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Economic Good Tidings for Which We Are Grateful

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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How Holiday Shopping Mania Led to Giving Tuesday

If you end up with a massive money hangover after the five-day holiday shopping mania that stretches from Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the antidote is Giving Tuesday. The one-day charitable giving promotion — hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media — was launched in 2012 to...
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’12 Days of Christmas’ Items Top

PITTSBURGH — Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover! The cost of 10 lords a-leaping increased 3 percent over last year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” stayed the same price as last year, according to...
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Manufacturing Contracts, but Rest of Economy Hums Along

WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing contracted in November for the first time in three years as the sector buckled under the weight of a strong dollar and deep spending cuts by energy firms, but robust automobile sales suggested the economy remained on solid ground. Other data released Tuesday showed...
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Are Women More Generous Than Men?

When it comes to giving to charity, women are in the driver’s seat. A recent survey conducted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) found that women are more generous than men when it comes to charitable giving, especially with respect to decisions about volunteer activities and smaller...
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For Third Straight Quarter, U.S. CEOs Cautious on Economy

CHICAGO — For the third consecutive quarter, U.S. CEOs expressed growing caution about the country’s economic prospects in the short term and more said they expected to curtail capital investments over the next six months, according to a survey released Tuesday. The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index...
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5 Ways to Make a Better Plan for Your Money in 2016

From professional football player to speaker and financial coach, Chris Hogan has been a staple among personal finance experts. The money guru once worked as vice president of a mortgage company and later turned to helping people successfully manage their money. As a finalist in the 2015 GOBankingRates...
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6 Money Strategies for the Sandwich Generation

When her father was diagnosed with a respiratory disease about seven years ago, Joy Frank-Collins juggled her work schedule and parenting demands to maximize the time she spent by his side. Frank-Collins, a 41-year-old who heads her own communications firm in Marietta, Ohio, also coordinated with her siblings...
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Yellen Signals Growing Likelihood of December Rate Hike

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress Thursday that economic conditions appear to be improving enough for policymakers to raise interest rates when they meet in two weeks — as long as there are no major shocks that undermine confidence. Yellen said that even after the...
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