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Five easy ways to throw away a fortune

Tom Bemis lists five wasteful practices that even the wealthy need to be careful to avoid.

Scotland ready to call London’s bluff over sterling
Reuters
Opinion: The U.K. government's high-risk currency ploy has failed to defuse the push for independence, says Craig Stephen, in Glasgow.
In Scotland, Sean Connery is ‘Dr. No-Show’
Weidner: Banks show true colors in Scotland
Scotland readling from the Norway playbook

Good riddance, Scotland: We don’t need you
Bloomberg
Opinion: Commenters warn the U.K. faces politcal and economic chaos if Scotland votes to exit. Nonsense, says Matthew Lynn.
Scotland: As vital to U.K. as Texas is to U.S.
Origins, implications of Scottish referendum
Protect your portfolio against a Scottish exit

Smart money: Buy stocks, but not till November
Smart money: Buy stocks, but not till November
Poll suggests most “smart money” investors are expecting just a mild pullback over the coming weeks, followed by a year-end rally to new highs.

10 foods never worth paying full price for
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These items get discounted more often than others, according to an analysis of coupons.
10 things snack food companies won’t tell you

Alibaba IPO sucking money out of Hong Kong stocks
Reuters
Chinese investors are very keen on Alibaba's massive IPO, and the Hong Kong stock market seems to be suffering as a result.
Alibaba roadshow woos U.S. investors
Alibaba IPO is a bonanza for select firms
Alibaba IPO creates ‘monster’ buzz on Twitter
Herein lies the secret to Alibaba’s success
J.J. Zhang: Alibaba bet better placed on Yahoo

Hate annuities? 7 reasons to change your mind
MarketWatch/Shutterstock.com
RetireMentor Stan Haithcock sees a revolution coming in the annuity industry and predicts the consumer will be the clear winner.
Why a robo-adviser might be right for you
How value investing grows your nest egg
What millennials can teach boomers

LinkedIn CEO: Good boss is willing to lose you
LinkedIn CEO Reid Hastings talks about successful managers and their ability to treat workers as allies.  Shutterstock.com
Keynote Speaker: The key to retaining great talent is treating staff as allies, writes Reid Hoffman.
AT&T CEO: Right skills elusive among workers
5 weird habits of happy employees
Skills gap? Who, me?


A ‘girl face’ can damage your ability to negotiate
 Shutterstock
Men and women with feminine faces have a harder time getting what they want in negotiations.
Need to know
DuPont talks with Trian have been 'constructive'
Family Dollar rejects Dollar General's tender
FedEx shares rally after earnings
General Mills falls after disappointing quarter
Pentagon opens door to ground troops in Iraq
Microsoft hikes dividend by 11%
SocGen warns of danger in small-cap stocks
America's 50 best cities to live (24/7 Wall St.)

10 solid stocks for risk-averse investors
Analysis: Shares with low volatility can beat indexes with less risk, writes Phil van Doorn.

Builder confidence near a 9-year high
Residential builders’ views on present and upcoming sales rise.
Lennar shares up after profit jumps

Here’s what millennials want when buying a home
Housing and mortgage industries can't wait for millennials to follow up on their desire to buy.
How your home can help pay for retirement
7 things wrong with your house
10 best cities for millennials to buy a home


Revenge of the small investor
Opinion: Calpers move illustrates how being denied access to hedge funds can turn out to be a good thing, notes Mark Hulbert.
Weidner: Hedge funds are losing their luster
Calpers to exit hedge funds

iPhone 6 review: cure for Android envy
Bigger and supermegajumbo iPhones offer dual cures for Android envy, writes Geoffrey Fowler.
iPhone 6 Review: Bigger screen is better

iOS 8 Review: Like a new phone for free


Sony admits phones aren’t its salvation
Sony acknowledges what analysts have been saying for some time.

Five ‘soul- destroying’ jobs
Think you've had your share of bad jobs? Try being a collections agent on 9/11.
One in 10 Americans’ paychecks gets docked

China pumps billions into banks
China's central bank is injecting about $81 billion into the country's five major state-owned banks as it moves to counter the economic slowdown.
In China, hybrids to beat electrics (Caixin)
Half of China’s wealthy want to emigrate

5 ways to make your lousy 401(k) plan stellar
RetireMentor
Paul Merriman suggests ways to get around restrictions on investment choices.
How smart are you about health care?

