Inflation expectations are heating up, but investors might want to stop panicking if they knew how the sausage was made. Rising market-based inflation forecasts, or breakeven rates, are widely quoted as Wall Street’s go-to indicator of where consumer prices...
MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE The Dow pulls back from an intraday record to close lower, as investors weigh the U.S. rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine against tightening restrictions implemented in New York City and parts of Europe ahead of Christmas. ...
Americans checking-account balances are sharply declining as they await progress on continued stimulus talks between lawmakers. As a result of the enhanced unemployment benefits and direct stimulus checks, both part of the CARES Act, Americans’ median checking-account balances increased...
This unpredictable year has thrown a lot of conventional financial wisdom out the window. And among the most common principles that the pandemic has quashed: the general guideline that a person should have an emergency fund to cover three to six...
In this awful year, here’s some good news: Scores of companies that reduced or suspended 401(k) contributions to employees during the pandemic are restoring them. The cuts and suspensions, made last winter and spring in an attempt to preserve...
Q: I have given shares of securities to my church in past years to fulfill my pledge and gift away the capital gains. As soon as I turn 72 and the RMD kicks in, I can do donations from...
Technically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks have pulled in from recent record highs amid still largely bullish year-end price action. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 has maintained major support (3,646) rising respectably from its second successful retest in as many...
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Investors now are speculating which companies have the environment, social and governance (ESG) credentials to thrive in the incoming Biden administration. The reality is that few companies are equipped for a resurgence in environmental regulation. Their governance structures are outdated...
Technically speaking, the major U.S. benchmarks continue to trend higher amid firmly-bullish late-year price action. Against this backdrop, the Nasdaq Composite has extended a break to record territory — placing distance atop the 12,000 mark — while the S&P 500 is starting...