Hoping to snag a cheap airline ticket for summer travel? Good luck, new inflation data show

Airfare costs have taken off ahead of a summer travel season running on steep demand and high gas prices, according to new price inflation data released Wednesday. The record-breaking cost increase for airline tickets stood out in a Consumer Price Index reportt that showed an overall 0.3% increase in the cost of living from March … Read more

‘Open discussion of salary is protected by law’: Should you tell your coworkers your salary — or keep it a secret?

Hello and welcome to Financial Face-off, a MarketWatch column where we help you weigh financial decisions. Our columnist will give her verdict. Tell us whether you think she’s right in the comments. And please share your suggestions for future Financial Face-off columns. The job market is hot and so are salaries. People are quitting jobs … Read more

MicroStrategy Stock Is Crumbling as Bitcoin Slides and Rates Rise

Bitcoin’s tumbling price is dragging down MicroStrategy’s stock. Dreamstime Text size MicroStrategy , a software and Bitcoin holding company, was tumbling again as the price of the crypto continued to slide. Shares of MicroStrategy (ticker: MSTR) were down 23% in trading Monday, to around $227 a share. The company held 129,218 Bitcoins on its balance … Read more

Earnings preview: Is Disney+ in for a wake-up call like Netflix?

Is the Walt Disney Co. headed for a subscriber miss, like its biggest streaming rival? disney SAY, -3.00% has ferociously eaten into rival Netflix Inc.’s NFLX, -4.35% subscriber base since launching Disney+ in November 2019, climbing to 129.8 million subscribers. That is more than half of Netflix’s total of 219.6 million, which declined by 200,000 … Read more

EU mulls insurance ban for ships carrying Russian oil

EU officials have proposed a ban on insuring vessels carrying Russian oil, a move aimed at blocking Russia’s access to global oil markets and the revenue that has fueled his military invasion of Ukraine. “Indeed, that would be a very big obstacle to the export of Russian crude,” said Lars Barstad, managing director of First … Read more

Is your wealth advisor independent? Sometimes it’s not easy to say

Since the 2008 financial crisis tarnished the big banks and brokerages on Wall Street, the ranks of independent wealth advisers have grown faster than other categories. Improving their appeal is a standard known as the fiduciary rule, which legally requires these advisers to put the interests of clients first at all times and generally avoid … Read more

Jared Kushner’s new fund plans to invest Saudi money in Israel

Jared Kushner’s new private equity fund plans to invest millions of dollars of Saudi money in Israeli startups, according to people familiar with the investment plan, in a sign of warming ties between two historic rivals. Affinity Partners, which has raised more than $3 billion, including a $2 billion commitment from the kingdom’s sovereign wealth … Read more

EU mulls insurance ban for ships carrying Russian oil

EU officials have proposed a ban on insuring vessels carrying Russian oil, a move aimed at blocking Russia’s access to global oil markets and the revenue that has fueled his military invasion of Ukraine. “Indeed, that would be a very big obstacle to the export of Russian crude,” said Lars Barstad, managing director of First … Read more

Why Sony Should Buy Final Fantasy Maker Square Enix

Text size Square Enix, the maker of the popular Final Fantasy games, is a perfect fit for Sony. Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images sony needs to bulk up to ward off its multi-trillion dollar gaming rival Microsoft. Another Japan-based gaming company may be exactly what the PlayStation owner needs. The videogame industry is the most … Read more

Bitcoin Prices Drop to Near 2022 Lows. Why the Weekend Is Key for Cryptos.

Text size Bitcoin prices haven’t been this low since January. Dreamstime Bitcoin prices neared their lowest levels of the year on Friday as cryptocurrencies suffered from a stock market selloff that spread to digital assets. There’s a chance for more volatility in the day ahead. The price of Bitcoin fell 8% over the past 24 … Read more