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5 things you might not want to buy at dollar stores
5 things not to buy at dollar stores  Bloomberg
How to choose wisely when shopping for the lowest prices.
Dollar General may be in play
Icahn’s $149 million profit off Family Dollar
Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar

Read CliffsNotes critique of an Ivy League education
Read CliffsNotes critique of an Ivy League education  Shutterstock
A former English professor at Yale says an Ivy League education turns students into zombies "content to color within the lines that their education had marked out for them."

Wall Street upbeat about Tesla’s prospects
Wall Street upbeat about Tesla’s prospects  Tesla
Investors will focus on deliveries and "gigafactory" updates when Tesla reports results Thursday.
Tesla, Panasonic may have ‘gigafactory’ deal
Fastest selling cars in U.S.
5 cars the richest Americans are buying
This Dodge is more powerful than a Corvette
Falling in love with a car online


Here’s what you shouldn’t buy on Amazon
Here’s what you shouldn’t buy on Amazon  Bloomberg
Many of us assume Amazon has the best prices on everything, but there are some thing that can be found cheaper elsewhere.

The medical bills that hit retirees hardest
The medical bills that hit retirees hardest  Shutterstock.com
There's a lot Medicare doesn't cover. Study shows which retirees pay the most out-of-pocket for care.

Is this sounding the death knell for the desktop?
Tech job cuts reflect declining computer sales
Tech job cuts reflect declining computer sales.

This tweak from the Fed could rock the market
Is there anything the Fed could say to rock the market? Maybe this tweak Reuters
The Federal Reserve could decide to shake markets out of their complacency by highlighting one of two things.

To corporate America, even France looks inviting
To corporate America, even France looks inviting
Opinion:
The latest proposed inversion transaction makes even France a better corporate destination, writes Steve Goldstein.
Hospira may buy Danone unit, ditch U.S. taxes
Hedge funds are betting on tax ‘inversion’ wave

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s ruinous estate mistake
Philip Seymour Hoffman Getty Images
Opinion: Philip Seymour Hoffman needed some honest estate-planning advice, writes Melissa Montgomery-Fitzsimmons.

Need to know
Micron falls 4% to lead S&P decliners
Family Dollar, Trulia soar on Merger Monday
Virgin America files for IPO
Russia ordered to pay $50 bln to Yukos holders
Doctor dies of Ebola, two Americans infected
Swiss banks offer U.S. clients $5K to 'fess up
Get ready for 48 hours of economic fury
What to watch for in Twitter earnings

Obama tells questioner it’s now the G-7
President says Russia remains outside the Group of Seven after country was expelled in March over annexation of Crimea.
New sanctions on Russia coming: White House

‘3-D’ stocks retreat as Amazon joins fray
Amazon just joined the 3-D printing craze with a new store. Here's why 3-D printer stocks are down.

Icahn, Ackman face off again after the bell
Carl Icahn wins a round, as he gets Family Dollar to do in less than two months what Bill Ackman couldn’t achieve in 13 months. They face off again on Herbalife Monday night.

The risk after Fed begins tightening
As the conversation moves to interest rate hikes next year, there's the danger that the tightening could reveal some currently hidden risks to the economy, Wells Fargo chief economist says.

The Fed giveth, and oil taketh
Trading Deck: Mom-and-pop investors appear to be coming back into stocks in force, but oil prices suggest that any gains could ultimately amount to little, writes Michael Gayed.

When to see debt as a path to opportunity
Commentary: Debt is not a four-letter word — it’s downright American, writes Jeff Reeves.

Housing market still isn’t all fine and dandy
Housing still hasn't come around, as the pending home-sales index shows Monday.
First drop in pending home sales in 4 months

Has yuor brokerage account been hacked?
Was your brokerage account hacked?
There is a risk that cyber thieves have hacked into your account. Here’s how to protect yourself.

6 ways to put life back into ‘Meet the Press’
Opinion: David Gregory’s show is in trouble, but it’s not all his fault, writes Jon Friedman.

