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What ‘South Park’ can teach us about startups
What South Park can teach us about ‘bro’ culture  South Park/Comedy Central
Season 18 of "South Park" rips on America’s startup and crowdfunding culture, however, it is laced with truths.

4 ways companies can move this country forward
4 ways U.S. companies can move this country forward  Bloomberg News
Opinion: Brother, can you spare a balance sheet? U.S. corporations could have a major impact on the economy, and earn decent returns, in at least four ways, writes Jeremy Wiesen.

RadioShack’s response to struggles? Play with toys
RadioShack’s response to struggles? Play with toys  Bloomberg
The beleaguered electronics retailer has a message for the faithful: It’s got some cool holiday toys to sell.
Good luck finding these 10 toys at Christmas

Getting Ebola treatments to market will take time
Health workers in protective suits treat a woman and her two children on October 1, 2014 at MSF's (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. Liberia has been hit the hardest by the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people in west Africa. The latest UN data released on September 27, 2014 said 1,830 people have died from the killer virus in Liberia so far, and 3,458 people have been infected. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT        (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images
Officials say it may take a year or more for a therapy to be approved, and even longer for a vaccine.
‘We can out-doctor Ebola’: Reddit panelist
Tekmira set to launch trial of Ebola drug: RBC
Hazmat-suit maker’s shares rally on Ebola
Airline stocks selling off on Ebola fears
5 things we all need to know about Ebola

Obama is staying away from big Senate races
President Obama is not making many visits to places where key Senate battles are being waged. Google
A map of the president’s travels reveals apparent reluctance to get involved in key Senate races.
Democrats place a risky bet in Kentucky
Sanders preaches revolution to Democrats

Trading Strategies: Revving up car stocks
Terrence Horan/MarketWatch
Can you outrun the threats to the market in a high-performance auto stock? Our experts take a look at the sometimes overlooked sector.
Buying Tesla, a market wild card
Auto-parts stocks bearish on auto makers
Is GM's bad news in the rear-view mirror?
See the complete report here


Ford is missing its
best-selling pickup
Ford, missing its best-selling pickup, continues to slide back in the pack Ford Motor Co.
Why Ford failed to hitch a ride as most of the sector posted August-sales-fueled advances.
Jeep, Ram power strong Sept. Chrysler sales
Chrysler, Nissan post strong Sept. sales

Boomers vs. Millennials: Investing and saving
Boomers vs. Millennials: Investing and savings
Boomers say invest in stocks as early as you can. Millennials are just thankful to have a salary at all.

10 most overvalued and undervalued home markets
Millennials set to make presence felt in housing  Laura Gangi Pond / Shutterstock.com
American property prices are all over the map, though on average they're undervalued by 3%. Find out where the prices are too high (or too low).
Millennials to make presence felt in housing
San Francisco: case study in housing cool-off
Big-city home prices below bubble-era peaks
Landlords are getting even meaner
Newton, Mass., tops best U.S. cities to live in
Need to know
Bankrupt city can adjust pension payments
Pimco Total Return’s 17th month of outflows
E-tailer Wayfair prices IPO above range
New York Times to cut 100 newsroom jobs
Fannie, Freddie suit dismissed; shares dive
Buffett wins as Coca-Cola alters executive pay
DirecTV, NFL extend ‘Sunday Ticket’ package
After hours: Esperion, BofA shares rally
Tekmira surges after Ebola report; ADP sinks
Vivint rallies more than 7% on NYSE debut
Wayfair IPO marks new test for e-commerce
Angie's List gains on M&A speculation

Pierson’s exit doesn’t solve Secret Service’s problems
Read lawmakers' reactions to Secret Service director's resignation.
Secret Service’s Julia Pierson resigns

What you want instead of NYSE photos
MarketWatch chief Jeremy Olshan announces an end to photos of the NYSE trading floor. Instead, we're looking to your recommendations for alternatives.
The last photo we’ll ever run of the NYSE

6 cruises that will make you smarter
For some, a vacation is a time to kick back and relax. But for others, it’s a time to learn something new — be it oenology, Greek mythology or astronomy.

Record share of U.S. income spent on college
Americans are spending a greater percentage of their income on college than ever before.
Why you should invest like Harvard

New jobs indicator may roil markets
The Federal Reserve  will release its Labor Market Conditions Index monthly, starting next Monday.

