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Social Security loophole’s huge windfall opportunity
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RetireMentors: You might be familiar with the file-and-suspend strategy, but you probably never heard of this unusual twist, says Robert Klein.

Container Store: It’s the consumer’s fault, not ours
Container Store Container Store
Container Store becomes the latest seller of things people don't really need to blame the consumer, and their penny-pinching ways, for their woes.
Family Dollar fights billionaires at the gate
22 possible earnings-season gems
Trading Deck: Earnings caution

5 off-season trips with rewards beyond savings
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How to fly on a private jet for under $200
Boomer travel: Planning a trip to Antarctica


We’re flying blind as we invest for retirement
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How 1% can add $1 million to retirement
9 things you need to know about 401(k) fees


Wells Fargo earnings: Here’s what to expect
Wells Fargo Bloomberg News
Earnings, revenue expected to drop, but analysts will be watching for earnings growth to continue.
New exchange-traded note bets on women

Uninsured higher in ‘red’ states post-Obamacare
Uninsured higher in ‘red’ states post-Obamacare WalletHub
Obamacare is more popular in some states than others, and the rates of those who were uninsured after the Affordable Care Act varies dramatically from state to state, new research finds.
Celgene's arthritis drug fails a test; stock up
Another fed contract for Obamacare contractor
Need to know
10-year Treasury prices at 6-week high
U.S. jobless claims return to near 7-year low
Potbelly, Tractor Supply slide premarket
European stocks at 2-month low after data
BOE leaves benchmark rate unchanged
Nikkei falls on plunge in machinery orders
IBM to spend $3 bln on cloud-chip development
World Cup: Argentina to face Germany in final
BNP Paribas pleads guilty to violating sanctions
Man surrenders, accused of killing six in Texas

Chinese hackers access key U.S. data
Digital intruders have accessed a sensitive U.S. network containing federal employees' personal data, the NYT reports.
China's exports come in on the weak side
Japan machine orders see worst plunge ever

Far from Wall Street, an inflation dove flies
Here's why economist Lacy Hunt is sticking to a view that inflation is set to fall, even as Wall Street firms raise their forecasts.
Gasoline prices set to curb economic growth?

Ending unemployment benefits didn’t cut jobless rate
Commentary: The long-term unemployed are finding more jobs, and so is everyone else, writes Rex Nutting.

If ever the market flashed a ‘sell’ signal, it’s now
Insight: If you’ve studied bear markets, you know how this story will end, writes Michael Sincere.
Dow 17,000 is on the wrong side of history
‘Rotten rotation’ may signal borrowed time

Another sign the bull market is nearing its end
Commentary: Companies no longer want to buy their own shares, a worrisome sign, writes Mark Hulbert.

Republicans push for quicker deportations, and more must-reads
Republicans push for quicker deportations
Also: GOP highway plan speeds up, and the White House bowling alley re-do is scrapped.
Obama urges Congress to pass border bill
Boehner disagrees with Palin on Obama

U.S. teens struggle to read a pay slip
Less than one-third could identify how much money they would get after deductions, a PISA study on financial literacy finds.
Paying bills for adult kids? Try tough love

Draghi calls for rules to align Europe economies
The ECB president wants powers to help narrow the economic differences between euro-zone countries.
U.S. vs. Europe, in one chart
Das: ECB needs better plan for the economy
Is Germany leading euro zone to no-growth cliff?


Return envy: Why ‘style drift’ matters
70 fixed-income mutual funds hold more than 4% in equities — half of those are 10% to 60% stocks,says RetireMentor Mitch Tuchman.
The secret of why these 10 funds beat indexers
Gunderson: Solving mystery of asset allocation

6 companies set to report huge earnings gains
Analysis: The weather-related slump appears to be giving way to a profit rebound for U.S. corporations, writes Phil van Doorn.
22 stocks that may be gems of earnings season
Today's bubbles aren't like those of the past
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Is this the most expensive car in the world?
The Ferrari 250 GTO, perhaps the bluest of blue-chip collector cars, has never lacked admirers. Bonhams has one up for auction next month.
How a big SUV, home office can cut your taxes

Smartphone dependency fuels other addictions
Mobile devices can exacerbate anxiety and all kinds of self-destructive behavior.

