With demand for housing in the United States still strong, the prospect of moving can be daunting.

Jacob Passy writes The Big Move column. This week, he’s helping a couple who want to move into a house with no stairs, but are worried about some tricky aspects of the move.

Learn more about paying for a house: Here’s how much a 40-year mortgage would save you each month compared to a 30-year loan. And the ultimate cost.

The Fed’s big signals could come too late

Last month, the Federal Reserve began to fight high inflation by reversing two years of monetary stimulus and raising the target range for the federal funds rate.

Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes from March 15-16 show a more aggressive series of interest rate hikes and a balance sheet reduction of $95 billion a month, than the market bond markets anticipated by driving up long-term rates.

But Cullen Roche thinks the Fed waited too long to act.

Holding Bonds as Interest Rates Rise

Bond investments can make a portfolio safer, even when interest rates rise.

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Interest rates have risen – the yield on 10-year US Treasury bonds TMUBMUSD10Y,
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jumped to 2.70% from 1.51% at the end of 2021. When interest rates rise, bond prices fall. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t invest in bonds:

What about stocks?

Rising interest rates can hurt the prices of stocks (especially tech stocks) that trade at high multiples of expected earnings. Indeed, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP,
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fell 16% from its November 19 closing high.

Here is a sampling of interest rate-related market coverage:

Walmart is mobilizing to help truckers

A Walmart distribution center.

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During this period of supply shortages, a consistent theme has been that companies have had difficulty retaining truckers. Walmart WMT,
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not only increases the size of its transportation team, but it also increases the salary of its truckers by up to $110,000 in the first year.

How Social Security Could Be Fixed

Social Security draws on its trust fund to maintain benefits that are not adequately covered by worker and employer contributions. But that option is set to run out in 2034. That’s the year the system needs to be fixed, either through tax increases or benefit cuts (which could include raising the eligibility age).

R. Douglas Arnold explains possible remedies for fixing Social Security and how the Republican Party has avoided discussion.

Lily: Three things to worry about when you retire – your future self will thank you

How to think outside the box if you’re having trouble finding people to hire

Do not automatically exclude applicants with criminal records.

Successful union votes conducted by new players

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The chart above shows that US corporate profits relative to US gross domestic product reached their highest level last year, dating back to at least 1947. Kimball Brooker, portfolio manager at First Eagle Investments in New York, said this success came “to a degree, at the expense of hard work.

John Logan explains that the union’s recent successful votes at an Amazon.com AMZN,
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distribution center and a cluster of Starbucks stores are the result of unconventional campaigns that could reinvigorate the labor movement.

A painful but important subject for families

End-of-life palliative care can help reduce the suffering of entire families, but it should not be confused with palliative care, explains Yael Schenker, palliative physician.

New ways to capture green energy

Plugging canals with solar panels saves water and makes better use of space while generating electricity

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Stacy Morford outlines five breakthrough technologies that can support the clean energy transition.

Should share buybacks be targeted by politicians?

Gary N. Smith argues that buybacks are generally good for investors.