This Week: News Digest

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Items of interest to investors.

Huatai Collects More Fuel for China Stock-Market Fire

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China’s $20 billion barrage of brokerage fundraising is looking long in the tooth, as Huatai Securities launches its Hong Kong IPO.

The Core of the Fed's Inflation Problem

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Rising oil prices and a weaker dollar should feed through to higher core inflation. But not for a while.

How to Differentiate the Rates

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Two types of rates quoted by mortgage lenders may be confusing, but they’re designed to help potential borrowers shop for the best mortgage.

Student Debt Is Hot Topic for 2016 Field

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The rise in college costs—and student-loan burdens—is breaking through as a hot issue in the 2016 presidential race as contenders float proposals that rethink what college should cost and who should foot the bill.

A Way to Make Big Gifts to Family Without Tax

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A recent Tax Court ruling cleared a couple’s use of so-called Crummey trusts to give $1.6 million free of U.S. gift or estate tax.

West Coast Port Workers Ratify Contract

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Members of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union overwhelmingly approved a five-year contract provides labor stability at U.S. West Coast ports.

TomTom's Maps Need Clearer Route to Profits

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TomTom is benefitting from renewed interest in location services required for autonomous driving. But the company has yet to prove it can navigate a profitable path.

Germany Gives No Reason for Gloom

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Germany may have posted slower growth and sluggish surveys, but the economy looks to be in decent shape.

It's Risky to Rely on Retirement Questionnaires

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Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions about dubious planning, great expectations and illegal downloads.

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