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 May 1, 2020

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Your must-listen for valuable money and market stories from The Wall Street Journal. Each weekday our journalists from Heard on the Street, the Intelligent Investor and other popular features share insights on investing, markets, taxes and retirement planning.

Episode Date
Would a Tax Tweak Make the 401(k) Fairer?
624
An increasing share of Americans' retirement assets are held by higher-income people. Heard on the Street columnist Spencer Jakab discusses a proposal by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that aims to address that inequality. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2020
Mortgage Forbearance Safety Net Misses One Million Borrowers
610
About a million borrowers have fallen through the federal safety net designed to assist homeowners during the pandemic. Reporter Andrew Ackerman discusses mortgage forbearance: what it is, how it works, and why so many homeowners in need aren't taking advantage of it. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
What's Driving U.S. Stocks' Unprecedented Rally?
607
The recovery of U.S. stock markets since this spring's plunge has been remarkably swift. Markets reporter Gunjan Banerji discusses the factors driving their astonishing rebound. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
Covid-19 Care Isn't Affordable for All
770
Many coronavirus patients are paying large out-of-pocket costs despite government programs designed to put a cap on such expenses. Reporter Robbie Whelan explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2020
The Tax Implications of Day Trading
630
Apps like Robinhood have made stock trading easy, but tax reporter Laura Saunders says individual investors who use apps and websites to trade need to be prepared for a potentially hefty tax bill. J.R Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
It's a Job Seeker's Market, Even in the Pandemic
737
Salaries for many new hires are in line with or even higher than what they were before the pandemic. Paul McDonald of staffing firm Robert Half discusses the latest trends in hiring, pay and benefits. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2020
Jobs Openings Have Leveled Off, But There's Still Hope
523
After showing gains in June and early July, new job postings have plateaued more recently. Reporter Eric Morath explains what that means for the job market. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2020
Mortgage Refinancings Hit Record High as Economy Sputters
445
Record-low mortgage rates are encouraging homeowners to refinance and make use of much-needed cash. Reporter Orla McCaffrey explains what that means for the broader economy. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
Take WSJ's Six-Week Money Challenge
437
Want to spend money more wisely? Take the Six-Week Money Challenge from The Wall Street Journal's personal-finance team. Editor Bourree Lam explains how it works. J.R. Whalen hosts. If you're doing the WSJ's Money Challenge, we want to hear about your experience. Call us as 315-992-8298 and leave us a voice message with your stories and lessons learned. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2020
Business Schools Come Around to Offering Online MBAs
553
Once regarded as less valuable than traditional MBAs, business schools now see Internet-based programs as the future. Business education reporter Patrick Thomas discusses the trend. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2020
The Pandemic Has Changed the Rules for Job-Seekers
509
Working from home has upended the job-seeking process. Reporter Kathryn Dill explains what workers applying for a new job should expect. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2020
Coronavirus Recession Creates Three Distinct Economies in the U.S.
424
The pandemic has caused an economic downturn that has deepened the division between income classes, which include people barely getting by as well as people who can afford luxury items. Economics reporter Ben Eisen explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2020
Job Offers Aren't Coming In for MBA Students This Year
683
Companies are putting off hiring second-year MBA students after recruiters were forced to shelve their plans for face-to-face meetings and interviews. Reporter Patrick Thomas explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2020
Small Businesses Still Waiting on SBA Loans
515
Many small businesses that applied for pandemic relief funds from a federal small-business disaster-loan program have waited months for the checks to arrive. Reporter Yuka Hayashi explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
Pandemic Hits Baby Boomers' Finances Especially Hard
655
The nation's 75 million baby boomers, those at or near retirement age, face steep economic hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Reporter Clare Ansberry explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2020
Millennials Fuel a Housing-Market Turnaround
551
The recovery of the housing market is being bolstered by homebuying by millennials, long viewed as a generation of renters. Housing reporter Nicole Friedman explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
Mortgage Lenders Ask Borrowers to Commit to Not Seek Forbearance
552
Some mortgage lenders are asking new homebuyers to sign a form at closing that promises they won't seek monthly payment forbearance for a specific amount of time. Reporter Orla McCaffrey explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
Landlords Offer Concessions to Keep Retail Tenants Afloat
662
Commercial landlords are rewriting and revamping their retail tenants' leases out of fear that another government-mandated shutdown could result in empty stores. Reporter Esther Fung explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2020
Small Businesses Can Benefit From Pandemic Tax Breaks
535
Small business owners, whether they're struggling or thriving, can take advantage of certain tax breaks amid the pandemic. Special writer Laura Saunders discusses which provisions small businesses may want to keep in mind. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2020
Robinhood Is Easy to Use; Does That Make It More Risky?
690
New trading apps like Robinhood are touted for their simplicity. But reporter Michael Wursthorn says some behavioral experts are wondering if that nudges inexperienced traders to take unnecessary risks. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2020
How to Financially Plan for Returning to Work
432
In addition to taking health safety measures, workers returning to the office might want to put in place a financial plan. Personal finance reporter Veronica Dagher shares advisers' tips on how to adjust your budget. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2020
Looking to Refinance? You May Not Get the Lowest Mortgage Rates
537
Homeowners looking to refinance their mortgages have been trying to take advantage of rock-bottom rates. But reporter Ben Eisen says they're discovering that lenders have reserved those low rates for homebuyers instead. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2020
Community Lenders Seen as Playing Role in Push for Economic Equity
490
As the coronavirus pandemic and the national reckoning over race have thrown a new light on economic inequality, Congress and the Trump administration have earmarked more funds for CDFIs, community-based lenders that serve disadvantaged communities. Reporter Amara Omeokwe discusses the growing interest in these lenders. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2020
Student-Loan Payment Extension: Who's Eligible?
562
An executive order signed by President Trump that would extend student-loan payment suspensions has raised questions about eligibility and whether it makes sense for borrowers to suspend payments even if they're able to pay. Personal finance reporter Anne Tergesen explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
Small Businesses Ensnared in Hunt for PPP Scammers
499
The crackdown on fraudsters applying for Paycheck Protection Program funds has resulted in some legitimate small business owners having run-ins with law enforcement. Banking reporter Liz Hoffman explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2020
New $300 Unemployment Benefits: How Long Would They Last?
509
The new $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit proposed by President Trump would come from FEMA. Reporter Sarah Chaney explains why that is, how long it could take to reach recipients, and how many weeks it would last. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
After Mortgage Forbearance, What Are Homeowners' Options?
534
Millions of Americans who signed up for mortgage forbearance last spring are still struggling financially. Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Julia Carpenter outlines some options. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2020
Need Cash? Some Accounts Are Better to Tap Than Others
501
Americans facing financial shortfalls during the pandemic may look to their assets as sources of cash to cover expenses. Wall Street Journal contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk looks at the pros and cons of withdrawing from various accounts. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2020
Expanding Your Office at Home? There Could Be Tax Breaks
569
Changes in the tax code can save homeowners money if they're building a bigger office at home, refinancing, or even buying an RV. Tax reporter Laura Saunders explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2020
Testing Workers for Covid-19: Who Should Pay?
574
Businesses are at often odds with insurance companies over paying for testing workers for Covid-19, and some require employees to share in the cost. Health care reporter Sarah Krouse explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2020
Pandemic Upends Airfares for This Year and Next Year
562
The steep drop in air travel this year due to the pandemic has thrown off airlines' abilities to set prices in the next year, benefiting travelers. Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
Pensions Got a Market-Rally Boost, But Still Struggle
518
The Q2 market rally gave public pension funds an injection of cash, but reporter Heather Gillers explains they're still billions short of their investment-return goals. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2020
Workers Waiting on Coronavirus Test Results Go Weeks Without Pay
386
Longer wait times for Covid-19 tests can mean weeks without pay for many Americans who cannot work from home. Reporter Deanna Paul explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2020
Small Businesses Turn to Small Banks to Apply for PPP Loans
596
Many small business reevaluated their banking relationships and worked with smaller institutions when applying for Paycheck Protection Program funds. Banking reporter Peter Rudegeair explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
Immigrant-Owned Businesses Feel the Pandemic Pain
465
Only a small percentage of Latino-owned small businesses in the U.S. applied for Paycheck Protection Program funds. Reporter Inti Pacheco explains why. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2020
Working From Home? You Could Be Paying Tax in Two States.
642
Millions of workers working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic could face higher state tax bills for 2020 unless a deal is worked out in the stimulus bill being debated in Congress. Tax reporter Laura Saunders explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
How to Advance Your Career During the Pandemic
656
Hiring managers are looking at what jobseekers have been doing while they've been stuck at home during lockdowns. La Salle Network CEO Tom Gimbel discusses what people should highlight in their next job interview. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2020
Fed's Economic Outlook Just Got a Lot Gloomier
570
Federal Reserve officials warn of a prolonged recession if the public health response to the coronavirus is not stepped up. Economics reporter Nick Timiraos explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2020
Day Trading Picks Up During Lockdowns
745
Amid the coronavirus lockdowns, millions of Americans are taking up day trading, buying and selling shares from their phones or computers in the hopes of making some quick cash. Markets reporter Michael Wursthorn discusses the trend, and the risks that come with it. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2020
Congress, IRS Prepare for Second Stimulus Payment
600
U.S. lawmakers are finalizing plans for a new coronavirus relief package that is expected to include a second stimulus payment for U.S. households, and the IRS is working to ensure the money is distributed more smoothly this time around. Tax policy reporter Richard Rubin discusses the latest developments in Washington. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2020
Small Businesses Prepare for Extended Downturn
528
With government aid running out and coronavirus cases rising, many small businesses are being forced to lay off workers and close their doors, just months after re-opening them. Reporter Ruth Simon explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2020
Coronavirus Relief: Why a Payroll Tax Cut Is Unpopular in Congress
447
A payroll tax cut in the proposed $1 trillion coronavirus relief package is receiving limited support from Congress, even though it is strongly favored by the White House. Tax reporter Richard Rubin explains why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2020
Pandemic Upends the Risk Factor in Some Stocks
431
Since the start of the pandemic, many stocks seen as safe have become more volatile while riskier stocks have become havens for investors. Markets reporter Karen Langley explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2020
$600 Federal Unemployment Benefits Expire Next Week
478
Congress continues to debate an extension of the $600 boost to unemployment benefits, which expires at the end of the month. Reporter Eric Morath gives an update on where the talks stand. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2020
Mortgage Rates Fall to Another Record Low
423
The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to a record-low 2.98% this week. Reporter Orla McCaffrey explains how long they're likely to remain low and why some consumers aren't able to capitalize. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 17, 2020
Where's My Refund? IRS Still Processing Backlogged Returns.
479
Millions of taxpayers haven't received their tax refund yet-even those who filed earlier in the year. Tax reporter Laura Saunders explains what's behind the delay, and what taxpayers can do to track down their money. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
Automatic 401(k) Transfers Would Boost Workers' Savings
605
More companies are expected to offer automatic 401(k) services, which allow workers to more easily transfer retirement savings to a new job and reduce the temptation to cash out. Retirement reporter Anne Tergesen explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2020
Billions in Stimulus Money Available for Low-Income Families
702
Millions of low- and moderate-income Americans could be missing out on stimulus payments and other government benefits. Code for America's Annelise Grimm discusses a website designed to connect people with tax experts to help them gain access to such funds. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2020
Tax Day is July 15: What if You Need More Time?
575
People suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic may not have funds to pay taxes they owe this year. Tax reporter Laura Saunders has tips for avoiding severe penalties, even if you can't pay. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2020
Which Jobs Are Recovering the Fastest?
483
A decade's worth of employment gains were wiped out by the rapid spread of the pandemic. Reporter Eric Morath discusses which sectors and demographic groups were hit the hardest, and which are enjoying the quickest recovery. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2020
Payday Loans Get a Bit Easier to Obtain
467
The Trump administration's rollback of limits on payday lenders is being welcomed by banks but decried by consumer advocates. Reporter Yuka Hayashi discusses the change and what it could mean for the payday-lending industry. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2020
New Rules, Later Deadline for Small-Business Loan Program
545
Congress has extended the deadline to Aug. 8 for small businesses hit by the pandemic to apply for forgivable loans. Our Peter Rudegeair talks about the latest changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2020
States Tackle Retirement-Savings Gap
620
Millions of workers in the U.S. don't have a plan to set aside money for retirement, but some states are trying to fix that. WSJ contributor Bailey McCann discusses the different approaches states are taking. Charlie Turner hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2020
Streaming TV Services Aren't Such a Bargain Anymore
505
Consumers who cut the cable-TV cord for cheaper services offering TV over the internet are facing costs not far below traditional pay-TV packages. Reporter Drew FitzGerald explains why. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2020
Want to Get a Lower College Tuition? Try Asking.
688
Colleges and universities are increasingly willing to negotiate discounts for tuition and room-and-board expenses in hopes of getting maximum payment from a student without driving them away to a rival campus. Reporter Josh Mitchell explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2020
After Strong Quarter, Where Is Wall Street Headed Next?
682
U.S. stock markets rebounded in the second quarter, and Federated Hermes International CEO Saker Nusseibeh looks ahead to the next three months. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2020
Ahead of Small Business Loan Deadline, $134 Billion Remains
406
On the last day that small businesses can apply for rescue funds under the Paycheck Protection Program, reporter Yuka Hayashi explains why some are passing it up, and where the leftover money could be spent. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2020
Credit 'Blind Spot' Can Affect Consumers' Ability to Borrow
659
Lenders are having a difficult time determining consumers' risk profiles because missed payments allowed under the government's stimulus package aren't factored into credit scores. Reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2020
Is Your Tax Refund Late? IRS Will Pay You Interest.
532
Taxpayers who have a refund due from the IRS this year will also receive a separate interest payment. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin explains why. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2020
Private Equity Could Be Coming to Your 401(k) Program
532
The Labor Department recently gave the green light for private-equity funds to be included as 401(k) investment options. Reporter Anne Tergesen explains the risks and how likely 401(k) administrators are to add them to retirement plans. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2020
Should You Cancel Your Travel Credit Cards During the Pandemic?
508
Travel credit cards have tweaked their rewards to better serve consumers who have put travel on hold during the pandemic. "Middle Seat" columnist Scott McCartney discusses cardholders' options, including whether they should consider switching credit cards. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2020
Job Interviews From Your Car: Recruiters Hold Curbside Meetings
642
To strike a balance between meeting job candidates face-to-face and the need for social distancing, some recruiters are holding job interviews as candidates sit in their car. Reporter James Areddy discusses the challenges of staffing up during a pandemic. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2020
Credit Card Use Deepens Divide Between Consumer Groups