Al Lewis: Cupcakes are everything that’s wrong with America
Cupcakes are what’s wrong with America
Commentary:
Al Lewis is glad Crumbs is folding, but he doesn’t think it’s the end of the era of narcissism.

Detroit art now valued at up to
$4.6 billion

New value is a sharp increase over the previous estimate and could cause problems for city in bankruptcy court.

Trading Strategies July: All about beer stocks
Trading Strategies: All about beer stocks
Ah, with the heat of summer upon us, what could be more refreshing for your portfolio than a cool beer stock or two? See what our experts have to say about investing in the brewery sector.
Why I love SABMiller | Good for what ales you
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See the complete report here
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  • May 23, 2012
    4:09 PM ET

    Parents Lose Sole Perk of Flying With Kids

    For all the miseries of flying with small children, families could always count on one perk from the airlines: early boarding. But now, this too seems to be going the way of the free in-flight meal.

    Families hoping to avoid the crush of passengers and bags during boarding may now need to pay $36 or more for the privilege. United, is the most recent airline to stop letting families with young children board first,  reports USA Today. American Airlines dropped family pre-boarding a few years ago, and US Airways did so last year. Delta, JetBlue and Virgin America are among the few carriers that still show preferential treatment to parents.

  • Jan 17, 2012
    8:00 AM ET

    When Consumer Advocates Get Scammed

    Christopher Elliott

    Christopher Elliott, author of “Scammed” and airlines passenger advocate, tells Pay Dirt how he fell for some of the oldest tricks in the book before becoming a consumer advocate. Known primarily for his work as a journalist and campaigner for travelers, Elliott himself used to work for a travel trade publication 20 years ago. He said seeing the travel business from the inside was very “eye-opening.” He also tells Pay Dirt about a valuable lesson he learned from a parrot named Scarlett.

    Pay Dirt: What are the most naked scams that we don’t even see as scams?

    Elliott: You’re being scammed right now.

    Pay Dirt: I am? But you are promoting your book.

    Elliott: Consumers are always being scammed. Usually, if you have to ask if it’s a scam, the answer is yes. The common definition of a scam is pretty narrow: A fraudulent deal that some shady guy offers you on the street or an email from someone in Nigeria telling you you’ve inherited $1 million. I talk a lot in the book about contracts. Some of the most onerous are mortgage contracts where the fine print is so dense that – at the end of the first six months – your interest rate suddenly goes up. And shrink-wrap contracts: By opening the box you are agreeing to the terms of purchase. Also, beware of contracts that self-renew.

  • Nov 22, 2011
    3:09 PM ET

    Thanksgiving Flightmare Part 2: Avoiding Airport Rage

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    It’s the night before Thanksgiving and everything has gone according to plan. Early arrival at the airport? Check. A quick read of Pay Dirt’s tips on how to avoid a flightmare before and air rage after you are on the flight? Check. Seat assignment made so it doesn’t get given away while browsing in duty free? Check. Non-stop, direct flights booked? Check. But even if some passengers do everything right, they can still get stuck at the airport unexpectedly for hours.

    Pay Dirt polled some experts for tips on how to cope during the delays and how to such stave off airport rage.

    Beware of upgrade requests. When passengers are stressed out the airline’s offer of extra seat room can seem tempting. Delta Airlines is just one airline that offers an extra 50% recline than Economy, early boarding, complimentary alcoholic beverages, plus four inches extra room. It’s the upper-middle class of airline travel. However, it costs $80 to $180 one-way. However, for those with a long pair of gams, George Hobica, founder of AirFareWatchdog.com, has a list of legroom upgrades for those who are willing to pay for it.