Simple way to beat the market
Opinion: When a company splits its stock, it usually means management is bullish on its outlook, writes Mark Hulbert.

Why these billionaires are heading into space
The so-called New Space market is attracting interest from ultra rich entrepreneurs.
NASA picks Boeing, Space X

Technical cross- currents ahead of Fed
Analysis: Market bulls remain on offense despite Fed-related volatility, reports Michael Ashbaugh.
Market pullbacks present promise, not peril

Poverty rate falls; middle incomes stall
The poverty rate may be falling, but the typical American household isn’t getting any richer.
A third of U.S. worries about money all the time

Buy Tesla on the dip, analyst says
Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdry suggests the tumble in Tesla’s share price on Monday has provided an attractive entry point for investors.
Morgan Stanley pumps the brakes on Tesla

Napolitano defends
foreign- student plan
Janet Napolitano, the former secretary of homeland security, explains why the University of California needs tuition from international students.
Best university in the world? MIT (24/7 Wall St.)

Here’s why Microsoft is paying big money for ‘Minecraft’
Opinion: The $2.5 billion deal for Mojang could help the Xbox maker replicate its success with "Halo," writes Therese Poletti.
Windows is the main play with ‘Minecraft’ deal
/conga/frontpage.html 320003
InBev faces antitrust hurdle if it goes after SABMiller
Anheuser-Bush InBev is feeling out banks for financing a run at SABMiller. It should also have its antitrust lawyers on speed dial.
AB InBev seeking to finance SABMiller deal?
Heineken rebuffs SABMiller overture
How investors can tap into the beer wars

Will iPhone 6 delays leave you phone-less?
Check out the updated trade-in policies from mobile carriers.
Sony raises net loss forecast for fiscal year

Will iPhone 6 miss China shelves this year?
Preordered iPhones won’t arrive till October

U.S. makes first ISIS airstrike in Iraq
Stepped-up campaign against Islamic State militants begins as U.S. planes hit a single fighting position.

5 extreme ways to succeed on dating sites
From robotic swipe machines to verifying your profile photo.

Wallenda plans skyscraper-to-skyscraper walk across Chicago River
November spectacle would be the highest-altitude skyscraper walk in the storied history of the Flying Wallendas family.
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  • Aug 31, 2012
    3:03 PM ET

    How to Save on College Health Plans

    As colleges upgrade their health plans to comply with the Affordable Care Act, some students (or their parents) may end up paying higher premiums.

    New regulations require the phasing out of caps on benefits, coverage of certain “essential” services and the elimination of co-pays for preventive care, including contraceptives. To cover these extra costs, several colleges have raised the price of their health plans. Others, particularly smaller schools, are choosing to drop coverage altogether.

  • Mar 9, 2012
    1:33 PM ET

    McDonald’s Profit, Americans Tip Scales

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    McDonald’s healthier menu changed little: the fast-food giant’s profits are still growing – and so are American waistlines. The nation continues to fatten, according to a new survey. Some 26.1% of American adults defined themselves as obese in 2011, according to the “Well-Being Index” carried out by market research group Gallup and healthcare consultancy Healthways.

    These unflattering figures were extracted from Gallup’s daily tracking polls of over 350,000 people and the obesity rates were self-reported. Worse, the real obesity rate is closer to one-third of the population, says Margo G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Washington-based non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest, as people tend to underestimate their own body weight.

  • Feb 10, 2012
    4:45 PM ET

    Bacon Milkshake: The Grossest Drink in America?

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    Move over Paula Deen, cardiologists have a new worst nightmare. Jack in the Box launched a Bacon Shake – a drink for those determined to slurp pork through a straw.

    The shake is the headline-grabbing weapon in Jack in the Box’s provocative new “Marry Bacon” drive to promote its bacon products. Launched this month, the campaign’s slogan: “Love bacon? Marry it!” The Bacon Shake is made with real vanilla ice-cream, bacon-flavored maple syrup, whipped cream and topped off with a maraschino cherry. Jack in the Box spokesman Brian Luscomb says, “It’s a fun way to generate buzz for our brand.” And generate calories for his customers? “Shakes are definitely an indulgent treat,” he says. The 16-ounce version has 773 calories and 319 milligrams of sodium, while the bumper 24-ounce cup has 1,081 calories and 461 milligrams of sodium – which is nearly one-third of the daily intake of sodium recommended by nutritionists.

