Cyber Monday Sales Still on Top, but Losing Some Luster

NEW YORK — Shoppers traded bricks for clicks Monday, flocking online to snap up “Cyber Monday” deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys. Now that shoppers are online all the time anyway, the 10-year-old shopping holiday has lost some of its luster as online sales...
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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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Weak Housing, Factory Data Hint at Modest 4Q Growth

Factory activity in the Midwest shrunk in November and contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes rose marginally, the latest suggestions that economic growth will probably remain modest in the fourth quarter. The raft of weak economic reports isn’t likely to stop the Federal Reserve from hiking interest...
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It’s Cash Over Mobile Payments This Holiday Season

Chances are you’ll be spending about $805 this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. But chances are high you won’t be using mobile apps to pay for presents and party favors. According to Bankrate.com, mobile payments just aren’t catching on with U.S. consumers of age groups....
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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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4 Questions to Answer Before You Retire

It’s an achievement to make it to retirement. Years of hard work pay off once you have saved enough and get to hand over a resignation letter to your boss. You say farewell, and there may be a few tears as you part ways with your former life....
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Know the Risks of Year-End Mutual Fund Purchases

When it comes to investing, most experts offer the same advice: If you are a typical mutual fund buyer saving for college or retirement, don’t try to time the market. It’s a loser’s game. Except that you might tweak your timing a little — just a little —...
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How to Get Rid of Private Mortgage Insurance

If you want to buy a house but can’t pay 20 percent of the cost upfront, a lender will want you to have private mortgage insurance. PMI protects the lender from loss if you can’t make payments on a loan with less than a 20 percent down payment....
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12 Top Scams Affecting Your Pocketbook

It seems like there’s always a new scam making the rounds, and even those who are savvy can fall for them. Here are 12 of the latest scams that you should watch out for — including phone scams, online scams, investment scams and others — and how you...
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