Whole Foods stock is getting cheap
Opinion: Whole Foods Market shares are cheap, after investors were rattled by the grocer slashing its famously high prices, says Michael Brush.
Wall Street rates 10 favorite fast-food joints

Everyone’s got a reason to love low bond yields
Here's where the forceful demand for bonds is coming from.
Junk-bond fears rise as outflows accelerate
Spanish 10-year bond yield hits fresh record low

Five questions with Carlyle’s chief economist
5 questions to Carlyle’s chief economist
Jason Thomas is concerned that share buybacks are distorting per-share earnings and covering up weak sales growth.
5 biggest takeaways from this earnings season
What surge in M&A says about stock market
Behind the wild collapse in small-caps
Buy-and-hold investing is dead

Retailers are now the top target of patent trolls
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6 ways low-savers can save their retirement
RetireMentors:
Lack of participation in pensions and savings plans will make it tougher, warns Henry Hebeler.
Need income? Try a balanced fund
6 ways new tax law helps sustain retirement
Brand-name retirement advisers aren't enough

Direct connection with Sarah Palin can be yours for $9.95 a month
Connect with Palin for $9.95 a month
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Best and worst states for kids’ economic 
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Sex, drugs and gambling capitals of America
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10 countries where people smoke the most
Cody: Best marijuana stocks to buy now

China’s food crisis spreads to foreign brands
For overseas food-and-beverage companies, China’s food-safety crises have been good news. But not this latest round, writes Craig Stephen.
Meat seller OSI pulls all China plant’s products
China industrial profit surges, but outlook hazy
Wage hikes fail to ease rich-poor gap in China

How to play the pound in Scottish vote
Prepare for sterling to fall ahead of Scotland's referendum on splitting from the U.K., say analysts.
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7 mistakes holding back your career
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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

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    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

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    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

    iStockphoto

    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?

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    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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The Fed giveth, and oil taketh
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Unchanged
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Decliners
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Advancers
2623
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
Range: 1 Day
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  • 1 Month
  • 3 Months
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  • 1 Year
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,986 +25 0.15%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,448 -1 0.03%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,980 +1 0.06%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,630 -1 0.04%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,307 +2 0.12%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196854/delayed 101.70 -0.39 0.38%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,788 -3 0.05%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,598 -46 0.48%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,345 +14 0.33%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,939 -124 0.59%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,880 -8 0.08%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 341 -1 0.18%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,324 -1 0.02%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,529 +72 0.46%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,429 +213 0.88%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,178 +51 2.41%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,991 -136 0.52%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,350 -4 0.11%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.34 +0.00 0.01%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 101.87 +0.06 0.06%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.70 +0.00 0.02%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.94 +0.00 0.14%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 81.03 -0.01 0.01%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 73.41 +0.02 0.02%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.49 +0.02 0.88%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.15 0.00 0.18%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.58 -0.03 1.29%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.50 -0.03 1.19%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.58 +0.01 0.21%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.52 0.00 0.89%
Crude Oil
102 0 0.38%
Gold
1,307 +2 0.12%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 377 +5 1.28%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 16,917 +26 0.15%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 1,973 +2 0.09%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/12294966/delayed 21 0 0.03%

Quotes

Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 75.03 -0.16 -0.21%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 99.00 1.33 1.37%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 590.24 1.22 0.21%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 15.51 -0.08 -0.51%
C /quotes/nls/c 49.75 -0.28 -0.56%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.65 0.03 0.17%
T /quotes/nls/t 35.65 0.11 0.31%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 50.68 -0.24 -0.47%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 25.58 -0.22 -0.83%
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5 yr CD
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2 yr CD
0.8%
1 yr CD
0.7%
MMA $10K+
0.3%
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National averages from Bankrate.com

You Don’t Need Another Credit Card, You Need A Better One.
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 15.00% 15.00% 14.91%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 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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5 things you might not want to buy at dollar stores
5 things not to buy at dollar stores  Bloomberg
How to choose wisely when shopping for the lowest prices.
Dollar General may be in play
Icahn’s $149 million profit off Family Dollar
Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar

Read CliffsNotes critique of an Ivy League education
Read CliffsNotes critique of an Ivy League education  Shutterstock
A former English professor at Yale says an Ivy League education turns students into zombies "content to color within the lines that their education had marked out for them."

