Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in attempt to keep stores open for now

Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in attempt to keep stores open for now

Sears Holdings Corp. filed early Monday for bankruptcy protection from creditors, marking the collapse of a company that dominated American retailing for much of the 20th century. The retailer SHLD, +18.97%  , which sought chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y., reached a deal with its lenders that will allow the → Read More

Peter Morici: Powell has lost his North Star, and the Fed is flying blind

Peter Morici: Powell has lost his North Star, and the Fed is flying blind

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is in an unenviable position. Folks expect him to fine-tune interest rates to keep the economy going and inflation tame but he can’t make things much better — only worse. Growth is nearly 3% and unemployment is at its lowest level since 1969. What inflation we have above the Fed → Read More

Why stock-market volatility is better than any risk tolerance questionnaire

Why stock-market volatility is better than any risk tolerance questionnaire

IStockphoto ‘People often forget that markets don’t just go up.’ As the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.15%  shed nearly 1,400 points in just two days last week, Desirae Odjick was calm and collected about the $50,000 she’s stockpiled in her retirement accounts — and the feeling hit her like a lightning bolt. “That reaction → Read More

NerdWallet: Get real about retirement: 8 common ways people fool themselves

NerdWallet: Get real about retirement: 8 common ways people fool themselves

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet. Money for retirement won’t magically appear, although thinking it will can be comforting. You might put faith in a get-rich-quick scheme, fantasize a windfall, or trick yourself into believing that saving will get easier later. But — poof! — the illusion vanishes, and you’re further behind. Here → Read More

Outside the Box: The IMF is still too optimistic about global growth — and that’s bad news for investors

Outside the Box: The IMF is still too optimistic about global growth — and that’s bad news for investors

The International Monetary Fund’s scaled-back global growth forecasts remain overly optimistic. A rapid economic slowdown is set to lower world growth, possibly to a 3% pace by the end next year. In January, the IMF projected world growth of 3.9% in 2018 and 2019. The world economy, the IMF wrote, was experiencing “the broadest synchronized → Read More

Next Avenue: Smart advice for Medicare open enrollment

Next Avenue: Smart advice for Medicare open enrollment

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. It is part of the Political Issues and Policies Special Report. If you are enrolled in Medicare — the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older and some people with disabilities — you will soon have the opportunity to make changes to your health and prescription → Read More

Grow: Bear market, bull market: What’s the difference?

Grow: Bear market, bull market: What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between a bear and bull market? Bear and bull markets are the yin and yang of an investment cycle. In the simplest of terms: bear = bad, bull = good. Generally, a bear market happens when major indexes like the S&P 500, which tracks the performance of 500 companies’ stocks, and the Dow → Read More

Futures Movers: Crude prices rise on growing U.S./Saudi tensions

Futures Movers: Crude prices rise on growing U.S./Saudi tensions

Oil prices rose Monday, fueled by a growing feud between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia over a missing journalist, though tugging in the other direction were recent data showing sagging demand for the commodity. November West Texas Intermediate crude CLX8, +0.63% rose 43 cents, or 0.68%, to $71.79 a barrel, after falling about 4% last → Read More

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