NewsWatch: Meet the tech-savvy upstarts who think they can finally give Realtors a run for their money

NewsWatch: Meet the tech-savvy upstarts who think they can finally give Realtors a run for their money
MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE At a time when internet technology, the “sharing economy,” and penny-pinching households have remade nearly every consumer experience from trading stocks to buying plane tickets, ShowPal and a few other upstarts like it may be the answer to – finally – modernizing the buying and selling of real estate. See full story. Sky is clear for sunny... Read More

The Wall Street Journal: Trump slams social-media companies for ‘censorship’ of the right

The Wall Street Journal: Trump slams social-media companies for ‘censorship’ of the right
President Donald Trump speaks to reporters upon his departure from the White House on Friday. President Trump on Saturday threatened action against social-media companies, saying they were suspending accounts in a manner that was “totally discriminating” against conservatives. Tweeting from his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., Trump said unnamed social-media companies were “closing down the opinions of many people on... Read More

NewsWatch: The questions every investor should ask about Trump’s proposal to radically change how companies report earnings

NewsWatch: The questions every investor should ask about Trump’s proposal to radically change how companies report earnings
MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE Most investors and analysts argue that shareholders need more disclosure from the companies they invest in and not less. See full story. Is there a friendship crisis? Why do so many friendships end? How you can preserve them or know when to let go. See full story. Stock-market investors weather Turkey storm, but should watch the dollar... Read More

Economic Report: Mortgage rates tumble as housing starts to drag down the economy

Economic Report: Mortgage rates tumble as housing starts to drag down the economy
Street of brightly painted colonial style homes in Richmond, Va. Rates for home loans tumbled in line with the broader bond market, even as the housing market’s woes threatened to become a headwind for the entire U.S. economy. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.53% during the Aug. 16 week, down six basis points, according to the weekly data from mortgage... Read More

Next Avenue: Why so many women over 50 are afraid of becoming ‘bag ladies’

Next Avenue: Why so many women over 50 are afraid of becoming ‘bag ladies’
It’s hard not to get a little down about the financial challenges many women over 50 face. I heard a lot about them recently while moderating and attending panels at the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) 2018 Aging in America Conference and the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit in San Francisco. One session I sat in on, Fifty and Forgotten: A Focus on Wealth and... Read More

Market Snapshot: Stock-market investors weather Turkey storm, but should watch the dollar

Market Snapshot: Stock-market investors weather Turkey storm, but should watch the dollar
As if global trade spats weren’t exciting enough, August has defied its sleepy reputation to bring investors a taste of an old-fashioned currency crisis in Turkey. The underlying worry is that other countries that, like Turkey, heavily rely on external financing in currencies other than their own are vulnerable to a continued rise in the U.S. dollar could begin to... Read More