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Rising mortgage rates could put a chill on housing. A 30-year loan is averaging 3.5%, up from 3% just last month. If rates keep rising as the Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy, housing stocks will struggle as home loans grow less affordable. The outlook doesn’t look great for mortgage originators either, with volumes likely to […]

Text size Farmers descended on Washington to protest high interest rates in 1979. Charles Harrity/AP/Shutterstock About the author: Robert Heller is a former member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. As Milton Freedman said in 1970, “Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.” Little has changed since then. For most of the 1970s, […]

Moonshot stocks are coming back to Earth. As the Federal Reserve moves closer to raising interest rates, investors are repricing their bets on one of the riskiest corners of the market: shares of companies that don’t make money. Cash-burning technology firms, biotechnology companies without any approved drugs and startups that listed quickly via mergers with […]

Amid the holiday cards coming in the mail and inboxes this season is a potentially not-so-nice greeting for some mutual-fund investors: capital-gains distributions. It’s not all bad news. A number of funds are paying out gains because stocks gained this year, with the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.95% up 22% through November (and has continued […]

Individuals may have digital dollars accessible by way of smartphones inside a couple of years. Paper cash and checkbooks gained’t go away fully however the general advantages of digital cash are compelling. Most of us already obtain paychecks, Social Safety advantages and another funds digitally by way of direct deposit. We are able to swap these funds […]