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401(k) Hardship Withdrawals Hit an All-Time High of 'Worrying', Says Vanguard

401(k) Hardship Withdrawals Hit an All-Time High of ‘Worrying’, Says Vanguard

Amid stubbornly high inflation, a record proportion of Americans are turning their 401(K) accounts into emergency piggy banks, according to Vanguard. Dissecting data from a sample of about five million employer-sponsored 401(k) accounts that Vanguard manages, the researchers said that 0.5% made hardship withdrawals in October. It’s a “worrying” all-time high, said retirement savings and …

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Corporate profits hit record high in third quarter amid 40-year high inflation

Corporate profits hit record high in third quarter amid 40-year high inflation

Corporate profits in the non-financial sector hit a record high of $2.08 trillion in the third quarter, even as inflation, at a 40-year high, continues to weigh on US consumers. Inventory and capital consumption-adjusted profits rose $6.1 billion between the fiscal second and third quarters, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday, continuing a meteoric recovery from …

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Corporate profits hit record high in third quarter amid 40-year high inflation

Corporate profits hit record high in third quarter amid 40-year high inflation

Corporate profits in the non-financial sector hit a record high of $2.08 trillion in the third quarter, even as inflation, at a 40-year high, continues to weigh on US consumers. Inventory and capital consumption-adjusted profits rose $6.1 billion between the fiscal second and third quarters, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday, continuing a meteoric recovery from …

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Banks are more than $1 trillion short of capital, analyst says, who fears shortfall will only get worse

Banks are more than $1 trillion short of capital, analyst says, who fears shortfall will only get worse

The new year is fast approaching and one idea for where to invest is the banking sector, whose margins benefit from high interest rates, at undemanding valuations. This statement may surprise those who think that the US banking industry has about $2.2 trillion in capital. But it reduces that figure in several ways. First, he …

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Future Returns: Turning to Hedge Funds in Today's Market Uncertainty

Future Returns: Turning to Hedge Funds in Today’s Market Uncertainty

Amid equity and bond market volatility this year, hedge funds have largely served as a buffer for investors, and some private wealth managers expect these alternative investment vehicles to continue to deliver results over the the year to come. Although aggregate hedge fund returns fell 9.3% this year in the third quarter, large-cap US stocks …

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'It wasn't sustainable or real': Tech layoffs approaching Great Recession levels

‘It wasn’t sustainable or real’: Tech layoffs approaching Great Recession levels

The number of layoffs in the tech sector this year is approaching the annual levels seen during the Great Recession, but is far from dot-com-bust territory. As tech companies grapple with falling stock prices, inflation, rising interest rates and a possible recession, they have announced more than 60,000 job cuts this year, with indications such …

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How two teachers killed a $53,000 debt monster in 3 years

How two teachers killed a $53,000 debt monster in 3 years

This article is reproduced with permission from NerdWallet. In this series, NerdWallet sheds light on people’s debt repayment journeys. This month, Jae Bratton shares how she and her husband focused on erasing debt, fueled by the hope of starting a family. My story of letting go of over $53,046 in debt over two teachers’ salaries …

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How two teachers killed a $53,000 debt monster in 3 years

How two teachers killed a $53,000 debt monster in 3 years

This article is reproduced with permission from NerdWallet. In this series, NerdWallet sheds light on people’s debt repayment journeys. This month, Jae Bratton shares how she and her husband focused on erasing debt, fueled by the hope of starting a family. My story of letting go of over $53,046 in debt over two teachers’ salaries …

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Reducing the Fed's balance sheet via quantitative tightening is "a total mistake", says Mizuho

Reducing the Fed’s balance sheet via quantitative tightening is “a total mistake”, says Mizuho

The Federal Reserve’s attempt to shrink its balance sheet through so-called quantitative tightening, or QT, is “a complete mistake,” according to Mizuho’s chief U.S. economist. “There is a non-negligible likelihood that market liquidity will be adversely affected well before the $2 trillion target is reached, preventing the Fed from reaching its target,” said Steven Ricchiuto, …

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US oil hits lowest price of the year thanks to China as OPEC+ exit decision looms

US oil hits lowest price of the year thanks to China as OPEC+ exit decision looms

Benchmark oil futures in the United States touched their lowest price of 2022 on Monday, briefly erasing what had been a sizable gain since the start of the year as China’s zero COVID policy was is wreaking havoc on energy demand expectations. The price move came less than a week ahead of a Dec. 4 …

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