—Andrea Coombes, Personal Finance editor
Dividend-paying stocks: Time to be wary
Everyone is so crazy bullish on dividend-paying stocks these days, it’s impossible to find a contrarian. that might be a sign of a market top, writes Robert Powell.Dividend-paying stocks: Time to be wary.
Credit-card rates move higher
Borrowers continue to pay record low interest rates, with one major exception: credit cards.Credit-card rates move higher.
ECONOMY & POLITICSA hole in the bucket drains the recovery
The economy is still weak because our trade deficit is draining away much of the growth we’ve managed, reports Al Lewis.A hole in the bucket drains the recovery.
Politics, psychology hurt economy, forecaster says
The economy has its weaknesses, but its main problems are political and psychological, says Jeffrey Rosen, chief economist for Briefing.com and the winner of the MarketWatch Forecaster of the Month Award for June.Politics, psychology hurt economy, forecaster says.
Few on Fed backed more easing in June: minutes
Few Fed officials were ready to engineer another round of asset purchases at their June policy meeting, according to the minutes of their deliberations released Wednesday.Few on Fed backed more easing in June: minutes.
SEC approves high-frequency trade audits
The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday narrowly approved a rule designed to give exchanges more information about high-frequency trades.SEC approves high-frequency trade audits.
Highlights of the Fed minutes
The following are selected highlights from the minutes of the June 19-20 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee:Highlights of the Fed minutes.
U.S. trade deficit lower in May; exports rise
The U.S. trade deficit falls back under $50 billion for May on a slight increase in exports and a drop in the cost of imported oil, data show.U.S. trade deficit lower in May; exports rise.
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