  • Nov 14, 2011
    4:05 PM ET

    Steeper Fees On Spirit Airlines

    iStockphoto

    The price of being a Spirit Airlines passenger has nearly doubled.

    A surcharge tacked onto every ticket dubbed the “passenger usage fee” is now $16.99 on domestic flights — up from $8.99 prior to Nov. 8. The fees, which are not included in the advertised fares do not include the $10 the discount carrier charges for booking a seat by phone. (A Spirit spokeswoman confirmed the change via email, but declined to comment on why it was made. “We don’t discuss our pricing strategy,” she says.)

  • Nov 9, 2011
    7:11 PM ET

    Passenger Groups Want More Sway With TSA

    iStockphoto

    The Transportation Security Administration this week announced the new membership of its Aviation Security Advisory Committee, but passenger rights advocates complain they are still not adequately represented. As expected, some of the TSA’s biggest critics were not invited to the party.

    Passengers should be represented on the ASAC, which was established in 1989 following the destruction of Pan American World Airways Flight 103 by a terrorist bomb, groups say. “Where’s the passenger advocate?” says syndicated columnist and consumer advocate Christopher Elliott. Kate Hanni, founder of FlyersRights.org, agrees. “There are virtually no consumer advocates on this committee,” she says. “It’s again frontloaded with the [airline] industry.”

    The 24-member committee includes people who have been directly affected by terrorist attacks. Hanni notes the inclusion of one passenger advocate, Glenn Johnson, board chairman of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc., set up by families of those killed by a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.

  • Nov 4, 2011
    12:48 PM ET

    Can the Weatherman Save You Money?

    iStockphoto

    The iPhone can’t control the weather, but a 99-cent app purports to take most of the guesswork out of planning weddings, ski trips, and other shopping decisions.

    Available on iOS, and in the Android store starting Nov. 23th, the WeatherTrends360 app uses a team of meteorologists, climatologists and mathematicians to help people plan for good and bad weather, says CEO Bill Kirk, a former United States Air Force Captain. The website is free. He claims his company can predict the weather with 80% accuracy up to a year in advance.

    WeatherTrend360’s main business is helping retailers control their inventory, and clients include Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s and Coca-Cola. The consumer app offers to help shoppers decide when is best to buy goods at the best prices. Forrester Research gives it 80% accuracy, which sounds impressive, but keep in mind that means the information could be wrong once every five days.

    However, some experts believe the app is probably better used for entertainment purposes only. ”I don’t think people will plan any major events around what this application does,” says Andy Nyquist, personal finance and investment blogger. “It may make them more comfortable about the choices that they do make in relation to weddings and trips. But people are more likely to enjoy the entertainment factor from the application as well as using the shorter term weather forecasts.”

    Pay Dirt spoke to Capt. Kirk about the new app.

  • Oct 31, 2011
    3:46 PM ET

    New Rules Didn’t Help Stranded Airline Passengers

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    The threat of massive fines apparently isn’t enough to stop airlines from stranding passengers on the tarmac. On Saturday, some 100 JetBlue passengers and an unspecified number on American Airlines flights were left stuck on a runway at Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT. for seven hours during the snow storm.

    These incidents raise the question: Are new Department of Transportation rules enough? They stipulate that airlines can incur maximum fines of a staggering $27,500 per passenger if planes sit on the tarmac for more than three hours on domestic U.S. flights. (In JetBlue’s case, passengers were stranded without adequate food, water or functioning restrooms. American Airlines say passengers had food and beverages.)

    The amount of any airline fine depends on a number of factors, including the seriousness of the violation and harm caused to consumers, the carrier’s compliance disposition and ability to pay, says Bill Mosley, a Department of Transport spokesman.

  • Oct 18, 2011
    3:44 PM ET

    Orbitz’s Fares Were Flights of Fancy

    iStockphoto

    The Department of Transportation fined online travel company Orbitz $60,000 on Tuesday for misleading advertisements that failed to mention taxes and fees, and in some cases, promoted fares which were no longer available.