537
Small businesses and lower-income consumers often feel more financial pain as people move away from cash when making purchases. Reporter Harriet Torry explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2020
Deferred Loan Payments: When Will Lenders Say 'Pay Up'?
582
Americans have skipped payments on more than 100 million student loans, auto loans and other forms of debt since the coronavirus hit the U.S. Reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis discusses how long lenders are likely to allow missed payments by borrowers. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2020
Salary History Ban Benefits Women, African-Americans
543
A new study on laws banning employers from asking job applicants about their salary history shows outsize benefits for African-Americans and women. Reporter Amara Omeokwe explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2020
SBA Sued Over Rule Excluding Felons From Loan Program
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Civil-rights groups sued the Small Business Administration over a rule that excludes business owners with felony convictions from accessing Paycheck Protection Program funds. Reporter Yuka Hayashi explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2020
Vanguard Aims to Attract Younger Investors With New Robo Service
485
Vanguard Group, which administers more than 1,500 401(k) plans, will roll out a new automated investment service geared toward younger investors in need of financial assistance. Wall Street Journal retirement reporter Anne Tergesen reports. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2020
Rush of Refund Requests Slows Cash Flow to Consumers
553
As more people request refunds for things purchased before the pandemic, payment processors are forced to curb the flow of money to businesses and in turn to customers. Reporter Peter Rudegeair explains. J.R. Whalen hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2020
Unemployment Benefits Feature in Debate Over New Stimulus Bill
571
As Congress debates a new stimulus package, high on the list of considerations is whether to reduce unemployment benefits to incentivize people to return to work. Wall Street Journal reporter Kate Davidson explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2020
Time Is Running Out to Use Gift Cards From Bankrupt Companies
577
Consumers holding gift cards from retailers that have declared bankruptcy during the pandemic may have limited time to use them. Wall Street Journal reporter Aisha Al-Muslim explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2020
U.S. Savings Rate Hits New Record-But Will It Last?
422
An influx of cash from government stimulus checks and sweetened unemployment benefits helped push the U.S. savings rate to a record 33% in April. Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Carpenter and financial psychologist Ted Klontz discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2020
Delaying Loan Payments? Watch Your Credit Score.
437
As millions of Americans take advantage of a feature in the Cares Act allowing them to delay mortgage and other loan payments, the likelihood of errors by lenders has increased. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains how consumers can prevent errors from harming their credit score. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2020
IRS Facing Backlog of Taxpayer Correspondence
434
About a month before the July 15th tax filing deadline, many IRS offices are still closed due to the pandemic and the agency is facing a backlog of millions of pieces of taxpayer correspondence. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2020
Should You Withdraw From Your 401(k) During the Economic Crisis?
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Wall Street Journal retirement reporter Anne Tergesen examines the pros and cons of dipping into your retirement savings early to cover expenses during an economic crisis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2020
Unemployment Fraud Rises as Claims Hit Record Levels
447
State across the country are dealing with a dramatic rise in fraudulent unemployment claims. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Chaney explains how fraudsters are infiltrating the system. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2020
Banned "Payday" Loan Ads Still Turning Up Online
660
A Wall Street Journal investigation shows that ads for high-interest "payday" loans are still showing up in online search results, despite being banned several years ago by some of the big tech companies. Reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2020
Making the PPP Loan Process Easier for Minority-Owned Businesses
455
Wall Street Journal reporter Amara Omeokwe explains how policy makers are working to ensure that rescue funds in the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program reach small businesses in underserved areas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2020
Relocated Out-of-State During the Pandemic? You May Owe State Tax
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Dislocated workers who set up their workstations to out-of-state locations during the pandemic may face additional state tax liabilities. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2020
Credit-Card Fraud on the Rise During the Pandemic
539
Credit-card fraudsters are fine-tuning their efforts to steal from consumers during the pandemic. Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis has tips on how to protect your accounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2020
College Students Caught Off Guard by Scholarship Tax
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College students lucky enough to receive scholarships often discover too late that taxes could be levied on scholarship money, depending on how it is used. Wall Street Journal reporter Francesca Fontana explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2020
Saving Money During Coronavirus: Some Not-So-Obvious Tips
474
More than two dozen financial experts offered tips on how Americans can boost their emergency savings. The Wall Street Journal's Cristina Lourosa discusses some of their ideas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2020
How To Help Your Parents With Finances in a Pandemic
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Helping your parents with their finances can be especially challenging during a pandemic, with elderly people separated from their families. Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Veronica Dagher says children need to know how to help out their parents with documents and paying the bills .. and how to bring up the subject in the first place. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2020
What to Expect for Summer Gas Prices
455
Gas prices fell for seven consecutive weeks during the pandemic, but they're steadily rising as the oil sector recovers. Wall Street Journal reporter Amrith Ramkumar discusses what drivers can expect at the pump this summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2020
Finding a Job During the Pandemic: FAQs Answered
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A new section of WSJ.com answers key job-seeking questions for people laid off during the coronavirus pandemic and those entering the workforce for the first time. The Wall Street Journal's Ebony Reed explains. Visit the microsite at wsj.com/questions/jobs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2020
U.S. Citizens With Undocumented Spouses Miss Out on Stimulus Payments
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Wall Street Journal reporter Kristina Peterson explains the battle brewing in Congress over whether U.S. citizens married to undocumented immigrants should receive stimulus checks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2020
Will There Be a Second Round of Stimulus Payments?
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The $3 trillion stimulus package passed by the Democratic-led House last week faces long odds in the GOP-controlled Senate. But a second round of direct payments to Americans isn't off the table. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2020
New Rules Streamline Bankruptcy Process for Small Businesses
490
Changes to bankruptcy rules have reduced the paperwork costs for businesses struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. Wall Street Journal reporter Katy Stech Ferek explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2020
Coronavirus: Why Women Have Suffered More Unemployment Than Men
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Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Chaney explains why women have suffered steeper job losses than men during the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2020
IRS Eases Rules on Flexible-Spending Accounts During Pandemic
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The IRS is giving employees who have dependent-care flexible-spending accounts, or FSAs, the ability to make midyear changes to contributions. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2020
Delaying Your Credit-Card Payments: Expect Frustration
693
Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains the challenges consumers are facing when they seek to delay making credit-card payments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2020
Pension Funds Suffer Record Losses in First Quarter
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Public pensions fell by the largest amount on record in the first quarter, as a result of market losses driven by the pandemic. Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Gillers explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2020
Giving a Family Member a Loan? The IRS Wants to Know.
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The IRS has strict rules governing loans between family members. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2020
Surprise: Home Prices Have Risen During the Pandemic
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Median home prices rose 8% in March, even as the coronavirus pandemic started shutting down much of the U.S. economy. Wall Street Journal reporter Harriet Torry explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2020
'Cobra' and Health Insurance: Your Questions Answered
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Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Veronica Dagher explains the costs and benefits of Cobra, a health insurance continuation program available to many people who have lost their jobs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 07, 2020
'Buffer' Funds Protect Investors in Volatile Markets
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A relatively new type of fund offers some built-in protection against market and has become popular with investors. Wall Street Journal reporter Mischa Frankl-Duval explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2020
Auto Lenders Dangle Sweet Deals to Lure Customers
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Car dealers and lenders are offering generous incentives to make up for sales lost during the height of the pandemic. Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains which customers are eligible for the sweetened offers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2020
Congress Acts to Prevent Balloon Mortgage Payments by Homeowners
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Confusing language in the federal Cares Act makes it unclear if homeowners who suspend mortgage payments during the pandemic will have to pay the money back in one lump sum. Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Kiernan explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Why the Small-Business Stimulus Loans Don't Work for All
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Restrictions in the Paycheck Protection Program on how small businesses can allocate loan money has left many owners frustrated because they can't cover overhead expenses. Wall Street Journal reporter Yuka Hayashi explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2020
College Seniors Entering the Workforce: Here's Who's Hiring
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LaSalle Network's Tom Gimbel explains how college seniors' expectations for the job market have changed amid the coronavirus pandemic, and which businesses are hiring new workers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2020
Coronavirus Relief: Some Workers Make More Than on the Job
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About half of workers receiving unemployment benefits during the pandemic earn more than they did before they lost their job. Wall Street Journal reporter Eric Morath explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2020
Stimulus Update: More Payments Go Out This Week
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin gives an update on the government's stimulus payment process, including the status of paper checks and improvements to the IRS website. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2020
Credit Card Companies Are Lowering Your Spending Limit
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CreditCards.com analyst Ted Rossman explains why banks and lenders are lowering consumers' credit limits during the pandemic. He also offers tips to avoid cancelation of your credit cards. Have a question about the pandemic? Leave us a voice message at (315) 992-8298. You may be featured on one of our podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2020
Tips if You're Going Into Debt During the Pandemic
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Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Julia Carpenter discusses options Americans should consider if they need to take on debt during the pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2020
New Small Business Loans: Can They Meet Demand?
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The House is expected to approve another $320 billion for loans to small businesses. Wall Street Journal reporter Amara Omeokwe explains why many fear that amount may not meet demand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2020
After-Hours Trading Volume Soars During the Pandemic
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Wall Street Journal reporter Gunjan Banerji explains the extreme after-hours volatility in markets in the past several weeks, and how investment returns typically differ from regular trading hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2020
Clothes Retailers Offering Deep Discounts, but Nobody's Buying
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Retailers are struggling to sell spring apparel online, even at substantial discounts, during the pandemic. Wall Street Journal reporter Suzanne Kapner explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 21, 2020
Student Loan Payment Suspension: Your FAQs Answered
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Borrowers can suspend student-loan payments through the end of September. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen has details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2020
Stimulus Payments: What Happens if You Get the Wrong Amount?
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin addresses some mishaps that have occurred with direct-deposited coronavirus stimulus payments. Have a question about the coronavirus? Leave us a voice message at (315) 992-8298. You may be featured on one of our podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 17, 2020
During the Pandemic, More Renters Pay With Credit Cards
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Workers who have been laid off or furloughed have begun using credit cards to pay their monthly rent. Wall Street Journal reporter Will Parker explains the risks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2020
Coronavirus Pandemic Exposes Americans' Lack of Savings
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Wall Street Journal reporter David Harrison discusses the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, especially among households with little or no savings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2020
Coronavirus: Travelers Struggle to Get Refunds
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Some airlines, cruise lines and other travel companies have been slow to issue refunds to people who canceled plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Wall Street Journal "Middle Seat" columnist Scott McCartney explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 14, 2020
Will Colleges Issue Coronavirus Refunds?
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Colleges and universities that closed their campuses to slow the spread of the coronavirus are grappling with students' calls for refunds for room and board as well as tuition. Wall Street Journal contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2020
Retirement Savings and the Stimulus Bill: Your Questions Answered
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Wall Street Journal retirement reporter Anne Tergesen answers questions from WSJ subscribers about rules included in the stimulus package regarding mandatory withdrawals from IRAs and 401(k) accounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2020
Small Businesses Could Be Hit by Credit-Card Fee Changes
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Planned fee increases by credit-card companies could hurt small businesses that are already struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2020
Stimulus Jobless Benefits Spur Some Businesses to Cut Workers
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Some companies say new unemployment benefits make them more comfortable about cutting payroll costs. Wall Street Journal reporter Patrick Thomas explains how the stimulus package is changing employers' calculus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2020
Car Insurers Issuing Coronavirus Refunds
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Auto insurance companies are issuing premiums refunds to customers as a result of a dramatic drop in miles driven during the coronavirus pandemic. Wall Street Journal reporter Leslie Scism explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2020
Mortgage Lenders Allow Borrowers to Delay Monthly Payments
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Provisions in the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill call for mortgage lenders to allow borrowers to suspend their monthly payments, known as forbearance. Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Julia Carpenter explains how homeowners can apply for the benefit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2020
Unemployment Benefits in the Stimulus Bill: Your FAQs Answered
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Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Chaney explains unemployment benefits that are part of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, including eligibility and how much people should expect to receive. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2020
Companies Cutting 401(k) Contributions
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Companies scrambling for cash are cutting back or suspending matching contributions to employee 401(k) plans. Plus, the $2 trillion stimulus package allows student loan borrowers to turn off payments for six months, interest free. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2020
How to Best Spend Your Stimulus Money
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Wall Street Journal personal finance editor Bourree Lam discusses the best ways to spend the one-time stimulus payment that millions of Americans will receive this month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2020
Coronavirus Stimulus Plan: Loans for Small Business
