corporations are registering the best earnings season since 2011, thanks to the unusual combination of larger pretax profits and smaller tax bills. Wall Street Journal reporter Theo Francis explains that success has yet to benefit the broader economy.

6 min
May 2, 2018
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Apple's iPhone sales rose just 3% in the last quarter, but Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains why Wall Street is still upbeat about the tech giant.

8 min
May 2, 2018
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Federal regulators are determining whether widely traded cybercurrencies other than bitcoin should be considered securities and face scrutiny. Wall Street Journal reporter Dave Michaels explains.

5 min
May 1, 2018
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More than half of companies in the S&P 500 have reported results and about 80% of those have exceeded Wall Street profit expectations. Heard on the Street coulmnist Charley Grant explains why stocks aren't following in an upward track.

5 min
Apr 30, 2018
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The weaker U.S. Dollar against several foreign currencies has boosted corporate earnings but Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Eisen explains why that may not last very long.

7 min
Apr 26, 2018
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Consumer-staple companies face hesitation by investors as a result of holding prices in check as a result of Amazon's pricing power, known as 'the Amazon Effect.' Wall Street Journal reporter Akane Otani explains.

10 min
Apr 26, 2018
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What are the biggest personal finance mistakes athletes make when suddenly awash in millions of dollars, like some joining the National Football League? HighTower's Sports and Entertainment Managing Partner Jordan Waxman explains.

6 min
Apr 25, 2018
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Despite a strong economy and overall stock market strength, confidence among retirees that they'll have enough money to live on is falling. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains.

6 min
Apr 23, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Gunjan Banerji says it's harder for investors to trade in a number of financial markets because liquidity has gotten worse. Liquidity is the ability for investors to buy or sell when they want.

7 min
Apr 23, 2018
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Tracking where millennials move to around the country could mean a lucrative investing opportunity. J.R. Whalen discusses this with Melissa Reagen of Nuveen Investments' TH Real Estate.

8 min
Apr 20, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Gabriel T. Rubin says cryptocurrency firms and their backers want a broad exemption from federal oversight. The digital coin industry has lobbied the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying oversight would hurt the growth of their business.

8 min
Apr 19, 2018
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With the iPhone in a maturing market, Apple is looking to its services business for growth. Its Apple Music streaming service has seen big growth in subscribers, but the Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says that doesn't translate into big profits.

6 min
Apr 18, 2018
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U.S. corporations had around $2.4 trillion in cash and investments last year. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Eisen explains why that's good news for shareholders and stock market investors.

9 min
Apr 17, 2018
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Facebook was once among Wall Street's most reliable bets, along with Amazon, Netflix and Google. Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Wursthorn explains why that is changing.

6 min
Apr 15, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders offers some important tax advice to Meghan Markle, a U.S. citizen, in advance of her marriage to Prince Harry in May.

9 min
Apr 12, 2018
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As competition heats up among credit card companies, consumers seeking out travel perks and rewards have a lot of benefits to choose from. Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney calls out the most attractive rewards.

5 min
Apr 11, 2018
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Fidelity Investments is changing its fee structure for affluent clients for financial advice. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Krouse explains how it is one of the biggest-ever pricing shake-ups for a firm that oversees hundreds of billions in wealth held by American investors.

7 min
Apr 11, 2018
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As more consumers are priced out of the housing market in the face of rising price s and mortgage rates, Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Kusisto explains how lenders are adjusting credit standards.

7 min
Apr 9, 2018
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While some investors have pulled money out of the market amid the latest stretch of volatility, many others are staying on for the long haul. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains the train of thought.

5 min
Apr 8, 2018
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains how top earners in the U.S. wind up paying the lion's share of income tax this year, even though that group was among the beneficiaries of the new tax plan.

6 min
Apr 5, 2018
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Heard on the Street columnist Spencer Jakab explains why recent market swings and declines have not significantly improved valuations for investors.

6 min
Apr 4, 2018
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The recent success enjoyed by active mutual fund managers on Wall Street has hit a wall in the form of wild gyrations and market volatility. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Chelsey Dulaney explains.

6 min
Apr 4, 2018
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The debate is still raging over where taxpayers can deduct 2018 property taxes on this year's returns that they rushed to pay at the end of 2017. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders has answers.

