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12:44 p.m. Sept. 19, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Weekend reads: Ray Dalio on what business and political leaders must do to keep the U.S. from splintering Also, an interview with Schwab chief investment strategist Liz Ann Sonders. Plus, attractive locations for retirement living.Also, an interview with Schwab chief investment strategist Liz Ann Sonders. Plus, attractive locations for retirement living.
8:52 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Michelle Connell
Saving for retirement already challenged women — then COVID-19 hit 5 steps women can take now to boost their financial security5 steps women can take now to boost their financial security.
6:22 a.m. Sept. 11, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
U.S. consumer prices surge for third month as cost of used cars soar, but inflation still low and expected to stay that way Consumer price index rises 0.4% in August; used car prices rev upThe cost of goods and services rose sharply in August for the third month in a row, but the increase mostly stems from a rebound in prices after a steep decline early in the coronavirus pandemic. Overall inflation is still quite low.
1:55 p.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - By John C. Colwell
Why bankruptcy must be an option for homeowners and small businesses to survive this COVID-19 recession U.S. Bankruptcy Code should be overhauled to protect families and savingsThe U.S. Bankruptcy Code should be overhauled to protect families and savings.
11:08 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By William Watts
Who will replace Shinzo Abe? 5 things investors need to know about Japan prime minister’s resignation Abe’s resignation raises questions about the world’s third largest economyWill Abenomics survive Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation? Investors are focusing on the battle to succeed Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.
7:16 a.m. Aug. 22, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
How much do you really need to retire? Do you really need $8 million saved up?Do you really need $8 million saved up?
12:15 p.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields slide as auction for inflation auction sees muted appetiteU.S. Treasury yields fell Thursday as auction for inflation insurance showed investors were beginning to tire of taking down the waves of new debt supply, while suggesting worries around price pressures could be waning.
6:43 a.m. Aug. 20, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Jobless claims climb back above 1 million as recovery in U.S. labor market slows Disruption in federal $600 unemployment benefit may be influencing new U.S. jobless claims Initial jobless claims rose in mid-August and topped 1 million again, potentially pointing to an increase in layoffs or a pause in the number of people returning to work after a summer surge in the coronavirus.
3:38 p.m. Aug. 19, 2020 - By Sanjiv Das
Here’s proof that homeowners are making mortgage payments even as COVID-19 threatens their financial health Decline in mortgage forbearance applications is a positive signDecline in mortgage forbearance applications is a positive sign, writes Sanjiv Das.
1:24 p.m. Aug. 14, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Buffett's Berkshire buys gold miner Barrick, slashes Wells Fargo and JPMorgan, dumps Goldman stake amid coronavirus Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unloaded more than a quarter of its stake in Wells Fargo & Co. and about 61% of its position in JPMorgan Chase , while acquiring a new position in Barrick Gold Corp. , according to 13F filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the period ended Jun 30, that were released Friday afternoon. Berkshire's moves appeared to reflect a broad lightening of the conglomerates exposure to large-capitalization banks during the worst public health crisis in generations. Berkshire sold 85.6 million shares of Wells Fargo, representing about 26% of its stake and putting its ownership to about 3% from 5.3%. The insurance conglomerate also shed 35.5 million shares of JPMorgan, 61% of its position, which now represents 1% of Berkshire's overall portfolio from 3% in the prior period. Meanwhile, the investment firm acquired nearly 21 million shares of Barrick Gold worth $563 million, representing 0.3% of Berkshire's holding. Berkshire also reduced its holding in PNC Financial Services , selling 3.85 million shares to cut its position to 0.3% from 0.5%. The insurance conglomerate boosted its stake in grocery chain Kroger Co. by 15%, purchasing 3 million shares. The report also showed that Buffett's firm dumped its entire stakes in Goldman Sachs , Occidental Petroleum Corp. , as well as consummating an exodus of airline companies, including American Airlines Group Inc. , Delta Air Lines United Airlines and Southwest Airlines Co. . Berkshire didn't change its holdings in Apple Inc. , where the firm owns at 245.156 million shares. Large investors must disclose long stock positions held at the end of a quarter 45 days later in a 13F filing with the SEC, which means such filings are merely a snapshot of an investor holdings at a given point. Berkshire Class A and B shares are down by about 0.6% and 0.5% at Friday's close. Meanwhile, shares of Wells Fargo were down 0.8% in after-hours trade on Friday, JPMorgan shares edged 0.1% lower, while Barrick's stock was up 3.9% after Friday's closing bell. The Dow Jones Industrial Average booked a meager gain on the day, while the S&P 500 index and technology-laden Nasdaq Composite Index closed in negative territory. However, all three benchmarks booked weekly gains.
