Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Fed Pause On Raising Interest Rates Validates Market Fears About U.S. Growth

While the U.S. Federal Reserve’s indication it is done raising interest rates - for now - has fueled stock gains, investors worry the U.S....

Watch Out for Tax Identity Theft This Tax-Filing Season

Computers and the Internet have become mainstays in virtually every area of American life in the 21st century. There are tremendous benefits and conveniences...

Online Tax Tools and Information Can Help You Find Out if You Qualify for...

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a program designed to provide tax relief for American workers with low-paying jobs. Could you qualify for...
FILE PHOTO - A sold sign hangs in front of a house in Dallas, Texas September 24, 2009. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

U.S. Home Sales Hit Three-year Low as Prices Slowly Rise

U.S. home sales tumbled to their lowest level in three years in December and house price increases slowed sharply, suggesting a further loss of...

Jamaica Is Home of the World’s Best-Performing Stock Market

At the world’s best-performing stock market, things operate a bit differently than they do on Wall Street. No one complains about short sellers swooping...

Chuck Bentley: How to Avoid the Trap of Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Dear Chuck, I read an article recently about how many Americans live paycheck to paycheck and question how many really have to live that way....
FILE PHOTO: An employee checks U.S. dollar bank-notes at a bank in Hanoi, Vietnam August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Kham/File Photo

More Companies Helping Workers Build Emergency Funds

At the Springdale Ice Cream and Beverage factory in Cincinnati, workers were coming to the human resources department with money troubles, wanting cash advances...
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at the American Economic Association/Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) 2019 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Says Reserve Will Be Patient, Sensitive to Risks in Markets

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Friday eased concerns in financial markets, saying that while U.S. economic momentum is solid the central bank is...

US Stocks End Volatile Year of 2018 on a High Note

Wall Street closed out a dismal, turbulent year for stocks on a bright note Monday, but still finished 2018 with the worst showing in...

5 Themes That Will Likely Dominate the Thinking of Investors and Traders in the...

Following are five big themes likely to dominate thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them. 1/BEAR...

Defensive Stocks Are at the Top of Investment Recommendations in 2019

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Perceived safe havens like utilities and consumer staples, often an afterthought in Wall Street’s cascade of year-ahead investment recommendations each...
"I see no way out," says Sol Amith, shown at home in Laguna Niguel, California, on Dec. 27. 2018. "I am 40, have built a strong career, have 17 years experience, and if something were to happen to me, my wife and kids would be homeless within a year when my life insurance ran out." (STUART W. PALLEY, The Washington Post)

Living Paycheck to Paycheck is Disturbingly Common

“Inescapable.” "It's a constant stressor." "I see no way out." What do professors, real estate agents, farmers, business executives, computer programmers, and store clerks have in common? They're...
The confidence Americans feel in the economy is still quite high even though Wall Street doesn’t share the same optimism. (Bloomberg News/Landov)

Americans’ Confidence in the Economy Falls, is at Lowest Level Since Summer

The numbers: The confidence Americans feel in the economy fell for the second month in a row and touched the lowest level since last...

Dollar Strengthens as U.S. Stocks Rebound From Lows

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The dollar gained against a basket of other currencies on Wednesday as U.S. stocks came off 20-month lows, though uncertainty...

2018 Stock Market Gyrations Make Buying and Holding Volatility Unusually Profitable

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The big uptick in stock market gyrations this year has made a surprise winner out of a trade that has...

Index Futures Little Changed Ahead of Holiday-Shortened Week

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. equity index futures were little changed late on Sunday as electronic trading resumed to kick off a holiday-shortened week...

Nasdaq Confirms That It Is in a Bear Market for the First Time Since...

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Nasdaq Composite Index .IXIC confirmed on Friday it is in a bear market for the first time since 2008, underscoring fears...

Financial Analyst Says Fed Rate Hike Reflects ‘Economic Conditions’

Financial markets continued to retreat in the wake of the Federal Reserve's decision to raise the Fed Funds rate by 0.25 percent, to a...

GuideStone Financial Resources Calls Stock Market Volatility a ‘Return to Historic Norms’

Stock market volatility has increased in recent weeks, but GuideStone Financial Resources analyst David S. Spika cautions retirement investors to focus on their long-term...

Dow Drops Another 500 Points, Extending Worst December Start in Nearly 4 Decades

U.S. stocks finished sharply lower Monday in a volatile session that saw the S&P 500 and Nasdaq post fresh year-to-date closing lows, extending the...