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10 states with the most college student debt

October 17, 2018

Student loans make up a large component of U.S. household debt, second only to mortgages. The total outstanding college loan balance on credit reports is currently at $1.41 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. And the...

Investors increasingly bearish on global growth

October 16, 2018

Pessimism on the global economy is piling up amid rising trade tensions and expectations the U.S. central bank will carry on tightening despite the tumult in equity markets. Fund managers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch this month...

ETF investors are rewriting the rules on hedging risk

October 16, 2018

Investors are coming up with new ways to hedge credit risk as interest rates rise and the Federal Reserve appears to be on course for further tightening, with minutes from its last meeting scheduled to be released Wednesday. Amid a steep run-up...

Market forecasters dissect the sell-off

October 11, 2018

Wednesday's market moves were enough to induce motion sickness, as the S&P 500 index fell 3.3%, the Dow down 832 points and the Nasdaq dropped more than 4.4%. But investment strategists note that this week's slide follows a very subdued third...

Tim Sloan hasn't turned around Wells Fargo

October 8, 2018

What's the appropriate board gift for a CEO's two-year anniversary? If you're Tim Sloan at Wells Fargo & Co., the correct answer is a short leash. Mr. Sloan took over the CEO role in mid-October 2016, which means the anniversary is this week....

Treasury sell-off enters second day

October 4, 2018

A rout in Treasuries extended into a second day as global investors priced in stronger U.S. economic growth and a faster pace of Federal Reserve rate hikes. Benchmark 10-year yields climbed above 3.20% for the first time since 2011 and the dollar...

10 best-performing fixed-income funds in Q3

October 2, 2018

While stocks raced ahead in the third quarter, bonds put in a less impressive performance. Fixed-income securities are overshadowed by rising rates, with the Federal Reserve’s 25-basis-point rate hike last Wednesday its eighth such move since...

Stock market's blowout third quarter attracts retail investors

October 1, 2018

U.S. stocks delivered the best quarterly run in almost five years, luring retail investors back into the longest bull market on record just as Wall Street started sounding the alarms. Individual investors drew down cash balances at brokerage...

Is the worst over for Wells Fargo Advisors?

September 29, 2018

After six years as a broker with Wells Fargo Advisors, Michael Landsberg parted company with the firm this past summer. And while the prime reason was a chance to start his own registered investment advisory firm, Mr. Landsberg acknowledged...

Cash comes into focus as interest rates continue ascent

September 26, 2018

Cash, an asset class that's been in the doldrums for the better part of a decade, is beginning to show signs of life. The Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate to near zero a decade ago in an effort to stoke the American economy in...

Wells Fargo CEO is prepared to lead company indefinitely

September 21, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan, commenting two days after the bank's chairman batted back Wall Street whispers that the board is looking to replace him, said he's prepared to keep running the company for much of the next...

Employer-based rainy day fund could help employees save for retirement

September 21, 2018

American workers support the idea of saving for an emergencies through an employer-based program and such accounts could even help more people stay on track for their long-term financial goals, like retirement, a new survey found. The AARP Public...

Wells Fargo chair denies rumors bank is seeking to replace CEO

September 20, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. Chair Betsy Duke took the rare step of denying the bank is looking to replace its chief executive officer, saying the entire board backs him, following weeks of whispering on Wall Street that it had contacted former Goldman...

Wells Fargo plans to cut staff up to 10% within next three years

September 20, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. plans to trim its workforce by about 5% to 10% within the next three years as CEO Tim Sloan works to pull the bank clear of a series of customer-abuse scandals and prop up a lagging stock price. The bank had 265,000 employees...

Seeking small-cap value in a momentum-driven market

September 18, 2018

Investment dollars have flooded into U.S. small-cap stocks this year, bolstering both the Russell 2000 Value and Growth indices. This is largely due to investor demand for exposure to the U.S. equity market, favorable tax policies and a perceived...

Fixed annuities are on a tear

September 14, 2018

Fixed annuities have been on a tear this year, with sales seeing double-digit growth across several product categories amid rising interest rates and easing regulatory pressure. Overall sales of individual fixed annuities were $33.7 billion...

How do you spell investor relief in a bear market? E-T-Fs

September 8, 2018

Nine years into a bull market with rocketing growth in stocks like Amazon and Apple, investors are wary of equities. Providers of exchange-traded funds have played to that sentiment by rolling out ETFs that attempt to protect investors from...

Wells Fargo said to face Justice Department probe of wholesale banking unit

September 6, 2018

Wells Fargo & Co. is facing a Department of Justice investigation into whether employees in the company's wholesale banking unit improperly altered customer data, a person familiar with the matter said. The changes were made to meet a regulatory...

Many young staffers have benefits needs beyond a simple 401(k)

September 1, 2018

Advisers often bemoan the shortage of talent that's preventing a natural growth in their business — if only they could find the right person, and keep them. The trickle of graduates coming out of financial planning schools is one factor, but...

U.S. banks continue to slash exposure to muni-bonds made less valuable by tax cuts

August 27, 2018

Some of the biggest U.S. banks have continued to slash their exposure to state and city debt since the federal government cut corporate tax rates, leaving the securities less attractive to the companies. JPMorgan Chase & Co., State Street Corp.,...

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