Never Skip This Home Winterizing Task — Savings Experiment

Filed under: Savings Experiment, Home & Garden, Did You Know Cleaning your gutters twice a year, can stop your money from going down the drain. Here’s how. Clogged gutter systems overflow with rainwater and can damage the foundation of your home, costing you thousands in repairs. So how do you get them clean? It’s easy. One clever trick is to ...

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Economic Good Tidings for Which We Are Grateful

Filed under: Gas Prices, Inflation, Job Market, Government Spending, Economy Getty Images As Thanksgiving approaches, we think about all of the people and things in our lives that we are thankful for — but how often do we think about being thankful for our economic good fortune? The 24-hour news cycle can make it seem like we are in a ...

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Charities Push Giving Tuesday: Here’s How to Give Smartly

Filed under: Holiday Shopping, Charity, Tax Deductions Darryl Bush, Modesto Bee/ By Brian O’Connell Jim Wang and his family like to carve off some of the family holiday season budget for a great cause — giving to the needy. So far, his creative way of doing so has helped changed his view of the holidays from receiving to giving. “A ...

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Pfizer, Allergan’s $160 Billion Merger Raises Outcry

Filed under: Company News, Mergers & Acquisitions, Drug Companies Mark Lennihan/AP By LINDA A. JOHNSON and TOM MURPHY A $ 160 billion deal announced Monday to merge Pfizer and Allergan and create the world’s biggest drug company renewed the outcry in Washington over “inversions,” in which U.S. corporations combine with companies overseas to lower their tax bill. The combination — ...

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Ford Recalls 450,000 Midsize Cars for Possible Fuel Leak

Filed under: Company News, Automotive Industry, Ford, Consumer Protection, Auto Recalls David Zalubowski/AP DETROIT — Ford is recalling nearly 452,000 midsize cars because the gas tanks potentially can leak fuel. The recall covers certain 2010 to 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans built in Mexico from July 21, 2008 through March 4, 2011. Ford says a valve on a ...

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Last Week’s Biggest Movers on Wall Street

Filed under: Netflix, Retail, Entertainment Industry, Wall Street Watch, Investing Shutterstock Plenty of stocks go up and down in any given week. The gainers inspire us to keep investing. The decliners keep greed in check while reminding us about the risks of the equity markets. Let’s go over some of last week’s best and worst performers. Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) ...

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Tight Inventories, Rising Prices Hurt Home Sales

Filed under: Real Estate, Economic Indicators, Housing Market, Home Buying, Economy Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON — Home resales fell in October as a persistent shortage of properties limited choice for potential buyers and pushed up prices, suggesting some softening in the pace of the housing market recovery after strong gains early this year. Still, housing ...

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Everyone Loves Same-Day Delivery, Until They Have to Pay

Filed under: Retail, Holiday Shopping, Transportation & Logistics, Consumer Issues Ted. S. Warren/APA forklift operator moves a pallet of goods at an fulfillment center in DuPont, Wash. By MAE ANDERSON NEW YORK — Everyone likes the idea of same-day delivery. But who wants to pay for it? That’s the problem merchants face as the busy holiday shopping season approaches. ...

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Market Wrap: Wall Street Falls; Pfizer, Allergan Drag

Filed under: Energy, Market News, Mergers & Acquisitions, Economic Indicators, Healthcare Industry Spencer Platt/Getty Images By Sinead Carew NEW YORK — U.S. stock indexes closed slightly lower in quiet trading Monday on Wall Street after last week’s strong gains, while a big health care deal failed to impress investors. Pfizer’s (PFE) announcement of what is expected to be the biggest-ever ...

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Sugar, Corn Syrup Industries Settle Bitter Lawsuit Mid-Trial

Filed under: Company News, Scandals and Lawsuits Getty Images By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO — Major sugar companies and corn refiners including Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) have settled litigation over an ad campaign about high fructose corn syrup, the parties said Friday in a joint statement. Terms of the settlement, which was reached in the middle of trial, weren’t disclosed. ...

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