Insider-Trading Charges to Be Dropped

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Federal prosecutors in New York said they would drop charges against five men they previously accused of insider trading, the latest casualty of an appeals court ruling last month that upended the government’s ability to bring such charges.

Alibaba Is Tested by Regulators, Mobile

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Alibaba reported disappointing revenue growth, while a senior executive defended the e-commerce giant against Chinese government allegations that it failed to crack down on fakes.

Gold Tarnishes as U.S. Economy Strengthens

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The strong U.S. economy is dimming gold’s allure. Gold futures posted their sharpest decline—2.4%—in more than a year, a day after the Fed waxed optimistic about U.S. economic growth.

Air Force to Open Additional Satellite Launches to Competition

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The Pentagon will announce plans next week to open more space rocket launches to competition, paving the way for SpaceX to try to win its first military business, according to U.S. officials familiar with the plan.

Ford Forecasts Stronger 2015

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Ford pledged to put weaker earnings behind it with a strong 2015 profit forecast, but persistent losses in Europe and emerging markets last quarter show the hurdles facing its efforts to kick results into overdrive.

Shake Shack Prices IPO at $21, Above Expectations

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Restaurant chain Shake Shack Inc., known for its burgers and crinkle-cut fries, priced its initial public offering above expectations at $21 apiece late Thursday.

Ally Lashes Back at GM After Jilting

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Ally Financial’s chief executive reacted angrily to GM’s decision to squeeze the lender out of a lucrative leasing business and vowed to overcome getting jilted by the firm’s former parent.

Have the Right Tools for Retirement

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Five steps you should take before retiring to make post-employment easier. Among them, make a realistic and efficient plan for withdrawing money from savings and a nonfinancial plan for staying engaged during retirement.

States That Tax Social Security Benefits

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Minnesota is among 13 states that slap some kind of tax on Social Security income. Some of those states, among them Connecticut and Montana, have separate calculations and/or income limits to determine taxable benefits.

The Financial Problems in Your Head

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Psychology can explain why many people mismanage money, writes Veronica Dagher.

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