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Auto Financing at Record Highs

Whether U.S. consumers are purchasing a new car or a used model, the odds are very high that an auto loan is involved. A full 84% of all new car ...
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Only 2 States Have Gas Prices Under $2

If anyone needs confirmation that gasoline prices have risen, it comes from the news that now only two states have gas prices under $2, based on the average cost for a ...
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Financial Security Hits All-Time High, While Many Still Struggle With Debt

There is some mixed news today on the state of the average American’s financial situation. Some might say this is a glass half-full versus half-empty argument. Most Americans have solid emergency ...
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Why Warren Buffett Wants to Own the Credit Card Space

Owning a piece of the credit card industry has turned out to be a very lucrative business for those investors who have had a long-term eye on the sector. If ...
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5 Stocks That Really Benefit From Lower Oil Prices

The consensus belief among many on Wall Street, and surely in Washington, D.C., is that falling gasoline prices are almost like a pay raise to consumers, and they will in ...
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Gas Prices Jump 21 Cents in a Month

Gasoline prices have risen 21 cents in a month. Prices are higher in most states, as the average price of a gallon of regular nationwide has reached $2.27, according to ...
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Wal-Mart, Sears Most ‘Liked’ Retailers

If getting a “like” on Facebook’s social media platform could be translated directly into dollars, the management at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) might ...
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Apple Value Now Larger Than Combined GE, Wal-Mart, GM, McDonald’s

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been all over the news for being the first company to close above a $700 billion market cap. That blows out the likes of the ...
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With Low Gas Prices, Why Are Consumers Staying So Frugal?

With falling gas prices, accelerated job growth and low interest rates all currently in play, you would think that consumer spending would increase. The natural outcome should be for consumers ...
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Average Tax Refund Hits $3,539

Based on new statistics released by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the agency is having a banner year, but so are taxpayers. Refund levels are so strong that they might join ...
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Moviegoers Want Low Ticket Prices

Moviegoers want lower ticket prices. This obvious conclusion is part of a new study by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The study, part of the PwC Consumer Intelligence Survey, attempts to discover ...
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Consumer Conundrum: Lower Gas Prices Not Adding to Retail Sales

Plummeting oil prices are supposed to act as a huge pay raise for consumers. After all, less money filling up your car means more to spend elsewhere. Needless to say, ...
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The Bullish and Bearish Case for Coca-Cola in 2015

With the bull market nearing its sixth year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 7.5% and the S&P 500 Index rose by 11.4% in 2014. Those gains are not ...
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Holiday Retail Winners and Losers

Rising employment and lower gasoline prices both pumped some life into this year’s holiday shopping season, but there are going to winners and losers when the dust finally settles. Black ...
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Online Sales Surge 8.3% on Christmas Day

IBM Digital Analytics tracks nationwide retail sales throughout the holidays, and its survey indicates online sales rose 8.3% on Christmas Day. While that seems like a surge, it might be a ...
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