    Orbitz blamed the ads, which appeared in early 2011, on a computer “glitch.”  Consumers selecting discounted fares advertised by the site  were instead taken to a page where different rates was displayed.

    To be fair to Orbitz, this is the first time in the company’s 10-year history it’s been hit with such a fine. “Orbitz is in compliance with Department of Transportation advertising requirements and the glitch that resulted in how fares were displayed for a short period of time earlier this year has been addressed,” Orbitz spokesman Chris Chiames said in a statement. But Air Canada, Spirit, JetBlue, United Airways, Continental have all been hit with fines for failing to inform passengers of various charges.

  • Oct 13, 2011
    11:55 AM ET

    Could Airline Bathrooms Go the Way of Free Peanuts?

    istockphoto

    Accidents are relatively uncommon on commercial flights, but that could change if Ryanair’s plan to remove two-thirds of its bathrooms catches on.

    With each bathroom creating room for three seats, the European discount carrier, which is known for proposing bizarre cost-cutting measures, says it could save passengers $6 on a $120 ticket. “It would fundamentally lower air fares by about 5% for all passengers,” CEO Michael O’Leary told The Independent.  “We’re trying to push Boeing to re-certify the aircraft for six more seats, particularly for short-haul flights — we very rarely use all three toilets on board our aircraft anyway.”

  • Oct 4, 2011
    9:35 AM ET

    Will American Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Be Left Grounded?

    iStockphoto

    Attention, nervous flyers: It may be time to buckle up and use your American Airlines miles. Shares at the airline plummeted by one-third Monday amid fears that it will seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As investors panicked and sold their shares, its 67 million frequent flyer members around the world were also left with a worrying question: In a worst-case scenario, will all those hard-earned miles be lost? The bad news: When airlines file for liquidation, loyal customers are usually among the last on the long list of creditors to be reimbursed. Experts say nearly all other major debts will be paid before these rewards are redeemed.

    But there are exceptions: when the carrier is taken over or when air miles are part of a code-sharing deal with another airline. For instance, when PanAm went into liquidation in 1991, Delta Air Lines honored the leftover air miles when it took over the airline’s assets. And when Hawaii’s Aloha Airlines went bust in 2008, United Airlines honored flights booked as part of its code-sharing agreement. United also honored its own frequent flyers when it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002. Tim Winship, founder of FrequentFlier.com, says AA’s air miles would likely be sold to another airline even if it went into liquidation: “It’s one of AA’s most valuable assets.”

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  • Pay Dirt examines the millions of consumer decisions Americans make every day: What to buy, how much to pay, whether to rave or complain. Lead written by Quentin Fottrell, the blog examines these interactions, providing readers with news, insight and tips on shopping, spending, customer service, and companies that do right – and wrong – by their customers. Send items, questions and comments to quentin.fottrell@dowjones.com or tweet @SMPayDirt.

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Container Store: It’s the consumer’s fault, not ours
Container Store Container Store
Container Store becomes the latest seller of things people don't really need to blame the consumer, and their penny-pinching ways, for their woes.
Family Dollar fights billionaires at the gate
22 possible earnings-season gems
Trading Deck: Earnings caution

Social Security loophole’s huge windfall opportunity
Social Security loophole’s huge windfall opportunity Shutterstock.com
RetireMentors: You might be familiar with the file-and-suspend strategy, but you probably never heard of this unusual twist, says Robert Klein.

Wells Fargo earnings: Here’s what to expect
Wells Fargo Bloomberg News
Earnings, revenue expected to drop, but analysts will be watching for earnings growth to continue.
Alcoa's profit margin cheers Wall Street
New exchange-traded note bets on women

5 off-season trips with rewards beyond savings
Shutterstock
Vacations outside of peak times can offer much more than cost savings and shorter lines. Here are five types of destination worth visiting off-season.
How to fly on a private jet for under $200
Boomer travel: Planning a trip to Antarctica


