FICO credit scores are now at their highest levels ever … here’s why

FICO credit scores are now at their highest levels ever … here’s why

Americans’ credit scores are higher than ever. The average FICO score, a widely used credit rating named for the Fair Isaac Corporation, is now 704. It hit that number in… Read more »

Market Snapshot: Dow futures imply slight retreat from record as new tariffs take effect

Market Snapshot: Dow futures imply slight retreat from record as new tariffs take effect

U.S. stock-index futures were modestly lower on Monday, implying a slight retreat from record levels as the latest round of tariffs on U.S. and Chinese goods took effect, though the… Read more »

Futures Movers: Oil prices vault higher as major producers rebuff Trump’s demand to keep crude in check

Futures Movers: Oil prices vault higher as major producers rebuff Trump’s demand to keep crude in check

Oil prices surged early Monday in New York, extending an uptrend for crude, as major energy producers declined to commit to increasing crude output to address expected supply disruptions at… Read more »

Currencies: Dollar adds to losses as new U.S.-China tariffs kick in

Currencies: Dollar adds to losses as new U.S.-China tariffs kick in

The U.S. dollar weakened but traded in tight ranges versus major rivals as market participants assessed the latest developments in the trade war between the U.S. and China on Monday…. Read more »

Need to Know: Time to load up on gold? ‘Do the math’

Need to Know: Time to load up on gold? ‘Do the math’

One look at the headline and Josh Brown of the Reformed Broker blog tweeted his plans over the weekend to “hate read” this Barron’s story: “Gold Is Cheap. Inflation Is… Read more »

Metals Stocks: Gold creeps higher ahead of broadly expected Fed rate hike

Metals Stocks: Gold creeps higher ahead of broadly expected Fed rate hike

Gold futures prices ticked up from one-week lows in subdued Monday trading as investors awaited what’s widely expected to be the Federal Reserve’s third interest-rate hike of 2018 this week… Read more »

Peter Morici: Big Tech is in the crosshairs of regulation

Peter Morici: Big Tech is in the crosshairs of regulation

Increasingly Big Tech companies look more and more like monopolists, and regulation is more likely. Obtaining a monopoly is hardly illegal and does not necessarily warrant government intervention. However, abusing… Read more »

Asia Markets: Hong Kong stocks under pressure as trade jitters resurface; holidays keep rest of Asia quiet

Asia Markets: Hong Kong stocks under pressure as trade jitters resurface; holidays keep rest of Asia quiet

Hong Kong stocks tumbled on Monday, as trade tensions returned at the start of the week for Asia, which was dulled by the closure of several markets for holidays. Last… Read more »

FA Center: How some companies manipulate share buybacks to inflate earnings

FA Center: How some companies manipulate share buybacks to inflate earnings

Not all company share-buybacks are created equal. Investors can gain a crucial advantage by taking this into account. And it takes surprisingly little effort to do so: less than 10… Read more »

China accuses U.S. of ‘trade bullyism’ as $200 billion in tariffs kick in

China accuses U.S. of ‘trade bullyism’ as $200 billion in tariffs kick in

Chinese officials fired back against the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, accusing it of “trade bullyism,” and pushing an “America First” agenda at a cost of international… Read more »

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