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1:53 p.m. Today - By Philip van Doorn
Weekend reads: How to be safe, with or without a face mask Also, the extra $600 a week, retirement destinations and how to invest for the long term.Also, the extra $600 a week, retirement destinations and how to invest for the long term.
10:45 a.m. Today - By Quentin Fottrell
My friends shame me for being 26 and making $105,000 — far more than they earn. ‘I secretly feel like I’m paid too much’ ‘When I get a raise or a promotion at work I want to be able to celebrate with my friends, and not feel like they’ll judge me or make snide remarks about my salary’‘When I get a raise or a promotion at work I want to be able to celebrate with my friends, and not feel like they’ll judge me or make snide remarks about my salary.’
8:35 a.m. Today - By Mark Hulbert
4 safe and inflation-beating ways to beat those sinking yields on money-market funds These low-risk vehicles give you a positive after-inflation rate on your moneyThese low-risk vehicles give you a positive after-inflation rate on your money, writes Mark Hulbert.
5:55 a.m. July 3, 2020 - By Barbara Kollmeyer
European stocks lifted by data, but U.S. holiday keeps a lid on action China services PMI hits record; final services data for Europe aheadEuropean stocks were set to break a four-session win streak on Friday, with upbeat economic data overshadowed by persistent worries about rising virus cases in the U.S. That is as a holiday Stateside was set to keep a lid on trading volumes.
2:34 p.m. July 2, 2020 - By David Chase
June jobs report shows recovery, but small business owners still need urgent cash assistance to survive  PPP and other federal programs fall short and leave too many behind The PPP and other federal programs for business owners fall short and leave too many behind.
11:26 a.m. July 2, 2020 - By Joy Wiltermuth
Commercial real estate ‘somehow has been skipped over,’ for COVID-19 aid. Here’s a plan to change that through equity investments The plan would deliver cash to borrowers directlyThe federal government is being urged by a top real estate group to take an equity stake in U.S. commercial buildings over the next 12 month, through a facility designed to keep borrowers from defaulting during the pandemic and preventing property prices from a downward spiral.
10:56 a.m. July 2, 2020 - By Nicole Lyn Pesce
Don’t toss that junk mail in the recycling bin just yet — it might contain your stimulus check in the form of a prepaid debit card The IRS says many people threw out their prepaid stimulus cards by mistake, and is mailing letters about unactivated cardsThe IRS says many people threw out their prepaid stimulus cards by mistake, and is mailing letters about unactivated cards
7:59 a.m. July 2, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Mortgage rates hit a fresh record low ahead of Fourth of July weekend Economists now say the average rate on the 30-year mortgage could possibly drop below 3%Economists now say the average rate on the 30-year mortgage could possibly drop below 3%.
11:22 a.m. July 1, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Most Fed officials at June meeting agreed on need to clarify what could cause them to move interest rates off zero Fed was concerned about “waves of outbreaks” of the coronavirus Most Federal Reserve officials said at their meeting last month that they wanted the central bank to be more explicit about how long interest rates will stay close to zero.
6:18 a.m. July 1, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Private sector rehires 2.37 million workers in June, ADP says Small business, including leisure and hospitality, power reboundPrivate-sector employers added 2.37 million jobs in June, Automatic Data Processing Inc. reported Wednesday.
6:05 a.m. July 1, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Construction spending weak in MayOutlays for construction projects fell 2.1% in May at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.36 trillion, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a 0.7% increase. Spending in April was revised to a 3.5% fall from the prior estimate of a 2.9% drop. Residential construction fell 3.9% in May, while spending on public construction projects rose 1.2%.
12:34 p.m. June 30, 2020 - By Tanay Tatum-Edwards
It’s time for investors to dump shares of companies that profit from mass incarceration and prison labor Your stocks and mutual funds could be making money from the prison industry. Here’s what you can do Your stocks and mutual funds could be making money from the prison industry. Here’s what you can do.
10:48 a.m. June 30, 2020 - MarketWatch.com
Mnuchin, Powell testify before House panel on coronavirus aid: live blog Treasury secretary and Federal Reserve chairman appear Tuesday before House Financial Services committeeTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday are testifying before the House Financial Services Committee, giving their latest assessment of the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
8:18 a.m. June 30, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Williams warns that U.S. economy far from healthy even if worst of the coronavirus outbreak is over Full recovery from COVID-19 is years away, New York Fed president saysNew York Fed President John Williams said Tuesday there are early signs the worst is over for the economy but that it ‘is still far from healthy.’
