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
Why Some Prices Are ‘Sticky’ at High Levels, While Others Fall
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While some prices have ticked down slightly from recent highs, others continue to rise and are unlikely to come down anytime soon. WSJ personal-finance reporter Julia Carpenter joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss why some prices remain “sticky” and how they are causing consumers to adjust their household finances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2022
How to Bring Down Your Car-Insurance Premiums
581
Auto-insurance rates have risen an average of 8.3% from a year ago. WSJ personal-finance reporter Veronica Dagher joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what is pushing rates higher and how drivers can reduce their monthly premiums. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2022
These Bear-Market Stock Strategies Aren’t Working This Time Around
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So-called “quality” stocks, or profitable companies whose shares typically weather market downturns, haven’t performed as reliably this year as in past bear markets. WSJ’s “Intelligent Investor” columnist Jason Zweig joins host J.R. Whalen to explain why and discuss some changes investors can make to their portfolios to minimize losses.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
Why Your Year-End Tax Strategies Should Be Underway Now
540
Reviewing traditional tax strategies now could mean more money in your pocket when you prepare your tax return next spring. WSJ contributor Tom Herman joins host J.R. Whalen with steps taxpayers should consider to lessen the amount they may have to hand over to Uncle Sam. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2022
How High Food Prices Are Changing Consumers’ Shopping Habits
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Grocery prices rose more than 13% in August from a year earlier, the highest 12-month increase since 1979. Host J.R. Whalen is joined by reporter Rachel Wolfe to discuss how consumers are making ends meet, and by Louisiana resident Jamaica Bonvillian, who has struggled to balance food costs with her family’s overall household finances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
Donating to a Political Cause? Know the Tax and Privacy Rules First.
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Making donations to a political candidate or cause isn’t always tax deductible, and it can come with privacy implications. WSJ tax reporter Laura Saunders joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what consumers should know before making a donation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2022
Higher Mortgage Rates Vexing Homeowners Who Want to Sell
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Homeowners who previously locked in low mortgage rates face the dilemma of whether to sell and take on a significantly higher rate, or stay put and keep their low rate locked in. WSJ housing market reporter Nicole Friedman joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the issue and the potential effect on home prices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2022
Performance Reviews Are Back. Are You Ready?
518
As workers return to the office, many companies are reinstating performance reviews. WSJ reporter Kathryn Dill joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss their relevance in the post-pandemic workplace, and how workers can prepare for their meeting with the boss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Power Bills Expected to Continue Climbing This Winter
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Americans’ electricity and natural-gas bills have risen an average of more than 15% over the past year. WSJ energy and utilities reporter Katherine Blunt joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss why prices are rising and how consumers can prepare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2022
More Homeowners Are Renting Out Their Homes Instead of Selling Them
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Some homeowners who are ready to sell are finding that more buyers are waiting on the sidelines, and many are choosing to rent out their homes instead, in the hopes of freeing up cash so they can buy a new place to live. WSJ housing-market reporter Will Parker joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the pros and cons of renting out your home instead of selling it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
How to Cut the Cost of a New Smartphone
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New premium models of phones from Apple and Samsung can cost as much as a month’s rent. WSJ personal-finance reporter Veronica Dagher joins host Daniella Cheslow to discuss ways oflowering the sticker price and getting deals on wireless service . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2022
Colleges Slip on Pledge to Enroll Lower-Income Students
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More than 125 U.S. colleges and universities promised in 2016 to raise the enrollment of lower-income students by 50,000 by 2025. But a progress report from the initiative shows the schools have added fewer than 8,000 so far. Higher-education reporter Melissa Korn joins host Daniella Cheslow to discuss why federal Pell Grants are reaching so few potential students . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2022
Vacation Homes Offer Holiday Dream But Carry House-Sized Risks
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The largest share of second-home purchases closes from fall to early in the new year. But along with the dream of family memories and rental incomes, vacation homes carry financial and emotional risks. WSJ personal-finance reporter Veronica Dagher joins host Daniella Cheslow to discuss the highs and lows of buying a second home, and how to lay the foundation for a good buy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
The Extended Tax Deadline Is Coming. Why You Shouldn’t Miss It.
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A record 19 million taxpayers asked the IRS for more time to file . Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter Ashlea Ebeling joins host Daniella Cheslow to discuss why so many taxpayers are filing late, and how to avoid steep penalties for missing the Oct. 17 deadline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2022
Impulse Buying Is Up. Does It Make Any Financial Sense?
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Americans’ credit-card balances are way up, and inflation is only part of the reason. WSJ personal-finance reporter Julia Carpenter joins host Daniella Cheslow to discuss why impulse buying (including her own) is up, and whether splurging might actually be worthwhile. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
Will Prizes and Digital Coins Encourage Americans to Save?
422
With the U.S. savings rate on the decline, some financial apps are offeringprizes and other incentives to encourage consumers to put money away. WSJ contributor Cheryl Winokur Munk joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss how the incentives work, and what financial experts have to say about their role in a savings plan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2022
How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell
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The competition among home sellers has increased this year as mortgage rates have risen to nearly 6%. WSJ “Mansion” section senior editor Kerry Barger joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss a new series of stories focused on helping homeowners prepare their house for a sale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2022
How ‘Buffer Funds’ Protect Against Market Volatility
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As stocks have flirted with bear-market territory this year, many people have invested in a type of exchange-traded fund known as a “buffer fund” to protect against potential steep declines. WSJ markets reporter Eric Wallerstein joins host J.R. Whalen to explain how buffer funds work and how well they have performed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
Higher Mortgage Rates Cause Would-Be Homebuyers to Reconsider Renting
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Mortgage rates are roughly double where they were a year ago, and that is leading some people who are ready to buy a house to consider renting instead. WSJ economics reporter Ben Eisen joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the tradeoffs of buying versus renting in the current housing market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2022
Bosses Want Workers Back in the Office. Can They Force You to Return?
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After several failed attempts over the past year to bring workers back to the office, companies are making a stronger push for a return to in-person work. WSJ workplace reporter Chip Cutter joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what is different this time, and how workers can make the most of a return to their office desk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022