Shorts get squeezed in Treasury market
Short positions in the Treasury market are super-charging a rally in government bond prices.

Don’t let rate fears scare you out of bonds
RetireMentors: Fears of nominal losses from bonds outweigh potentially bigger ones from stocks, notes Paul Merriman.
How preferred stocks add income to a portfolio
Should you drink the annuity COLA?

4 better alternatives to Bill Gross and Pimco
Opinion: It's really not worth following the "bond king" to Janus, writes Howard Gold.
Corporate debt feels heat from Pimco outflows
Pimco Total Return Fund rating cut to bronze

Why you should invest like Harvard

ADP reports sixth month of job gains above 200,000
Private-sector hiring picks up slightly in September, as steady improvement in job market continues.
August construction spending falls 0.8%

Could eBay find a suitor in Alibaba?
Regardless of what Carl Icahn thinks, analysts are mostly bearish on PayPal's spinoff.

Microsoft offers first peek of Windows 10
Microsoft gives its first public peek at the next version of its Windows operating system.

Therese Poletti: Oracle gets starry-eyed over cloud computing
Oracle is starry-eyed over cloud computing
Opinion: Oracle’s bear hug of cloud computing could be a big test for newly appointed chief executives Mark Hurd and Safra Catz,, writes Therese Poletti.

Apple tax case shows next risk to stocks
Opinion:
Like Willie Sutton, governments go where the money is, and that is companies, writes Matthew Lynn.

Obama asks Netanyahu to ‘shake up’ peace process
Status quo with Palestinians targeted as sides seek to reach lasting peace in the region.

The most ticketed car in America is …
Some vehicles receive more violations than others.

California governor signs gun-seizure law
The Golden State becomes the first to let family members ask a judge to seize guns from someone thought to be posing an immediate danger.
California to ban single-use plastic bags
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8 surprising Starbucks locations besides CIA
Starbucks has more than 20,000 stores. These are the eight locations that stand out from the rest.
10 things Starbucks would rather we not know

China’s Hong Kong democracy crisis
Opinion: Escalation in Hong Kong protests has tail risks, including a threat to China’s one-party government itself, writes Craig Stephen.
Hong Kong protesters brace for holiday test
‘Umbrella Revolution’ poses risk to Hong Kong
On the streets with Hong Kong protesters

Obamacare quirk: Childless adults buy kids’ dental policies
Obamacare’s confusing treatment of pediatric dental benefits forces childless people to buy separate pediatric dental insurance policies.
Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare

One very shocking wildlife stat
The Earth's human population has doubled from 1970. But what has happened to the planet's wildlife?

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  • Apr 5, 2012
    5:15 PM ET

    Paying Taxes by Credit Card? Read This First

    This time of year many Americans would like to take a swipe at the IRS. Some taxpayers even should, experts say — with their credit card.

    Though paying a bill in full is the best way to avoid late charges and other hassles, credit card payments can help those struggling with the their bills to buy time – and even save money. “If you’re going to need a year or more to pay it out you could borrow on a low interest credit card and it could be a good deal,” says Gregg Wind, a certified public accountant in Los Angeles.

    While not ideal, credit cards and lines of credit can help people pay the tax man by this year’s April 17 while avoiding potentially steep late payment penalties and interest charges. The IRS generally charges interest on any unpaid tax starting from the day the tax is due to the date it is paid. Currently at 3%, the interest rate is reset quarterly. And that doesn’t include late payment penalties, which are 0.5% of taxes owed a month. Between interest charges and late payment penalties, someone who is a year late in paying their taxes could see their bill increase by 9%, Wind estimates.

  • Feb 29, 2012
    2:06 PM ET

    What to Do If Your Refund Is Stolen

    As many taxpayers gather their financial documents to do their tax returns, a number of unlucky filers are finding that someone else has already filed in their name — and walked away with their refunds.

    For the 12th year in a row, identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission in 2011, with nearly 280,000 complaints, according to a report released on Tuesday. And a bigger chunk of those cases is tax related, with 24% of identity theft complaints being tied to tax or wage-related fraud, up from about 15% in 2010, according to the FTC.

