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    1. GDP: So are we in a recession, or not?

      GDP: So are we in a recession, or not?

      If you're confused about whether the US economy is in a recession, you're not alone.

      On one hand, gross domestic product, a key measure of economic output, shrank for the second straight quarter this week, raising fears that the country has entered -- or will soon enter -- recession territory. On the other hand, the job market remains very strong, telling us the economy is still robust.

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    2. Millennial Money: Can job-hopping help retirement savings?

      Millennial Money: Can job-hopping help retirement savings?

      Millennials have been coined the “job-hopping generation,” and I’ve contributed to that stereotype. I started my career at 22 and have job-hopped almost every year since. For many of those years, I was young and restless, and there was another part of me looking for more fulfilling work and pay that reflected what I was worth. In some ways, changing jobs set back my retirement savings.

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    3. Why You Won't Regret Taking Advantage of an Hsa - NewsBreak

      Why You Won't Regret Taking Advantage of an Hsa - NewsBreak

      Outside of housing and maybe transportation costs, healthcare will likely be your largest retirement expense. It's unfortunate, but doctor visits become more frequent, and more health problems tend to pop up as you age. Before reaching retirement age, understanding the likelihood of increased healthcare costs and planning accordingly is very important.

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    4. Will gas prices continue to fall?

      Will gas prices continue to fall?

      Gas prices are averaging $4.41 a gallon across the country as of July 22, according to the American Automobile Association, down from last month’s peak of more than $5 a gallon. Although gas prices have been falling for more than 30 days straight, the national average is still substantially higher than a year ago, when prices averaged $3.16 a gallon, according to AAA data. Diesel prices are also averaging $5.46 a gallon as of July 22, down from $5.81 a month ago.

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    5. Is the stock-market bottom in? What the pros say after S&P 500 tests 4,000 - MarketWatch

      Is the stock-market bottom in? What the pros say after S&P 500 tests 4,000 - MarketWatch

      Stock-market bulls are poking their heads above the parapet, declaring the lows in for the 2022 selloff as indexes extend a bounce off their June lows, while skeptics still see little evidence of more than a bear-market bounce.

      The S&P 500 SPX, -0.93% fell 0.9% Friday to close at 3,961.63, but scored a weekly rise of 2.6%, the largest since the week ending June 24. It traded as high as 4,012.44, topping the 4,000 threshold for the first time since June 9.

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    6. 4 Money Moves to Make Before Baby Arrives | Personal-finance

      4 Money Moves to Make Before Baby Arrives | Personal-finance

      The arrival of a new baby is all-consuming. In the early weeks, your waking hours are a cycle of feedings, diaper changes and Googling “Is it normal for a baby to (fill in the blank).”

      Mustering the energy — and attention span — for otherwise routine tasks like showering and paying bills can feel like a tall order. You’ll be lucky to remember what day it is, much less when your next credit card payment is due.

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    7. Young Workers Are Not Saving For Retirement, According to a New Report

      Young Workers Are Not Saving For Retirement, According to a New Report

      The pandemic twisted day-to-day life inside out, shifting our habits, routines, social norms, and, of course, spending. This, coupled with historically high inflation, has prompted many Americans to dip into their nest eggs and savings to get by. But one demographic has put off saving the future entirely.

      A survey by Fidelity found that 45% of workers between the ages of 18 and 35 "don't see a point in saving for their future until things return to normal," according to USA Today.

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    8. Here's what one investor says he's learned from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger — and the mistakes he's made - MarketWatch

      Here's what one investor says he's learned from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger — and the mistakes he's made - MarketWatch

      As the dot-com bubble at the turn of the century became apparent, he decided to invest in very basic businesses, like funeral homes and steel mills, at two and three times earnings. “I saw the dot-com crash, I didn’t see the severity of the financial crisis coming until it was well into it,” he said.

      Right now, he sees bubbles in crypto and in meme stocks like GameStop GME and AMC AMC. In the tech sector, he’s not sure if it has corrected fully or not. “I don’t have bets in that area so it’s not very relevant.”

      “I think what investors would be better off doing is not fixating on these things, and just try to focus on things that they are able to understand really well,” he said. TJ Maxx TJX, he says, is an example of a company that has done well for ...

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    9. Live news updates from June 22: Powell warns US recession is ‘certainly a possibility’, Scholz rules out return to normal relations with Russia | Financial Times

      Live news updates from June 22: Powell warns US recession is ‘certainly a possibility’, Scholz rules out return to normal relations with Russia | Financial Times

      Jay Powell has said a US recession is “certainly a possibility” and warned that avoiding a downturn now largely depends on factors outside the Federal Reserve’s control.

      In testimony to the Senate banking committee on Wednesday, the Fed chair acknowledged that it was now more challenging for the central bank to root out soaring inflation while maintaining a strong job market.

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    10. Stocks jump to close out second best week of 2022: S&P 500 gains 3.1%, Dow adds 800+ points

      Stocks jump to close out second best week of 2022: S&P 500 gains 3.1%, Dow adds 800+ points

      US stocks rose Friday, with the S&P 500 ending a three-week losing streak as investors digested Federal Reserve officials' latest affirmations that they remained committed to bringing down inflation.

