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Economy could keep Dow rising in 2020

Trade jitters have taken financial markets on a wild ride this year, putting some cracks in the global economy. But stocks still kept hitting record highs.

What happens if the Fed cuts rates to zero or goes negative?

Say what you will about President Trump's unusually loud critiques of Jerome Powell, his hand-picked chairman of the Federal Reserve. But Trump is not wrong when he says that interest rates in the United States, even after two recent cuts, are higher than they are in much of the rest of the developed world.

How to invest after latest rate cut

The Federal Reserve cut rates again Wednesday. More rate cuts might be on the way later this year -- and perhaps in 2020. Here's what investors do to adjust to this lower rate world.

5 things we learned from Day 1 of the GM strike

Nearly 50,000 General Motors employees across the United States walked out late Sunday night after GM and the United Auto Workers union failed to reach an agreement on a new four-year contract.

Ford debt downgraded to junk

Moody's downgraded Ford's credit to junk Monday evening. It said the automaker faces considerable business challenges, and its poor financial performance badly positions Ford to take on its planned $11 billion restructuring.

How to find yield in a low-rate world

If you're starting to plan for retirement, odds are you've been told to reduce your exposure to risky stocks and add more safe haven bonds. That's typically what financial planners and investment strategists advise, because bonds provide steady income payments.

It was a wild week on Wall Street

It was far from the dog days of summer on Wall Street this past week. Investors went on a roller coaster ride after the markets reacted to both good and bad news.

Dow closes down more than 750 points after trade war escalation

A dramatic escalation of the trade war between the United States and China sparked a worldwide sell-off in markets on Monday. The Dow closed down 767 points, and the Nasdaq Composite — a proxy for the technology companies that will be most harmed by a trade war — suffered its longest losing streak since November 2016.

Jeffrey Epstein's attorneys propose home detention

Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein proposed a bail package on Thursday that would allow the multimillionaire alleged sex trafficker to remain out of jail pending trial and live instead in home detention at his Upper East Side mansion, one of the largest residences in Manhattan and valued at $77 million, according to court documents.

Investors search for yield in low-rate world

The Federal Reserve is almost certain to cut interest rates later this month, and it may not be the only rate cut this year. That means that investors who want the safety of a steady (and sizable) yield have to look for something other than long-term government bonds.