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When fines and fees ruin lives

On a recent blustery September morning, Melissa Taylor stood in front of a gathered crowd in New York City. “New York State has been waging...

Investors are in an historically rotten mood. Their three biggest fears are overblown, strategist says.

The American Association of Individual Investors has been tracking retail sentiment since 1987, and this week, wow has that mood been rotten. The spread between...

Here’s the chart that shows what’s about to happen in the jobs market

The payrolls report about to be released Friday could show total employment is back to within 5 million jobs of where it stood before the...

U.S. jobless claims fall to new pandemic low of 340,000 despite delta surge

The numbers: The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits at the end of August fell to a new pandemic low, suggesting the delta...

Tornadoes hit New Jersey, flash flood warnings in New York as Ida remnants blast through

Multiple tornadoes swirled through New Jersey, ripping apart and flattening homes as the remnants of Hurricane Ida pummeled the tri-state area with furious downpours on...

Robert Shiller’s two stock-market indexes are telling wildly different valuation stories. Here’s why.

When making the argument that stocks are overvalued, one index often is trotted out — the cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio popularized by Robert Shiller, the...

Treasury yields steady as investors await this week’s jobs data

Treasury yields were little changed early Tuesday, with investors weighing signs of a slowdown in China’s service sector as they await U.S. data on the...

The S&P 500 hasn’t seen a year-to-date rally this strong since 1997. What’s next?

The S&P 500 continued chugging into record territory Monday, on track to end August with its best performance over the first eight months of a...

Stock futures steady as Wall Street gets ready to test records, while oil prices stumble

U.S. stock futures were inching higher on Monday, with major indexes set to hold on to records set late last week after a dovish message...

Opinion: If Social Security falls into crisis, voters will have no one to blame but themselves

The trustees for the Social Security Trust Funds are expected to shortly release their delayed annual report on the stability of America’s core retirement program....

Opinion: After spending trillions of dollars on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, the U.S. has nothing to show for its efforts but blood in the sand

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate)—The magnitude of the United States’ failure in Afghanistan is breathtaking. It is not a failure of Democrats or Republicans, but an...

The Fed’s not boring anyone into submission after all. The dollar might be to blame.

For all the talk about how the Federal Reserve was going to bore markets into submission with endless talk about tapering, it’s noteworthy that the...

Opinion: Afghanistan will not define Joe Biden’s presidency

Last month, a Gallup survey asked Americans to name the “most important problem” facing the nation. There was a long list of matters, all of...

This bond expert called the initial spike in interest rates. He now says a new chapter will emerge.

Scott Peng, the founder and chief investment officer of New York investment manager Advocate Capital Management, made at the beginning of the year what seemed...

Treasury yields end higher as data show record U.S. job openings for June

Treasury yields ended higher on Monday, after data showed record U.S. job openings for June and pointed to strength in the labor market, despite lingering...

U.S. stock futures edge higher as investors focus on jobs data

U.S. stock futures rose on Thursday, after data showed weekly jobless benefit claims fell slightly as expected and investors began positioning for the monthly jobs...

Americans confront spice cabinets stocked with ancient history and what to know before traveling overseas amid COVID

Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories. Over 9 million additional Americans will lose enhanced unemployment benefits next month Some 3.5 million Americans from 26...

Treasury yields mostly lower to kick off August

Treasury yields were mostly lower to kick off August trading on Monday, after the rates on 2- and 10-year notes saw their biggest monthly declines...

Here’s one big reason Fed tapering may not send bond yields soaring this time

With much of the financial market fixated on when the Federal Reserve will be pulling back on its $120 billion in monthly bond purchases, BofA...

Treasury yields hold steady to start the week, ahead of Fed meeting

Treasury yields were little changed on Monday as investors geared up for this week’s meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers. What are yields doing? The...

Dow books 725-point loss, worst day since October, as spread of delta variant and global tensions rattle investors

U.S. stocks closed sharply lower Monday, joining the selloff in global equities, as concerns grew about the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus...

What happens when states and their cities turn into adversaries?

Last September, presenting his proposed 2021 budget, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett laid out a somber picture of his city’s finances. Even before COVID-19 hit, Barrett...

The No. 1 reason workers are considering switching jobs

Many workers are ready to bounce. Some 95% of respondents in a new survey were “currently considering changing jobs,” and 92% said they would switch...

U.S. unemployment claims sink to pandemic low of 364,000 as extra benefits start to get phased out

The numbers: New applications for unemployment benefits sank by 51,0000 last week to a new pandemic low of 364,000, underscoring a rapid recovery in the...

Opinion: 6 surprising facts about the Declaration of Independence you didn’t learn in history class

Americans may think they know a lot about the Declaration of Independence, but many of those ideas are elitist and wrong, as historian Woody Holton explains. His...