  • Jan 30, 2012
    3:50 PM ET

    Why Nutritionists Can’t Eat Fast-Food Profits

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    Fast food restaurant sales are rising in large part due to bigger, juicier, prime beef burgers with delicious sounding names – not healthy options like salads and apple slices, experts say.

    In fact, fast-food sales continue to grow even as the chains increase prices. McDonald’s raised menu prices 3% in 2011. At Wendy’s, the recently released Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy” burger costs $3.49 to $5.79 depending on the size, a 10 to 20 cent increase on previous Wendy’s burgers of that size. Wendy’s is selling more hamburgers, fries and salads than a year ago, says spokesman Denny Lynch.  But Morningstar analyst Joscelyn MacKay says “no-one purposefully goes to a fast-food restaurant because it’s the healthiest choice.”

  • Jan 10, 2012
    9:57 AM ET

    CES: A Weight-Watching Plan for Baby

    Kelli B. Grant

    Last year, one of the most-buzzed about CES innovations was a baby monitor from Withings that lets parents use an app on their cellphone to peek in via a connected camera perched in baby’s room.

    We’re skeptical that a baby scale will create the same kind of interest or demand as a high-tech baby monitor, especially at an estimated price of $150 to $170 when it launches during the second quarter. “If Grandma and Grandpa want to know the baby’s weight every day, I guess this is the way to do it,” says Michelle Madhok, chief executive of deal site Momfinds.com. But largely, she says, it’s just more evidence of parental over-sharing and a broader consumer obsession with tracking all kinds of data.

  • Nov 28, 2011
    1:20 PM ET

    Do Doctors Write Too Many Prescriptions?

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    Are American doctors too Rx-happy?

    As the government issues new warnings about the rise in prescription drug abuse, over half (52%) of Americans believe that doctors are too loose when it comes to dishing out prescriptions, according to a new survey. The survey, carried out by news, polling and social media site Poll Position, showed little difference between Republican voters (54%) and Democrats (55%) who were critical of physicians.

    Of those who took part in the survey, men and African-Americans felt strongest about this topic.  Around 53% of men and 59% of African Americans thought too many prescription drugs were given out by doctors;  51% of women agreed with that statement.

    Some experts believe that it isn’t just doctors at fault. There is also increased demand from patients, helped by aggressive advertising by pharmaceutical companies. Ann Woloson, executive director of of the U.S. Prescription Policy Choices, a non-profit consumer advocacy group based in Washington D.C. that campaigns for more affordable prices, says prescriptions for psychotropic medication in children and adolescents increased five-fold in the U.S. over the last decade helped by the marketing of such drugs. That’s nearly twice the rate in many European countries. “More needs to be done to counter the marketing of unnecessary drugs,” says Woloson.

  • Nov 1, 2011
    3:34 PM ET

    Drug Industry: Higher Prices Would End Shortages

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    The pharmaceutical industry doesn’t agree with President Barack Obama’s prescription for averting the drug shortages that frequently leave cancer patients waiting for vital treatments. As was reported yesterday, Obama ordered the Food and Drug Administration to set up an early-warning system to prevent such medical shortfalls before they result in skyrocketing prices.

    Drug companies, however, say a better way to prevent the shortages would be to remove restrictions on how much they can charge for generic medications. In other words: higher prices. The FDA does not have the authority to force companies to produce the cheaper generic medicines, but the prospect of higher profits could do the trick, says the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America – an industry group.

    If market forces set prices for older generic drugs it would boost supply, says Devon Herrick, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a non-profit think-tank. “The problem is government price controls,” he says. “Firms don’t want to produce some of these drugs because there isn’t any money in it.”

  • Aug 18, 2011
    10:34 AM ET

    Blood Pressure Alert: Health Care Costs Set to Climb

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    Consumers can’t get a break. Food prices keep rising, the market remains volatile and now health care costs are on the way up.

    The cost of employee health care benefits is expected to rise by more than 7% in 2012, according to a report released today by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit industry association.

    In response, employers are planning to shift more of those costs to workers. Next year, more than half of employers plan to increase how much employees contribute to premiums and 39% plan to raise in-network deductibles, according to the same survey.