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About $350 billion in small business loans are available through the coronavirus stimulus package. Wall Street Journal reporter Amara Omeokwe explains which businesses will be eligible, and whether the inability to repay loans will be forgiven. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2020
The $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill and Your Retirement Fund
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The coronavirus rescue package contains key measures to benefit retirees and those still contributing to their 401(k) and IRA. Wall Street Journal retirement reporter Anne Tergesen has details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2020
When to Expect Coronavirus Stimulus Checks
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin discusses stimulus direct payments to households, including how much money to expect and whether the money will be taxable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2020
Revising Your Household Budget Amid the Coronavirus
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Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Julia Carpenter discusses ways Americans are adjusting their household budget in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2020
Coronavirus Pandemic Encourages Estate Planning
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The spreading coronavirus pandemic is causing people across several age groups to explore estate planning. Wall Street Journal columnist Julie Jargon discusses apps and online services designed to make estate planning easier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2020
Grocers Weren't Prepared for the Pandemic
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Wall Street Journal reporter Annie Gasparro explains how ramped up demand by grocery shoppers during the pandemic has forced stores and food companies to revamp their business models to get products on the shelves more efficiently. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2020
Coronavirus: Lenders Help Consumers Who May Miss Payments
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Credit card and mortgage lenders are stepping in to assist consumers who could miss payments as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic. Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2020
Coronavirus: The Effect on Your 401(k)...and Your Mind
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Wall Street Journal "Intelligent Investor" columnist Jason Zweig discusses the stress brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, and how investors can avoid making knee-jerk decisions in a bear market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2020
Student Loan Interest Rates Could Hit Record Lows
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Student loan borrowers could soon be able to capitalize on record-low interest rates as the Federal Reserve aims to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains the trade-offs of refinancing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
Canceling a Trip Due to Coronavirus? Rules May Not Be Clear
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The coronavirus outbreak is forcing more consumers to contact their credit-card companies about cancellations. Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis discusses the evolving sets of cancellation rules they face. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2020
Coronavirus Fears Drive Mortgage Rates to Record Lows
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Historically low mortgage rates have sparked refinancing activity not seen in more than a decade. Wall Street Journal reporter Orla McCaffrey explains how homeowners are flooding lenders with calls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2020
Event Canceled Due to Coronavirus: Who Foots the Bill?
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The coronavirus outbreak has canceled numerous trade shows, festivals and conferences across the globe. And event organizers hoping that insurance will cover their losses are likely to be disappointed. More from the Wall Street Journal's Julie Steinberg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2020
Companies Tweak Sick-Day Policies as Coronavirus Spreads
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Millions of U.S. workers don't get paid time off for illnesses. That can lead some sick employees to come into work anyway. Wall Street Journal reporter Kathryn Dill discusses how companies are handling sick-time benefits during the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2020
In A Pandemic: Stockpile Cash or Go Cashless?
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Americans are making emergency preparations for possible shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. But what about money? Should they have a lot of extra cash on hand ... or go cashless. We get some insight from the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
Changing Air Travel Plans Due to Coronavirus? It's Not That Easy
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Air travelers trying to change or cancel flight plans due to coronavirus have become frustrated with restrictions imposed by airlines. Passengers may discover they're not eligible for change fee waivers or they may have to re-book quickly. More from Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2020
Companies Devise Coronavirus Response Plans
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Companies are scrambling to come up with contingency plans to respond to the coronavirus crisis. The Wall Street Journal's Chip Cutter says employers are taking steps including sending workers home and separating their teams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2020
Amid Market Chaos, Strategies For Your Retirement Savings
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The coronavirus-related market shock has dented a lot of retirement portfolios. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Tergesen says there are some strategies investors should consider to ensure such stock selloffs don't derail their retirement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2020
Coronavirus Fears Push Pension Funds Lower
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Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Gillers discusses how the market instability caused by coronavirus fears have impacted pension funds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2020
Preparing for Coronavirus: Who's Paying for All This?
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From being tested for coronavirus to missed work as a result of self-quarantine, Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Julia Carpenter explains which expenses consumers are likely to be responsible for. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2020
For Many U.S. Cities, the Economic Boom Is Over
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Some large U.S. cities are still enjoying post-recession economic expansion, but Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Gillers explains how that is masking struggles in smaller towns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2020
Companies Give Employees Time Off to Vote
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Wall Street Journal reporter Chip Cutter explains how hundreds of companies are rearranging their work day and allowing employees to take time off to vote. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2020
AmEx Misled Business Owners to Increase Sign-Ups
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A Wall Street Journal investigation has found that American Express salespeople misrepresented credit card features such as rewards when pitching them to small business owners. Reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2020
Big Question in Retirement Planning: How Long Will I Live?
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New online tools and services are allowing retirement savers to incorporate generic and other lifestyle data to better gauge lifespan and future health. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2020
Coronavirus: Should You Cancel Your Travel Plans?
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Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney discusses the risks facing travelers amid the coronavirus scare, and whether airlines are likely to allow passengers to change or cancel plans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2020
Companies Giving Consumers an Exit From Subscription Fees
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Companies are loosening the rules governing their subscription business models as a way to preserve long-term relationships with their customers. Wall Street Journal contributor Matthew Kassel explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2020
Coronavirus: How to Invest in a Volatile Market
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How can investors protect their holdings in the stock market as it reacts to fears over the spread of the coronavirus? Beacon Capital Management president Chris Cook explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2020
What Lower Gas Prices Mean for Consumers-And Investors
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Declining energy prices have eased the sticker shock at the gas pump and on home heating bills. Wall Street Journal reporter Amrith Ramkumar explains the impact on investors as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2020
Controlling How Your Financial Data Is Shared Could Get a Lot Easier
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A startup called Akoya will set limits on the types of data that financial apps can grab from customers' bank accounts. Wall Street Journal investing reporter Justin Baer explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2020
The Economics of Freezing Your Eggs
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Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Carpenter discusses the decisions women must make and the questions they need to ask if they are considering freezing their eggs in the hopes of getting pregnant later in life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2020
Grocers vs. Big Food Companies for Control of Shelf Space
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Big brands are losing the power to dictate how products are displayed on supermarket shelves. Wall Street Journal reporter Annie Gasparro explains how grocers are relying on data to regain control of their shelf space. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2020
Why Some Car Dealers Tell Borrowers to Stop Making Payments
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Some car dealers are encouraging borrowers to stop making payments and instead ask their loan provider to repossess their vehicle. Wall Street Journal reporters AnnaMaria Andriotis and Ben Eisen explain why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2020
How to Convert Unwanted Gift Cards Into Cash
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Consumers have several options if they want to redeem unused gift cards for cash. DealNews.com's Julie Ramhold explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2020
We Answer Your Retirement Questions
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Changes to retirement programs by Congress late last year triggered lots of questions from Wall Street Journal subscribers. Journal retirement reporter Anne Tergesen has answers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2020
Record Credit Card Debt Raises Alarms
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Credit card debt rose to record levels in the fourth quarter. Wall Street Journal reporter Yuka Hayashi explains how delinquency rates among several age groups have economists concerned. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2020
Companies Provide Employees with Emergency Funds
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Employers are launching 'financial wellness' programs to provide workers with funds in emergency situations that might otherwise prevent them from coming in to work. Wall Street Journal contributor Bailey McCann explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2020
Colleges Offer Students Work Programs Ahead of Graduation
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Colleges are offering cooperative-education programs, or co-ops, which allow students to work in their field of study while enrolled to better compete with other job-seekers after graduation. Wall Street Journal contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 10, 2020
Why There Are So Few Women CEOs
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Women are often promoted to executive C-suite positions, but relatively few are elevated to the CEO post. Wall Street Journal reporter Vanessa Fuhrmans explains why. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2020
MBA Programs Adding STEM Degrees to Attract Overseas Students
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U.S. business schools, in an effort to curb a sharp decline in applications from international students, are adding concentrations in science, technology, engineering and math, known as 'STEM.' Wall Street Journal reporter Patrick Thomas explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2020
Coronavirus Impact on the Manufacturing Sector
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Wall Street Journal reporter Harriet Torry explains concerns economists have regarding the effect the coronavirus could have on the global manufacturing sector, and specifically supply chains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2020
Home Loan Banks May Veer Into Unregulated Territory
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A government organization that backs community lenders, credit unions and small banks is raising eyebrows by potentially lending to groups that face minima oversight. Wall Street Journal reporter Andrew Ackerman explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2020
Hotel Resort Fees: The Growing Backlash
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Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney discusses the growing backlash against fees that hotel companies tack on to the advertised cost of rooms. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2020
Tax Issues Facing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains tax questions surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step back from the royal family and split their time between the U.K. and North America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2020
Turning Your 401(k) Into a Retirement Paycheck
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As pensions are phased out by companies, more 401(k) plans are adding features allowing savers to receive regular payouts and stretch their savings. Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2020
Coronavirus Tests Market's Faith in the Global Economy
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The spread of the coronavirus outbreak in China has investors worried that it could affect economies worldwide. Wall Street Journal reporter Akane Otani explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2020
Worldwide Housing Price Stagnation Worries Economists
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Global housing markets are losing steam, and holding back prospects for the global economy. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Chaney explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2020
Why Supermarkets Are Closing Their Pharmacy Counters
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Local supermarkets are closing their in-store pharmacies as large drugstore chains expand their offerings. Wall Street Journal reporter Sharon Terlep explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2020
Is It Time to Get Rid of Security Deposits?
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Many lawmakers and municipalities are trying to eliminate security deposits in order to make renting more affordable. Wall Street Journal reporter Will Parker explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2020
FICO Changes Could Lower Your Credit Score
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Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis discusses changes coming to the way credit scores are calculated, and how it could make it more difficult for some Americans to borrow money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2020
Considering a New Job? Beware a Culture Misfit
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Wall Street Journal columnist Joann S. Lublin explains important questions job-seekers should ask to better understand the culture inside a company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2020
The Disappearing Executive Assistant
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Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Feintzeig explains why executive assistants have been eliminated from U.S. offices in large numbers over the past two decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2020
Attention, Savers: Congress Can Always Change Retirement Breaks
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Last year, Congress cut the tax benefits of Stretch IRAs, which are passed down to non-spouse heirs. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders reminds us that Congress has long considered trimming retirement breaks, and savers should be aware that their breaks might be targeted. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2020
How Burnout Is Impacting the Health Industry
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Burnout is high among physicians, especially those between the ages of 40 and 54, a recent survey revealed. The Wall Street Journal's Brianna Abbott discusses what's behind the extra stress and how doctors are coping. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2020
A Surge in Luxury Apartment Construction
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Builders are on track to finish more new apartments in 2020 than in any year since the 1980s. The Wall Street Journal's Will Parker said the rise is led by a spike in luxury apartment rentals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2020
U.S. Factories Luring Workers With Hefty Perks
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As they face the task of filling 500,000 unfilled positions, U.S. factories are luring workers with perks such as bonuses and relocation payments. Wall Street Journal reporter Austen Hufford explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2020
Should the Government Provide Americans a Minimum Income?
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Wall Street Journal reporter Jake Schlesinger discusses a proposal put forth by Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang to issue $1,000 monthly payments to Americans, commonly known as universal basic income. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2020
California Aims to Launch Its Own Prescription Drug Label
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Wall Street Journal reporter Jared S. Hopkins discusses how a California plan to launch its own prescription drug would use governmental purchasing power to control rising health care costs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2020
Some Bonds Tied to Student Loans Won't Mature Until the 2070s
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Wall Street Journal reporter Cezary Podkul explains how student loan borrowers extending their re-payment schedules have forced issuer of bonds tied to student debt to move the maturity date decades into the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2020
What To Do Now To Avoid Amending Your Tax Return
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Wall Street Journal contributor Tom Herman explains steps taxpayers can take to avoid making costly errors and omissions on their tax returns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2020
