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Recent articles by Paul:

Dow tops 27,000 for the first time on easing trade tensions, prospect of lower rates

The Dow topped 27,000 for the first time Thursday as easing trade tensions and the Fed’s campaign to lower rates offset lingering economic worries. → Read More

How would a Fed rate cut affect your credit cards, home equity lines and bank savings

The Federal Reserve seems poised to cut rates for the first time in a decade. How would a cut affect your credit cards, home equity lines, savings. → Read More

Powell signals Fed prepared to cut rates this month despite improved jobs, trade backdrop

The Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled to Congress that central bank officials are prepared to cut interest rates in late July. → Read More

Sorry, Florida and Nevada. This state ranks as the best for retirement

Nebraska ranks as best state to retire, followed by Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota and Florida, survey shows. Maryland scores worst → Read More

Raising minimum wage to $15 an hour would lift pay for up to 27M but leave 1.3M jobless

Doubling U.S. minimum wage to $15 an hour would raise pay for up to 27 million workers and lift 1.3M from poverty but leave 1.3M jobless, CBO says. → Read More

Talent dogfight: Rock stars, heroes and misleading job postings as openings near record

Companies are pumping up job openings in ads and interviews to stand out amid near-record openings and a smaller pool of candidates → Read More

Market outlook: Stocks post best 1st half since 1997. Trade deal needed for more gains

The broad market climbed 17.4% the first half of the year. A trade deal will be needed for further strong gains, analysts say. → Read More

Stocks hit new highs on hopes of US-China trade truce and prospect of Fed rate cuts

The S&P 500 index set a new record Thursday on a strong signal that the Fed could cut interest rates and on hopes for a trade war truce. → Read More

The Fed signaled rate cuts may be coming soon. What does that mean for borrowers, savers

The Fed signaled that interest rate could be on the way but the benefits for borrowers may be limited. Bank customers could see savings rates fall. → Read More

Fed stands pat on rates, signals it's prepared to cut if trade war intensifies

The Fed kept its key interest rate at 2.25% to 2.5% but signaled it was prepared to cut rates if the US trade war with China deepens → Read More

Stocks climb as Trump tweets about plans for 'extended meeting' with Chinese president

Stocks climbed close to an all-time record amid Trump's plans for an 'extended meeting' with Chinese President Xi. and talk of rate cuts in Europe → Read More

The economic expansion is poised to be the longest ever. Will it die or get a second wind?

The 10-year-old economic expansion will become the longest in U.S. history in July. Will it die of old age or get a second wind? → Read More

How to buy a home, millennial style

Millennials have been driving home sales the past few years but they’re doing so cautiously. → Read More

Economy added just 75,000 jobs in May, strengthening case for Fed interest rate cut

Employers added just 75,000 jobs in May. Economists had forecast 178,000 payroll gains → Read More

Low prices, floods and trade wars plague American farmers, putting their survival at risk

Rains that delayed planting in the Midwest compound the crisis for farmers already struggling with low prices and trade wars. → Read More

Dow, stocks end higher Tuesday amid Fed hints at rate cut, optimism from Mexico on trade

U.S. stocks ended higher after Fed chief remarks on rate cut and Mexico official's optimism on developing trade dispute. → Read More

It's great that you got a raise, but it just might hurt the stock market and the economy

Bigger raises are starting to crimp corporate profit margins. Economists debate whether that will hurt stocks and the economy. → Read More

How tariffs on Mexican imports could affect what you pay for vegetables and cars

Tariffs on Mexican imports would affect prices of vegetables, cars TVs. A 5% tariff could rise to 25% if Mexico doesn't halt illegal immigration. → Read More

More Americans are finally moving cash to online banks for higher interest rates

More Americans are moving their cash to online banks to earn interest of 2% or more. But many feel more comfortable with a local branch → Read More

More baby boomers stay in their homes as they reach retirement, skipping downsizing

Many Baby boomers are staying in the houses in which they raised their kids even when they become empty-nesters and retire → Read More