1:08 p.m. June 29, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
U.S. government bond yields hold steady, kick off holiday-shortened weekU.S. Treasury yields were mostly unchanged on Monday, after long-dated debt last week hit a six-week low amid rising cases of COVID-19 here and elsewhere in the globe.
12:30 p.m. June 27, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Weekend reads: Where’s the stock market heading? Plus: tips for your retirement moneyPlus: tips for your retirement money.
6:44 a.m. June 27, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
Here’s why stock-market distress over spiking coronavirus cases is intensifying on Wall Street ‘We’re in deep trouble,’ says University of Arizona public health policy expertFlare ups of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are delivering a fresh gut check to Wall Street’s bullish demeanor, since its unprecedented rebound from a coronavirus-ignited downturn back in March.
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.
3:55 a.m. June 26, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
‘Make no mistake…the pandemic morphed into a Depression-like crisis,’ says UCLA economist, who predicts U.S. economy won’t recover from coronavirus until 2023 ‘When we did this report, we assumed the path was getting better,’ Shulman tells MarketWatchThe road to recovery for the U.S. economy from the COVID-19 pandemic could be a very long one, predicts David Shulman, senior economist at UCLA Anderson School of Management, in a recently published quarterly research report.
12:34 p.m. June 25, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
10-year note yield near 2-week low as investors grapple with rising coronavirus tally Renewed concerns that economic rebound may take longer than expectedTreasury yields fall slightly Thursday as reports of soaring coronavirus cases in a number of states have shaken investor optimism to the benefit of government debt.
5:09 a.m. June 25, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
White House ‘very seriously considering’ another stimulus bill — here’s how the CARES Act has impacted poverty rates ‘There’s no question that money is having a major impact on the economy,’ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday‘There’s no question that money is having a major impact on the economy,’ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday.
4:48 a.m. June 25, 2020 - By Greg Robb
U.S. first-quarter GDP declines at 5% pace, unrevised from prior estimateThe pace of contraction in the economy was left at 5% in the first quarter in the final estimate from the Commerce Department on Thursday. Using more complete source data, the government found that consumer spending was weaker than previously estimated. This was offset by upward revisions to business fixed investment. The data for the first was dragged down by the impact from the coronavirus pandemic that hit hard at the end of the period. Federal Reserve officials and private-sector economists have forecast an unprecedented contraction in GDP in the April-June quarter. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expect a decline at a 29.5% annual rate. The data will be released on July 30.
4:40 a.m. June 25, 2020 - By Greg Robb
U.S. trade deficit in goods widens in May as exports fall sharplyThe U.S. trade deficit in goods widened 5.1% in May as exports fell sharply, according to the Commerce Department's advanced estimate released Thursday. The gap in goods widened to $74.3 billion in May from a revised $70.7 billion in the prior month. That is a much wider than the $66.5 billion estimate of economists polled by MarketWatch. Exports of goods dropped $5.5 billion to $90.1 in May. Imports fell $1.9 billion to $164.4 billion. The report also showed a 1.2% decline in wholesale inventories in May. And advanced retail inventories were down 6.1%. Excluding autos, retail inventories were down 1.5%.
2:44 a.m. June 25, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Bank stocks may ‘rally powerfully’ once investors realize their concerns are overblown The Federal Reserve’s stress tests will be made public June 25, helping to erode concerns over profitsThe Federal Reserve’s stress tests will be made public June 25, helping to erode concerns over profits.
10:57 a.m. June 24, 2020 - By Jonathan Nicholson
U.S. to hit Japan-like levels of government debt by 2050, budget group says Coronavirus response costs also expected to move up trust fund exhaustion datesThe level of U.S. government red ink is set to explode to more than twice the size of the entire economy in three decades, according to a prominent anti-deficit group.
6:49 a.m. June 24, 2020 - By Greg Robb
IMF slashes world growth outlook for 2020 and sees sluggish turnaround next year Global economy now seen contracting 4.9% in 2020, almost 2 percentage points below April forecastThe International Monetary Fund again cut its global economic forecast for 2020 on Wednesday, saying that the coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented decline in global activity.
2:11 p.m. June 23, 2020 - By Mark DeCambre
‘Will the Fed spend trillion of dollars, every year, forever to support the market?’ asks billionaire Howard Marks ‘How do people feel about buying securities that are high only because the Fed is buying?’Billionaire investor Howard Marks appears to have more questions than answers during a Tuesday interview with CNBC.
