Market Wrap: S&P 500 Scores Best Week in Nearly a Year

Filed under: Market News, Federal Reserve, Consumer Goods, Healthcare Industry, Interest Rates Richard Drew/AP By Noel Randewich NEW YORK — Wall Street racked up a solid week Friday, with health care, technology and consumer stocks making gains and investors looking beyond a widely expected December interest rate hike. The S&P 500 ended its strongest week in almost a year, while ...

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10 Infamous ‘Last Words’ of Personal Finance

Filed under: Life Stage Lessons Getty Images By Cameron Huddleston Managing your finances can be confusing. You might hear all sorts of advice that seems prudent. And you might assume that you’re taking the right approach by acting on this advice. But what seems like a smart course of action might actually jeopardize your financial security. Here are 10 personal ...

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15 Ways to Cut Heating Costs This Winter

Filed under: Energy, Public Utilities, How to Save Money, Home & Garden Getty Images By Emily Lugg Chilly winter weather is synonymous with cozy sweaters, hot cocoa — and steep energy bills. It’s no surprise that running the heating system on high nonstop pushes monthly costs sky high. But there’s no reason to go broke staying warm. Here are 15 ...

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12 Frugal Shopping Tips for Thanksgiving

Filed under: Holiday Shopping, Food & Beverage, How to Save Money Getty ImagesThanksgiving feasts can be tasty without being too pricey. By Maria Lalonde With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many of us are already licking our lips at the promise of plump turkeys and flaky apple pies. But those of us who’ve hosted before know there can be a lot of ...

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5 Reasons You’ll Never Get Out of Debt

Filed under: Personal Finance, Shopping, Debt Assistance, Spending Alamy By Maryalene LaPonsie Christmas is fast approaching, and that means money is going to start flying out of your pocket at breakneck speed. It doesn’t matter how much we talk about the spirit of the season being what really counts. The reality is the holidays mean paying for presents, parties and ...

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Can Amazon Prime Sign Up Half of U.S. Households by 2020?

Filed under:, Shopping, Consumer Goods, Internet, Music & Entertainment Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images By Rebecca Borison (AMZN) is known for keeping quiet when it comes to numbers on its Prime membership program, but analysts certainly have high hopes for the subscription service. Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie Securities, recently told The New York Times that by ...

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Fed Pushed Toward December Hike Last Month, Despite Concern

Filed under: Inflation, Unemployment Rate, Economic Recovery, Federal Reserve, Interest Rates Andrew Harnik/APFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen By Howard Schneider and Jason Lange WASHINGTON — A solid core of Federal Reserve officials rallied behind a possible December rate hike at the central bank’s last policy meeting, but central bankers also debated evidence the U.S. economy’s long-term potential may have permanently ...

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Market Wrap: Stocks Rally on Raised December Rate Hike Bet

Filed under: Apple, Market News, Federal Reserve, Upgrades and Downgrades, Interest Rates Richard Drew/AP By Sinead Carew NEW YORK — U.S. stocks closed higher Wednesday and investors appeared positively inclined toward higher rates after minutes from the Federal Reserve October meeting showed a solid core of officials rallied behind a possible December rate hike. Central bankers at the October policy ...

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From Big Dreams to Owning a Small Business

Filed under: Life Stage Lessons Ten years ago, Diane and John MacPherson were at a crossroads in their careers. After careful thought and planning, they decided to start their own small business and open a bed and breakfast across the country. Here’s how they made their dream a reality. The MacPhersons were living in Laguna Beach, California, and working “typical ...

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Avoid These 10 Retail Scams That Target Holiday Shoppers

Filed under: Retail, Holiday Shopping, Advertising & Marketing, How to Save Money, Consumer Protection Getty Images By Caroline Hailey While you shop for gifts for your friends and family members this holiday shopping season, don’t fall victim to the schemes that retailers use to take advantage of your holiday spirit and eagerness to get a good deal. Learn the most ...

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