    For some victims, the fraud isn’t discovered until they hit the send button on their electronic tax returns — and get a rejection note from the IRS. Other times it takes a little longer to know something is wrong, such as not receiving a refund check. You might also receive an IRS letter saying the income reported doesn’t match their records — a sign someone else could be using that Social Security number.

  • Feb 15, 2012
    6:19 PM ET

    ‘Where’s My Refund?’ Don’t Ask the IRS

    Some early filers trying to track their refunds through the Internal Revenue Service’s Where’s My Refund feature are getting a maddening response: what refund?

    Glitches with the online feature are leaving taxpayers without any information on when they might get their refund, or any details about their tax returns. Normally taxpayers who enter their Social Security number, filing status and exact refund amount into the tool  get an update on the status of their refund, including confirmation that their return is being processed and an estimate for when the IRS expects to cut the check.

  • Feb 13, 2012
    2:32 PM ET

    IRS May Get Help Catching Tax Cheats

    One revenue-raising strategy unveiled in President Barack Obama’s budget proposal on Monday calls for beefing up the Internal Revenue Service’s enforcement efforts. That could mean increased scrutiny on individual tax returns, especially for small business owners.

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    The president’s budget plan would increase the IRS’s budget next year to $12.8 billion, about $950 million more than the 2012 budget, with the goal of ramping up collections from individuals and business that are behind on federal and state taxes or that owe government loans. The bulk of this money would be part of a program to prevent tax evasion and cheating and to update the IRS’s data system, according to the proposal. The reforms call for increasing collection by more than $2 billion over the next 10 years, much of that owed to states. The enforcement program should return $5 for each additional IRS dollar spent, according to the proposal. The IRS did not respond to requests for comment.

  • Oct 18, 2011
    11:57 AM ET

    IRS Cuts: Good News for Deadbeats?

    The Internal Revenue Service commissioner is warning  Congress that anticipated cuts to the agency’s funding will result in a “noticeable degradation” of services, including audits and efforts to collect unpaid taxes.

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    In a letter sent to legislators last week, commissioner Douglas Shulman wrote that if Congress moves ahead with its plan to reduce the IRS’s budget by about $500 million next year, the agency would have to reduce the number of workers in its enforcement department. Such cuts, he added, would lead to a 5% to 8% decrease in collection efforts, including audits, which would reduce revenue by about $4 billion.

    But what sounds like good news for deadbeats could be bad for regular taxpayers. Shulman warned that the spending cuts would mean that half of the  taxpayers trying to contact the agency for help would get busy signals or will “hang up in frustration.” Responses to letters, including those taxpayers trying to resolve account issues, could be delayed up to five months, he wrote, and small businesses could have more trouble reaching the IRS to work out a payment plan.

  • Sep 27, 2011
    11:19 AM ET

    The Most Efficient Tax Man’s Tips for Job Seekers

    Weekend Investor’s recent feature, “Write Off Your Job Hunt!” offers a tax guide for the unemployed. It has drawn much reader interest and a few questions.

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    For answers we turned to Douglas Stives, a professor at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. Stives was a full-time CPA for 36 years and still practices part-time in addition to teaching at Monmouth’s business school. He prides himself on making optimum use of tax deductions allowed by Uncle Sam, and last spring he was featured in a WSJ article dubbing him “The Most Tax-Efficient Man.

    Stives agrees with experts cited in the story that often a job hunter’s best hope for maximizing deductions is to set up a Schedule C sole proprietorship and look for part-time as well as full-time work, so that the same deductions work for both.

    Like them, he also stresses that taxpayers must have some income to offset the deductions. “The good news is, you don’t have to have income in the first year, just in three out of five years,” says Stives. “It also helps if you can show that some of the future income was generated by your earlier expenses.”

  • Sep 13, 2011
    10:40 AM ET

    Are Taxes Coming to Muni Bond Investors?

    The perks of municipal bond investing are on the chopping block — again.

    President Obama has proposed limiting the amount of interest from municipal bonds that high earners can excludefrom their taxable income, a move that could make the bonds much less appealing for their biggest buyers.

  • Sep 7, 2011
    3:44 PM ET

    Why Tax Cheats Face More Heat

    Weekend Investor’s recent “IRS Whistleblower” feature story, about how to turn in a tax cheat to the Internal Revenue Service and collect part of the proceeds, drew a host of reader comments. Reaction ranged from enthusiastic support of the program—“White-collar crime detection deserves the help of citizens”—to outright condemnation of it, with detractors comparing the IRS’s efforts to police-state tactics.

