Wage pickup, a long time coming, leaves investors unhappy

The pace of wage growth increased in January, with average hourly earnings up 2.9 percent year-over-year, according to the Labor Department’s monthly Employment Report. But real, inflation-adjusted wages have been nearly stagnant for decades, rising just 7 percent for the median household over the past 40 years, according to analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. […]

A government shutdown is unlikely to move markets

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Jan 19, 2018
It’s not a question of whether the US can pay its bills or debts to investors.
The U.S. Capitol is seen reflected in the windows of the Capitol Visitors Center as lawmakers work to avert a government shutdown January 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C.
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Oil prices start the year on a high note

Jan 2, 2018
It’s the highest first-of-the-year price for oil since 2014. But the companies producing crude are taking a more cautious view of things than the investors and lenders who back their efforts. From unrest in Iran to uncertainty about the new tax code, oil could face a profitable but turbulent year. Click the audio player above […]

Campbell Soup Company woos consumers with more plant-based products

Nov 21, 2017
Earnings are out this today for the Campbell Soup Company, and investors are likely to hear more about the company’s move toward plant-based foods. Not only has the company been buying up specialty companies like juice maker Bolthouse Farms, but last month Campbell’s joined a new trade group, the Plant Based Foods Association. What’s behind […]

Can you really make money while doing good?

Oct 25, 2017
How impact investors hope to change the world while profiting from it.
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Ford to fire CEO Mark Fields

May 22, 2017
Investors say the future-oriented CEO wasn't focusing enough on the present.
Ford CEO Mark Fields speaks at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, 2017.
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With sales falling, Whole Foods replaces nearly half its board members

May 11, 2017
Former executives from companies such as Panera will join the grocery chain.
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'Fear index' at its lowest level since 1993

May 9, 2017
VIX, known as the 'fear index,' gauges market volatility.
Traders working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
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Foreign investors have pulled billions out of American stocks

Nov 2, 2016
A look at the relationship between the markets and this year's presidential election.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on stage during the second presidential debate. 
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Retail broker TD Ameritrade buys Scottrade in $4 billion deal

Oct 24, 2016
Retail broker TD Ameritrade has announced it’s buying competitor Scottrade in a $4 billion deal, hoping to shore up the low-cost stock trading industry as it deals with declining revenue and growth. Online brokerages helped popularize trading for the masses in the 90s, but now they’re under pressure as investors move to more passive investing […]
A view of signage outside of a TD Bank location in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. TD Ameritrade announced on Monday, October 24, 2016, that it would acquire Scottrade Financial Services for $4 billion. 
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