Jobless Rate Hits Lowest Level Since Before Recession

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U.S. employers hired at a steady clip in November while the unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, the lowest level in nine years—signs of enduring labor-market growth that will likely leave Fed officials on track to raise rates this month.

Inventory Check: We Went to the Stores

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Heard on the Street is conducting an experiment to see how retailers’ claim that low inventory will mean less discounting is playing out.

Global Bond Markets: Into the Maelstrom

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The storm that battered bond markets in November doesn’t seem likely to abate just yet.

Chips Need a Nick, Not a Cut

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Semiconductor stocks are vulnerable after big run-up, but strong fundamentals remain.

Little Slack But Not Much Heat in Labor Market

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Unemployment hits nine-year low but modest wage growth shows there is still some slack in labor market.

U.S. Health Spending Rose Faster Than Expected in 2015

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U.S. health spending grew faster than expected in 2015 as consumers recovered from the economic downturn and the Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions took hold, according to federal statistics released Friday.

The Really Rich Got Richer, According to IRS's Top 400

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The total income reported on the top 400 individual tax returns rose 20% in 2014, according to Internal Revenue Service data released Thursday.

Beware Medicare Advantage Plans

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A recent report says many buyers are confused

Hensarling: GOP Wants to End Rules on Retirement Advice, Payday Loans

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Congressional Republicans hope to scrap two contentious rules meant to rein in conflicted investment advice and payday lenders once President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Era of Low Interest Rates Hammers Millions of Pensions Around World

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Central-bank moves are pulling down returns for government-run funds, making it difficult to meet mounting obligations to workers and retirees. Low rates are exacerbating existing cash problems.

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