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    Tax cheats have more to worry about than just whistleblowers. According to recent report from a governmental watchdog, the criminal division of the IRS is getting more efficient. The study was issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, known as TIGTA, which closely monitors the IRS and often issues assessments critical of it.

    This TIGTA report was unusually positive. It praised IRS agents  for taking an average of 365 days to complete a case vs. 401 days in 2009.  The agency spent about $660 million on criminal tax cases during the 2010 fiscal year.

    Overall, the IRS criminal division initiated some 4,700 investigations and completed 4,300 during the same period, exceeding preset goals in both categories.

    Most important, say outside experts, is that the IRS continues to make progress on initiating “pure” criminal tax cases. These are cases in which the tax charges are central to the case, instead of simply an add-on to a long list of more important charges, such as drug running or money laundering. The agency calls these cases “legal-source investigations.”

  • Aug 9, 2011
    12:45 PM ET

    Carried Interest Still Controversial

    The August 6 Tax Report on the controversial “carried interest” issue attracted many comments. Some readers defended the provision’s current generous tax treatment and said changing it could damage the U.S.’s ability to create jobs and compete internationally.

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    “Does America really want to drive away the private equity industry when international competitiveness and international demand for U.S. products is more threatened than ever?” said Bernard Peperstraete of NGN Capital in New York.

    Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association, agreed. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, he said, “Continuing to apply a capital gains tax rate to carried interest earned by venture capitalists who invest long-term to build new companies and create jobs is not only appropriate by definition, but from a public policy perspective it is paramount to U.S. economic recovery as we desperately need to encourage - not discourage – this high growth activity.”

    Others disagreed. An investment manager from Hilton Head, S.C. said, “The carried-interest rules benefit me personally as a manager of investment partnerships. But even I can’t argue that they are sound tax policy.”

    A few readers had technical questions. “Do you think REITs and Master Limited Partnerships would be included in changes on carried interest?” asked one adviser.

    Independent tax analyst Robert Willens said no, because the dividends from most REITs and MLPs are already taxed at ordinary income rates. “They aren’t part of the discussion on carried interest,” he said. Neither has there been talk of changing the capital gains tax rates for timber REITs.

    While some believe all carried interest should be taxed as ordinary income, others suggested a less radical approach. It is to tax the original award of carried interest at ordinary income rates but then allow further appreciation to be taxed as a capital gain.

    Here’s an example: Say that Ted, Joe and Jane form a partnership. Ted and Joe each put in cash in return for an 80% of the profits, while Jane contributes her expertise in return for a 20% share. Jane would be taxed at ordinary income rates on her 20% profit share when she receives it. After that, her future appreciation would be taxed as capital gain.

  • Jun 30, 2011
    10:14 AM ET

    Standard Mileage Rates Increased

    Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced an increase in standard mileage rates taxpayers can claim for the final six months of 2011. Beginning July 1, the rate for business miles increases to 55.5 cents from 51 cents and to 23.5 cents from 19 cents per mile for medical and moving expenses. The per-mile deduction for charitable expenses remains unchanged, at 14 cents.

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    “This year’s increased gas prices are having a major impact on individual Americans,” said IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, so “the IRS is adjusting the standard mileage rates to better reflect [them].”

    The business standard mileage rate is used by many taxpayers to compute deductible costs of a using a car in a business in lieu of tracking actual costs. The rate is also used as a benchmark by the federal government and many businesses to reimburse employees for mileage.

About Tax

  • The Tax Blog brings together a team of award-winning tax journalists from the Dow Jones network and around the web to examine the tax issues, changes and legislation that affect families, investors and small business owners. Our contributors include Tax Report columnist Laura Saunders (WSJ), Tax Guy columnist Bill Bischoff and senior reporter Jilian Mincer (SmartMoney.com), retirement-focused reporter Anne Tergesen (WSJ), wealth management writer Arden Dale (Dow Jones Newswires), TaxWatch columnist Eva Rosenberg and personal finance reporter Andrea Coombes (MarketWatch), and reporter Alyssa Abkowitz (SmartMoney). They’ll provide the latest news and insight, mine the tax code for tips and loopholes, and answer your questions about tricky tax situations. Contact the The Tax Blog with ideas, suggestions or tax questions at thetaxblog@dowjones.com.