12:38 p.m. Aug. 13, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Did the expired $600 federal jobless benefit keep people from going back to work? Sudden drop in claims adds fuel to debate ‘When you pay people more to sit at home ... they sit at home’Did generous unemployment benefits discourage many workers from returning to their jobs? A big drop in people seeking benefits in the past two weeks after the end of a $600 federal stipend hints the answer might be yes.
6:29 a.m. Aug. 12, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Consumer prices jump again in July, rebounding from pandemic lows, but inflation remains low Consumer price index rises 0.6% for the second month in a row The cost of many goods and services such as gas, autos, clothing and airfare rose in July and rebounded from pandemic lows, but inflation is still barely visible in the wake of a coronavirus-induced recession that sapped demand throughout the economy. The consumer price index rose 0.6% for the second month in a row.
5:59 a.m. July 30, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Jobless claims rise for second straight week as U.S. economic activity slows down Continuing claims also rise, a sign of a pause in U.S. rehiringInitial claims for state unemployment insurance rose for the second straight week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
9:30 a.m. July 28, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Retirees should consider today’s most unpopular investment — here’s why What strategy is so out of favor that hardly any retiree even considers it?What strategy is so out of favor that hardly any retiree even considers it?
10:51 a.m. July 25, 2020 - By Keith Jurow
The feared jumbo mortgage debacle is here — thanks to the coronavirus — and ready to pound the housing market COVID-19 pandemic is squeezing borrowers’ ability to stay in their homesCOVID-19 pandemic is squeezing borrowers’ ability to stay in their homes, writes Keith Jurow.
5:40 a.m. July 14, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Higher gas and food prices trigger first increase in U.S. consumer inflation in 4 months U.S. consumer price index rises 0.6% in June, but overall inflation low The cost of consumer goods and services rose in June for the first time in four months largely because of higher gasoline prices, but inflation more broadly remained low and is likely to stay that way during the pandemic. The consumer price index jumped 0.6% last month.
12:37 p.m. July 8, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Dow closes up 177 points, Nasdaq at fresh high as investors focus on economic recovery prospects Work-from-home stocks add to gain, as investors consider slower path to economic recoveryU.S. stocks ended Wednesday higher, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq scoring an all-time record, as investors focused on stocks that can outperform amid an acceleration of coronavirus infections in about 30 American states and longer periods of working from home.
9:16 a.m. June 27, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow closes 730 points lower after spike in coronavirus cases forces Texas and Florida to close bars again, while bank stocks sink on stress tests Social media stocks take a hit as more companies pull ad spending on hate speech concernsU.S. stock indexes closed at their lowest levels in about two weeks Friday, after Texas and Florida were forced to backtrack on reopening their economies as coronavirus cases rose further and a record number of new cases were reported nationwide.
10:15 a.m. June 26, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Why you should consider today’s most unpopular investment What strategy is so out of favor that hardly any retiree even considers it?What strategy is so out of favor that hardly any retiree even considers it?
4:50 a.m. June 26, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Central banks need to re-think rules on risk-taking at hedge funds, insurance companies and even corporations, IMF’s market division chief says Central banks did the right thing in being aggressive, fast and large, but there are consequences for risk takingEmergency actions by central banks to shore up the financial system in the face of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year were appropriate, but regulators will need to re-think the rules about risk-taking for hedge funds and insurance companies, often called non-banks that operate in the “shadow banking system”, the top financial regulator at the International Monetary Fund says.
12:35 p.m. June 25, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow logs a 300-point gain as banks rally ahead of stress-test results, but rise in coronavirus cases remains a worry Investors weight slight improvement in economic data and loosening of financial regulation against rising daily rate of coronavirus cases U.S. stocks closed solidly higher Thursday, recovering a chunk of Wednesday’s ugly loss, ahead of a key update of the banking sector from the Federal Reserve.
7:01 a.m. June 25, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Why there’s so much drama about when to claim Social Security We’re not entirely rationalWe’re not entirely rational
5:47 a.m. June 21, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Stock-market’s rally threatened by shroud of uncertainty as fresh coronavirus threats to economic recovery emerge U.S. stock-market rally built on precarious foundation of fiscal and monetary stimulus The stock-market’s ability to chug steadily higher despite uncertainty about how the economic recovery might shape up, and when the U.S. will bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control in all 50 states, is making some investors nervous.
7:01 a.m. June 18, 2020 - By Brett Arends
Bond blowout outwits investors Everyday investors make the wrong move — againPublic sold at the wrong time
7:21 a.m. June 17, 2020 - By Sanjiv Das
These homeowners are seeking mortgage forbearance and their reasons why say a lot about the economy Mortgage lender CEO shares his firm’s experience as borrowers grapple with the coronavirus pandemic and recessionMortgage lender CEO shares his firm’s experience as borrowers grapple with the coronavirus pandemic and recession.