8 min
Apr 2, 2018
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A new Wall Street Journal interactive graphic allows you to compare salaries across hundreds of U.S. companies and view some surprising differences at companies within the same industry. Reporter Theo Francis explains.

6 min
Apr 2, 2018
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Wells Fargo's Joe Ready discusses the outlook of investors planning for retirement in the face of the current wild swings on Wall Street.

7 min
Mar 30, 2018
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Day Traders, a usually bullish set of investors willing to ride the market through dramatic moves, are growing nervous over the current volatility on Wall Street, and specifically the tech selloff. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Ben Eisen explains.

6 min
Mar 28, 2018
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By some measurements, the current volatility on Wall Street is an indicator that a bear market is closer than we think. But the signs aren't always clear. Wall Street Journal reporter Asjylyn Loder explains.

8 min
Mar 27, 2018
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How has the world changed since the end of the economic downturn in 2008? What's stayed the same? Wall Street Journal reporter Cezary Podkul explains.

8 min
Mar 27, 2018
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Many economists feel the Federal Reserve has been too conservative in its economic growth projections, considering the stimulus about to hit the U.S. economy. Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart discusses the Fed's conservative thinking.

7 min
Mar 25, 2018
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A crowdsourcing startup gives the public a chance to try their hand at high-frequency trading, a controversial form of ultra-fast trading. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Alexander Osipovich explains the risks.

8 min
Mar 23, 2018
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Millions of Americans will soon see missed tax payments removed from their credit reports, increasing their chances of qualifying for bank loans. Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains.

5 min
Mar 21, 2018
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Interest rates on everything from mortgages to car loans are likely to move higher after the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will raise short-term rates by a quarter-percentage point. Wall Street Journal reporter David Harrison explains.

6 min
Mar 21, 2018
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The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will increase interest rates to a range of 1.50%-1.75%. Fed Chairman Jay Powell, in his first news conference, addressed topics such the number of interest rate increases expected this year, and whether wages are growing fast enough.

9 min
Mar 20, 2018
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The current scrutiny surrounding Facebook and the unauthorized use of users' data has, in Wall Street Journal Heard om the Street columnist Dan Gallagher's opinion, created a trust issue among the social media company's users and advertisers.

7 min
Mar 19, 2018
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The likelihood of several interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve means many banks are likely to raise their deposit rates on savings accounts and certificates of deposit. Wall Street Journal reporter Christina Rexrode explains why not all banks are likely to be on board.

9 min
Mar 18, 2018
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Baby Boomers and other older Americans have trillions of dollars in retirement funds saved up, but their own generosity can be responsible for their adult children draining their nest egg. Voya Financial's James Nichols offers advice for protecting your retirement savings.

8 min
Mar 15, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Alexander Osipovich says much of the trading action at the New York Stock Exchange has moved to the final minutes. A big reason is index funds, whose values depend on prices determined at the closing auction.

7 min
Mar 14, 2018
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Google, following Facebook's lead, says it will ban all ads for cryptocurrencies and other speculative financial products across its advertising platforms beginning in June. Wall Street Journal tech reporter Douglas MacMillan explains.

8 min
Mar 13, 2018
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March's relatively calm market performance on Wall Street as compared to February's periods of volatility could mislead some into thinking calmness is here to stay. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street deputy editor Spencer Jakab explains.

7 min
Mar 12, 2018
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Investors are assessing their tolerance of risk in the face of increased market volatility, despite a strong February jobs report. Wall Street Journal reporter Riva Gold explains why this could be characterized the end of the 'Goldilocks' market.

5 min
Mar 11, 2018
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The stock market and property prices helped push U.S. household net worth to values approaching $100 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2017. Wall Street Journal economics reporter Harriet Torry explains why the strong numbers have some people concerned.

5 min
Mar 8, 2018
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Credit-reporting companies will soon be required to offer all U.S. consumers freezing and unfreezing of their credit data free of charge. Wall Street Journal reporter Lalita Clozel explains the significance of the service and how it protects consumers.

6 min
Mar 8, 2018
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Private lenders want a piece of the $100 billion student loans business, of which the government currently has a near monopoly. Wall Street Journal reporter Joshua Mitchell explains.

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