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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Avoid These 5 Common Holiday Budget Pitfalls

According to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation, holiday shoppers are planning to spend an average of $805 on gifts this holiday season. The same survey found that shoppers plan to spend an average of $463 on family members. That’s the highest this figure has ever...
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5 Holiday Store Return Policies You Need to Know

You likely already know how to spot a good Black Friday deal (electronics are almost certainly on your list) and how to plan your shopping schedule so you hit all the best sales (cutting short your Thanksgiving dinner is practically a must). But do you know how to...
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