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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.
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.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin explains the decision to allow the IRS to release tax refund payments during the government shutdown
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ally Bank's Emily Shallal has tips for getting the most out of online savings accounts, including how to find the best interest rate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney explains how international travelers can score some low airfares thanks to loopholes in aviation laws.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal senior markets columnist James Mackintosh explains why stock investors should not feel spooked by the recent run-up in bond yields.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.