Municipal Bonds: Supercharged Returns in 2020?
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Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Gillers discusses 2019's record cash inflow into mutual funds containing municipal bonds, and whether that trend is likely to continue in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2020
The Hottest Thing in Life Insurance Has Serious Risks
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Indexed universal life insurance, tied to stock market gains, can generate sizable returns for investors. But Wall Street Journal reporter Leslie Scism explains how insurers could be underplaying serious risks to policyholders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2020
Working in the 2020s: Lessons Learned from the 2010s
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Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Julia Carpenter spoke with several people who began their careers during the last decade, and are applying wisdom learned about debt, jobs and saving for retirement this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2020
Creating a Budget in 2020: Not Having a Budget Could Be Best
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Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Julia Carpenter explains how creating a budget and not having a budget at all can be equally effective in managing your money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 02, 2020
Buying a Car: Some Dealerships Inflate Borrowers' Income
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A Wall Street Journal analysis has revealed that some car dealerships are dressing up car-loan applications with fake, inflated incomes in order to help a customer secure financing and complete a sale. Reporters Ben Eisen and AnnaMaria Andriotis explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2019
What It's Really Like to Be an Airbnb Landlord
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Wall Street Journal contributor Matthew Kassel explains the taxes and fees, as well as home prep, involved in renting out a room or you entire house through services like Airbnb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2019
Prepaid College Tuition Plans: Pros and Cons
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Wall Street Journal contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk explains the benefits of prepaying for college tuition. She also discusses the differences between prepaid tuition plans and traditional 529 college savings plans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2019
Making Small Adjustment to Your Finances Can Pay Off Big Time
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Wall Street Journal personal finance and retirement reporter Anne Tergesen discusses tips from coaches and economists to make behavioral changes 'stick' in the new year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 26, 2019
OK to Regift Unwanted Presents? Research Says Yes
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Is it OK to regift a present you received that you don't want? Harvard University's Michael Norton explains the findings behind research behind regifting, and whether you're likely to offend the original gift-giver, or the regift recipient. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2019
New Spending Bill: Inheriting IRAs Just Got Complicated
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains changes to 'stretch IRAs', which allow savers to pass on IRA holdings on to grandchildren and younger generations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2019
Spending Bill: Big Changes for Retirement System
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Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen outlines key major changes to the nation's retirement system in the new spending bill approved by Congress this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2019
Options Traders Are Preparing for a Market Decline
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Wall Street Journal reporter Gunjan Banerji explains that, despite the market's current upward trend, many options traders are spending large sums of money to hedge against a market pullback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2019
Hidden Fees Dent Teachers' Retirement Savings
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Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains how hidden fees, the result of ties between administrators hired by school districts for their teacher retirement plans and the companies behind the plans themselves, cost teachers significant amount of money in their retirement accounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2019
Bitcoin: What Could Trigger Another Rally?
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On the two-year anniversary of bitcoin's all-time high, Wall Street Journal cryptocurrency reporter Paul Vigna explains why trading has remained at such low levels, and what could trigger another run higher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2019
Brexit: How Investors Can Make Money
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Pictet Asset Management's Richard Dias explains how investors can capitalize Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2019
Grocers Are Racing to Fulfill Your Online Orders
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The nation's largest grocers are spending millions to build warehouses in anticipation of more shoppers ordering groceries online. Wall Street Journal Jaewon Kang explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2019
Lululemon Puts the Spotlight on Men's Clothing
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Lululemon became a multi-billion dollar company through the sale of yoga clothing, but it is re-directing the spotlight on its line of high-end men's apparel. Wall Street Journal reporter Charity Scott explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 12, 2019
Picking 401(k) Funds Can Be as Easy as ABC, and That's Bad
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Research has revealed that many 401(k) retirement plan participants select funds based on the first letter of the fund's name, or if the fund appears at the top of a list, rather than researching financial data. Wall Street Journal contributor Daisy Maxey explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2019
U.S. Factories: White-Collar Education for Blue-Collar Work
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Wall Street Journal reporter Austen Hufford explains how problem solving and computerized automation required in post-recession manufacturing jobs means workers with college degrees will soon outnumber those without. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2019
Freelance Workers Should Make These Tax Moves Now
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Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders discusses tax moves freelance workers should make before the Dec. 31 deadline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2019
Online Mattress Business: Never-Ending Free Trials
592
Wall Street Journal reporter Stephanie Yang explains how some online mattress customers sign up for a series of free trials from numerous companies over the course of several years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2019
How Sly Travelers Cut Their Airfares in Half
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Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney explains how airlines adding new routes to their schedules can result in substantial reductions in airfares. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2019
How to Have Productive Money Talks With Family
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Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Julia Carpenter discusses how different generations of family members can make conversations about money less awkward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2019
Credit Unions Are All Grown Up
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Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Eisen explains how many credit unions have become big enough to purchase small banks. He also discusses concerns that some credit unions may struggle during a recession. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2019
Beware the Gift Card Scam
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Wall Street Journal reporter Julie Jargon explains how scammers posing as grandchildren, government officials and tech-support agents trick people into purchasing store gift cards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2019
Amazon, Target, Walmart: The One-Day Shipping Battle
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Wall Street Journal corporate bureau chief Marcelo Prince explains the competition between retailers Amazon, Target and Walmart to provide one-day shipping to customers during the holiday season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2019
Holiday Shopping and the Generational Divide
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Wall Street Journal style reporter Ray A. Smith explains how different generations approach shopping during the holidays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2019
Why the StubHub Sale Won't Solve All of EBay's Problems
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Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains why EBay sold ticketing business StubHub, and why the sale won't remove EBay from Amazon's shadow. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2019
Business Activity Pumps U.S. Economy Amid Global Slowdown
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Amid a prolonged global economic slowdown, the U.S. economy is showing strength thanks to increased business activity. Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Hannon explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2019
Why Some Unions Are Losing Members, and Revenue
553
Wall Street Journal reporter Kris Maher discusses the impact of a 2018 Supreme Court decision that allowed union members to opt out of membership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2019
New Data: Which College Graduates Make the Most?
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Wall Street Journal reporter Andrea Fuller discusses new government data detailing the salaries, as well as debt liabilities, of recent college graduates according to their major. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2019
Health Savings Accounts: Your Questions Answered
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Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains the benefits of health savings accounts, or HSAs, and how they can be an effective savings tool. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2019
How to Find Cheap Stocks in a Hot Stock Market
543
Wall Street Journal markets reporter Michael Wursthorn discusses how the S&P 500 Value Index has risen 11% over the three months, and how small investors can take part in the current value stocks rally. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2019
Elizabeth Warren's Tax Plan: Rates for Some Could Exceed 100%
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Richard Rubin discusses Democratic presidential candidate Richard Rubin discusses Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren's proposed tax plan. Under the plan, some wealthy Americans could face rates above 100%. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2019
Tax Tips: Make These Changes Now to Save in 2020
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Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders discusses moves taxpayers should make before the end of the year that could save them money when preparing their tax returns in 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2019
Google to Offer Checking Accounts
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Google plans to offer checking accounts to its U.S. users next year. Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Rudegair explains how customers will access their money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2019
Baby Boomers Staying Home, Not Moving into Senior Housing
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Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Grant explains how 'aging in place' technology is encouraging baby boomers to stay in their homes and not move to senior housing. (News Corp, owner of The Wall Street Journal, has a commercial agreement to supply news through Facebook.) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2019
What's Luring Billionaires to Florida?
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President Trump follows a rich tradition of wealthy people leaving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and establishing residency in Florida. Wall Street Journal reporter Juliet Chung explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2019
Letting Your Employer Invest Your 401(k) Money Is a Big Mistake
909
Financial security expert Pamela Yellen explains why employees should take control of their 401(k) retirement investments and not rely on their employer to invest for them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2019
Want to Leave Your IRA to Your Grandkids? Not So Fast
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains proposed legislation that would significantly change the rules that govern passing on tax-free IRA dollars to heirs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2019
Will the Rental Industry Survive an Economic Downturn?
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Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart examines the rental economy, and whether Americans will maintain their renting ways if the economy turns downward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2019
It's About Time Financial Advisers Spoke in Plain English
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Often times financial advisers leave customers confused in a blizzard of jargon and gobbledygook. Wall Street Journal 'Intelligent Investor' columnist Jason Zweig explains how the SEC is directing advisers to clear up confusing language. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2019
How Women Can Develop More Financial Confidence
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Susan Neely of the American Council of Life Insurers discusses how women can better educate themselves and develop a sharper sense of confidence when it comes to managing money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2019
White House Backs Off Fuel Emissions Freeze
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A.M. Edition for November 1st: The Trump administration is backing away from a plan to freeze tailpipe-emissions targets for new vehicles through 2025 - Ben Foldy has more. Plus, it's jobs day! Eric Morath has a preview of what to expect. And - the rise of the $100 million home. Kim Gittleson hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2019
Consumer Credit Card Use Isn't Growing, and Banks Are Worried
562
Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Telis Demos explains how a pullback in consumers' credit card use is pressuring earnings at the big banks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2019
The Fed Lowers Interest Rates: Impact on Your Finances
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Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Julia Carpenter explains how short-term interest rates, lowered by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, impacts consumer finance products like mortgages and student loans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2019
Companies Re-Evaluating Their Bereavement Leave Policies
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More companies are putting extra thought into their bereavement leave policies to accommodate, among other things, employee travel needs and the changing definition of family. Wall Street Journal 'Work & Family' columnist Sue Shellenbarger explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2019
'Tis the Season for Robots to Take Holiday Seasonal Jobs
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Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Smith explains how holiday season job seekers looking for work at warehouses will be in direct competition with robots. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2019
Penalties for Missing a Single Student Loan Payment
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Wall Street Journal contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk explains penalties that some federal and private lenders may levy if a borrower misses just one student loan payment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2019
Open Enrollment: Avoiding Errors When Choosing Benefits
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Signing up for benefits through open enrollment can be overwhelming. Voya's Mona Zielke explains careful research employees and insurance purchasers should do in order to select appropriate levels of coverage and avoid making errors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2019
Gas Prices: What's Behind Regional Price Differences?
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Wall Street Journal markets reporter Amrith Ramkumar explains why in some areas of the country, motorists pay the national average of $2.60 for a gallon of gas, while in others people pay more than $4.00. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2019
Why Home Sales Aren't Rising as Mortgage Rates Fall
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Wall Street Journal real estate reporter Laura Kusisto takes the current pulse of the housing market, and explains why sales fell 2.2% in September even as mortgage rates have fallen below 4%. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2019
Debunking Myths About Your Credit Score
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There are several misconceptions and myths regarding what can drive your credit score up or down. Wall Street Journal news editor Demetria Gallegos explains, including how to obtain a free credit report. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
Retirement Planning: Beware of Surprise Expenses
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Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Ruffenach discusses unplanned expenses that can quickly cut into retirement savings. He explains how people can plan for and avoid financial surprises. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2019
Nestlé Shakes Up Its Bottled-Water Business
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Wall Street Journal reporter Saabira Chaudhuri explains how Nestlé plans to overhaul its bottled-water business to meet changing consumer tastes and focus on sustainability. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2019
New Reality Show Tackles Student Debt
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A new reality TV show from executive producer Ashton Kutcher helps students and graduates pay down their student debt by teaching them lessons in spending and saving. Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Carpenter explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2019
You Make $100,000? It Might Not Be Enough to Buy a Home
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Wall Street Journal reporter Ryan Dezember discusses the record number of families earning six-figure salaries who are forced to rent their homes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2019
Interest Rates Are Falling. Why Aren't Credit Card Rates?
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Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains why credit card rates have not fallen this year as broader interest rates have.