6:00 a.m. June 10, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Consumer prices drop again as pandemic cuts rate of inflation to near zero U.S. consumer price index slips for third straight month The cost of some U.S. consumer goods such as groceries have spiked for households, but inflation more broadly fell again in May owing to a slump in demand triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
10:53 a.m. May 30, 2020 - By Sanjiv Das
How the coronavirus pandemic could forever change home buying and mortgage lending Borrowers and lenders will face these 3 new and unfamiliar ways of doing businessBorrowers and lenders will face these 3 new and unfamiliar ways of doing business, writes Sanjiv Das.
11:52 a.m. May 29, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
10-year Treasury yield falls most in three weeks as Trump draws attention to U.S.-China tensionsU.S. Treasury yields fall Friday after President Donald Trump railed against China in a news conference, but also appeared to take a less severe approach against Beijing than worried over the issue of Hong Kong.
5:23 a.m. May 28, 2020 - By David Wieland
Small landlords are getting squeezed now that many tenants can’t make rent, and that leaves them few options Income property market uncertainty forces owners to make a tough decision: Hold on or cash out?Income property market uncertainty forces owners to make a tough decision: Hold on or cash out?
12:52 p.m. May 26, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Consumer confidence stabilizes in May after sharp plunge in prior month Conference Board index rises to 86.6 in May from 85.7 in AprilThe U.S. index of consumer confidence rose slightly in May to 86.6 from a revised 85.7 in the prior month, the Conference Board reported Tuesday.
7:09 a.m. May 21, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Jobless claims jump 2.4 million in mid-May — but the number is almost 1 million higher when federal filings are included Coronavirus-tied layoffs still rising even as more states reopenSome 2.2 million unemployed Americans applied for jobless benefits last week through the states while another 1.1 million new claims were filed through a temporary federal-relief program, reflecting persistent pressure on struggling companies to slash payrolls even as the economy slowly reopens for business.
12:03 p.m. May 20, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields sink after first 20-year bond auction since 1986U.S. Treasury yields fell Wednesday after the Treasury launched its first sale of the 20-year bond since 1986, drawing better-than-expected appetite for the new issuance.
11:32 a.m. May 19, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
How a $4.8 trillion ‘war chest’ will signal the end of the coronavirus crisis Shrinking money-market funds could point to growing optimism around the economy: BofA’s MikkelsenInvestors should pay close attention to how the accumulation of cash in money-market funds grows or shrinks in the coming weeks.
10:24 a.m. May 18, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Fed actions in corporate debt point to crisis averted, for now Fed’s policy might be an insurance policy: claim, if neededThe Federal Reserve may only need to keep dangling its $2.6 trillion pot of emergency funding in front of U.S. borrowers and investors to help credit flow during the pandemic, not necessarily spend it, investors say.
5:25 a.m. May 16, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed says pandemic has created U.S. financial sector fragility that will last for some time Financial institutions, including banks, could experience strainsThe Federal Reserve on Friday said the coronavirus pandemic has created U.S. financial sector “fragilities” that will last for some time.
6:51 a.m. May 15, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Weekend reads: What happens if your favorite airline goes bust? Also, more on government stimulus payments and retirement planning in the wake of COVID-19Also, more on government stimulus payments and retirement planning in the wake of COVID-19.
1:41 p.m. May 14, 2020 - By Satyajit Das
In a replay of 2008, toxic subprime loans could worsen this financial crisis Stakes are high for yield-hungry buyers of CLOs of leveraged corporate debtStakes are high for yield-hungry buyers of CLOs of leveraged corporate debt, writes Satyajit Das.
10:34 a.m. May 14, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Overseas investors can’t get enough of America’s debt Purchases of U.S. Treasurys and government-backed mortgage bonds by Japan hit a record in MarchJapan’s purchases of U.S. Treasurys ramped up in March, suggesting foreign investors may not be worried about the U.S.’s budget deficits.
5:15 a.m. May 12, 2020 - By Jeffry Bartash
Consumer prices post biggest decline since 2008 as coronavirus puts clamps on inflation CPI shows 20% plunge in gas prices, airfares post record dropOne thing anxious Americans don’t have to worry about, with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down large slices of the economy, is inflation. Consumer prices sank 0.8% in April to mark the biggest decline since the 2008 Great Recession.
5:03 a.m. May 9, 2020 - By Satyajit Das
Why dividend income will evaporate in the post-coronavirus market Government borrowing and low interest rates challenge income-focused investorsGovernment borrowing and low interest rates challenge income-focused investors, writes Satyajit Das.
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