8:19 a.m. June 23, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Bullard doesn’t see signs a damaging asset bubble is forming St. Louis Fed president says there are more questions than answers about using yield curve control as a policy toolSt. Louis Fed President James Bullard on Tuesday said he doesn’t see a risky asset bubble forming in the wake of the Fed’s efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
7:14 a.m. June 23, 2020 - By Greg Robb
U.S. economic downturn losing steam, flash PMI data show U.S. services and manufacturing flash PMIs both hit 4-month highs in June, IHS Markit saysThe flash U.S. services and manufacturing PMIs hit 4-month highs in June, showing the economic downturn is slowing as businesses reopen, IHS Markit said Tuesday.
7:42 p.m. June 22, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘We are filling the stockpile in anticipation of a possible problem in the fall’: Government preparing for coronavirus second wave Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surpassed 2.2 million, and there are record daily highs in half-a-dozen statesCoronavirus cases in the U.S. have surpassed 2.2 million, and there are record daily highs in half-a-dozen states.
12:53 p.m. June 22, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
The number of Americans skipping mortgage payments drops for the first time since March A smaller share of home loans are now in forbearance, but that could change if government assistance dries upA smaller share of home loans are now in forbearance, but that could change if government assistance dries up.
12:41 p.m. June 22, 2020 - By Kishore Mahbubani
Why government is the solution, not the problem, for a weary and worried post-pandemic world Some countries will try to go it alone, but free trade and open economies are the sure path to growthSome countries will try to go it alone, but free trade and open economies are the sure path to growth.
12:40 p.m. June 22, 2020 - By Mark Hulbert
Bulls just won’t believe what interest rates are saying about U.S. stock and bond returns for the next 5 years When inflation-adjusted rates are negative, as they are now, returns are anemicWhen inflation-adjusted rates are negative, as they are now, returns are anemic, writes Mark Hulbert.
12:23 p.m. June 22, 2020 - By Sunny Oh
Treasury yields strain for direction as coronavirus worries hang over investors Investors also suggest the lack of volatility could reflect the bond-market’s summer doldrumsU.S. Treasury yields hold their ground on Monday as investors closely watch developments on the COVID-19 pandemic, amid signs the number of infections across the U.S. is picking up.
6:57 a.m. June 22, 2020 - By Peter Morici
U.S. should sanction Chinese banks for repression in China If Hong Kong is no longer free, then Washington should revoke its special privileges in trade and banking The Trump administration could accomplish real results by jointly sanctioning Hong Kong and Chinese banks to punish Beijing for its repression of its people..
6:24 a.m. June 22, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Chicago Fed economic index rebounds in May Index rises to record-high 2.61 from record-low 17.89, suggesting a substantial increase in growthThe Chicago Fed’s national activity index rebounded to 2.61 in May from negative 17.89 in the prior month, suggesting a return of economic growth.
9:12 a.m. June 21, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
What Americans splurged on during the first 100 days of the coronavirus pandemic ‘With the increased financial pressure and job insecurity, many consumers will redistribute their spending’‘With the increased financial pressure and job insecurity, many consumers will redistribute their spending.’
4:08 a.m. June 20, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
Weekend reads: Juneteenth and economic fairness Also, more retirement destinations, the first 100 days of the coronavirus pandemic and another huge corporate accounting scandal.Also, more retirement destinations, the first 100 days of the Coronavirus pandemic and another huge corporate accounting scandal.
8:56 a.m. June 19, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Banks to wait until market close on June 29 to talk about impact of Fed stress tests on their cap Fed seeks ‘orderly dissemination’ of data to public, Vice Chairman Quarles says in speechBanks have been asked to wait until after the U.S. market close on June 29 to talk publicly about their planned capital actions and stress capital buffer requirements that result from the Fed’s stress test, Fed Vice Chairman for Bank Supervision Randal Quarles said Friday.
6:15 a.m. June 19, 2020 - By Greg Robb
Fed’s Rosengren expects economic rebound this year ‘to be less than was hoped for’ Unemployment rate will remain in double-digits this year, Boston Fed president saysBoston Fed President Eric Rosengren said Friday he was more pessimistic than many other U.S. central bankers and said he expected the economic rebound in the second half of the year ‘to less than was hoped for at the outset of the pandemic’
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