Your Money Briefing

Your Money Briefing

Your Money Briefing is your personal-finance and career checklist, with the news that affects your money and what you do with it. From spending and saving to investing and taxes, the Wall Street Journal’s finance reporters and experts break down complicated money questions every weekday to help you make better decisions about managing your money. Hosted by J.R. Whalen.


11/8/2022 3:00:00 AM

Pay Transparency: Broad Salary Ranges Leave Some Job Seekers Puzzled

More employers are including salary ranges in job postings as states and cities pass pay-transparency laws. But some posted salary ranges are so wide, they can leave applicants with more questions than answers. WSJ reporter Theo Francis joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss.

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11/7/2022 3:00:00 AM

Cryptocurrency as a 401(k) Investment Option: Pros and Cons

Fidelity, the nation’s largest 401(k) plan provider, has begun offering bitcoin in its investment menus. WSJ retirement reporter Anne Tergesen joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what people should consider before investing in crypto, and how their employers are approaching the investment option.

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11/4/2022 3:00:00 AM

Why You Could Lose Your FSA Savings at the End of December

FSA enrollees have been able to carry over their balances for the past several years. But many will have to spend that money by Dec. 31 or risk forfeiting the funds. WSJ personal-finance reporter Ashlea Ebeling joins host J.R. Whalen with more.

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11/2/2022 4:50:00 PM

Why People Choose Not to Invest in the Stock Market

A recent Gallup survey indicated more than 40% of Americans do not have any money invested in stocks. Host J.R. Whalen is joined by WSJ personal-finance reporter Joe Pinsker who discusses the trend, and by Florida resident Arlene LaHera who has never had money invested in the market.

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11/2/2022 3:00:00 AM

Why People in Their 20s and 30s Are Joining AARP

Many people still decades from retirement age have discovered they can join AARP and reap the financial benefits. WSJ personal-finance reporter Veronica Dagher joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss why people in their 20s and 30s are signing up for an organization geared towards their grandparents. 

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11/1/2022 3:00:00 AM

Tech Stocks Are Way Down. Why Rising Interest Rates Are the Culprit.

The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index’s value has dropped this year by about $8 trillion. WSJ markets reporter Hannah Miao joins host J.R. Whalen to explain the correlation between rising interest rates and tech stocks’ declining values, and whether analysts see a recovery on the horizon.

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10/31/2022 3:00:00 AM

‘Cheap’ Flights Aren’t That Cheap Anymore: How to Save on Airfare

Leisure airfares were up more than 40% in September from a year ago, and fares on budget carriers are rising as well. WSJ “Carry On” travel columnist Dawn Gilbertson joins host J.R. Whalen with ways travelers can save on airfares and those annoying fees.

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10/28/2022 3:00:00 AM

High Mortgage Rates? High Prices? Some Home Buyers Say ‘No Problem.’

Mortgage rates topped 7% for the first time in 20 years this week, and home prices remain near the high levels they hit last year. But some people see the current market as providing the perfect opportunity to buy a house. WSJ reporter Ben Eisen joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the new math for prospective home buyers.

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10/27/2022 3:00:00 AM

Class of 2023: Companies Plan to Ramp Up Hiring of College Grads

A recent survey of hundreds of employers shows that many plan to hire more college graduates next spring than they did this year. WSJ reporter Lindsay Ellis joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss what kinds of companies are planning to ramp up hiring and how college grads can prepare.

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J.R. Whalen

Host and Producer, WSJ Podcasts, The Wall Street Journal

J.R. Whalen is host and producer of The Wall Street Journal’s Your Money Briefing and Minute Briefing podcasts. He joined WSJ Podcasts in 2017 after nearly a decade of producing news and business programming for the WSJ’s video department. Before joining the WSJ, J.R. held positions at CBS News, CBS Sports, HBO, the Associated Press and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, where he was responsible for assigning dollar values to the questions. He began his career at WVIP-AM/FM in Mount Kisco, N.Y., as news and sports director. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, and owns about 100 pairs of cufflinks.


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