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What ‘South Park’ can teach us about startups
What South Park can teach us about ‘bro’ culture  South Park/Comedy Central
Season 18 of "South Park" rips on America’s startup and crowdfunding culture, however, it is laced with truths.

4 ways companies can move this country forward
4 ways U.S. companies can move this country forward  Bloomberg News
Opinion: Brother, can you spare a balance sheet? U.S. corporations could have a major impact on the economy, and earn decent returns, in at least four ways, writes Jeremy Wiesen.

RadioShack’s response to struggles? Play with toys
RadioShack’s response to struggles? Play with toys  Bloomberg
The beleaguered electronics retailer has a message for the faithful: It’s got some cool holiday toys to sell.
Good luck finding these 10 toys at Christmas

Getting Ebola treatments to market will take time
Health workers in protective suits treat a woman and her two children on October 1, 2014 at MSF's (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. Liberia has been hit the hardest by the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people in west Africa. The latest UN data released on September 27, 2014 said 1,830 people have died from the killer virus in Liberia so far, and 3,458 people have been infected. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT        (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images
Officials say it may take a year or more for a therapy to be approved, and even longer for a vaccine.
‘We can out-doctor Ebola’: Reddit panelist
Tekmira set to launch trial of Ebola drug: RBC
Hazmat-suit maker’s shares rally on Ebola
Airline stocks selling off on Ebola fears
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Obama is staying away from big Senate races
President Obama is not making many visits to places where key Senate battles are being waged. Google
A map of the president’s travels reveals apparent reluctance to get involved in key Senate races.
Democrats place a risky bet in Kentucky
Sanders preaches revolution to Democrats

Trading Strategies: Revving up car stocks
Terrence Horan/MarketWatch
Can you outrun the threats to the market in a high-performance auto stock? Our experts take a look at the sometimes overlooked sector.
Buying Tesla, a market wild card
Auto-parts stocks bearish on auto makers
Is GM's bad news in the rear-view mirror?
See the complete report here


Ford is missing its
best-selling pickup
Ford, missing its best-selling pickup, continues to slide back in the pack Ford Motor Co.
Why Ford failed to hitch a ride as most of the sector posted August-sales-fueled advances.
Jeep, Ram power strong Sept. Chrysler sales
Chrysler, Nissan post strong Sept. sales

Boomers vs. Millennials: Investing and saving
Boomers vs. Millennials: Investing and savings
Boomers say invest in stocks as early as you can. Millennials are just thankful to have a salary at all.

10 most overvalued and undervalued home markets
Millennials set to make presence felt in housing  Laura Gangi Pond / Shutterstock.com
American property prices are all over the map, though on average they're undervalued by 3%. Find out where the prices are too high (or too low).
Millennials to make presence felt in housing
San Francisco: case study in housing cool-off
Big-city home prices below bubble-era peaks
Landlords are getting even meaner
Newton, Mass., tops best U.S. cities to live in
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Pimco Total Return’s 17th month of outflows
E-tailer Wayfair prices IPO above range
New York Times to cut 100 newsroom jobs
Fannie, Freddie suit dismissed; shares dive
Buffett wins as Coca-Cola alters executive pay
DirecTV, NFL extend ‘Sunday Ticket’ package
After hours: Esperion, BofA shares rally
Tekmira surges after Ebola report; ADP sinks
Vivint rallies more than 7% on NYSE debut
Wayfair IPO marks new test for e-commerce
Angie's List gains on M&A speculation

Pierson’s exit doesn’t solve Secret Service’s problems
Read lawmakers' reactions to Secret Service director's resignation.
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MarketWatch chief Jeremy Olshan announces an end to photos of the NYSE trading floor. Instead, we're looking to your recommendations for alternatives.
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6 cruises that will make you smarter
For some, a vacation is a time to kick back and relax. But for others, it’s a time to learn something new — be it oenology, Greek mythology or astronomy.

Record share of U.S. income spent on college
Americans are spending a greater percentage of their income on college than ever before.
Why you should invest like Harvard

New jobs indicator may roil markets
The Federal Reserve  will release its Labor Market Conditions Index monthly, starting next Monday.

Shorts get squeezed in Treasury market
Short positions in the Treasury market are super-charging a rally in government bond prices.

