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Millions of Americans’ applications for mortgages, credit cards and other loans were jeopardized after Equifax misreported their credit scores to lenders. WSJ reporter Andrew Ackerman joins host J.R. Whalen with tips on clearing up errors in your own credit report . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
As the economy enters a downturn, makers of household products are reevaluating how they will attract already-cautious shoppers. WSJ reporter Saabira Chaudhuri joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what shoppers should expect. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy WSJ Your Money Matters
 
The collapse of cryptocurrency brokerages Celsius and Voyager has left many individual investors without access to their cash, after being promised their investments were safe. Host J.R. Whalen is joined by WSJ reporter Rachel Louise Ensign as well as individual investor Dave Jachelski, whose money is tied up during Voyager’s bankruptcy process. Le…
 
After a decade of cheap, plentiful energy in the U.S., Americans are paying substantially more for everything from gasoline to electricity to natural gas. WSJ energy reporter Katherine Blunt joins host J.R. Whalen to explain why higher costs could be the new normal, and what’s being done to hold energy costs in check. Learn more about your ad choic…
 
As the Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates, WSJ personal-finance reporter Julia Carpenter joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss alternate ways consumers should consider to borrow in order to keep interest payments in check. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy WSJ Your Money Matters
 
The government has told federal student-loan servicing contractors to hold off on sending out billing statements to borrowers. WSJ’s Gabriel T. Rubin joins host J.R. Whalen to explain why that could mean another extension to the moratorium on student-loan repayments could be imminent. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
People who have switched jobs for higher pay got bigger raises than those who stayed. Host J.R. Whalen is joined by WSJ personal-finance reporter Julia Carpenter, who discusses the differences in pay, risks job switchers face, and potential benefits of staying put. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Companies frustrated over not finding qualified workers are reverting to in-person meetings with job applicants. WSJ “On the Clock” columnist Callum Borchers joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss how job seekers can use live interviews to highlight skills that don’t necessarily come through on a resume. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone…
 
Amazon is suing the administrators of more than 10,000 Facebook groups that it says coordinated fake reviews on the online shopping site. WSJ personal tech columnist Nicole Nguyen joins host J.R. Whalen with tips for distinguishing real online product reviews from fake ones. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Fixed-rate annuities have seen a significant influx of cash as investors seek out stability in the current volatile market. WSJ reporter Leslie Scism joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss why annuities are seen as stable investments, and the risks they could pose to investors anyway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Although most people know when their financial commitments, like loan payments, are due each month, many are missing their payments because they simply forgot. WSJ personal-finance reporter Veronica Dagher joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss why behavioral economists say this is happening, and steps people can take to get back on track. Learn more ab…
 
Some financial-technology startups offer savings rates far above those from traditional banks. WSJ “Intelligent Investor” columnist Jason Zweig joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the risks consumers need to watch out for when stashing their cash with fintech startups. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Exchange-traded funds that track a single stock entered the U.S. market last week. WSJ markets reporter Karen Langley joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss how they work and the risks that investors in those ETFs could face. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy WSJ Your Money Matters
 
The average cost of a hotel room in the U.S. is up more than 30% from a year ago. WSJ travel reporter Allison Pohle joins host J.R. Whalen to explain why customer satisfaction has declined, and whether hotel prices could come down in the near future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
More employers are giving out company-wide pay raises and issuing special bonuses to retain workers and help them deal with high inflation. WSJ workplace and management reporter Chip Cutter joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what this means for the balance of power between workers and their bosses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.f…
 
Record home prices and higher mortgage rates have created the most expensive U.S. housing market in more than 15 years. WSJ housing reporter Nicole Friedman joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what that means for prospective home buyers, and signs that the balance of power could be starting to shift away from sellers . Learn more about your ad choice…
 
In an unusual midyear move, the IRS has raised the standard mileage rate for the self-employed to 62.5 cents. WSJ personal-finance reporter Ashlea Ebeling joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss other ways that self-employed workers who rely on their car can save money. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Mortgage rates above 5% coupled with higher housing prices have caused some prospective homebuyers to consider an adjustable-rate mortgage, instead of a fixed-rate loan, to help reduce costs. WSJ personal-finance reporter Veronica Dagher joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the pros and cons of adjustable mortgages. Learn more about your ad choices. V…
 
Retirement savers might get the urge to peek at their 401(k) balance often during market volatility. But WSJ retirement reporter Anne Tergesen joins host J.R. Whalen to explain why researchers say that could lead to bad decisions and long-term losses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
After building up record levels of savings over the first two years of the pandemic, many Americans are spending down that cash cushion to deal with inflation. WSJ reporter Rachel Louise Ensign joins host J.R. Whalen to explain what that means for people’s finances. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Choosing the right credit-card rewards program or making sure your car has gotten the proper maintenance can save drivers as much as 30 cents off the price of a gallon of gas. WSJ personal-finance reporter J.J. McCorvey joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss ways drivers can save money at the pump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/ad…
 
