Whom Not to Tip for the Holidays

With the New Year rapidly approaching, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year and think about all the people who have helped you get through it — and how best to show them your appreciation. “The root of the word gratuity is gratitude,” says Daniel...
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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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Americans Pay Up to 10 Times Too Much for Medications

Just 17 percent of people comparison shop for their prescriptions to find better deals, a new survey shows. That means 83 percent are potentially paying hundreds of dollars more than necessary each time they fill a prescription, according to Consumer Reports. The nonprofit found that medications can cost...
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8 Things That Are Cheaper at Target

There’s no arguing that Target has a loyal following among many shoppers. While the retail giant may not always have the lowest prices, it certainly attracts consumers happily willing to pay a little extra to avoid the crowded aisles of some other discounters. But there are certain items...
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Home Improvement Projects That Can Hurt Your Property Value

Are you considering converting your home’s garage into a man cave? Before you permanently ditch parking and storage space in exchange for a testosterone-friendly getaway, you may want to consider this: your garage man cave project could hurt your home’s value and make it harder to sell. Turning...
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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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Market Wrap: S&P 500 Posts Big Drop as ECB Disappoints

NEW YORK — The S&P 500 suffered its biggest drop since late September on Thursday as the European Central Bank disappointed market hopes for greater stimulus. The ECB move triggered a spike in the euro that caught investors by surprise, forcing them to shift positions that hit most...
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Service Sector Slows; Labor Market Remains Resilient

WASHINGTON — U.S. service sector activity slowed in November but remained at levels consistent with a steady pace of economic growth for the fourth quarter, a business survey showed Thursday. Other data reported a small increase in first-time applications for unemployment benefits last week, but planned job cuts...
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Alibaba Unlikely to Be Interested in Yahoo’s Core Business

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding is unlikely to be interested in buying Yahoo’s Internet business, The Wall Street Journal reported. Yahoo’s board, in a three-day meeting that started Wednesday, is weighing a sale of the struggling business, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing a source. The business isn’t attractive,...
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