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Preview: Wall Street Journal's Your Money Matters

WSJ Your Money Matters

Enjoy listening to insights from The Wall Street Journal on global market news, the economy and personal finance. Your Money Matters podcast takes you from Wall Street to Main Street to your street.

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Tips for Keeping Your Vacation Costs Down

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:15:00 -0000

No one likes racking up big credit card charges on a summer vacation. The Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher has tips on keeping your vacation costs in check, including the best day to travel and where the best deals are.

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How to Bet on a Wildly Risky Asset

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:32:48 -0000

If you speculate in a volatile asset, you could lose a lot of money. The Wall Street Journal's Jason Zweig tells about a money manager who mapped about a strategy for investing his own funds in Ethereum, a volatile cryptocurrency.

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The Battle over Bitcoin

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:15:00 -0000

The Wall Street Journal's Paul Vigna says there's a fight over how bitcoin should function. One side says the virtual currency should be like a commodity while the other side says bitcoin should function like a currency which can be used to settle transactions.

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Ryan Tries to Build Momentum for Tax Reform Plan

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:25:19 -0000

In a speech to manufacturers Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed confidence that a tax overhaul bill will pass this year. But the Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin says the bill being touted faces numerous hurdles.

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Techs Are Everywhere, Making it Tough to Diversify

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:15:00 -0000

The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich says that high-flying tech stocks are in so many different types of funds that it makes it difficult to diversify a portfolio. That could make even low-volatility funds vulnerable in bouts of selling.

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Amazon's Whole Foods Buy Fills a Distribution Gap

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:35:50 -0000's 13.7 billion dollar purchase of Whole Foods pushes the online retailer much deeper into the grocery business. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says it also gets Amazon much closer to customers in terms of delivering its products.

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More States Kill or Cut the Estate Tax

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:15:00 -0000

In the last three years, nine states have eliminated or lowered their estate taxes, mostly by raising exemptions. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Saunders says states are cutting these taxes to court affluent and wealthy taxpayers.

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Which Airlines Offer Best and Worst Coach Seats?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:15:12 -0000

Wall Street Journal travel columnist Scott McCartney checks off the carriers offering the best and worst experiences in coach these days.

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Smith: Fed Moving Toward 2% Fed Funds Rate

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:15:00 -0000

The Fed hiked interest rates as expected Wednesday, and David Smith of Rockland Trust believes policy makers will move methodically toward a Fed funds rate of 2 percent. That way, the central bank will have a cushion if the economy weakens.

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Investors Worry About Geopolitical Risks

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:15:00 -0000

Investor optimism held steady near a 16-year high, according to a new survey by Wells Fargo Investment Institute. But a wide majority say they're worried about the impact of geopolitical risks on their investments. Details on the survey from Wells Fargo's Brian Rehling.

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Helping Home Buyers Saddled with Student Debt

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:30:00 -0000

College grads with student debt can face daunting challenges if they try to buy a home. The Wall Street Journal's Jillian Berman talks about programs from Fannie Mae and several states that offer aid for young people who want to become homeowners.

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Chuck Carlson: More Fed Hikes After This Week

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:14:19 -0000

The Federal Reserve is widely-expected to raise interest rates this week. So what about the rest of the year? Chuck Carlson, CEO of Horizon Investment Services, previews this meeting and sees even more rate hikes this year.

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Fewer Airline Perks Even for Elite Frequent Fliers

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:15:00 -0000

Airlines have been whittling away at amenities for their customers, and the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney says that even elite frequent fliers are now seeing fewer perks, such as the system-wide upgrade.

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Stock Pickers Can Thank Big Tech for Big Gains

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 18:37:09 -0000

Big tech names like Apple, Amazon and Facebook are a big reason why many stock pickers have beaten the market this year. The Wall Street Journal's Chris Dieterich says many funds have large holdings of these super-performing stocks.

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Might the Fed Change Its Plans?

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:15:00 -0000

It's a virtual lock that Fed policymakers will raise rates at next week's meeting. But the Wall Street Journal's Justin Lahart says a still-sluggish economy and stalled economic legislation in D.C. may just prompt the Fed to put further action on hold.

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Not Enough First-Time Buyers in Housing Market

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:11:42 -0000

The U.S. housing recovery has been held back by a lack of potential first-time home buyers, particularly young people. But the Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto says the good news is that this is starting to change.

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Finally - Wage Growth Could Be Picking Up

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:15:00 -0000

The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath says that with the labor market shifting to more higher-paying jobs, we could see faster growth overall in workers' wages.

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Will Apple Fans Pay Up for Pricey HomePod?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:14:35 -0000

Apple has unveiled its voice-activated home speaker called the HomePod. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says the HomePod costs nearly twice as much as Amazon's Echo.

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Are Cancer-Drug Combinations Worth the Cost?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:15:00 -0000

A new study has stirred debate about whether combining drugs to treat cancer is worth the cost. According to the Wall Street Journal's Peter Loftus, critics say the study found modest benefits in patients from drugs whose costs can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Bill Stone: Little Market Impact from U.K. Attack

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:19:55 -0000

Bill Stone of PNC Global Asset Management sees little economic or market impact from the weekend's terror attack in London. But he says it could give a boost to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and ruling Conservatives in Thursday's election.

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