Fewer Americans are putting off weddings and kids because of money

More Americans are pushing aside their money worries to live their lives. More than one-third of Americans (35%) delayed a major life decision in the last year because of finances, but that’s a drop from the 51% who did so in 2015, according to a new survey by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. […]

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The Ratings Game: What PayPal's $2.2 billion acquisition of iZettle means for investors

PayPal Holdings Inc. has spent months teasing its openness to a big acquisition that could either give it new capabilities or enhance its geographic presence. On Thursday, the company announced its intent to purchase iZettle, an asset it said would help it do both. Shares of acquiring companies often fall upon news of a deal, […]

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Trump’s confrontational trade stance is just boomeranging back to imperil U.S.

Getty Images President Donald Trump’s bellicose trade disputes are just exacerbating the macroeconomic forces that lead to a larger trade deficit, according to Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist at S&P Global Ratings Services. With the recent tax cut and rising budget deficit, the U.S. is relying more on foreign money flows to pay our […]

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50 million American households can’t afford basic living expenses

As income stagnates, millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet. Some 50.8 million households or 43% of households can’t afford a basic monthly budget for housing, food, transportation, child care, health care and a monthly smartphone bill, according to an analysis of U.S. government data released this week by the United Way Alice […]

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Bond Report: 10-year U.S. government bond yield posts largest weekly climb in a month

Treasury prices rose, pushing yields lower, Friday as geopolitical concerns, including those centered on global trade and Italian politics, stoked appetite for assets considered havens like U.S. government paper. Friday’s trading helped pare the weeklong selloff driven by the multitude of fears in the bond market, including rising bond supply, higher inflation and a faster […]

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Currencies: Dollar index rises, set for best week since April amid Italian jitters

The U.S. dollar strengthened against most of its major rivals on Friday, putting a popular gauge for the U.S. currency on track for its best week since late April. Check out: How much the weak dollar lifted Q1 earnings for multinationals: Ameriprise What are currencies doing The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.22% which measures […]

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Market Extra: Here’s what surging oil prices mean for the stock market

Stock-market investors are loving the unexpected surge in oil prices—at least for now. The question is whether the worm will eventually turn. The answer, like the relationship between crude, the U.S. economy and the stock market, has a lot of moving parts. While investors and economists tend to focus on the tug of war between […]

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How many Americans are struggling with income volatility — whether they’re rich or poor

The stock market’s up-and-down ride has grabbed headlines this year, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.09%  suffering its biggest one-day drop since 2008 followed by a period of relative calm this spring. But many Americans are far more familiar with another kind of roller coaster: Income volatility. The term refers to monthly and […]

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The Wall Street Journal: House rejects Republican farm bill as some conservatives withhold support

Getty Images U.S. net farm income this year is forecast to fall 7% to the lowest in 12 years, according to the Agriculture Department. WASHINGTON—The House on Friday rejected a five-year agriculture and food-stamp bill written by Republicans, reflecting the scrambled politics within the GOP’s ranks. The measure failed with 198 in favor and 213 […]

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Junk bonds are saying the U.S. economy is doing just fine

By becoming the second-longest economic expansion in the 242-year history of the U.S., the nine-year boom is long in the tooth. It is natural in such an elongated expansion for one to look for signs of trouble in the economy as recessions and bear markets in securities tend to coincide. That’s when company earnings tend […]

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