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.


5/31/2022 3:00:00 AM

Drivers Should Brace for Higher Car-Insurance Rates

Auto-insurance companies are set to raise rates by as much as 20% in some places. WSJ insurance-industry reporter Leslie Scism joins host J.R. Whalen to explain why, and when consumers can expect to see those higher bills kick in.

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5/27/2022 3:00:00 AM

Babysitters Are Charging $35 an Hour, and Parents Are Paying It

The tight labor market has driven rates for teenage babysitters to upwards of $35 an hour. Host J.R. Whalen is joined by WSJ reporter Rachel Wolfe to discuss the trend, and 15-year-old babysitter Evelyn Loperfido talks about how she has been able to command higher pay.

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5/26/2022 3:00:00 AM

Dispatches From the IRS Customer-Service Line

The IRS is struggling with a lack of staff and funding, which is making it even harder than usual for taxpayers to get timely customer service. WSJ tax reporter Laura Saunders knows this firsthand. She joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss her experience of waiting several hours in line to get assistance at an IRS office.

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5/25/2022 3:00:00 AM

Why Your 401(k) May Be Riskier Than You Realize

Many people might not realize their 401(k) retirement account has taken on more risk in recent years. The reason: a shift in how target-date funds invest workers’ savings. WSJ retirement reporter Anne Tergesen joins host J.R. Whalen to explain how target-date funds work and whether they’re a safe investment in a volatile stock market.

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5/24/2022 3:00:00 AM

Inflation Is Wrecking Millennials’ 2022 Financial Goals

Inflation running at levels not seen in 40 years is causing millennials and younger people to rethink how they save and spend. WSJ personal-finance reporter Julia Carpenter joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss the financial lessons learned from higher inflation, and ways to stretch your dollars.

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5/19/2022 5:30:00 AM
5/18/2022 3:00:00 AM

Unlimited Vacation Time: The Latest Corporate Perk

More companies, such as the Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs, are offering employees an unlimited number of days off per year. WSJ workplace reporter Lindsay Ellis joins host J.R. Whalen to discuss why companies are offering the perk, and the tradeof fs workers face when using it.

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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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