Here’s Why You Might Not Have To Pay A 6% Commission Next Time You Sell A Home – WorldNewsEra

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But the internet hasn’t done much to reduce the cost of selling a home in the U.S. Sellers typically pay a 6% commission to a real-estate agent to list and sell a home, with the seller’s agent splitting that commission with the buyer’s agent. But all of that may change because of a verdict this week in a class-action lawsuit in federal court against the National Association of Realtors. Aarthi Swaminathan covers the case, what may happen next and the implications for home sellers and buyers: Real-estate advice from the Moneyist Quentin Fottrell — the Moneyist — works with three readers to answer tricky real-estate questions: Economic outlook On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell may have bolstered the case that the central bank is finished raising interest rates for this economic cycle. The federal-funds rate was left in its target range of 5.25% to 5.50%. Jon Gray, the president of Blackstone Group, spoke with MarketWatch Editor in Chief Mark DeCambre and said he expected the Fed to succeed in bringing down inflation without pushing the U.S. economy into a deep recession. Friday employment numbers: Jobs report shows 150,000 new jobs in October as U.S. labor market cools Bond-market trend switches again Normally, longer-term bonds have higher yields than those with short maturities. But the yield curve has been inverted for nearly a year, with 3-month U.S. Treasury bills BX:TMUBMUSD03M having higher yields than 10-year Treasury notes BX:TMUBMUSD10Y. There has been elevated demand for long-term bonds, as investors have anticipated a recession and a reversal in Federal Reserve interest-rate policy. When interest rates decline, bond prices rise and vice versa. As you can see on the chart above, the yield curve was narrowing until mid-October. Yields on 10-year Treasury notes were close to 5% on Oct. 19, but they have been falling the past several days as the three-month yield has remained close to 5.5%. In this week’s ETF Wrap, Christine Idzelis reports on where all the money is flowing in the bond market. In the Bond Report, Vivien Lou Chen summarizes the action as investors react to the Federal Reserve’s decision not to change its federal-funds-rate target range this week and to other economic news. For income-seekers looking to avoid income taxes, here’s a deep dive into municipal bonds, with taxable-equivalent yields and a deeper look at those within four high-tax states. Ford’s good news — in the bond market Ford Motor Co.’s F, +4.14% credit rating was upgraded to an investment-grade rating by Standard & Poor’s on Monday. This takes about $67 billion in bonds out of the high-yield, or “junk,” market, as Ciara Linnane reports. A stock-market warning based on history By now you have probably heard the term “Magnificent Seven” used to describe stocks of the tremendous tech-oriented companies that have led this year’s rally for the S&P 500 SPX : Apple Inc. AAPL, -0.52%, Microsoft Corp. MSFT, +1.29%, Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +0.38%, Nvidia Corp. NVDA, +3.45%, Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, +1.26% GOOG, +1.39%, Meta Platforms Inc. META, +1.20% and Tesla Inc. TSLA, +0.66%. With Tesla’s recent decline, that company is now the ninth-largest holding in the portfolio of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust SPY, which tracks the benchmark index. Here are the top 10 companies held by SPY (11 stocks, including two common-share classes for Alphabet), with total returns through Thursday: Five of these stocks (including the two Alphabet share classes) are still down from the end of 2021. SPY itself has returned 14% this year, following an 18% decline in 2022. It is still down 7% from the end of 2021. Mark Hulbert makes the case that a decade from now, the Magnificent Seven are unlikely to be among the largest companies in the stock market. More from Hulbert: These dividend stocks and ETFs have healthy yields that can lift your portfolio A different market opportunity: India is seeing a multidecade growth surge. Here’s how you can invest in it. The MarketWatch 50 The MarketWatch 50 series is back, with articles and video interviews starting this week, including: PayPal soars after earnings report After the market close on Wednesday, PayPal Holdings Inc. PYPL, +1.89% announced quarterly results that came in ahead of analysts’ expectations, and the stock soared 7% on Thursday even though the company lowered its target for improving its operating margin. In the Ratings Game column, Emily Bary reports on the positive reaction to PayPal’s new CEO, Alex Chriss. A less enthusiastic earnings reaction: EV-products maker BorgWarner’s stock suffers biggest drop in 15 years after downbeat sales outlook Consumers drive mixed reactions to earnings results Here’s more of the latest corporate financial results and reactions. First the good news: And now the news that may not be so good: Harsh verdict for SBF It might seem that some legal battles never end, but it took only a year from the collapse of FTX for the cryptocurrency exchange’s founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, to be convicted on all seven federal fraud and money-laundering charges brought against him. The charges were connected to the disappearance of $8 billion from FTX customer accounts. Here’s more reaction and coverage of the virtual-currency industry: Want more from MarketWatch? Sign up for this and other newsletters to get the latest news and advice on personal finance and investing.

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