Uninsured higher in ‘red’ states post-Obamacare
Uninsured higher in ‘red’ states post-Obamacare WalletHub
Obamacare is more popular in some states than others, and the rates of those who were uninsured after the Affordable Care Act varies dramatically from state to state, new research finds.
Celgene's arthritis drug fails a test; stock up
Another fed contract for Obamacare contractor

Dangers of flying blind investing for retirement
Shutterstock
Very few Americans know which investment products are in their retirement portfolio, a survey finds. Here's what to do to save more intelligently.
How 1% can add $1 million to retirement
9 things you need to know about 401(k) fees

Need to know
10-year Treasury prices at 6-week high
Potbelly, Tractor Supply slide premarket
Jobless claims likely to stay low
European stocks at 2-month low after data
BOE leaves benchmark rate unchanged
Nikkei falls on plunge in machinery orders
IBM to spend $3 bln on cloud-chip development
World Cup: Argentina to face Germany in final
BNP Paribas pleads guilty to violating sanctions
Man surrenders, accused of killing six in Texas

Chinese hackers access key U.S. data
Digital intruders have accessed a sensitive U.S. network containing federal employees' personal data, the NYT reports.
China's exports come in on the weak side
Japan machine orders see worst plunge ever

Far from Wall Street, an inflation dove flies
Here's why economist Lacy Hunt is sticking to a view that inflation is set to fall, even as Wall Street firms raise their forecasts.
Gasoline prices set to curb economic growth?

Ending unemployment benefits didn’t cut jobless rate
Commentary: The long-term unemployed are finding more jobs, and so is everyone else, writes Rex Nutting.

If ever the market flashed a ‘sell’ signal, it’s now
Insight: If you’ve studied bear markets, you know how this story will end, writes Michael Sincere.
Dow 17,000 is on the wrong side of history
‘Rotten rotation’ may signal borrowed time

Another sign the bull market is nearing its end
Commentary: Companies no longer want to buy their own shares, a worrisome sign, writes Mark Hulbert.

U.S. teens struggle to read a pay slip
Less than one-third could identify how much money they would get after deductions, a PISA study on financial literacy finds.
Paying bills for adult kids? Try tough love

Boehner disagrees with Palin on Obama
Speaker shoots down Sarah Palin's call to impeach the president.
Obama urges Congress to pass border bill
Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama takes shape
Obama in Colorado: pot and a horse mask

Draghi calls for rules to align Europe economies
The ECB president wants powers to help narrow the economic differences between euro-zone countries.
U.S. vs. Europe, in one chart
Das: ECB needs better plan for the economy
Is Germany leading euro zone to no-growth cliff?


Return envy: Why ‘style drift’ matters
70 fixed-income mutual funds hold more than 4% in equities — half of those are 10% to 60% stocks,says RetireMentor Mitch Tuchman.
The secret of why these 10 funds beat indexers
Gunderson: Solving mystery of asset allocation

6 companies set to report huge earnings gains
Analysis: The weather-related slump appears to be giving way to a profit rebound for U.S. corporations, writes Phil van Doorn.
22 stocks that may be gems of earnings season
Today's bubbles aren't like those of the past
/conga/frontpage.html 313422
Is this the most expensive car in the world?
The Ferrari 250 GTO, perhaps the bluest of blue-chip collector cars, has never lacked admirers. Bonhams has one up for auction next month.
How a big SUV, home office can cut your taxes

Detroit art now valued at up to
$4.6 billion

New value is a sharp increase over the previous estimate and could cause problems for city in bankruptcy court.

Iraq, Syria forced to drink sea water
Commentary:
With fresh-water supplies captured by rebels, they will turn to desalination, writes Amotz Asa-El.