Wall Street upbeat about Tesla’s prospects
Wall Street upbeat about Tesla’s prospects  Tesla
Investors will focus on deliveries and "gigafactory" updates when Tesla reports results Thursday.
Tesla, Panasonic may have ‘gigafactory’ deal
Fastest selling cars in U.S.
5 cars the richest Americans are buying
This Dodge is more powerful than a Corvette
Falling in love with a car online


Here’s what you shouldn’t buy on Amazon
Here’s what you shouldn’t buy on Amazon  Bloomberg
Many of us assume Amazon has the best prices on everything, but there are some thing that can be found cheaper elsewhere.

The medical bills that hit retirees hardest
The medical bills that hit retirees hardest  Shutterstock.com
There's a lot Medicare doesn't cover. Study shows which retirees pay the most out-of-pocket for care.

Is this sounding the death knell for the desktop?
Tech job cuts reflect declining computer sales
Tech job cuts reflect declining computer sales.

This tweak from the Fed could rock the market
Is there anything the Fed could say to rock the market? Maybe this tweak Reuters
The Federal Reserve could decide to shake markets out of their complacency by highlighting one of two things.

To corporate America, even France looks inviting
To corporate America, even France looks inviting
Opinion:
The latest proposed inversion transaction makes even France a better corporate destination, writes Steve Goldstein.
Hospira may buy Danone unit, ditch U.S. taxes
Hedge funds are betting on tax ‘inversion’ wave

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s ruinous estate mistake
Philip Seymour Hoffman Getty Images
Opinion: Philip Seymour Hoffman needed some honest estate-planning advice, writes Melissa Montgomery-Fitzsimmons.

Need to know
Micron falls 4% to lead S&P decliners
Family Dollar, Trulia soar on Merger Monday
Virgin America files for IPO
Russia ordered to pay $50 bln to Yukos holders
Doctor dies of Ebola, two Americans infected
Swiss banks offer U.S. clients $5K to 'fess up
Get ready for 48 hours of economic fury
What to watch for in Twitter earnings

Obama tells questioner it’s now the G-7
President says Russia remains outside the Group of Seven after country was expelled in March over annexation of Crimea.
New sanctions on Russia coming: White House

‘3-D’ stocks retreat as Amazon joins fray
Amazon just joined the 3-D printing craze with a new store. Here's why 3-D printer stocks are down.

Icahn, Ackman face off again after the bell
Carl Icahn wins a round, as he gets Family Dollar to do in less than two months what Bill Ackman couldn’t achieve in 13 months. They face off again on Herbalife Monday night.

The risk after Fed begins tightening
As the conversation moves to interest rate hikes next year, there's the danger that the tightening could reveal some currently hidden risks to the economy, Wells Fargo chief economist says.

The Fed giveth, and oil taketh
Trading Deck: Mom-and-pop investors appear to be coming back into stocks in force, but oil prices suggest that any gains could ultimately amount to little, writes Michael Gayed.

When to see debt as a path to opportunity
Commentary: Debt is not a four-letter word — it’s downright American, writes Jeff Reeves.

Housing market still isn’t all fine and dandy
Housing still hasn't come around, as the pending home-sales index shows Monday.
First drop in pending home sales in 4 months

Has yuor brokerage account been hacked?
Was your brokerage account hacked?
There is a risk that cyber thieves have hacked into your account. Here’s how to protect yourself.

6 ways to put life back into ‘Meet the Press’
Opinion: David Gregory’s show is in trouble, but it’s not all his fault, writes Jon Friedman.

Whole Foods stock is getting cheap
Opinion: Whole Foods Market shares are cheap, after investors were rattled by the grocer slashing its famously high prices, says Michael Brush.
Wall Street rates 10 favorite fast-food joints

Everyone’s got a reason to love low bond yields
Here's where the forceful demand for bonds is coming from.
Junk-bond fears rise as outflows accelerate
Spanish 10-year bond yield hits fresh record low

Five questions with Carlyle’s chief economist
5 questions to Carlyle’s chief economist
Jason Thomas is concerned that share buybacks are distorting per-share earnings and covering up weak sales growth.
5 biggest takeaways from this earnings season
What surge in M&A says about stock market
Behind the wild collapse in small-caps
Buy-and-hold investing is dead

Retailers are now the top target of patent trolls
There's little surprise that tech giants Apple and Google are among the top 10 companies most often sued by patent trolls. However, when it comes to sectors, retailers grace the top spot.