Don’t let rate fears scare you out of bonds
RetireMentors: Fears of nominal losses from bonds outweigh potentially bigger ones from stocks, notes Paul Merriman.
How preferred stocks add income to a portfolio
Should you drink the annuity COLA?

4 better alternatives to Bill Gross and Pimco
Opinion: It's really not worth following the "bond king" to Janus, writes Howard Gold.
Corporate debt feels heat from Pimco outflows
Pimco Total Return Fund rating cut to bronze

Why you should invest like Harvard

ADP reports sixth month of job gains above 200,000
Private-sector hiring picks up slightly in September, as steady improvement in job market continues.
August construction spending falls 0.8%

Could eBay find a suitor in Alibaba?
Regardless of what Carl Icahn thinks, analysts are mostly bearish on PayPal's spinoff.

Microsoft offers first peek of Windows 10
Microsoft gives its first public peek at the next version of its Windows operating system.

Therese Poletti: Oracle gets starry-eyed over cloud computing
Oracle is starry-eyed over cloud computing
Opinion: Oracle’s bear hug of cloud computing could be a big test for newly appointed chief executives Mark Hurd and Safra Catz,, writes Therese Poletti.

Apple tax case shows next risk to stocks
Opinion:
Like Willie Sutton, governments go where the money is, and that is companies, writes Matthew Lynn.

Obama asks Netanyahu to ‘shake up’ peace process
Status quo with Palestinians targeted as sides seek to reach lasting peace in the region.

The most ticketed car in America is …
Some vehicles receive more violations than others.

California governor signs gun-seizure law
The Golden State becomes the first to let family members ask a judge to seize guns from someone thought to be posing an immediate danger.
California to ban single-use plastic bags
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8 surprising Starbucks locations besides CIA
Starbucks has more than 20,000 stores. These are the eight locations that stand out from the rest.
10 things Starbucks would rather we not know

China’s Hong Kong democracy crisis
Opinion: Escalation in Hong Kong protests has tail risks, including a threat to China’s one-party government itself, writes Craig Stephen.
Hong Kong protesters brace for holiday test
‘Umbrella Revolution’ poses risk to Hong Kong
On the streets with Hong Kong protesters

Obamacare quirk: Childless adults buy kids’ dental policies
Obamacare’s confusing treatment of pediatric dental benefits forces childless people to buy separate pediatric dental insurance policies.
Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare

One very shocking wildlife stat
The Earth's human population has doubled from 1970. But what has happened to the planet's wildlife?

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S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,946 -26 1.32%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,504 -2 0.08%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,215 -1 0.04%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196860/delayed 90.94 +0.21 0.23%
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/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,558 -65 0.98%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,382 -92 0.97%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,365 -51 1.15%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,706 -186 0.89%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,753 -72 0.67%
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/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 340 -3 0.83%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,054 -10 0.31%
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/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 16,082 -91 0.56%
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/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 22,933 -296 1.28%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,364 +6 0.26%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,568 -63 0.23%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,264 -13 0.39%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.26 +0.00 0.02%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 108.99 +0.10 0.09%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.62 +0.00 0.02%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.87 +0.00 0.08%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 85.86 -0.05 0.06%
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/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 77.82 +0.01 0.01%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.39 +0.00 0.04%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.86 -0.04 4.63%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.29 -0.07 2.77%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.08 -0.09 4.08%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.36 -0.07 2.75%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.53 +0.01 0.95%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196860/delayed 91 +0 0.23%
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/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,215 -1 0.04%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 322 +1 0.23%
DJIA F
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S&P F
/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 1,941 +0 0.02%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 17 0 0.28%

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AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 99.18 -1.57 -1.56%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 568.27 -9.09 -1.57%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 16.82 -0.23 -1.35%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.10 -0.72 -1.39%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 14.59 -0.20 -1.35%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 34.96 -0.28 -0.79%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 43.68 -0.27 -0.61%
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You Don’t Need Another Credit Card, You Need A Better One.
Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Balance Transfer 12.82% 12.73% 12.66%
Student 13.24% 13.24% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.98% 14.91% 14.84%
Reward 15.05% 15.02% 14.97%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 15.30%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
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What ‘South Park’ can teach us about startups
What South Park can teach us about ‘bro’ culture  South Park/Comedy Central
Season 18 of "South Park" rips on America’s startup and crowdfunding culture, however, it is laced with truths.

