Personal Finance Daily: The good news behind the trade war flooding the U.S. with soybeans and how Walmart’s decision to ban certain ammunition fills a vacuum left by a lack of state and federal laws

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10 cities with up-and-coming coffee cultures

These emerging coffee scenes around the country are giving Portland, Ore., and Seattle a run for their money.

The trade war is flooding the U.S. with soybeans — luckily, they could be better for us than we thought

Soy protein is a better choice than animal-derived proteins, says one Harvard researcher.

My elderly father refuses to use his oxygen tank — will our stepmother get all his money if he dies without a will?

‘The only end-of-life planning he will allow is that we need to throw a big party and have the funeral at his church.’

My mother-in-law maxed out her credit cards and took out a reverse mortgage — how can we control her spending?

‘Her house has a reverse mortgage with negative equity and she just purchased a used car with a loan.’

This critical job can transform your elderly parents’ lives — yet it’s the lowest paid, most in-demand job in every U.S. state

CareerBuilder crunched data on the lucrative and not-so lucrative professions that are growing at a faster rate than the national average.

Walmart’s decision to ban certain ammunition fills vacuum left by lack of state and federal laws

‘It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable,’ Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said this week.

This teen went blind and partially deaf after only eating Pringles, French fries and white bread for a decade

The British patient developed a nutritional deficiency that’s rare in developed countries.

Why brokerage accounts are becoming more popular

More Americans are turning to old-school taxable investment accounts.

The upside of renting for millennials

Renting isn’t all bad. Here’s how to make it work for you to reach your financial goals sooner.

USC parent suggests university’s favorable treatment of ‘special interest’ students is bribery by another name

A father who has been ensnared in the University of Southern California college cheating scandal claims that there is a “universitywide” pay-to-play program that rewards big donors at the school, a report said.

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Trump talks up potential deals with China, Iran

President Donald Trump on Wednesday talked up potential agreements with China and Iran, and said he had no role in Vice President Mike Pence’s stay at a Trump property in Ireland.

Fed’s Beige Book finds steady or improving activity outside of manufacturing and farm sectors

Reports outside of manufacturing remained positive through the end of August, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest Beige Book, which may ease fears that a recession is around the corner.

Fed’s Williams sees ‘less rosy’ outlook for U.S. economy

New York Fed President John Williams said Wednesday that recent developments point to a ‘less rosy’ outlook for the U.S. economy.

Dudley: I picked a fight with Trump because the Fed didn’t stand up for itself

Ex-New York Fed head William Dudley on Wednesday said he started a fight with President Donald Trump because he was concerned U.S. central bank officials had not pushed back on the president’s attack on interest-rate policy.

Stopping climate change will be easier and cheaper than Democrats think

Democrats are responding to public pressure to act on climate change, but they exaggerate the money and the changes that will be needed, argues Tim Mullaney.

Consumers are carrying the economy, but what if they balk?

Consumer spending is keeping the economy moving, but what happens if consumers pull back?

Where the 2020 Democrats stand on climate change

The roughly 20 Democratic hopefuls for the 2020 presidential race align on rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, protecting federal lands and supporting renewable energy, but their paths to get there differ.

Chicago mayor slams ‘Republican cowards’ over gun laws

If you’ve tuned into talk radio, chances are good you’ve heard the host or the guest (or both) deflect calls for increased gun control by pointing to Chicago as some sort of crime-ridden wasteland where disarming law-abiding citizens has directly led to a spike in shooting deaths. Lori Lightfoot, just three months on the job, has had enough.

Chicago billionaire Sam Zell is raising cash to record levels in this dicey climate

Earlier this year, Sam Zell, the billionaire chairman of Equity Group Investments, said President Donald Trump’s continued push for interest-rate cuts could end in “disaster” for the U.S. economy. He didn’t sound much more bullish on Wednesday.

Here’s how to capitalize on the electric car revolution — without buying Tesla’s stock

Mass adoption of electric vehicles is happening faster than many think.

Global markets rally as Hong Kong’s Lam withdraws extradition bill that triggered protests

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced the withdrawal of the extradition bill that has sparked the nearly three-month old protests, a move that triggered gains for stocks across the globe.