  • Aug 12, 2011
    5:09 PM ET

    Smile – But Only If You Have Dental Insurance

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    Do Americans have more in common with their European cousins than they realized? Nearly half of Americans lack dental insurance and nearly three-quarters of those without such coverage are neglecting their teeth, a new study says. It may be a cliché, but Americans are famous for their pearly whites and porcelain veneers, while Europeans are often derided in the media for their wooden-looking teeth. If there is any truth to that, it seems the gap is closing.

    More people go without dental insurance due to cut-backs in employee benefits and rising insurance premiums, according to a new study by dental comparison website Brighter.com and EmpiricaResearch.com.au in conjunction with David Neal, professor of psychology at the University of Southern California. Only a quarter without insurance visit the dentist one or two times a year. “Poor dental health is a silent epidemic in the U.S. and a trigger for serious health problems,” Neal says.

  • Aug 2, 2011
    2:08 PM ET

    Birth Control Without A Co-Pay Still Isn’t Free

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    Starting next year, many health insurance plans will be required as part of the federal health-care law to cover contraceptive services without charging patients a co-payment. But that doesn’t mean they’re free.

    The Obama administration announced Monday that Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives — including birth control bills, intrauterine contraceptive devices (a.k.a. ICDs or IUDs) and sterilization — classify as preventative services under the law. The requirement also covers HIV screening, breastfeeding pumps and some wellness care visits for women, among other services.

    For women on the pill, savings could be substantial. For oral contraceptives, out-of-pocket costs range from $14 to $26 per pack, according to a study in the June 2011 issue of medical journal Contraception. The study, which tracked expenditures between 1996 and 2006, found that women’s out-of-pocket expenses for oral contraceptives amounted to 58% of the drugs’ cost, compared with an average 30% of those for other monthly medications.

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London Markets Close in:

Five easy ways to throw away a fortune

Tom Bemis lists five wasteful practices that even the wealthy need to be careful to avoid.

Scotland ready to call London’s bluff over sterling
Reuters
Opinion: The U.K. government's high-risk currency ploy has failed to defuse the push for independence, says Craig Stephen, in Glasgow.
In Scotland, Sean Connery is ‘Dr. No-Show’
Weidner: Banks show true colors in Scotland
Scotland readling from the Norway playbook

Good riddance, Scotland: We don’t need you
Bloomberg
Opinion: Commenters warn the U.K. faces politcal and economic chaos if Scotland votes to exit. Nonsense, says Matthew Lynn.
Scotland: As vital to U.K. as Texas is to U.S.
Origins, implications of Scottish referendum
Protect your portfolio against a Scottish exit

Smart money: Buy stocks, but not till November
Smart money: Buy stocks, but not till November
Poll suggests most “smart money” investors are expecting just a mild pullback over the coming weeks, followed by a year-end rally to new highs.

10 foods never worth paying full price for
Shutterstock.com
These items get discounted more often than others, according to an analysis of coupons.
10 things snack food companies won’t tell you

Alibaba IPO sucking money out of Hong Kong stocks
Reuters
Chinese investors are very keen on Alibaba's massive IPO, and the Hong Kong stock market seems to be suffering as a result.
Alibaba roadshow woos U.S. investors
Alibaba IPO is a bonanza for select firms
Alibaba IPO creates ‘monster’ buzz on Twitter
Herein lies the secret to Alibaba’s success
J.J. Zhang: Alibaba bet better placed on Yahoo

Hate annuities? 7 reasons to change your mind
MarketWatch/Shutterstock.com
RetireMentor Stan Haithcock sees a revolution coming in the annuity industry and predicts the consumer will be the clear winner.
Why a robo-adviser might be right for you
How value investing grows your nest egg
What millennials can teach boomers

LinkedIn CEO: Good boss is willing to lose you
LinkedIn CEO Reid Hastings talks about successful managers and their ability to treat workers as allies.  Shutterstock.com
Keynote Speaker: The key to retaining great talent is treating staff as allies, writes Reid Hoffman.
AT&T CEO: Right skills elusive among workers
5 weird habits of happy employees
Skills gap? Who, me?


