Is the Force With the New Star Wars Credit Card?

As fans all over the world eagerly await the December release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” we are continuously reminded that the global Star Wars phenomenon isn’t just about movies. Sure, it all starts with the movies, which have earned billions of dollars at the box office....
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Private Payrolls, Wage Data Point to Sturdy Job Market

WASHINGTON — U.S. private employers boosted hiring in November and wage growth appeared to pick up in the third quarter, signs of labor market strength that could support the first Federal Reserve interest rate increase in nearly a decade later this month. The reports released Wednesday overshadowed data...
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How to Get Financially Ready for a Power Outage

Extreme winter weather has already arrived in some parts of the country: Parts of California have seen snow and more is expected. Some meteorologists are calling for a cold, snowy winter from coast to coast, and that means it’s time to get prepared. According to tale of the...
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5 Steps to Plan Your Retirement

Only 1 in 3 Americans in their 50s has ever tried to plan for retirement, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study. And a third of those who try to plan admit that they either gave up or failed miserably. The result: Barely 20 percent of...
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Why the Holidays Make Us Dumb About Spending

NEW YORK — Financial planner Barry Eckstein has heard a lot of extravagant spending stories. But when clients were chatting with him about the holidays a couple of years ago, he couldn’t believe his ears. The couple had bought a mink coat. Not just any mink coat, mind...
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How to Get Richer Without Getting a Raise

Live the life you want without working all the time. That’s the message of Tim Ferriss — entrepreneur, angel investor, public speaker and author of several bestselling books, including “The 4-Hour Workweek.” And it’s helped him achieve massive success. Tim Ferriss is a finalist in GOBankingRates’ 2015 “Best...
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Yellen Says ‘Looking Forward’ to Day of Rate Hike

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she was “looking forward” to a U.S. interest rate rise that will be seen as a testament to the economy’s recovery from recession. Fed policymakers are widely seen raising interest rates for the first time in almost a decade...
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Market Wrap: Stocks End Sharply Lower; Energy Leads Drop

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday she was “looking forward” to a U.S. interest rate rise that will be seen as a testament to the economy’s recovery from recession. Fed policymakers are widely seen raising interest rates for the first time in almost a decade...
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Sears Posts Smaller Quarterly Loss as Sales Keep Sliding

Sears Holdings (SHLD) reported a smaller quarterly loss Thursday as it slashed advertising and payroll costs, but the struggling retailer’s sales continued to tumble, hurt by weak apparel demand. The owner of the Sears department store and Kmart discount store chains said its net loss attributable to shareholders...
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