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WSJ Wealth Adviser Briefing: Apple Sales Dip, China Global Tax, Married Finance Combo

The “phase one” deal signed between the U.S. and China in January fueled investors’ hopes that disruptions to global supply chains were coming to an end. Instead, it may have marked the start of the real trade conflict. Below, some of the best analysis and insight from WSJ writers and columnists, the Dow Jones Newswires…

WSJ Wealth Adviser Briefing: Apple Sales Dip, China Global Tax, Married Finance Combo

The “phase one” deal signed between the U.S. and China in January fueled investors’ hopes that disruptions to global supply chains were coming to an end. Instead, it may have marked the start of the real trade conflict.

Below, some of the best analysis and insight from WSJ writers and columnists, the Dow Jones Newswires team and occasionally beyond, on investing, the wealth-management business and more.

PLANNING & INVESTING

Apple Isn’t Priced for Sick Leave: iPhone maker pulls its cheerful forecast for the current quarter—with its shares at the highest multiple in more than a decade.

MARKET TALK

From Dow Jones Newswires

More than half of fund managers think the U.S. dollar is overvalued, a key Bank of America survey shows. A net 54% of respondents surveyed in February held that view, up one percentage point since the last survey and the second highest reading since 2002. Concerns about the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on global growth have increased the attractiveness of the dollar as a safe haven investment in recent weeks. (renae.dyer@wsj.com)

Markets and economists are underestimating the risk of the coronavirus, asset manager Unigestion says. “The situation is serious and the decline in international trade and oil demand give no doubt about it,” Unigestion says, noting that global oil demand fell 5% in the last 30 days and global trade declined from 1,500 to 500 points, according to the Baltic Dry index. Unigestion says the global consensus is that the coronavirus will cut Chinese gross domestic product growth from 5.9% to 5.3%, but this is “clearly underestimating” the risk. Unigestion forecasts 4.5% to 5.5% Chinese GDP growth, below its potential, although it says “it’s very difficult to evaluate the final impact” of the crisis. (maria.martinez@wsj.com)

BUSINESS & PRACTICE

Beijing’s Soft Power Push on Global Tax: China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative to build infrastructure connecting Asia, Africa and Europe has generated plenty of headlines, but its tax arm remains little known. Companies and policy makers alike need to pay closer attention. The project could end up affecting how multinationals pay tax and resolve disputes around the globe.

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IMPACT INVESTING 

Can Solar Power Compete With Coal? In India, It’s Gaining Ground: Solar power has entered a new global era. The industry was long dependent on subsidies and regulatory promotions. Now, technological innovation and falling solar-panel prices have made solar power inexpensive enough to compete on its own with other fuel sources in some regions, when it comes to newly built plants.

TALKING POINTS 

You’re Getting Married Again. Should You Combine Finances, Too?: Many experts say it’s OK to keep things separate, as long as separate doesn’t mean secret.

TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

When Your Home Is Also a Museum: People who live in historic homes can make money off the properties, if they can handle the visitors.

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