A ‘girl face’ can damage your ability to negotiate
 Shutterstock
Men and women with feminine faces have a harder time getting what they want in negotiations.
Need to know
DuPont talks with Trian have been 'constructive'
Family Dollar rejects Dollar General's tender
FedEx shares rally after earnings
General Mills falls after disappointing quarter
Pentagon opens door to ground troops in Iraq
Microsoft hikes dividend by 11%
SocGen warns of danger in small-cap stocks
America's 50 best cities to live (24/7 Wall St.)

10 solid stocks for risk-averse investors
Analysis: Shares with low volatility can beat indexes with less risk, writes Phil van Doorn.

Builder confidence near a 9-year high
Residential builders’ views on present and upcoming sales rise.
Lennar shares up after profit jumps

Here’s what millennials want when buying a home
Housing and mortgage industries can't wait for millennials to follow up on their desire to buy.
How your home can help pay for retirement
7 things wrong with your house
10 best cities for millennials to buy a home


Revenge of the small investor
Opinion: Calpers move illustrates how being denied access to hedge funds can turn out to be a good thing, notes Mark Hulbert.
Weidner: Hedge funds are losing their luster
Calpers to exit hedge funds

iPhone 6 review: cure for Android envy
Bigger and supermegajumbo iPhones offer dual cures for Android envy, writes Geoffrey Fowler.
iPhone 6 Review: Bigger screen is better

iOS 8 Review: Like a new phone for free


Sony admits phones aren’t its salvation
Sony acknowledges what analysts have been saying for some time.

Five ‘soul- destroying’ jobs
Think you've had your share of bad jobs? Try being a collections agent on 9/11.
One in 10 Americans’ paychecks gets docked

China pumps billions into banks
China's central bank is injecting about $81 billion into the country's five major state-owned banks as it moves to counter the economic slowdown.
In China, hybrids to beat electrics (Caixin)
Half of China’s wealthy want to emigrate

5 ways to make your lousy 401(k) plan stellar
RetireMentor
Paul Merriman suggests ways to get around restrictions on investment choices.
How smart are you about health care?

Simple way to beat the market
Opinion: When a company splits its stock, it usually means management is bullish on its outlook, writes Mark Hulbert.

Why these billionaires are heading into space
The so-called New Space market is attracting interest from ultra rich entrepreneurs.
NASA picks Boeing, Space X

Technical cross- currents ahead of Fed
Analysis: Market bulls remain on offense despite Fed-related volatility, reports Michael Ashbaugh.
Market pullbacks present promise, not peril

Poverty rate falls; middle incomes stall
The poverty rate may be falling, but the typical American household isn’t getting any richer.
A third of U.S. worries about money all the time

Buy Tesla on the dip, analyst says
Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdry suggests the tumble in Tesla’s share price on Monday has provided an attractive entry point for investors.
Morgan Stanley pumps the brakes on Tesla

Napolitano defends
foreign- student plan
Janet Napolitano, the former secretary of homeland security, explains why the University of California needs tuition from international students.
Best university in the world? MIT (24/7 Wall St.)

Here’s why Microsoft is paying big money for ‘Minecraft’
Opinion: The $2.5 billion deal for Mojang could help the Xbox maker replicate its success with "Halo," writes Therese Poletti.
Windows is the main play with ‘Minecraft’ deal
/conga/frontpage.html 320002
InBev faces antitrust hurdle if it goes after SABMiller
Anheuser-Bush InBev is feeling out banks for financing a run at SABMiller. It should also have its antitrust lawyers on speed dial.
AB InBev seeking to finance SABMiller deal?
Heineken rebuffs SABMiller overture
How investors can tap into the beer wars

Will iPhone 6 delays leave you phone-less?
Check out the updated trade-in policies from mobile carriers.
Sony raises net loss forecast for fiscal year

Will iPhone 6 miss China shelves this year?
Preordered iPhones won’t arrive till October

U.S. makes first ISIS airstrike in Iraq
Stepped-up campaign against Islamic State militants begins as U.S. planes hit a single fighting position.

5 extreme ways to succeed on dating sites
From robotic swipe machines to verifying your profile photo.

