U.S. Consumer Confidence Falls

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Consumers unexpectedly took a dimmer view of the U.S. economy this month. The Conference Board research group said its index of consumer confidence fell to 90.9 in July from a revised 99.8 in June.

Nontrade Concerns Cloud Obama's Pacific Deal

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The administration’s push to clinch a sweeping Pacific trade deal this week faces stiff opposition over concerns—ranging from human trafficking to antigay laws—that have little to do with trade.

Zurich Insurance Bid for RSA Would Be a Gamble

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U.K.-based insurer RSA has big uncertainties around capital, pensions and profitability.

Proof of a 'Gig Economy' Revolution Hard to Find

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Politicians and Silicon Valley prospectuses are all atwitter over the perils and promise of the next big thing, the gig economy. But the numbers don’t bear that out: Americans are becoming slightly less likely to be self-employed, and less prone to hold multiple jobs.

Fed Officials May Offer More Clarity on Rates

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Central bank officials are likely to emerge from their meeting Wednesday with short-term interest rates still pinned near zero, though they could send hints that they’re getting closer to raising the rates. Chairwoman Yellen has emphasized she expects higher U.S. borrowing costs before year-end.

A Bitcoin Fund Is Born, With Teething Pains

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An ETF-type bitcoin investment, full of risks, is struggling for acceptance.

College Tuition Q&A

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Experts answer more questions from readers about saving and paying for college.

Investors Brace for Fewer Winners

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As stocks’ returns dry up, some people take more risks. It could be time to save more.

Why Are There So Few Female Fund Managers?

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For one thing, fewer women than men seek out and earn the necessary credentials, a Morningstar analyst says.

Time for a Bond-Fund Checkup

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Given the expected rise in interest rates, now may be a good time to adjust the size of a bond portfolio’s allocation and contents.

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