The U.S. Economy's Secret Weapon

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Improving manufacturing activity could help the sputtering economy more than many expect.

Mobile-Payments War: Profits May Suffer Collateral Damage

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As the multisided battle for control of mobile payments accelerates, profits will come under pressure.

Taking the Temperature of U.S. Jobs and Global Manufacturing

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This week, data releases will shine a light on U.S. job growth in April and the trade gap for March, plus offer updates from the manufacturing sector in the U.S., China, Japan and other major economies.

U.S. Chides Five Economic Powers Over Policies

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The Obama administration delivered a shot across the bow to Asia’s leading exporters and Germany for their economic policies and warned that a number of major economies around the globe could face intense pressure to engage in currency interventions to counter slow growth.

Anemic Wage Growth Restraining Economy

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Years of solid job gains are failing to produce a breakout in wages, suppressing the spark needed for a sustained pickup in economic growth.

Volkswagen Reaches Deal With U.S. Over Diesel-Emissions Scandal

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Volkswagen has reached the broad outlines of a deal with U.S. authorities over its diesel-emissions scandal. U.S. owners of nearly 500,000 2-liter diesel vehicles could see payments and a buyback under a coming court settlement.

CFPB Sheds Light on Coming Payday-Loans Rule

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A report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers clues to details of sweeping payday-loan regulations the agency plans to propose this spring. Officials indicated the rule would place limits on when and how lenders can gain access to the money in consumers’ bank accounts.

5 Reasons Bond Funds Beat Individual Bonds

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Less interest-rate risk in individual securities? No way, says columnist Allan S. Roth.

IRS Warns of New Scam to Hijack Tax Preparers' Computers

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The IRS on Friday warned tax preparers of a new scam in which cyberthieves hijack a preparer’s computer system, file client tax returns, and redirect refunds to thieves’ accounts.

How Private Is Your Tax Return?

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Amid concerns about cyberthieves, the approach of Tax Day is a good time to consider the retention and use of your electronic tax information.

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