Hedge Funds Bet on Risks in U.S. Blue-Chip Debt

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Hedge funds are betting the next bond sector to crack will be the $4.5 trillion market for the safest U.S. corporate debt. Some see evidence of problems that won’t be confined to areas such as energy and junk bonds.

Corporate Credit: Less Than Angelic

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Companies’ credit ratings are starting to feel the strain. Watch out for more downgrades to junk in the coming months.

China's Reserves Plunge While Stresses Mount

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It is hard to imagine Beijing wanting to continue this pace of reserve annihilation.

Why Ford's Stock Can Pick Up

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The murky auto sales outlook presents a value opportunity for Ford investors.

Energy Giant's Flameout Can Yield Opportunity

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Renewable-energy giant SunEdison is in deep financial trouble. But there may be a way to profit.

Job Market Leaves Fed in Limbo

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The U.S. job engine slowed in January while unemployment hit an eight-year low and wage growth accelerated, complicating the outlook for Federal Reserve officials as they assess whether the economy is strong enough for further interest-rate increases.

Rate Expectations: Not So Fast, Fed

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Wall Street is increasingly skeptical about the pace of Federal Reserve interest-rate increases this year, the latest blow to the central bank’s yearslong efforts to unwind its easy-money policies and return the economy to a normal footing.

What Some Financial Advisers Now Do to Earn Their Fees

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More advisers offer less affluent clients concierge services to help in managing their lives.

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.

In Flint, Mortgage Lenders Demand Proof of Safe Water

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Flint, Mich., residents have a new concern on top of lead in their drinking water: Some mortgage lenders say home buyers must prove there is no contamination at a property or they won’t make a loan for its purchase.

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