Getting out of debt saved our marriage
Getting out of debt saved our marriage
When Ellie Kay married her husband Bob over two decades ago, she didn't know about his $40,000 in unsecured debt,
Does Facebook break up marriages?
4 costs new homeowners should plan for
Your TV watching could drive you into debt


Trading Strategies July: All about beer stocks
Trading Strategies: All about beer stocks
Ah, with the heat of summer upon us, what could be more refreshing for your portfolio than a cool beer stock or two? See what our experts have to say about investing in the brewery sector.
Why I love SABMiller | Good for what ales you
Another round of beer stocks?
See the complete report here
/conga/today.html 313407

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Unchanged
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Decliners
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S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,973 +9 0.46%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,597 -16 0.60%
Gold
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Oil
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/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,295 -65 1.49%
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/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,452 -433 2.08%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,490 -257 2.39%
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/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 336 -4 1.23%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,279 +8 0.25%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,216 -86 0.56%
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/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 23,239 +63 0.27%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,038 0 0.01%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,373 -72 0.28%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,270 -6 0.18%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.36 0.00 0.27%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 101.35 -0.30 0.29%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.71 0.00 0.26%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.94 0.00 0.50%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 80.15 +0.12 0.15%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 72.84 +0.10 0.14%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.51 -0.04 1.55%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.19 -0.04 3.60%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.81 +0.05 1.63%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.80 +0.05 1.97%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.61 -0.05 2.04%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.54 0.00 0.31%
Crude Oil
102 0 0.28%
Gold
1,343 +19 1.41%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 400 +2 0.50%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 16,769 -144 0.85%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 1,950 -17 0.89%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/12294966/delayed 22 +0 2.15%

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AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 95.39 0.04 0.04%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 576.08 4.99 0.87%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 15.60 0.02 0.13%
C /quotes/nls/c 47.38 -0.04 -0.08%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.43 0.32 1.87%
T /quotes/nls/t 35.65 0.09 0.25%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 52.32 -0.06 -0.11%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 26.32 -0.05 -0.19%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.46%
Balance Transfer 12.64% 12.64% 12.55%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.91% 14.91% 14.62%
Reward 14.97% 14.97% 14.91%
Airline 15.30% 15.30% 14.51%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 23.48%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
Source:CreditCards.com
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67.12MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 79.31M
Unchanged
257
Decliners
2664
Advancers
3491
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
Range: 1 Day
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  • 5 Days
  • 1 Month
  • 3 Months
  • 6 Months
  • 1 Year
  • 2 Years
Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,986 +79 0.47%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,419 +28 0.63%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,973 +9 0.46%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,596 -17 0.65%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/11829489/delayed 1,342 +18 1.37%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196851/delayed 101.99 -0.30 0.29%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,659 -59 0.87%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,655 -153 1.56%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,292 -68 1.56%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,361 -525 2.51%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,462 -285 2.65%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 335 -5 1.33%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,279 +9 0.27%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,216 -86 0.56%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 23,239 +63 0.27%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,038 0 0.01%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,373 -72 0.28%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,270 -6 0.18%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.36 0.00 0.21%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 101.27 -0.38 0.37%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.71 0.00 0.28%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.94 0.00 0.48%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 80.11 +0.08 0.10%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 72.80 +0.07 0.10%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.50 -0.05 2.01%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.18 -0.05 3.92%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.82 +0.05 1.73%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.80 +0.05 1.80%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.61 -0.06 2.11%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.54 0.00 0.31%
Crude Oil
102 0 0.29%
Gold
1,342 +18 1.37%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 399 +1 0.19%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 16,768 -145 0.86%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 1,950 -17 0.86%
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/quotes/zigman/12294966/delayed 21 +0 1.96%

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FB /quotes/nls/fb 64.97 2.21 3.52%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 95.39 0.04 0.04%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 576.08 4.99 0.87%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 15.60 0.02 0.13%
C /quotes/nls/c 47.38 -0.04 -0.08%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.43 0.32 1.87%
T /quotes/nls/t 35.65 0.09 0.25%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 52.32 -0.06 -0.11%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 26.32 -0.05 -0.19%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.46%
Balance Transfer 12.64% 12.64% 12.55%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.91% 14.91% 14.62%
Reward 14.97% 14.97% 14.91%
Airline 15.30% 15.30% 14.51%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 23.48%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
Source:CreditCards.com
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