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Oct 15, 2019
Google Bans Payday Loans From Its App Store
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Google has purged from its Google Play app store apps that offer payday loans with interest rates of 36% or more. The Wall Street Journal's Yuka Hayashi has the story.

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Oct 14, 2019
Why Mortgage Rates Haven't Fallen in Lockstep With Interest Rates
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Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Eisen explains why mortgage rates have fluctuated but have not fallen as the Federal Reserve has lowered interest rates.

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Oct 11, 2019
Why Social Media Shouldn't Forget About Mom and Dad
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Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Laura Forman discusses why social media sites like Snapchat should consider expanding beyond their current focus on 'Generation Z' to reach parents and older adults to boost ad revenue.

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Oct 10, 2019
California's New Rent-Control Law: More States to Follow
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Wall Street Journal reporter Alejandro Lazo discusses California recently passed rent control law that aims to curb the state's homelessness problem.

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Oct 09, 2019
Why Pensions Are Fading Away
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In light of GE freezing pension benefits for 20,000 workers, Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Gillers discusses the state of pensions in corporate America and how they differ from 401(k) accounts.

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Oct 08, 2019
How Home Equity Affects College Financial Aid
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Wall Street Journal real estate columnist Beth DeCarbo explains how some colleges and universities figure home equity in how they determine the amount of financial aid a student will receive.

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Oct 07, 2019
Online Stock Trading: Fees Drop to Zero
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Charles Schwab, E*Trade and TD Ameritrade have eliminated fees for online stock and options trading. Wall Street Journal reporter Alexander Osipovich explains.

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Oct 04, 2019
The 7-Year Car Loan: Not as Economical as You Think
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Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Eisen discusses the popularity of six- and seven-year car loans, and how it is an indication of the struggles of the middle class.

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Oct 03, 2019
Young Investors: Invest Now and Plan for Tomorrow
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Wall Street Journal reporter Anne Tergesen explains why investors in their 20s and 30s should not be intimidated by current market volatility, and should invest with the long term in mind.

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Oct 02, 2019
Stock Market: What to Expect in the 4th Quarter
654
Federated Investors chief market strategist Phil Orlando discusses specific events expected in the fourth quarter and they are likely to impact equity markets.

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Oct 01, 2019
How to Buy a Sweater Without Cash or a Credit Card
990
Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains point-of-sale installment loans, which allows consumers to purchase merchandise with fixed payments over a pre-determined amount of time.

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Sep 30, 2019
Lower Your Mortgage Interest Rate With No Refinancing
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Wall Street Journal reporter Kay McLaughlin explains loan modifications, in which banks will lower a customer's mortgage rate without refinancing.

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Sep 27, 2019
Employer-Provided Health Coverage Passes $20,000 a Year
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Wall Street Journal health reporter Anna Wilde Mathews explains why employer-provided health care costs, for both families and individuals, continue to rise.

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Sep 26, 2019
Overtime Pay Going Up for More Than a Million Workers
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A new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, will increase overtime pay for both hourly as well as some salaried workers. Wall Street Journal reporter Andrew Ackerman explains.

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Sep 25, 2019
Bitcoin: NYSE Owner Launches New Futures Market
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Wall Street Journal reporter Alexander Osipovich discusses a new bitcoin futures market launched Intercontinental Exchange and it could result in more widespread acceptance of cybercurrency by merchants.

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Sep 24, 2019
Wall Street's Recession Fears Have Eased
509
Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains economic factors that have led August's sharp recession fears among investors, which triggered broad market selloffs, to fade.

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Sep 23, 2019
Google Pay Is the Mobile Payment King in India
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Wall Street Journal reporter Newley Purnell explains how Google Pay became the leading mobile payments app in India. Indians have helped the app register more downloads worldwide than PayPal and Venmo in the first half of the year.

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Sep 20, 2019
The Outlook for U.S. Gas Prices
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Wall Street Journal reporter Amrith Ramkumar explains why gas prices have risen since the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, and why it's hard to predict how much more they'll rise.

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Sep 19, 2019
Comcast Announces New 'Peacock' Streaming Service
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Comcast says its new 'Peacock' streaming service will join a crowded field in April and compete with Netflix. Wall Street Journal entertainment reporter Joe Flint explains the cost as well as star power expected on the service.

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Sep 18, 2019
Banks Are Back in the Mortgage Bond Business
547
Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Eisen explains why banks have re-entered the mortgage-backed securities business, and safeguards now in place to protect both investors and consumers.

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Sep 17, 2019
Starting Out on $50K
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Wall Street Journal reporter Francesca Fontana discusses her interviews with recent college graduates who earn around $50,000 annually and how are they are able to cover expenses.

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Sep 16, 2019
Need Cash? The Bank Might Want to See Your Phone Bill
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Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMarie Andriotis explains how banks and lenders are going beyond credit score and using new sets of data to reach consumers who might have little or no credit history.

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Sep 13, 2019
President Trump Weighs Lowering Capital Gains Taxes
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Wall Street Journal reporter Kate Davidson discusses a proposal from President Trump that would tie capital gains taxes to the inflation rate.

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Sep 12, 2019
Women's Spending Power and How Companies Reach Them
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Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Laura Forman explains the lack of research behind the spending habits of women who are a household's top breadwinner.

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Sep 11, 2019
Your Portfolio: How Many Mutual Funds Is Too Many?
473
Adding mutual funds and ETFs to your portfolio is a good way to achieve diversity, but Wall Street Journal contributor Dan Weil explains why investors should be mindful of many they own.

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Sep 10, 2019
Payday-Type Loans: Lenders Want Airtight Rules
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Banks are being encouraged to re-enter the short-term loan business, known by some as payday loans. Wall Street Journal reporter Lalita Clozel explains banks and other lenders want regulations that are consistent and won't be affected by changes in political power.

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Sep 09, 2019
Key Differences Between IRA and 401(k) Accounts
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders discusses differences between 401(k) and IRA retirement accounts, and how not understanding them can cost taxpayers significant sums of money.

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Sep 06, 2019
Stock Market: Euphoria or on the Cusp of Doom?
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Wall Street Journal markets columnist James Mackintosh decodes mixed messages coming from the bond market and stock market about the economic climate.

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Sep 05, 2019
More States Legalizing Mobile Sports Betting
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After New Jersey has run neck-and -neck with Nevada in the mobile sports betting market, more states was in on the action. Wall Street Journal gambling reporter Katherine Sayre explains.

