Oil Rout Threatens to Impose Vicious Cycle on Economy

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Few economists expect the crude slump will tip the economy into recession. But the fallout could grow harder to contain if the oil-price declines are instead a symptom of broader weaknesses in the global economy.

Jobs Report: The Big Problem It Faces

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Weak manufacturing activity casts a cloud over Friday’s jobs report.

Viacom and CBS: What Really Changes?

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The divergent performance of Viacom and CBS mean the former’s new chairman has more to prove.

Valeant Needs More Volume Amid the Noise

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International shares held up through a congressional grilling. But worries for the stock aren’t over.

Why the Fed Can't Save Markets Right Now

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The Federal Reserve could clear the air by taking a March rate increase completely off the table. But that is easier said than done.

U.S. Debt Burden: It's Gotten a Bit Less Bad

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As the long-term budget outlook has improved, the U.S. has gained some breathing room on the debt. But, Greg Ip writes, that doesn’t mean the U.S. should continue unrestrained borrowing without attacking the biggest contributors to the debt over the longer term.

Helmsley Estate Spotlights Executor-Pay Issue

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People writing a will or asked to serve as executor should give thought to the fees for this often arduous task. An average $30,000 for a $1 million estate?

HSAs Offer Tax Benefits Beyond 401(k)s

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Most people overlook health-savings accounts, or HSAs, as a retirement-savings vehicle. But these accounts come with more tax advantages than 401(k)s when used to cover medical costs, a major expense in retirement.

Labor's Retirement Advice Rule Nears Completion

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The Obama administration has advanced to the final stages of a closely watched rule imposing tougher requirements on financial firms offering retirement advice.

Financial Advisers Urge Anxious Clients to Stay Calm

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Financial advisers are fielding messages from anxious clients and urging them to keep their cool as markets continued to tumble.

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