BC-APFN-Money & Markets Extra Digest
For the week ending Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
MONEY MATTERS-PERSONAL LOANS
Personal loans are enjoying a surge in popularity, due in part to increasing consumer confidence and a growing array of online lenders to provide them.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
Senate OKs Trump choice to lead IRS; CBS boss Moonves brought down by sexual misconduct allegations; Apple unveils larger, more expensive iPhone and new smartwatch
Adding these three easy financial tasks to your to-do list can bring major rewards.
WIRELESS & CASHLESS
A new poll finds that the same teens who seem to always be on their smartphones also say that social media has a positive effect on their lives, helping them feel more confident, less lonely and less depressed.
SMALL BUSINESS MONITOR
The last four months of the year include deadlines for small business owners who want to set up employee retirement plans. A look at the plans and the last days to create them.
US stands alone, again
Surging corporate profits, a strengthening job market and a solid economy have put U.S. stock funds on pace for their widest split in performance from international stock funds in years.
Chocolate maker Cadbury warns Britons of Brexit threat to their beloved sweet; FDA crackdown on e-cigarettes lifts traditional tobacco companies; vacant building along Connecticut’s I-95, designed by famed architect, may see new life as a hotel.
OF MUTUAL INTEREST-A DECADE LATER
In the decade since the financial crisis, investors have changed not only what they invest in but how they invest. They have less faith in stock-picking fund managers who promise to protect them from downturns. They are seeking the lowest-cost options. And, if they held steady through all the tumult of the Great Recession, they’re sitting on more valuable portfolios.
INSIDER Q&A-JOANN HIATT KIM
The number of U.S. hospitals has declined steadily in the last four decades. Joanna Hiatt Kim, vice president of the American Hospital Association, talks to The Associated Press about this trend and what it means for rural hospitals and their patients.
If you invested $1,000 at the start of this year in various types of stocks, bonds and commodities, how much would you have now?
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