4 ways companies can move this country forward
4 ways U.S. companies can move this country forward  Bloomberg News
Opinion: Brother, can you spare a balance sheet? U.S. corporations could have a major impact on the economy, and earn decent returns, in at least four ways, writes Jeremy Wiesen.

RadioShack’s response to struggles? Play with toys
RadioShack’s response to struggles? Play with toys  Bloomberg
The beleaguered electronics retailer has a message for the faithful: It’s got some cool holiday toys to sell.
Good luck finding these 10 toys at Christmas

Getting Ebola treatments to market will take time
Health workers in protective suits treat a woman and her two children on October 1, 2014 at MSF's (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia. Liberia has been hit the hardest by the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people in west Africa. The latest UN data released on September 27, 2014 said 1,830 people have died from the killer virus in Liberia so far, and 3,458 people have been infected. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT        (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images
Officials say it may take a year or more for a therapy to be approved, and even longer for a vaccine.
‘We can out-doctor Ebola’: Reddit panelist
Tekmira set to launch trial of Ebola drug: RBC
Hazmat-suit maker’s shares rally on Ebola
Airline stocks selling off on Ebola fears
5 things we all need to know about Ebola

Obama is staying away from big Senate races
President Obama is not making many visits to places where key Senate battles are being waged. Google
A map of the president’s travels reveals apparent reluctance to get involved in key Senate races.
Democrats place a risky bet in Kentucky
Sanders preaches revolution to Democrats

Trading Strategies: Revving up car stocks
Terrence Horan/MarketWatch
Can you outrun the threats to the market in a high-performance auto stock? Our experts take a look at the sometimes overlooked sector.
Buying Tesla, a market wild card
Auto-parts stocks bearish on auto makers
Is GM's bad news in the rear-view mirror?
See the complete report here


Ford is missing its
best-selling pickup
Ford, missing its best-selling pickup, continues to slide back in the pack Ford Motor Co.
Why Ford failed to hitch a ride as most of the sector posted August-sales-fueled advances.
Jeep, Ram power strong Sept. Chrysler sales
Chrysler, Nissan post strong Sept. sales

Boomers vs. Millennials: Investing and saving
Boomers vs. Millennials: Investing and savings
Boomers say invest in stocks as early as you can. Millennials are just thankful to have a salary at all.

10 most overvalued and undervalued home markets
Millennials set to make presence felt in housing  Laura Gangi Pond / Shutterstock.com
American property prices are all over the map, though on average they're undervalued by 3%. Find out where the prices are too high (or too low).
Millennials to make presence felt in housing
San Francisco: case study in housing cool-off
Big-city home prices below bubble-era peaks
Landlords are getting even meaner
Newton, Mass., tops best U.S. cities to live in
Need to know
Bankrupt city can adjust pension payments
Pimco Total Return’s 17th month of outflows
E-tailer Wayfair prices IPO above range
New York Times to cut 100 newsroom jobs
Fannie, Freddie suit dismissed; shares dive
Buffett wins as Coca-Cola alters executive pay
DirecTV, NFL extend ‘Sunday Ticket’ package
After hours: Esperion, BofA shares rally
Tekmira surges after Ebola report; ADP sinks
Vivint rallies more than 7% on NYSE debut
Wayfair IPO marks new test for e-commerce
Angie's List gains on M&A speculation

Pierson’s exit doesn’t solve Secret Service’s problems
Read lawmakers' reactions to Secret Service director's resignation.
Secret Service’s Julia Pierson resigns

What you want instead of NYSE photos
MarketWatch chief Jeremy Olshan announces an end to photos of the NYSE trading floor. Instead, we're looking to your recommendations for alternatives.
The last photo we’ll ever run of the NYSE

6 cruises that will make you smarter
For some, a vacation is a time to kick back and relax. But for others, it’s a time to learn something new — be it oenology, Greek mythology or astronomy.

Record share of U.S. income spent on college
Americans are spending a greater percentage of their income on college than ever before.
Why you should invest like Harvard

New jobs indicator may roil markets
The Federal Reserve  will release its Labor Market Conditions Index monthly, starting next Monday.

