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Housing market falters despite strong economy

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The housing market has reached its longest downfall in four years, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Though the economic growth has been strong, rising mortgage rates and high home prices are still prevalent. The new tax law has also lessened incentives for people to buy homes. The report states that buyers have more choices and aren't as inclined to sign on with one home right away.

The ACA has helped, not hurt, the health care industry

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The earnings and stock prices of health care companies have increased a lot more than the broader market since former President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010.

Between the lines: The ACA was designed to expand coverage and nudge companies toward new behaviors. But despite critics' warnings about the end of private insurance or a government takeover of health care, the law has not upended the system's underlying structure or stifled the industry's ability to reap large profits.