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Sep 04, 2019
Online Savings Rates Are Headed Lower
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Wall Street Journal reporter Allison Prang explains why interest rates on online savings accounts, which have significantly outpaced rates at traditional savings accounts, are moving lower.

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Sep 03, 2019
Airlines Solving Some of Passengers' Biggest Headaches
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Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney explains how airlines, after grouping themselves in alliances, are getting around to syncing their computer systems to eliminate some frustrations facing passengers.

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Aug 30, 2019
Experience Needed! Companies Seeking Seasoned CFOs
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CFO Journal's Nina Trentmann explains how companies in the Fortune 500 and S&P 500 are turning to more seasoned executives to sit in the finance chief post.

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Aug 29, 2019
Rising Student Debt Attracts Debt Relief Scams
568
A Wall Street Journal investigation has revealed several companies offering student-debt relief services that turn out to be scams or make illegal promises.

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Aug 28, 2019
Big Tech Shares Lose Their Wall Street Spotlight
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Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Wuesthorn explains how the so-called FAANG stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) have ceded the spotlight to software firms as the companies have fallen on challenging times.

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Aug 27, 2019
The Most Toxic Spending Habits
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Ally Bank's Emily Shallal details the people's worst habits that can derail personal and family finances. They include hiding spending from others, and keeping up with the Kardashians.

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Aug 26, 2019
Going to College: Put Mental Health on Your Checklist
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Ohio State University chief wellness officer Dr. Bernadette Melnyk explains how students should prepare for the stress of college leading to missed check-ups, workouts, unhealthy eating and depression.

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Aug 23, 2019
Interest Rates: Impact on Small Business
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TD Bank's Jay DesMarteau discusses the impact and benefits of low interest rates on small business owners.

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Aug 22, 2019
You Plan to Work Past Age 65. Here's Why You Won't
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Financial security expert Pamela Yellen explains why most people stop working much earlier than planned, and offers safe investment tips to reduce the chances of running out of money in retirement.

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Aug 21, 2019
How to Avoid College Buyer's Remorse
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Citizens Bank's Brendan Coughlin highlights common mistakes college students and their families make while researching and securing financial aid for higher education.

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Aug 20, 2019
The Math Behind Olive Garden's 'Never Ending Pasta Pass'
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The Olive Garden restaurant chain recently alerted winners of its annual Never Ending Pasta Pass. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street editor Spencer Jakab explains how the promotion is cost-effective for the chain, and how similar promotions have been misfires for other companies.

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Aug 19, 2019
Real Estate Industry Tries to Solve Its Scammers Problem
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More than 11,000 people in the real estate industry have been scammed out of $150 million, just in 2018 alone. Wall Street Journal 'Mansion' columnist Beth DeCarbo has details.

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Aug 16, 2019
First-Time Condo Buyers Get a Boost from the Government
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New rules to help revive the entry-level condo market for first-time buyers include only a 3.5% down payment requirement and lower credit score than conventional loans. Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Kusisto explains.

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Aug 15, 2019
Should Your Resume Look Like an Instagram Post?
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Generation Z, or people born after 1998, are adding photos, graphics and emoji to their resumes to help tell their stories. Wall Street Journal reporter Chip Cutter explains not all employers are receptive to the new style.

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Aug 14, 2019
The Federal Reserve's New Tool in Case of Recession
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Wall Street Journal reporter Lalita Clozel explains the countercyclical capital buffer, a new tool the Federal Reserve can use to avert a credit crunch in the event of another economic downturn.

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Aug 13, 2019
College Grads Seek Return on Education Investment
650
Higher education opens the door for many people to find higher-paying jobs, but Wall Street Journal reporter Josh Mitchell explains why a growing number of people haven't been able to capitalize on their college degree.

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Aug 12, 2019
Where You Went to College Could Determine Credit Approval
497
The introduction of alternative data to evaluate creditworthiness has gained traction, but has also raised fairness questions. Wall Street Journal reporter Yuka Hayashi explains.

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Aug 09, 2019
Overtime Pay: New Rules to Make More Workers Eligible
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A proposed set of federal rules would raise the threshold eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Feintzeig explains how many state proposals would raise that threshold further.

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Aug 08, 2019
U.S. Pension Funds Fell Short in 2019
585
Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Gillers explains why some public pensions fell short of projected returns this year, and how governments are forced to fill in the financial gap.

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Aug 07, 2019
High-Speed Trading: NYSE Moving into the Fast Lane
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The New York Stock Exchange's core technology goes through an overhaul this month in order to process faster trading. Wall Street Journal reporter Alexander Osipovich explains how the overhaul project, called Pillar, has hit speed bumps in the past.

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Aug 06, 2019
Why the Federal Reserve Is Investigating Amazon
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Wall Street Journal reporter Liz Hoffman explains why Federal Reserve investigators paid a visit to an Amazon Web Services facility last spring, and why several more visits by the Feds are expected.

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Aug 05, 2019
Tapping Your Mortgage for Cash Faces New Restrictions
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The ability of homeowners to withdraw cash when refinancing their mortgage will face new restrictions in September. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Eisen explains.

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Aug 02, 2019
Interest Rates: Fed's Cut Could Mean Higher Bond Yields
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Wall Street Journal reporter Sam Goldfarb explains why some investors see the Federal Reserve's 0.25% interest rate cut as a path toward higher bond yields.

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Aug 01, 2019
Bosses Rarely Take 'Mental Health Days' Off; They Should
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Entrepreneurial and managerial burnout can negatively impact staff and production. Workplace and career psychologist Andrea Goeglein discusses why managers are reluctant to take mental health days, and how not doing so can put them in negative light with their superiors.

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Jul 31, 2019
Why You Should Consider a 'Solo 401(k)'
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Wall Street Journal contributor Jeff Brown explains the advantages and benefits of a 'solo 401(k)', and why freelancers in a gig economy should especially consider opening one.

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Jul 30, 2019
U.S. Public Pensions: Victims of Rosy Future Predictions?
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Heard on the Street editor Spencer Jakab explains how overconfident economic predictions may have contributed to the current scenario where U.S. state and local pensions have less than 73% of the assets they need to fund future obligations.

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Jul 29, 2019
Relationship Pricing: Banks Want to Be Your Everything
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Wall Street Journal reporter Katy McLaughlin explains how banks increasingly offer attractive, relationship pricing in the hopes of being the banker, mortgage lender and financial adviser to a customer.

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Jul 26, 2019
Here's How to Travel the World at 90% Off
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Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney discusses some perks enjoyed by airline employees, including nearly free tickets to destinations of their choice.

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Jul 25, 2019
Interest Rate Chatter: It Boosts Gold and Yen Prices, Too
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Word of a possible interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve has boosted prices of commodities and currencies, like the Japanese Yen, as well as stocks. Wall Street Journal Ira By Ira Iosebashvili explains.

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Jul 24, 2019
The Downside of Lower Mortgage Rates for Banks
450
Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Eisen explains how lower mortgage rates can negatively impact banks' mortgage servicing businesses.

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Jul 23, 2019
Marriage Taxes: Should Couples Say "I Don't" Instead?
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains how couples who choose to remain single can reap substantial tax benefits.

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Jul 22, 2019
Interest Rates: July Data Adds Confusion to Fed-Watching
465
Some investors have predicted a 25-basis point interest rate reduction by the Federal Reserve in late July, while others feel a 50-basis point move is possible. Markets reporter Akane Otani explains how July's economic data has cast uncertainty on the Fed's next move.

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Jul 19, 2019
Shale Production Slows as Oil Rigs Go Inactive
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Wall Street Journal energy reporter Stephanie Yang explains why the number of active oil rigs in the U.S. has fallen to a 17-month low.

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Jul 18, 2019
Corporate Pensions Could Suffer From Lower Interest Rates
430
Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Lauren Silva Laughlin explains how an expected interest rate reduction by the Federal Reserve could negatively impact corporate pension funds.

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Jul 17, 2019
Lower Interest Rates Likely to Curb Banks' Earnings
649
Wall Street Journal reporter Telis Demos explains the relationship between a potential interest rate reduction by the Federal Reserve, what banks charge to loan money, deposit rates they give to consumers, and banks' earnings.

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Jul 16, 2019
Is the Party Over? Earnings Could Sour Wall Street's Mood
450
Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart explains how some on Wall Street have not priced in the likelihood of disappointing second-quarter earnings from many companies.

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Jul 15, 2019
Your 401(k) Plan Is Getting More Income Options
538
Annuities, essentially guaranteed monthly income for as long as a retiree lives, are coming to 401(k) plans. Wall Street Journal reporter Yuka Hayashi explains how annuities could be beneficial to retirees unable to cover their basic living expenses.

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Jul 12, 2019
Health Law: Court Comments Cloud Stocks' Future
466
Comments by a federal appeals court on the Affordable Care Act could paint a very cloudy future for health care stocks. Heard on the Street columnist Charley Grant explains.

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Jul 11, 2019
Fire Up the Grill! Propane Prices Have Simmered Down
514
Wall Street Journal reporter Ryan Dezember explains why propane prices have dropped by about 50% in the past year, and how the U.S. became the world's largest supplier.

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Jul 10, 2019
Bank Stocks Might Not Be as Cheap as They Appear
506
Have shares of the big banks priced in enough of a possibility of economic bad news on the horizon? Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Aaron Back explains how not forecasting negative events could make the stocks appear cheaper than they actually are.

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Jul 09, 2019
Gen Z in the Workplace: College Grads Supervising Seniors?
773
The arrival of Generation Z (those born after 1997) in the workplace means there could be as many as five generations working at a company simultaneously. XpertHR's Robert Teachout explains how employers can better understand the needs of different generations and overcome hurdles.

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Jul 08, 2019
Vacation With Your Signifcant Other: Who Pays for What?
628
Wall Street Journal 'Young Money' columnist Kevin McAllister discusses the dilemma often facing people vacationing with friends or romantic partners regarding how expenses are divided.

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Jul 05, 2019
Food Companies Bet on Americans Getting 'the Munchies'
545
Food companies are investing in the snacking industry, even as growth in the category has been uneven. Wall Street Journal reporter Micah Maidenberg explains.

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Jul 02, 2019
Americans' Spending Is Up, But Fears Persist
426
Wall Street Journal economics reporter Sarah Chaney explains what's driving consumer spending, which rose in April and May, and what may cause them to curtail spending later his year.

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Jul 01, 2019
Wall Street in 2019: A Look Ahead to the 2nd Half
679
Federated chief equity market strategist Phil Orlando looks ahead to Wall Street in the second half of 2019 and what challenges potentially facing investors.

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Jun 28, 2019
Options Traders Don't See This Market Rally Ending Soon
488
Wall Street Journal reporter Gunjan Banerji explains what is spurring optimism among options traders with regard to the future of the current market rally.

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Jun 27, 2019
Can't Buy Me Love? Facebook Aims to Firm Up User Support
459
Facebook's anticipated significant advertising ramp-up is intended to secure its existing user base. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Laura Forman discusses challenges the social media giant faces.

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Jun 26, 2019
Why Investors Feel Glum Even as Markets Flirt With Records
511
Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani explains why market observers and investors are pessimistic about the rest of 2019, even as the major markets approach record territory.

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Jun 25, 2019
Workers Not Threatened by Artificial Intelligence
493
Half of workers polled feel A.I. and automation will not have a negative impact on their jobs. Robert Half's Paul McDonald explains how workers and managers actually feel new technology will increase workers' productivity.

