Housing Starts Hit 7-Month Low; Setback Seen as Temporary

WASHINGTON — U.S. housing starts in October fell to a seven-month low, weighed down by a steep decline in the construction of multifamily homes, but a surge in building permits suggested the housing market remained on solid ground. While the drop in groundbreaking activity reported Wednesday by the...
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Market Wrap: Stocks Give Up Gains After Germany Bomb Scare

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks forfeited gains Tuesday after a soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands was called off over fears of a bombing. All three major U.S. indexes had ventured into positive territory following upbeatearnings reports from Walmart and Home Depot. But they quickly relinquished those...
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American Airlines Revamps Its Frequent Flier Program

NEW YORK — American Airlines (AAL) is changing its frequent flier program, becoming the latest carrier to have passengers earn miles based on how much they spend rather than how far they fly. The move announced Tuesday follows similar changes by Delta Air Lines (DAL) and United Airlines...
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Gobble, Gobble: Turkey Prices Soar to Record High

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this is not the news you want to hear: Turkey prices have reached a record. Retailers are paying roughly 21 percent more for the popular Thanksgiving bird this year than they did in 2014 and the turkeys are smaller, Bloomberg reports. “Wholesale,...
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Should You Use a Third Party to Negotiate Your Cable Bill?

Despite many consumers’ interest in streaming content online, TV subscription prices continue to rise. In fact, consumer research from Leichtman Research Group Inc. found in a survey of 1,222 American households earlier this year that the mean reported monthly spending on TV cable, satellite or other TV subscriptions...
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Is It Safe to Travel to Paris?

What should travelers expect in the wake of terrorist attacks such as those that shocked Paris last week? Time will make the scars easier to bear, but the mood in Paris and the logistics for travelers heading there will change for the foreseeable future. After 9/11, Americans eventually...
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Will Having a Mortgage Improve My Credit Score?

Until the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act was signed into law in 2003, Americans weren’t entitled to a free copy of their credit reports. And 24 years ago, when I began my career in consumer news, you couldn’t see your credit score at all, at any price....
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7 Ways to Lower the Cost of a Holiday Road Trip

The holidays are nearly upon us, with many families driving long distances to spend time with each other in the next weeks. Road trips are also an annual part of my family’s holiday traditions, with our extended families living at least three hours away (and many relatives even...
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The Only Time Short-Term Health Insurance Makes Sense

There’s only one time you should buy short-term health insurance — when you have no other option. “We call them Swiss-cheese policies,” says Sarah O’Leary, founder and chief executive of national health care consumer advocacy group Exhale Healthcare Advocates. “They are less expensive because you get what you...
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