U.S. Jobless Claims Decline Signals Still Healthy Labor Market

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The number of Americans applying for first-time unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign the labor market remains in expansion mode.

Glencore Explores Its Limits in Russian Oil Patch

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Resurgent Glencore’s role in a $13 billion deal for a stake in Rosneft gives the commodities giant fresh oil to play with.

China's Yuan and the Trillion-Dollar Numbers Game

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There may be nothing significant per se about having more than $3 trillion in reserves. But markets have a way of getting antsy about these things.

When Presidents Defy Economic Gravity, Gravity Usually Wins

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Donald Trump is going to discover, just as previous presidents have, that altering the forces of economics is harder than it seems at first, Greg Ip writes.

The Economy's Hidden Problem: We're Out of Big Ideas

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There is a yawning chasm between what innovation promises for the economy and what it is delivering. Outside of personal technology, improvements in everyday life have been incremental, not revolutionary. A Wall Street Journal series explains why that is and looks at ways to reboot.

What Quitters Tell Us About the Economy

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More workers are willing to quit their jobs, but in the goods-sector leaving is still hard.

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.

Retirement Policy Under Trump? Unclear, but There Are Clues

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Donald Trump hasn’t said a lot about Social Security funding or other retirement-savings policies, but his few comments—along with congressional Republicans’ proposals—provide some insight on what to expect.

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