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Jun 24, 2019
Gold Prices Are Glittering as Fed Talks Interest Rate Cuts
518
Gold prices have surged to nearly six-year highs as the Federal Reserve considers reducing interest rates. Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Wallace explains other commodities whose prices have also risen, and others whose prices have not.

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Jun 21, 2019
Possible Interest Rates Cuts to Come: How to Invest
761
PGIM Fixed Income chief investment strategist Robert Tipp explains how investors can play the market to be in position for expected interest rate reductions over the next 12 to 16 months.

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Jun 20, 2019
Why Private Equity Megafunds Aren't Beating the Market
535
Wall Street Journal reporter Miriam Gottfried explains why private equity megafunds (minimum $10 billion) have struggled in recent years to beat the public markets in investment returns.

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Jun 19, 2019
Gucci's Hottest Sales Location: The Airport
444
Air passengers with extra time are spending billions buying luxury goods in airport terminals. Wall Street Journal reporter Sharon Terlep explains.

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Jun 18, 2019
Uber, Lyft Stocks in Line for Millions in Index Cash
550
Companies whose IPOs occured on or before May 10, incluing Uber and Lyft, are set to join the FTSE Russell 1000 and 2000 indexes. Wall Street Journal reporter Corrie Driebush explains how that could impact their share prices.

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Jun 17, 2019
Companies Helping Workers Build Emergency Funds
531
More companies are offering financial incentives to employees to encourage them to open savings and retirement account. Wall Street Journal retirement reporter Anne Tergesen explains how the companies benefit.

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Jun 14, 2019
IPO Market Could Be a Lifeline for Neiman Marcus, PetSmart
480
Wall Street Journal reporter Soma Biswas explains how the IPOs of properties owned by struggling retailers Neiman Marcus and PetSmart could help patch financial tensions between the companies and their creditors.

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Jun 13, 2019
Crowdsourcing Often Sparks New Business Ideas
411
In addition to relying on research and development staff to conceive new business ideas, many companies are tapping into the brainpower of rank-and-file workers to help move forward. Wall Street Journal news editor Henry Williams has details.

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Jun 12, 2019
Frackers Drill for Cash Elsewhere After Wall Street Exits
580
Wall Street Journal energy reporter Rebecca Elliott explains how fracking companies have had to search elsewhere for cash after Wall Street investors became impatient waiting for the companies to report profits.

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Jun 10, 2019
Millennials vs. Baby Boomers: The Investment Challenge
681
Should you put your money in shares of companies that serve millennials (born from 1981-1996) or baby boomers (born in the 1940s)? Heard on the Street columnist Mike Bird discusses a pair of portfolios created to track each age group's habits.

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Jun 07, 2019
Farming in 2019: The Farmer's Almanac Doesn't Apply
487
This year's extremely wet planting season and catastrophic flooding has caused farmers, as well as investors, to cast aside traditional planning tools like The Farmer's Almanac to gauge weather. Heard on the Street's Lauren Silva Laughlin explains.

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Jun 06, 2019
Square's Receipts Are Going to the Wrong People
469
Mistyped credit card numbers or newly assigned phone numbers have caused receipts generated by the Square payment processing app to wind up in unintended hands. Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Rudegair explains how the wayward receipts have resulted in blown gift surprises, or problems more serious.

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Jun 05, 2019
Vocational High Schools Allow Students to Enter Workforce
520
A $16 million campus in Dallas is one of several public schools that have opened vocational and career centers nationwide to serve students who want to skip college and go right into the workforce. Wall Street Journal reporter K-12 reporter Tawnell Hobbs explains.

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Jun 04, 2019
Roth 401(k): Your Questions Answered
537
Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders answers some of the mountain of letters and emails sent in following her previous podcast in which she detailed differences between traditional and Roth 401(k) retirement accounts.

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Jun 03, 2019
College Enrollment Down for the 7th Straight Year
456
The Wall Street Journal's Jake Holland explains what's behind the extended decline in college enrollment across the U.S. and the pronounced effect on smaller schools.

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May 31, 2019
How Much Money Would You Need to Be 'Wealthy'?
641
The latest Charles Schwab modern wealth survey highlights a disconnect between the perceptions of ourselves and our actual behaviors when it comes to investing and savings. Schwab's Terri Kallsen also explains how Americans define wealth and what they feel it takes to be wealthy.

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May 30, 2019
REITs Betting Big on the Mortgage Market
602
Real estate investment trusts, also known as REITs, are stepping up their investment in the mortgage market at levels not seen since 2013. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Eisen explains.

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May 29, 2019
$3.75M Signing Bonus: The Red-Hot Competition for CFOs
560
Silicon Valley companies are struggling to find chief financial officers with the right set of diverse skills to help bring them to the public markets. CFO Journal editor Jack Hagel discusses the fierce competition.

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May 28, 2019
U.S.-China Trade Spat: Wall Street Senses a Deal
568
There are specific signals present that indicate Wall Street is not in panic mode sees a trade agreement between the U.S. and China as likely. Reporter Akane Otani explains.

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May 24, 2019
Should a Financial Adviser Inherit a Client's Assets?
568
A Wall Street Journal report detailing a financial adviser's inheritance of 25% of a client's assets has resulted in Congress getting involved to potentially change the law. Journal reporter Gretchen Morgenson has details.

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May 23, 2019
Savings Account Interest Rates Are Headed Lower
430
Wall Street Journal reporter Allison Prang explains why interest rates on savings and CDs are likely to move lower, and has tips for still finding attractive rates.

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May 22, 2019
SEC Has Only Collected Half of $20 Billion in Fines
497
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has only been able to collect about half of the $20 billion in fines it has levied in the past five years. Wall Street Journal reporter Dave Michaels explains.

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May 21, 2019
Why You Should Consider Investing in a Roth 401(k)
515
Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains the differences between a traditional 401(k) and Roth 401(k) retirement account.

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May 20, 2019
Should You Hand Over Personal Data to the Airlines?
740
Airlines soon will have numerous new ways to track passengers and make note of their preferences. Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney explains how this is likely to raise new concerns about the balance between convenience and data security.

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May 17, 2019
Class of 2019: Lower Starting Salaries Than 2018 Grads
567
Class of 2019 college graduates will see lower average salary increases this year compared to students who graduated in 2018. Wall Street Journal reporter Kelsey Gee explains the numbers and outlines fields where raises will actually be sizeable.

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May 16, 2019
Why Uber and Lyft Shares Are Stuck in the Slow Lane
554
Heard on the Street columnist Dan Gallagher explains why investors have been reluctant to bid Uber and Lyft shares above their IPO prices since going public.

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May 15, 2019
Millennials Renting in Cities Attract a New Crop of Lenders
567
Millennials, who might otherwise be priced out living in U.S. cities, are being targeted by new lenders offering loans similar to those offered payday loan companies in past years. Wall Street Journal reporter Will Parker explains.

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May 14, 2019
Tax Law: Gold-Star Families Get Surprise, Steep Tax Bills
597
A change to the so-called Kiddie Tax in the nation's tax law has hit families who have lost active-duty service members hard in their wallet. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains.

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May 13, 2019
It's Getting Harder to Secure a Small Mortgage
601
Can a mortgage be too small? Many banks think so, and as a result it's getting harder for low- and middle-income consumers to borrow. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Eisen explains.

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May 10, 2019
Price Wars Drive Coast-to-Coast Nonstop Airfares Lower
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Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney has details on price wars between airlines that have brought nonstop transcontinental airfares to significantly low levels.

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May 09, 2019
Tesla Plans to Sell Owners Cheaper Car Insurance
551
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company will sell its car insurance to its drivers while using safety data from its vehicles in setting rates. Wall Street Journal global investing editor Geoffrey Rogow explains.

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May 08, 2019
When Stocks Tumble, Where Does Wall Street Invest?
574
Monday's steep selloff at the start of trading in response to a fresh U.S.-China trade spat brought to light safe investment destinations Wall Street puts its money during volatility. Journal reporter Donato Paolo Mancini discusses those less risky products.

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May 07, 2019
Selling Your Home? Do It in May or June
480
A seven-year survey of the housing industry shows specific dates in May and June are ideal for home-sellers to score a 10% premium above market value. ATTOM Data Solutions' Todd Teta explains the dates and numbers.

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May 06, 2019
Class of 2019 Wish List: Work-Life Balance and a Promotion
524
The Class of 2019, part of 'Generation Z', has specific expectations from the real world when they graduate, including a healthy corporate culture at work and a clear plan for being promoted. LaSalle Network CEO Tom Gimbel discusses a recent survey of college grads.

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May 03, 2019
Some States Have Stopped Paying Retiree Health Benefits
707
Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Gillers discusses ways that some U.S. states have found solutions to dealing with escalating health-care benefits for retirees, including not paying them at all.

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May 02, 2019
Can WeWork's IPO Raise Enough Cash?
466
Wall Street Journal reporter Eliot Brown explains office-sharing company WeWork's need to raise billions of dollars support its recent and future growth, and avenues the company has taken, including filing for an IPO to secure funds.

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May 01, 2019
Launching a Business: Are Six Heads Better Than One?
423
When starting a business, should entrepreneurs go it alone, or launch a new venture with a group? Wall Street Journal contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk has the results of a seven-year study.

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Apr 30, 2019
Want to Make Money? Snitch on Your Tax-Cheating Neighbor
557
The IRS's whistleblower program pays out rewards to tipsters, in some cases in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains.

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Apr 29, 2019
Upgrade to First Class? Use $1 Per Minute Formula
731
Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney discusses the economics of coach vs. first-class seating on airplanes. He says passengers might consider a $1 per minute in the air formula when considering whether to purchase an upgrade.

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Apr 26, 2019
Companies Missing Earnings Expectations Punished by Wall Street
497
Companies in the S&P 500 that have missed earnings expectations this quarter have been punished by Wall Street more severely than usual. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Corrie Driebush explains.

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Apr 25, 2019
Credit Card Companies Spending Millions on Social Media
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Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains why some credit card companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to reach potential customers on social media sites.

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Apr 24, 2019
Retirement Investing: Five Mistakes to Avoid
517
Investing too conservatively is among the biggest mistakes people make when planning for retirement. Wall Street Journal contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk outlines the biggest missteps to avoid to ensure retirees have enough money.

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Apr 23, 2019
Will Venmo + Plastic = Profits?
454
Mobile payments app Venmo is wildly popular, but still loses money. Venmo hopes that will change, since it's near a deal to offer a new credit card. Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Rudegeair has the details.

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Apr 22, 2019
Consumer Spending Surged in March
423
Retail sales, a key indicator of consumer spending, jumped 1.6 percent in March. The gain was bigger than expected, and the Wall Street Journal's Sharon Nunn says many retail sectors benefited from strong consumer demand.

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Apr 19, 2019
In-Flight Map Gets a Big Makeover
678
The in-flight map in airliners is getting a technological upgrade. You can get loads of new data such as encyclopedic details on Mont Blanc as you fly over it, or when dinner will be served. Wall Street Journal Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney has the details.

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Apr 18, 2019
Why Retirees Should Leave Their 401(k) Alone
576
Wall Street Journal retirement reporter Anne Tergesen explains relatively new policies and methods in place to encourage retirees to let their 401(k) retirement accounts keep working for them, even in their post-career years.