Shorts get squeezed in Treasury market
Short positions in the Treasury market are super-charging a rally in government bond prices.

Don’t let rate fears scare you out of bonds
RetireMentors: Fears of nominal losses from bonds outweigh potentially bigger ones from stocks, notes Paul Merriman.
How preferred stocks add income to a portfolio
Should you drink the annuity COLA?

4 better alternatives to Bill Gross and Pimco
Opinion: It's really not worth following the "bond king" to Janus, writes Howard Gold.
Corporate debt feels heat from Pimco outflows
Pimco Total Return Fund rating cut to bronze

Why you should invest like Harvard

ADP reports sixth month of job gains above 200,000
Private-sector hiring picks up slightly in September, as steady improvement in job market continues.
August construction spending falls 0.8%

Could eBay find a suitor in Alibaba?
Regardless of what Carl Icahn thinks, analysts are mostly bearish on PayPal's spinoff.

Microsoft offers first peek of Windows 10
Microsoft gives its first public peek at the next version of its Windows operating system.

Therese Poletti: Oracle gets starry-eyed over cloud computing
Oracle is starry-eyed over cloud computing
Opinion: Oracle’s bear hug of cloud computing could be a big test for newly appointed chief executives Mark Hurd and Safra Catz,, writes Therese Poletti.

Apple tax case shows next risk to stocks
Opinion:
Like Willie Sutton, governments go where the money is, and that is companies, writes Matthew Lynn.

Obama asks Netanyahu to ‘shake up’ peace process
Status quo with Palestinians targeted as sides seek to reach lasting peace in the region.

The most ticketed car in America is …
Some vehicles receive more violations than others.

California governor signs gun-seizure law
The Golden State becomes the first to let family members ask a judge to seize guns from someone thought to be posing an immediate danger.
California to ban single-use plastic bags
/conga/frontpage.html 321624
8 surprising Starbucks locations besides CIA
Starbucks has more than 20,000 stores. These are the eight locations that stand out from the rest.
10 things Starbucks would rather we not know

China’s Hong Kong democracy crisis
Opinion: Escalation in Hong Kong protests has tail risks, including a threat to China’s one-party government itself, writes Craig Stephen.
Hong Kong protesters brace for holiday test
‘Umbrella Revolution’ poses risk to Hong Kong
On the streets with Hong Kong protesters

Obamacare quirk: Childless adults buy kids’ dental policies
Obamacare’s confusing treatment of pediatric dental benefits forces childless people to buy separate pediatric dental insurance policies.
Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare

One very shocking wildlife stat
The Earth's human population has doubled from 1970. But what has happened to the planet's wildlife?

/conga/today.html 321609

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/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,422 -71 1.59%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,946 -26 1.32%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,504 -2 0.08%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,215 -1 0.04%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196860/delayed 90.94 +0.21 0.23%
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/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,558 -65 0.98%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,382 -92 0.97%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,365 -51 1.15%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,706 -186 0.89%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,753 -72 0.67%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 340 -3 0.83%
Asia Dow
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/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 16,082 -91 0.56%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 22,933 -296 1.28%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,364 +6 0.26%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,568 -63 0.23%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,264 -13 0.39%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.26 +0.00 0.02%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 108.99 +0.10 0.09%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.62 +0.00 0.01%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.87 +0.00 0.04%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 85.86 -0.05 0.06%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 77.82 +0.01 0.01%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.39 +0.00 0.04%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.86 -0.04 4.63%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.29 -0.07 2.77%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.08 -0.09 4.08%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.36 -0.07 2.75%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.53 +0.01 0.95%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196860/delayed 91 +0 0.23%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,215 -1 0.04%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 322 +1 0.23%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 16,741 +1 0.01%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 1,941 +0 0.02%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 17 0 0.31%

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FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 76.55 -2.49 -3.15%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 99.18 -1.57 -1.56%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 568.27 -9.09 -1.57%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 16.82 -0.23 -1.35%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.10 -0.72 -1.39%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 14.59 -0.20 -1.35%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 34.96 -0.28 -0.79%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 43.68 -0.27 -0.61%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 25.16 -0.46 -1.80%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Balance Transfer 12.82% 12.73% 12.66%
Student 13.24% 13.24% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.98% 14.91% 14.84%
Reward 15.05% 15.02% 14.97%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 15.30%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
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