WSJ Your Money Briefing

By The Wall Street Journal

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 Dec 7, 2020


 May 1, 2020

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Your Money Briefing is your personal-finance and career checklist, with the news that affects your money and what you do with it. From spending and saving to investing and taxes, the Wall Street Journal’s finance reporters and experts break down complicated money questions every weekday to help you make better decisions about managing your money. Hosted by J.R. Whalen.

Episode Date
Americans Are Still Stashing Cash. Is That a Wise Move?
477
U.S. savings rates soared to record levels during the pandemic, but Americans are still putting away large amounts of cash even as the economy recovers. WSJ personal-finance reporter Julia Carpenter joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss why that concerns financial advisers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Shop for Free Through 'Buy Nothing' Groups
782
Millions of Americans are avoiding crowded stores and delayed delivery schedules by getting what they need through "Buy Nothing" groups. WSJ reporter Veronica Dagher joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss how people can join the groups, and what types of products are available. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
When Should You Contact a Recruiter?
524
As record numbers of people change jobs, some have called on recruiters to help them land a new position. But is calling a job recruiter when you're ready to change jobs too late in the process? WSJ workplace reporter Kathryn Dill joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss when people should reach out to recruiters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2021
How to Give Frequent-Flier Miles as a Holiday Gift
552
Giving miles or credit-card points as a holiday gift could be a way to avoid supply-chain or shipping frustrations. WSJ travel reporter Allison Pohle joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss how the process works, and offers tips on avoiding fees. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
The Risks of Margin Borrowing for Everyday Investors
709
More individual investors are using borrowed funds to buy stocks in an effort to score higher profits. WSJ markets reporter Michael Wursthorn joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss how the tactic known as margin borrowing works, and the risks that come with it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2021
Retirement Planning: Why It Involves a Lot More Than Dollars and Cents
601
People planning for retirement often mistakenly believe that financial security will ensure happiness in their later years. WSJ and Barron's contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the non-financial priorities that retirement advisors often emphasize with their clients. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
The New Black Friday: Shoppers Are Spending Again, But Differently
546
A year after cutting back and spending nearly the entire holiday season at home, consumers this year are showing a willingness to open their wallets. WSJ Heard on the Street columnist Justin Lahart joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss how the economic recovery has shifted the ways consumers are spending this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2021
The IPO Market Is Hot. What Should Investors Know?
759
Initial public offerings are on the upswing this year, and more companies are allowing individual investors to buy shares as part of the process. WSJ markets reporter Corrie Driebusch joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss how investors can get a piece of some IPOs and the risks they take on when doing so. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 24, 2021
How to Get Some Big Tax Breaks With Careful Year-End Planning
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Planning out your 2021 taxes now can put you ahead of the game when taxes are due next spring, but it also can qualify you for certain benefits, including stimulus payments and child tax credits. WSJ tax reporter Laura Saunders joins host J.R. Whalen to explain. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2021
Does the '4% Rule' for Retirement Need Updating?
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Financial advisors have long counseled retirees to spend no more than 4% of their savings in the first year of retirement. But new research challenges that bit of conventional wisdom. Retirement reporter Anne Tergesen joins host Trenae Nuri to discuss the new research on retirement spending. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Why Banks Are Sending Out More Credit-Card Offers
567
Many Americans were able to pay down debt during the pandemic. But now lenders are spending billions of dollars to market credit cards to consumers. WSJ credit-cards reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis joins host Trenae Nuri to discuss what banks are doing to get people to borrow again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2021
Changes Coming to Frequent-Flier Programs
627
Traditionally, frequent-flier programs were set up to reward loyal customers with perks based on the number of miles they flew. But now airlines are taking a new approach, one where flying may not matter as much. WSJ "Middle Seat" columnist Scott McCartney joins host Trenae Nuri to discuss the new rules for earning and keeping frequent-flier perks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
How to Spot and Avoid Get-Rich-Quick Scams
738
Get-rich-quick scams have grown more common on social media, with fraudsters targeting younger, internet-savvy users. WSJ contributor Svati Kirsten Narula joins host Trenae Nuri to discuss how you can spot these scams and protect yourself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2021
How to Navigate Finances After a Spouse Dies
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When a spouse dies, everything changes. And not just your daily life, but your financial life as well, from how assets are handled to how you file taxes. Tax reporter Laura Saunders joins host Trenae Nuri to discuss what surviving spouses need to know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2021
How to Negotiate Medical Bills
548
Many Americans struggle with paying medical bills. Unpaid bills can lead to lingering debt and drag down credit scores. But you may be able to slash the amount you owe if you know the right questions to ask. WSJ health-insurance reporter Anna Wilde Mathews joins host Trenae Nuri with pointers on how to negotiate hospital bills. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2021
Employers Relax Job Requirements to Hire Workers Fast
679
The U.S. labor market has more job openings than applicants, and companies are searching high and low for workers. To get more candidates in the door, some employers are easing up on their job requirements. WSJ workplace, management and leadership reporter Chip Cutter joins host Trenae Nuri to discuss what the new hiring process means for job seekers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2021
Dental Work Can Be Expensive. What Financing Options Are Available?
475
Millions of Americans are skipping the dentist, with many of them unable to afford certain pricey procedures. Now some lenders are offering buy-now-pay-later options for dental care. WSJ banking and consumer finance reporter Orla McCaffrey joins host Trenae Nuri to discuss the financing options that are available, and the risks that come with them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2021
Veterans Face Steep Financial Challenges When They Return Home
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After facing some of the toughest challenges of their life on the battlefield, many service members face financial challenges when their deployment ends. Frank Molinar, author of "Financial Dominance: Your Battle Plan for a Richer Life," joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss how veterans and service personnel can apply lessons from their military career to manage their personal finances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
Young Investors to Financial Planners: Thanks, But No Thanks
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As the number of wealthy households headed by people under age 45 grows, wealth-management firms are quick to pitch their services. WSJ reporter Rachel Louise Ensign joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss why many young investors are turning away professional help. Plus, a 33-year-old who recently landed a multimillion-dollar windfall explains why and how he opted to invest the money himself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2021
What the 'Billionaires' Tax' Could Mean for Your Investments
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A tax on billionaires' investments that was proposed, and then shelved, by Democrats raised eyebrows because it would have fundamentally altered the way Americans are taxed. WSJ tax reporter Laura Saunders joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what the proposal could have meant for non-billionaires' finances, and whether it could resurface. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021