The Tell: Disney, Dollar Tree, a trash collector and a ski resort are top picks from this year’s Barron’s Roundtable

Is an investment in “The Happiest Place on Earth” a contrarian stance on global political and economic strife? Or is it simply one consumer-focused big cap — Todd Ahlsten of Parnassus likes undervalued Disney for its streaming catch-up — in a diversified portfolio? Don’t like Disney DIS, +0.03%   much right now? Check in with […]

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Deep Dive: Don’t overlook mid-cap stocks — they beat large-caps by a mile in the long run

Mid-cap stocks are like the middle child — they tend to be overlooked in favor of more mature large-cap stocks and fast-growing small-cap stocks. But as a group, they have been good performers over long periods. So it may pay to diversify your portfolio with mid-caps. (Companies that fall in the mid-cap group generally have […]

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Bond Report: Treasury yields extend weeklong climb as stocks surge on U.S.-China trade optimism

Prices for U.S. government bonds softened Friday, pushing up yields, as a rally in global stocks held back appetite for haven assets like U.S. government paper. The 10-year Treasury note yield TMUBMUSD10Y, +0.97% rose 4.1 basis points to 2.788%, extending a weeklong rise from last Friday’s closing level of 2.699%. The 2-year note yield TMUBMUSD02Y, […]

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Mastercard cracks down on retailers who turn free trials into paid subscriptions without warning

Mastercard MA, +1.36% is hoping that its new initiative will prevent the headaches many Americans face after they forget to cancel a free subscription and find themselves paying so-called “grey charges.” The credit-card issuer announced in a blog post that it is implementing new guidelines for merchants that offer “free trials” to make the process […]

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The Tell: Why the South African rand and Colombian peso appear most at risk for selloffs in 2019

Last year was painful for emerging market currencies, but it looks like 2019 might not be much better. A slowing global economy and a demand for safer assets denominated in U.S. dollars could keep the pressure on, according to Capital Economics. Investors and central bankers alike are worried that global economic growth could take a […]

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Capitol Report: Democratic congressman: Trump ‘must resign or be impeached’ if he told Cohen to lie | Maryland Gov. Hogan sparks talk he’ll challenge Trump in 2020

Democratic congressman says Trump “must resign or be impeached” if he told Cohen to lie: The reactions continue to come in after BuzzFeed reported that President Donald Trump told Michael Cohen, then his personal lawyer, to lie about a Moscow deal. One notable take has come from Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro, who tweeted that, […]

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Big 5 banks had a tough time trading in volatile markets

When the going gets tough on Wall Street, brokers can lose money too, just like their customers. There’s a scene in the classic 1983 movie “Trading Places,” in which the Duke brothers, played by Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche, explain to Eddie Murphy’s character Billy Ray Valentine that whether their clients make money or lose […]

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Currencies: Positive trade sentiment lifts dollar against Japanese yen

The U.S. dollar strengthened modestly against the Japanese yen and edged lower against the euro on Friday, as risk appetite remained strong to end the week. The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested to ease tariffs on China to support markets. Though denied by a Treasury spokesman, the report […]

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Market Extra: Which stock markets (and bond) are closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

U.S. stock and bond markets on Monday will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, providing a natural pause after a bullish tilt on Wall Street to start 2019. MLK day is traditionally on the third Monday in January and commemorates the life of the civil-rights leader who was born Jan. […]

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Love & Money: How furloughed workers should recover their family finances after the shutdown

Sunny Blaylock is one of the thousands of furloughed workers whose life is on hold because of the partial government shutdown. The Arlington, Va. resident is a federal contractor, and both she and her diplomat husband are missing paychecks while most of the government is closed. She intended to pay off student loans this month, […]

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