Airlines have been plagued by delays and canceled flights this year, causing many passengers frustration when they try to reach customer service. WSJ travel columnist Dawn Gilbertson joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what passengers should expect, and options to consider aside from sitting on hold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.…
 
Finance and career experts say high inflation and a hot job market make this an ideal time to ask for a raise. WSJ personal-finance reporter Julia Carpenter joins host J.R. Whalen with tips on what workers should, and should not, include in their argument when negotiating with the boss for a pay bump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megapho…
 
Banks and gas stations are increasing the hold they place on consumers’ credit and debit cards to $175. WSJ reporter Ayse Kelce joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss why it’s being done and how consumers can avoid the risks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy WSJ Your Money Matters
 
An often overlooked option to stem retirement savings losses is to convert traditional IRA money into a Roth IRA. WSJ tax reporter Laura Saunders joins host J.R. Whalen to explain the benefits and potential tax liabilities of making that move. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
The stock market declines in 2022 have taken their toll on stock portfolios and 401(k)s. WSJ “Intelligent Investor” columnist Jason Zweig joins host J.R. Whalen to explain why bear markets affect investors in different generations in different ways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Many retirees mismanage their 401(k) savings once they leave the workforce, resulting in a shortfall of funds. WSJ retirement reporter Anne Tergesen joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss how more 401(k) providers are including features similar to pension funds to ensure retirement savings last as long as possible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visi…
 
Although stocks have suffered a series of broad selloffs as inflation continues to climb, history shows certain sectors tend to buck the trend and move higher in times of high inflation. George Mason University finance professor Derek Horstmeyer joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss his recent research pinpointing sectors that tend to outperform during…
 
The Federal Reserve announced plans to raise interest rates by 0.75 percentage point, and is likely to raise them rapidly for the rest of the year. The moves are meant to counter high inflation but could lead to some hard financial decisions for many people. WSJ personal-finance reporter Julia Carpenter joins host J.R. Whalen with steps you can tak…
 
U.S. households are likely to pay a lot more for electricity this summer due to inflation. WSJ personal-finance reporter J.J. McCorvey joins host J.R. Whalen with tips for reinin g in your air conditioner’s electricity usage and lowering your monthly energy bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Inflation is weighing on consumers’ finances, but some shoppers are still willing to pay rising prices on brands they like. But not all. The Drucker Institute’s Rick Wartzman joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the challenges this poses to companies that often pass higher costs on to shoppers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch…
 
The U.K. launched a study this week with thousands of employees in many sectors to determine if working one less day during the week would affect production or morale. WSJ’s Kathryn Dill joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the experiment and similar studies, and whether U.S. companies are likely to adopt a four-day workweek anytime soon. Learn more a…
 
After a strong 2021, “buy now, pay later” companies like Klarna and Affirm are facing financial headwinds due to increased consumer delinquencies and the effects of higher interest rates. WSJ’s AnnaMaria Andriotis tells host J.R. Whalen what consumers who use those programs should expect going forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaph…
 
Some senior homeowners use a reverse mortgage to borrow a portion of the equity in their homes as funds to live on. WSJ contributor Lori Ioannou joins host J.R. Whalen to explain the nuts and bolts of reverse mortgages, and the risks that come with them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
More people in their 20s, often called Gen Z, are shelving plans to pursue socially conscious jobs to take roles with better pay. Host J.R. Whalen is joined by WSJ “On the Clock” columnist Callum Borchers, who discusses the trend, and 25-year-old Monica Tuñez, who left her education non-profit job for a role at a large company. Learn more about you…
 
House Democrats have asked the big three credit-reporting firms for answers on how they have handled consumer complaints about inaccuracies on credit reports. WSJ banking reporter AnnaMaria Andriotis joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy WSJ Your Money Matters
 
Auto-insurance companies are set to raise rates by as much as 20% in some places. WSJ insurance-industry reporter Leslie Scism joins host J.R. Whalen to explain why, and when consumers can expect to see those higher bills kick in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy WSJ Your Money Matters
 
The tight labor market has driven rates for teenage babysitters to upwards of $35 an hour. Host J.R. Whalen is joined by WSJ reporter Rachel Wolfe to discuss the trend, and 15-ye ar-old babysitter Evelyn Loperfido talks about how she has been able to command higher pay. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
The IRS is struggling with a lack of staff and funding, which is making it even harder than usual for taxpayers to get timely customer service. WSJ tax reporter Laura Saunders knows this firsthand. She joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss her experience of waiting several hours in line to get assistance at an IRS office. Learn more about your ad choic…
 
Many people might not realize their 401(k) retirement account has taken on more risk in recent years. The reason: a shift in how target-date funds invest workers’ savings. WSJ retirement reporter Anne Tergesen joins host J.R. Whalen to explain how target-date funds work and whether they’re a safe investment in a volatile stock market. Learn more ab…
 
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