6 ways low-savers can save their retirement
RetireMentors:
Lack of participation in pensions and savings plans will make it tougher, warns Henry Hebeler.
Need income? Try a balanced fund
6 ways new tax law helps sustain retirement
Brand-name retirement advisers aren't enough

Direct connection with Sarah Palin can be yours for $9.95 a month
Connect with Palin for $9.95 a month
Sarah Palin is sick of media filters, so she's launching her own Internet channel.
Mick Jagger still rocking as he turns 71
BuzzFeed fires writer caught plagiarizing
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Best and worst states for kids’ economic 
well-being
Kids are more likely to have parents without secure employment, especially in some states.

Sex, drugs and gambling capitals of America
Sex, drugs and gambling capitals of America
These cities won’t be adding these dubious honors to their tourism brochures.
10 countries where people smoke the most
Cody: Best marijuana stocks to buy now

China’s food crisis spreads to foreign brands
For overseas food-and-beverage companies, China’s food-safety crises have been good news. But not this latest round, writes Craig Stephen.
Meat seller OSI pulls all China plant’s products
China industrial profit surges, but outlook hazy
Wage hikes fail to ease rich-poor gap in China

How to play the pound in Scottish vote
Prepare for sterling to fall ahead of Scotland's referendum on splitting from the U.K., say analysts.
Buy European stocks on dips, says J.P. Morgan
6 things to watch in Europe this week

7 career mistakes that can hold you back
7 mistakes holding back your career
If you're feeling like you're stuck in your job, you may have yourself to blame. Here's help.
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65.15MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 80.18M
Unchanged
252
Decliners
3694
Advancers
2493
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
Range: 1 Day
  • 1 Day
  • 5 Days
  • 1 Month
  • 3 Months
  • 6 Months
  • 1 Year
  • 2 Years
Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,982 +22 0.13%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,445 -5 0.10%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,979 +1 0.03%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,629 -2 0.06%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,308 +2 0.18%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196854/delayed 101.63 -0.46 0.45%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,788 -3 0.05%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,598 -46 0.48%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,345 +14 0.33%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 20,939 -124 0.59%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,880 -8 0.08%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 341 -1 0.18%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,324 -1 0.02%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,529 +72 0.46%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,429 +213 0.88%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,178 +51 2.41%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,991 -136 0.52%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,350 -4 0.11%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.34 +0.00 0.01%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 101.87 +0.06 0.06%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.70 +0.00 0.02%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.94 +0.00 0.13%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 81.03 -0.01 0.01%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 73.41 +0.02 0.03%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.48 +0.02 0.66%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.15 0.00 0.18%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.58 -0.03 1.29%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.50 -0.03 1.19%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.58 +0.01 0.21%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.52 0.00 0.89%
Crude Oil
102 0 0.45%
Gold
1,308 +2 0.18%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 377 +5 1.28%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/21588489/delayed 16,911 +20 0.12%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/20258909/delayed 1,973 +1 0.06%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/12294966/delayed 21 +0 0.12%

Quotes

Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 74.92 -0.27 -0.36%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 99.02 1.35 1.38%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 590.60 1.58 0.27%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 15.49 -0.10 -0.64%
C /quotes/nls/c 49.68 -0.35 -0.70%
F /quotes/nls/f 17.64 0.02 0.09%
T /quotes/nls/t 35.65 0.11 0.31%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 50.65 -0.27 -0.53%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 25.59 -0.20 -0.78%
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1 yr CD
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MMA $10K+
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MMA $50K+
0.6%

National averages from Bankrate.com

You Don’t Need Another Credit Card, You Need A Better One.
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 15.00% 15.00% 14.91%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 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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  • /quotes/nls/jmei JMEI-4.75%
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