Outside the Box: This is the less risky alternative to retiring early that still gives you freedom

I don’t really like the FIRE acronym (which stands for Financial Independence Retire Early), especially when it’s linked to a young age. I see it as more as sensationalized clickbait, akin to the headlines on magazine covers like “Flat Abs in 28 Days!” The techniques may still be helpful, but the results can be overblown. … Read more

3 ways that Amazon sets the stage for the ‘store of the future’

Bloomberg Amazon Go stores probably won’t be opened nationwide, but “store of the future” is taking shape The Amazon Go store may not be coming to your neighborhood anytime soon, but elements of that bricks-and-mortar shop and the experience of shopping there certainly are. Amazon.com Inc.’s AMZN, -5.70% latest venture, which is located in Seattle … Read more

Currencies: Dollar extends modest advance after GDP, but yen drop is main driver

The U.S. dollar extended its advance against rivals on Wednesday, adding on from its first positive day in three sessions on Tuesday. Analysts focused on the Japanese yen, which dropped to a five-day low against the buck as a reported meeting between North Korean and Chinese officials signaled some easing of geopolitical risk. What are … Read more

Need to Know: Tech stocks face a ‘dumpster fire’ — but here’s how that could be bullish

Stocks are trying to decide if they’ll keep at their tech-led tumble today, as the holiday weekend creeps closer. The recent market mayhem involves some undressing, jokes JonesTrading’s Michael O’Rourke. “Portfolio managers are seeing an opportunity to take profits in the leadership names and perform window undressing into quarter end,” O’Rourke writes. And Mayflower Advisors … Read more

The Wall Street Journal: Facebook to streamline privacy settings, sending shares higher premarket

Facebook Inc., facing a firestorm over how it handles personal information, says it will make it simpler for users to examine and change some of the data Facebook tracks about them. The tweaks announced Wednesday, which will roll out in the coming weeks, include a new, central hub in the Facebook FB, -4.90%   app … Read more

Market Extra: Here are the stocks Wall Street loves right now, and those it hates

What do information technology, health care and energy have in common? They are all sectors currently in favor with Wall Street analysts as the first quarter draws to a close. That’s according to John Butters, senior earnings analyst at FactSet, who recently crunched the numbers and came up with a list of companies that have … Read more