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Fed to keep interest rates low as savers experience continued woe

Well, Wall Street certainly appreciated news from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday that the central bank would refrain from changing its near zero-interest rate policy for a ‘considerable time.’   As the Wall Street Journal reports the Dow Jones industrial average chalked up another record close at 17,156.85. on Wednesday and 17,265.99 Thursday. Investors like low […]

Alibaba orange shopping bags. The company has almost single-handedly turned China into the world’s second-largest e-commerce market. Photo: Bloomberg
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Alibaba’s mega-IPO highlights evolving e-commerce scene

Talk about “party like it’s 1999.”   The upcoming IPO from e-commerce giant Alibaba is going to smash records for initial public offerings at an already sold-out $21.1 billion, according to Reuters, and it brings back memories of the good old days when stock buyers were clamoring for shares of other Internet sellers like Amazon, eBay, […]

FDIC report helps you make local sense of record bank profits
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FDIC report helps you make local sense of record bank profits

A recently released report from the FDIC on quarterly U.S. bank performance contains the nuggets for a variety of stories that reflect your local area’s economy. As Reuters reports, banks earned more than $40 billion in the second quarter of 2014, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Quarterly Banking Profile.  Financial institutions are setting […]

Stock market records mean little to households with no access to market
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Stock market records mean little to households with no access to market

Wall Street chalked up another milestone on Tuesday when the Standard and Poor’s 500 index closed above 2,000 points for the first time ever, buoyed by gains in durable goods orders and higher consumer confidence, as Reuters reports. Those big round numbers are causing the usual buzz in the financial press — the Wall Street […]

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Do $7 billion deals like Citigroup’s really help consumers?

This week’s announcement of a federal government settlement with another major mortgage lender is reviving buzz about the mortgage messes that contributed to the economic meltdown, and might be something you’ll want to use a springboard to consumer stories about the home loan market. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed to end its civil investigations […]

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Money Monday: Don’t overlook personal finance stories for low-income families

One of the biggest limitations and frustrations of mainstream personal finance reporting is that it often includes nothing helpful for the people who need help the most: the poor and low-income people amid our audience. With a few days yet to go in National Financial Literacy Month, why not consider a round-up of services and institutions […]

Earnings Calls listen for scoops
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The basics to finding scoops

In a previous post, I discussed how to respond to the scalding of being scooped. Let’s turn it around. Where do you find your own scoops? If you’re among the anointed that went to an Ivy League school and ended up at a globally prestigious news organization (you know who you are), many of the […]

10-K Filings Guide: Introduction
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10-K Filings Guide: Introduction

If you use just one document when writing about a public company, use the 10-K – the annual report that publicly traded companies file with U.S. securities regulators. Beat Basics: MORE on 10-K Filings An introduction Basics Tips and Tricks Traps and mistakes Glossary of key terms Resources Video with Theo Francis At first glance, […]

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Theo Francis: Video walk-through of a 10-K

Beat Basics: MORE on 10-K Filings An introduction Basics Tips and Tricks Traps and mistakes Glossary of key terms Resources Video with Theo Francis Theo Francis is an award-winning financial and investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal, specializing in using regulatory documents to dig into corporate behavior. He has worked for BusinessWeek, footnoted.com, Bloomberg […]