U.S. stock markets rally for second day

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Markets closed up 2 percent, lifted by positive economic news.

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Mortgage rates tumble following stock market turbulence

Mortgage rates tumble following stock market turbulence

The 30-year fixed-rate dropped to 3.84 percent, its lowest level since May.

Main Street Morning: Start-up lets Cubans share internet connections

Main Street Morning: Start-up lets Cubans share internet connections

Our rundown of news affecting start-ups and small businesses.

Primark — seller of $10 jeans and $3.50 T-shirts — is coming to the U.S.

Primark — seller of $10 jeans and $3.50 T-shirts — is coming to the U.S.

The arrival of the U.K.’s answer to Forever 21 will serve as a test of whether our appetite for wear-it-today, trash-it-tomorrow clothing is anywhere near satiated.

Tips and songs for getting through this week’s stock market shock

Tips and songs for getting through this week’s stock market shock

Also: Readers weigh in on the fallout from the Ashley Madison hack.

Five legal threats for fintech’s hottest start-ups

Five legal threats for fintech’s hottest start-ups

How laws are applied with determine who wins trillions in revenue.

Mini flash crash? Trading anomalies on manic Monday hit small investors.

Mini flash crash? Trading anomalies on manic Monday hit small investors.

Locked out by technical glitches, many are left wondering whether the modern markets are a level playing field.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Wisdom to see you through those heart-stopping big drops in the market

Use the fear you felt this week as motivation to become better informed about your holdings.

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

The best investment strategy for you? It’s the one you’re likely to stick with.

That means turn off the talking heads on financial TV and stop chasing the headlines with your money.

Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Don’t let grown children derail your retirement

Raiding your savings to pay their college tuition could result in you relying on them in your old age.

Allan Sloan

Allan Sloan

Get a grip! The markets are a little nutso. Don’t you go there, too.

Remember this: Those big lurches up and down are utterly irrational. Best to grit your teeth and not obsess.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Current Boutique puts the glam in secondhand

Knowing your customer can mean breaking some hearts, the $9,000 Hermes Birkin bag notwithstanding.

Market News

US stocks end sharply higher after Chinese market surges

US stocks end sharply higher after Chinese market surges

Investors were in a buying mood again on Thursday, driving U.S. stocks higher for the second straight day as they took advantage of this month’s heavy sell-off.

Wonkblog

Trump: ‘The Bible means a lot to me, but I don’t want to get into specifics’

Trump: ‘The Bible means a lot to me, but I don’t want to get into specifics’

Though Trump wouldn’t name a favorite verse in the Bible when asked, he leads among evangelical voters.

In landmark case, labor board will let more workers bargain with their employer’s employer

In landmark case, labor board will let more workers bargain with their employer’s employer

The decision could have widespread implications for subcontracting, franchising, and temporary staffing agencies that have become increasingly prevalent in today’s “fissured” economy.

Why this #BlackLivesMatter supporter opposes a minimum wage hike in St. Louis

Why this #BlackLivesMatter supporter opposes a minimum wage hike in St. Louis

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French thinks the city needs to hang on to the jobs it already has.

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On Leadership

The typical corporate director now makes a quarter million dollars a year

The typical corporate director now makes a quarter million dollars a year

Pay for corporate directors at Fortune 500 companies has reached a new high

New parents at Accenture can now stay closer to home

New parents at Accenture can now stay closer to home

For the year after they return from leave, consultants in North America will be assigned to local projects, rather than being asked to travel frequently.

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Get There

Should you take out an insurance policy to cover college tuition?

Should you take out an insurance policy to cover college tuition?

No family wants to envision a child withdrawing from school, but with the high cost of college some parents are planning ahead.

The most expensive cities in the U.S. for single people and families

The most expensive cities in the U.S. for single people and families

How do your living expenses compare to the rest of the country?

The Switch

One in 7 people on the entire planet logged onto Facebook Monday

One in 7 people on the entire planet logged onto Facebook Monday

That’s right: Facebook just hit a huge milestone.

Sprint is dangling a year of free service in front of DirecTV customers

Sprint is dangling a year of free service in front of DirecTV customers

The year-long deal could potentially save you thousands of dollars.

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