Wallenda plans skyscraper-to-skyscraper walk across Chicago River
November spectacle would be the highest-altitude skyscraper walk in the storied history of the Flying Wallendas family.
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/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,559 +6 0.14%
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/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 2,002 +3 0.13%
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/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,602 +8 0.30%
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/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,237 +0 0.03%
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/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 94.20 -0.68 0.72%
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/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,788 -5 0.07%
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/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,673 +41 0.42%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,434 +25 0.57%
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/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,098 +310 1.49%
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/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,905 +106 0.98%
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/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 345 +2 0.52%
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/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,232 +13 0.40%
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/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,889 -23 0.14%
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/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,376 +240 1.00%
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/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,308 +11 0.49%
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/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,631 +139 0.52%
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/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,296 +24 0.73%
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/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 107.52 +0.39 0.36%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.63 +0.00 0.29%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.90 -0.01 0.62%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 84.07 -0.05 0.05%
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/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 76.27 +0.12 0.16%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.58 -0.02 0.70%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.00 -0.01 1.04%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.43 -0.05 1.94%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.27 -0.08 3.34%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.52 0.00 0.08%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.56 -0.02 4.24%
Crude Oil
94 -1 0.72%
Gold
1,237 +0 0.03%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 340 -4 1.09%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 17,067 +13 0.08%
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/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 1,993 +2 0.09%
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BAC /quotes/nls/bac 16.75 0.04 0.21%
C /quotes/nls/c 52.53 0.17 0.32%
F /quotes/nls/f 16.65 0.13 0.79%
T /quotes/nls/t 34.99 0.04 0.12%
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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Balance Transfer 12.73% 12.73% 12.66%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.94% 14.94% 14.84%
Reward 15.04% 15.04% 14.97%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 15.30%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
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Scotland ready to call London’s bluff over sterling
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Weidner: Banks show true colors in Scotland
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Good riddance, Scotland: We don’t need you
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Origins, implications of Scottish referendum
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Alibaba IPO sucking money out of Hong Kong stocks
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Alibaba roadshow woos U.S. investors
Alibaba IPO is a bonanza for select firms
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Unchanged
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Decliners
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Advancers
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Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 17,149 +17 0.10%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,559 +7 0.14%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 2,001 +2 0.09%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,601 +7 0.28%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/635641/delayed 1,237 +0 0.01%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2196857/delayed 94.17 -0.71 0.75%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,788 -4 0.07%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,672 +39 0.40%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,433 +24 0.54%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,091 +303 1.46%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 10,906 +107 0.99%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 345 +2 0.51%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 3,232 +13 0.39%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,889 -23 0.14%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 24,376 +240 1.00%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,308 +11 0.49%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 26,631 +139 0.52%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 3,296 +24 0.73%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/4867933/realtime/sampled 1.29 0.00 0.09%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/4868099/realtime/sampled 107.51 +0.37 0.35%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/4867886/realtime/sampled 1.63 +0.00 0.23%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/4867876/realtime/sampled 0.90 -0.01 0.64%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 84.12 +0.01 0.01%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/9625991/realtime 76.29 +0.14 0.18%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.58 -0.02 0.70%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 1.01 -0.01 0.63%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 2.43 -0.04 1.77%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.27 -0.08 3.34%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 2.53 +0.00 0.13%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.56 -0.02 4.24%
Crude Oil
94 -1 0.75%
Gold
1,237 +0 0.01%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/3098927/delayed 340 -4 1.16%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/25835223/delayed 17,072 +18 0.11%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/21588523/delayed 1,994 +2 0.11%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/635603/delayed 19 0 0.19%

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Symbol Price Change % Change
FB /quotes/nls/fb 76.20 0.12 0.16%
AAPL /quotes/nls/aapl 101.19 0.33 0.33%
GOOG /quotes/nls/goog 583.39 3.44 0.59%
BAC /quotes/nls/bac 16.74 0.03 0.18%
C /quotes/nls/c 52.50 0.14 0.27%
F /quotes/nls/f 16.61 0.09 0.54%
T /quotes/nls/t 35.00 0.05 0.14%
BP /quotes/nls/bp 46.28 0.05 0.10%
GE /quotes/nls/ge 26.27 0.06 0.23%
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You Don’t Need Another Credit Card, You Need A Better One.
Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
Low Interest 10.37% 10.37% 10.33%
Balance Transfer 12.73% 12.73% 12.66%
Business 12.80% 12.80% 12.98%
Student 13.27% 13.27% 13.27%
Cash Back 14.94% 14.94% 14.84%
Reward 15.04% 15.04% 14.97%
Airline 15.46% 15.46% 15.30%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.73%
Instant Approval 28.00% 28.00% 28.00%
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