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Apr 17, 2019
How Burnout Can Be a Good Thing
514
Burnout, especially from working too much, can deprive us of sleep and proper eating, but there are also key benefits of burnout than can help us better focus ourselves and find success. Author Steve McClatchy explains.

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Apr 16, 2019
How Did Millionaires Get Rich? Not How You Think
602
Think most millionaires have high-paying jobs, or inherited their money? Think again. Author Chris Hogan surveyed more than 10,000 millionaires and reveals surprising myths about how they amassed their wealth, as well as lessons the rest of us can learn from them.

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Apr 15, 2019
Got a Side Job? Be Sure You Know Your Tax Benefits
584
Americans with side hustles often let numerous tax benefits and deductions go unused. Tax attorney Mark Kohler outlines some key deductions available, as well as what those with side jobs can learn from workers like Uber and Lyft drivers.

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Apr 12, 2019
Earnings Season: Watch for Fed Impact on Big Banks
532
Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Mention explains how quarterly earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo will illustrate the impact of the Federal Reserve's current cautious management of interest rates on the banking sector.

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Apr 11, 2019
House Flipping Is Back to 2006 Levels. Should We Worry?
443
Wall Street Journal housing reporter Laura Kusisto explains why although house flipping is back at pre-recession levels, it may not pose as much of a threat to the overall economy this time around.

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Apr 10, 2019
Merrill Makes a Play for Younger, Less Affluent Clients
388
Merrill Lynch is lining up assistance from parent Bank of America in wooing younger customers, who ordinarily would not quality for wealth advisory services, to sell digital investing products. Reporter Rachel Louise Ensign has details.

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Apr 09, 2019
A Texas Man Racked Up $26M in Late Tax Penalties
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A Texas man who did not file taxes for 12 years has accumulated $26 million in penalties. Wall Street Journal reporter Laura Saunders has details, and explains the lessons law-abiding taxpayers can take from the story.

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Apr 08, 2019
Bank Earnings, Fed Minutes On Tap
536
Stocks posted strong gains this week, but how much more upside is there for the markets? The Wall Street Journal's Mike Wursthorn says bank earnings will be in focus this coming week. And could the Fed policy minutes hint at a possible rate cut before long?

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Apr 05, 2019
Berkshire Hathaway: Collaboration and the Post-Buffett Era
529
Wall Street Journal reporter Nicole Friedman explains how Berkshire Hathaway's senior executives are collaborating more than ever, and how it could offer a glimpse at how the company might operate in the post-CEO Warren Buffett era.

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Apr 05, 2019
The Latest on Goldman Sachs's Open-Source Trading Floor
515
Goldman Sachs is allowing developers to access the previously proprietary coding it uses to assess risk and price derivatives. Wall Street Journal reporter Liz Hoffman explains.

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Apr 04, 2019
April Is Typically a Strong Month for Stocks
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Wall Street Journal markets reporter Jessica Menton explains why April is especially a robust month for stock performance.

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Apr 03, 2019
Why Gas Prices Could Hit $3 a Gallon by Summer
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Wall Street Journal energy reporter Dan Molinski explains what's been driving gas prices higher, to the point where $3 a gallon this summer is not out of the question.

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Apr 02, 2019
Cryptocurrency: Coinbase Offers Interest to Park Cash
795
Wall Street Journal cryptocurrency reporter Paul Vigna explains Coinbase's 'staking' program, which offers interest to customers to keep cash in an account, as long as they own some forms of cryptocurrency.

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Apr 01, 2019
Q1: Stocks Up More Than 10%
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Inflation data pushed stocks higher Friday, and the S&P 500 turned in its best quarterly performance in years. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Akane Otani has analysis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2019
Time to Refinance? The 4% Mortgage Is Back
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The 30-year mortgage rate dropped nearly a quarter point this week from a week earlier, its biggest drop in over a decade. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Ben Eisen explains what has driven rates lower and how long they might stay low. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2019
Heading Overseas? Grab More Than Your Passport
624
Rules governing which documents are needed to enter foreign countries keep changing. Wall Street Journal 'Middle Seat' columnist Scott McCartney outlines tips for travelers to be sure they don't get stuck at the airport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2019
Citigroup Launches New Digital Payments Unit
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The consumer payments business has become one of the most lucrative parts of the banking industry, and Citigroup is the latest big bank to jump in and grab a piece of the pie. Wall Street Journal reporter Telis Demos explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2019
The Hidden Dangers of Automatic-Payment Apps
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For younger people, automatic-payment apps have severed the connection between the things we buy and the act of paying for those things. The Wall Street Journal's Kevin McAllister explains how to get that connection back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2019
Credit Cards: Look Beyond the Sign-Up Bonus
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Most credit card holders are finding value in perks that go well beyond the sign-up bonus that companies offer. CreditCards.com's Ted Rossman explains the importance of researching interest rates as well as routinely considering changing the credit card you use most often. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2019
Stocks, Bond Yields Slide on Weak Economic Data
546
Markets tumbled Friday on weak manufacturing reports in the U.S. and the eurozone. Bond yields tumbled, and the Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says that's typically a sign investors are losing confidence in future prospects for growth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2019
How to 'Spring Clean' Your Finances
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Ally Bank's Emily Shallal outlines some simple ways consumers can take better control of their finances, such as avoiding bank fees and revisiting subscription services, to put more money in their pockets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2019
Hate Potholes? Would You Pay a Higher Gas Tax to Fix Roads?
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A proposal to increase the tax on gasoline to fix the nation's infrastructure has received rare bipartisan support. Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Gerald Seib explains the hurdles that remain before it would become reality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2019
Bitcoin: The Crypto Winter of Our Discontent
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Wall Street Journal cryptocurrency reporter Paul Vigna discusses the current bitcoin slump, the longest in its 10-year history, and whether factors are in place for a price rebound. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2019
Insurers Will Use Your Facebook Posts to Raise Rates
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It might be a better idea to post photos of yourself working out at the gym than hoisting a glass at happy hour. Wall Street Journal reporter Ellen Byron explains how life insurance companies are reviewing social media posts to determine someone's risk profile. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2019
Meghan Markle's Baby Is in Line for IRS Headaches
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As a U.S. citizen married to a British royal, the Duchess of Sussex faces a maze of tax complications. So will her child. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2019
Stocks Rise; The Fed's on Deck
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Stocks rose for both Friday and the week, as tech shares boosted the overall market. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says investors will monitor the Federal Reserve policy meeting and the Fed's language on growth and inflation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2019
Unempoyment Is at Historic Lows. Why Is Hiring Slowing?
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Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart looks behind the 3.8% unemployment rate and explains why some data points indicate the jobs market is experiencing a slowdown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2019
How to Make Your Resume A.I. Friendly
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The use of machine learning and artificial intelligence are game changers in job-seeking. Sparks Research CIO Jon Christiansen explains common mistakes by applicants and how they must simplify their resumes in order to be properly read by A.I. programs and ultimately land on a recruiter's desk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2019
Is There Too Much Optimism on Wall Street?
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After the fourth quarter's sharp downturn was replaced by the first quarter's sharp rally, some on Wall Street are concerned that optimism could be too strong. Wall Street Journal markets reporter James Mackintosh gauges market optimism and explains how too much could result in a market pullback. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2019
Boeing Shares Likely to Recover After Ethiopia Jet Crash
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Wall Street Journal columnist John Sindreu explains how past instances involving Boeing suggest the company's stock will recover after Sunday's crash involving one of the company's 737 MAX 8 jetliners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 12, 2019
Why Job-Hopping Isn't Such a Good Idea
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The tight labor market may inspire workers to move from job to job seeking higher wages, but psychologist Natalia Peart explains how that could be a blemish on your career path. She also outlines best practices for workers in their 20s and 30s in anticipation of an eventual job market downturn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2019
Stocks Suffer Their Worst Week of the Year
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Stocks had their worst week since December, ahead of the bull market turning ten years old on Saturday. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Wursthorn says the global economic slowdown has investors wondering what happens next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2019
Cities Aim to Ban Stores From Going Cashless
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Credit card use keeps growing, but Wall Street Journal reporter Scott Calvert explains some U.S. cities and states are implementing laws to require stores to accept cash as one form of payment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2019
Wall Street Pay Limits Are Back on Regulators' To-Do List
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Wall Street Journal reporter Andrew Ackerman explains why banking regulators have renewed efforts to put limits on Wall Street pay and bonuses, even during a Republican administration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2019
Milky Way Candy Bars, Tissues and the Tax Season
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Tax preparers are arming themselves with candy and boxes of tissues when getting ready to break the news to clients about lower tax refunds this year as a result of withholding changes. Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders spoke to several of them and explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2019
Artificial Intelligence: Boosting Your Odds for Getting a Loan?
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Wall Street Journal reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis explains how credit card companies such as Discover Financial Services are using artificial intelligence technology to better gauge consumers' abilities to repay loans and how shopping at discount stores can improve the odds for getting a loan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2019
Mortgage Investments: The Hot ETF Play of 2019
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After being battered in the market in late 2018, investors in 2019 have sought safety in ETFs that bet on home loans. Wall Street Journal reporter Asjylyn Loder has details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2019
Stocks in Wait-and-See Mode
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Stocks rose Friday, but it was a rather bumpy week following a strong start to 2019. The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Menton says investors are awaiting the next market catalyst - such as developments on U.S.-China trade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2019
Uber, Lyft to Offer IPO Stock to Some Drivers
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Wall Street Journal reporter Maureen Farrell has details on how Uber and Lyft will reward some of their drivers' longevity with the companies by offering them opportunities to get in upcoming IPOs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2019
Fidelity's Obscure Mutual Fund Fee and Your 401(k)
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The Labor Department wants answers from Fidelity Investments regarding a confidential fee it imposes on mutual funds. Wall Street Journal reporter Gretchen Morgenson has details and explains the potential impact of the fee on retirement accounts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2019
Decoding Warren Buffett: Book Value vs. Market Value
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Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street's Spencer Jakab explains Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett's recent comments that he will no longer report the company's wealth creation in terms of book value. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2019
Apple-Goldman Sachs Credit Card: A Study in Companionship
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Wall Street Journal reporter Peter Rudegair explains how the forthcoming Apple-Goldman Sachs credit card illustrates how much big banks, which are typically wary of big tech companies, need tech to move further into consumer banking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2019
Market Data Point to a Sustained Rally
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Wall Street Journal markets reporter Jessica Menton explains events and market data that indicate the current market rally, in which the S&P 500 has risen about 11% since Jan. 1, could have ample room to run. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2019
Trade, Fed Chair Powell in Focus
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Stocks ended higher Friday and for the week on hopes the U.S. and China will strike a trade agreement. The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Menton says investors will watch trade talks and Fed chair Jerome Powell's Congressional testimony in the new week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2019
New Tax Law and Your 401(k): Should You Contribute More?
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The new tax law, which is impacting this year's tax returns, could make it sensible for some taxpayers to increase contributions to their 401(k) retirement accounts. WSJ Wealth Management Expert Alicia Munnell explains. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2019
Can a 'Smart' ETF Protect You From Market Turbulence?
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Wall Street Journal reporter Asjylyn Loder outlines some exchange-traded funds that pick less risky stocks and could provide investors with some protection during market turbulence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2019
Doing Your Taxes? Know These New Tax Rules
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Wall Street Journal tax reporter Laura Saunders outlines some key points of the new tax law, which takes effect in this year's tax returns. She also explains a new WSJ guide, which boils down areas of the new tax law into plain language. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2019
How to Negotiate a Higher Salary
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