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The Bright Side of Higher Treasury Yields

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There could be serious problems in financial markets if long-term interest rates rise in 2018. There could be serious problems if they don't.

U.S. Stocks Kick Off 2018 With Gains

U.S. stocks rose in the first trading session of 2018, following steep price increases across global indexes last year.

Wild Swings in Money-Market Rates Highlight Limits of Regulation

Year-end turmoil rocked Europe's money markets in 2016, so traders were as ready as they could be this time around. And yet, it happened again, underscoring how new regulations designed to make the financial system safer also have created permanent cracks in the plumbing of markets

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Gold Rallies Most in Seven Years, But Fed, Dollar Uncertainty Loom

Gold rallied 14% in 2017, the best performance since 2010, as a weakening dollar and global political tensions helped lift prices.

What to Know About Europe's Big New Mifid Rules

The EU rules are nearly eight years in the making and over a million paragraphs long. Their aims: Stopping finance companies from gouging investors and trying to halt future financial crashes. Here is what you need to know.

China Private Factory Gauge at Odds With Official PMI

Activity in China's factories expanded at a faster rate in December, according to a private gauge that offered a conflicting signal of economic activity in the world's second-largest economy.

Dollar Could Get a Lift From Tax Overhaul

Some investors are betting the dollar's nearly seven-year bull market is due for one last hurrah in 2018.

Oil Holds Near Two-Year High, Eyes on Iran

Oil prices edged off a 2 1/2 -year high after supply disruptions eased in the North Sea and Libya, while rising tensions in major oil exporter Iran underpinned the market.

Europe's 2018 Challenge: Keeping the Good News Coming

The eurozone economy performed so well in 2017 that some analysts started using the term "Euroboom" unironically, while the euro strengthened and European stocks rose. The challenge for 2018 is to maintain momentum and avoid any setbacks that might damage the goodwill built up in 2017.

Greeks Lean Heavily on Grandparents' Pensions

Greece's pension system, pumped up over decades by profligate politicians, has become a de facto welfare net for the country's most vulnerable citizens, with millions of grandparents using retirement funds to support their families.

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January 02, 2018 11:15 ET (16:15 GMT)