      The S&P 500 rose by more than 3%, logging a back-to-back day of gains and its first weekly advance since late May. The S&P 500's more than 6% weekly advance also marked its second best of 2022 to date. The Dow rose by more than 800 points, or 2.7%, while the Nasdaq increased by more than 3.3% as tech shares rebounded. The major averages held onto gains even after a closely watched print on consumer sentiment was revised down to a fresh record low, as Americans continued to grapple with elevated inflation. However, the survey also showed consumers' one-year inflation expectations eased from a multi-decade high.

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    11. New Reports Suggest Home Prices Could Begin Dropping Soon

      New Reports Suggest Home Prices Could Begin Dropping Soon

      Home prices rose by 20.6% year-over-year in March of 2022, marking the largest increase in the 30 years of record-keeping, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies tabulations of CoStar and CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices data.

      Rent prices have also skyrocketed, further widening the wealth gap between owners and renters in America, and making homeownership out of reach for nearly four million Americans in the past year.

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    12. To fight Sky-High Inflation, the Federal Reserve Just Raised Interest Rates Three Times Faster Than Usual — And the Most Since 1994

      To fight Sky-High Inflation, the Federal Reserve Just Raised Interest Rates Three Times Faster Than Usual — And the Most Since 1994

      The Federal Reserve escalated its fight against again on Wednesday, passing the largest one-time rate increase since 1994.

      The central bank lifted its benchmark interest rate by 0.75 percentage points following the conclusion of its June policy meeting. The rate's range now sits between 1.50% and 1.75%, matching the range seen just before the pandemic crash of early 2020.

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    13. Bill Gates Says NFTs Are Based on 'Greater Fool Theory'

      Bill Gates Says NFTs Are Based on 'Greater Fool Theory'

      The tech billionaire dismissed digital assets — particularly NFTs — as "100% based on greater fool theory" while speaking at a climate conference hosted by TechCrunch on Tuesday. In essence: the assets will only go up in price so long as enough investors are willing to pay more for them, making the assets void of any real value when investors aren't present.

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    14. Gas Station Starts Selling Gas for a Whopping $8 per Gallon: 'I Just Find That Absolutely Insane'

      Gas Station Starts Selling Gas for a Whopping $8 per Gallon: 'I Just Find That Absolutely Insane'

      It looks like there might be more bad news for travelers looking to road trip it this summer — especially if they're coming from the West Coast.

      One California gas station seems to have defied all odds after beginning to charge over $8 per gallon of regular gas.

      To put that in perspective, for an average small-sized car that can hold 12 gallons of gas per full tank, the price to fill up would be $96.

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    15. The Future of the Stock Market: Why Chase CEO Jamie Dimon Warns 'Brace Yourself' for Economic 'Hurricane'

      The Future of the Stock Market: Why Chase CEO Jamie Dimon Warns 'Brace Yourself' for Economic 'Hurricane'

      Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

      The has faced a whirlwind of recent pressures contributing to investment uncertainty and steep falls in the . The market losses at the hand of factors like , the conflict in Russia and Ukraine and rising interest rates has prompted predictions as to what exactly comes next for the global economy as these opposing factors reach their boiling point.

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    16. Prepping for the next phase of stimulus fraud probes

      Prepping for the next phase of stimulus fraud probes

      Take this as a cautionary note, C-suite financial executives: We are now living through version 2.0 of COVID-19 stimulus related investigations. Federal authorities appear to be operating under a strong mandate to ferret out perceived fraud and abuse in the oft-confusing world of COVID-19 stimulus programs, and they are no longer going after only the low-hanging fruit.

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    17. Looming Price Hikes on Food Set to Hit Americans This Fall

      Looming Price Hikes on Food Set to Hit Americans This Fall

      In its effort to contain inflation , the Federal Reserve has launched what many expect to be an ongoing series of interest rate increases, which are already taking a toll on stock and housing markets, with job losses likely to follow. As weary as Americans have become from paying record high gas and grocery prices, however, another round of price hikes is making its way through the food supply chain and is expected to reach consumers this fall.

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    18. New college grads targeted by scammers

      New college grads targeted by scammers

      As new college graduates are navigating many life changes, scammers are eager to take advantage of their inexperience. The Better Business Bureau recently offered a few to help new grads avoid common scams. Know the terms of your student loans. One of the most common ways scammers target college graduates is with fake loan forgiveness opportunities.

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    19. What if You Come Up Short in Retirement? - FEDweek

      What if You Come Up Short in Retirement? - FEDweek

      What if, at retirement, you find out that your retirement income will not be enough to let you continue to have the standard of living that you enjoyed before retirement? Many financial planners suggest that you shoot for 80% of your pre-retirement income after you have retired. This 80% number comes primarily from the fact that, in retirement, you will not be paying payroll taxes (e.g., Social Security, Medicare, etc.

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    20. The Fed’s favorite inflation measure rose 4.9% in April in a sign that price increases could be slowing

      The Fed’s favorite inflation measure rose 4.9% in April in a sign that price increases could be slowing

      The core personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, rose 4.9% from a year ago in April, in line with estimates and a deceleration from March.
      Personal income rose slightly less than expected, but spending beat estimates as consumers tapped savings.
      Headline PCE rose just 0.2%, a sharp reduction from March’s 0.9% increase.

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