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5 Things to Watch on the Economic Calendar

The minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting highlight the week.

Video: The Married Millennial Parents Are Coming

A wave of millennial marriages and parents is its way, according to wedding and birth forecasting firm Demographic Intelligence. WSJ’s Lee Hawkins has the details.

Renters Spent a Record-High Share of Income on Rent This Spring

The rental squeeze is getting worse, according to a new report by Zillow, as people are paying the highest-ever percentage of their income on rent.

As Home Prices Rise, the Foreclosure Crisis Continues to Recede

The Mortgage Bankers Association, which represents mortgage lenders, on Thursday said that the foreclosure starts rate was merely 0.4% in the second quarter, 0.05 percentage point lower than the first quarter and on par with the rate seen during the housing boom.

WSJ Survey: Oil and Inflation Are Stubborn Disappointments

The history of oil tycoons is littered with booms and busts—fortunes that swelled and collapsed with unexpected velocity—subject to the vagaries of oil discoveries and the high-stakes game of world diplomacy and international intrigue. Economic forecasters can't avoid them, either.

China Fires the First Shot in a Currency War

China’s move this week is a zero-sum game and thus the first shot in a currency war.

Who May Get a Boost From New Overtime Rules

More women than men stand to benefit from proposed overtime changes, but men could take home more cash.

U.S. Job Openings in June Fall a Bit From Record Highs

The number of job openings in the U.S. fell slightly in June, though the overall level suggests demand for workers remains strong.

Did the Mortgage-Fee Cut Help Borrowers?

Since a mortgage-fee cut, the number and mix of loans being backed by the Federal Housing Administration have changed markedly. Here's how the change affected the mortgage market.

Home Prices Soar in Some Metro Areas

The National Association of Realtors on Tuesday said that home prices in the second quarter rose in 163 out of 176 metro areas, continuing their upward trajectory even as economists warn of looming affordability problems and a limited supply of homes for sale.

5 Things to Know About China’s Currency Devaluation

Five things to know about China's move to devalue its currency, which will likely have a ripple effect through financial markets as well as in politics.

At Camp Kotok, the Chatter Is About Fed Rate Rise, China and How the Fish Are Biting

For many luminaries of the financial sector, the place to be when the July payrolls report is released is around a small television set at Leen's Lodge in Grand Lake Stream, Maine. If you are there on the first Friday of August, you are part of “Camp Kotok.”

Why Risky Borrowers Still Aren’t Getting Mortgages

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Obama administration over the past year have tried mightily to expand mortgage access for riskier borrowers, but there's little evidence so far of borrowers with weaker credit making a strong return.

5 Things to Watch on the Economic Calendar

A batch of economic data in the coming week will shed light on the economy's strength as it entered the third quarter.

U.S. Consumer Credit Picks Up in June

Americans took on consumer debt at a faster pace in June, suggesting a firming labor market and low gas prices may finally be prying open consumers’ wallets.

So the Job Market Is Strong, But There’s Still Plenty of Slack

Yes, the labor market is showing signs of sustained strength. But by several measures, there is still plenty of slack.

July Jobs Report – The Numbers

U.S. employers added a seasonally adjusted 215,000 jobs in July, while the unemployment rate held at 5.3%, the Labor Department said Friday.

Grand Central: A 2013 Feel to the BOE’s “Super Thursday”

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Paul Hannon sees the BOE's "Super Thursday" leaving policy makers where they were in 2013 in terms of the timing of a first rate rise.

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