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Auto Dealer Expectations Sink to All-Time Low

U.S. auto dealers are not optimistic about market demand for new cars, either in the current quarter or in the first quarter of next year. In fact, dealer expectations for ...
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US Consumers Owe $1.17 Trillion in Car Loans

Whether U.S. consumers are purchasing a new car or a used model, chances are that an auto loan is involved. More than 85% of all new car buyers and nearly ...
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Feds to Shut Down Illegal Contact Lens Seller

If you want to turn your brown eyes blue, your choices of places to shop for cosmetic contact lenses has just been shortened. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on ...
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The Best Time of the Year to Buy a Used Car: Right Now

In the third quarter of this year, the average price for a used vehicle topped $20,000, a 3.5% year-over-year increase and the highest quarterly average since 2005. Combined with higher ...
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Half a Billion Starwood Hotels Customer Records Breached

In a filing Friday morning with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) revealed that up to 500 million guests at Starwood properties may have had ...
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Losses From California Wildfires Could Reach $19 Billion

After burning through more than 153,000 acres over 17 days, the Camp Fire in northern California was fully contained on Monday. The state's deadliest-ever wildfire has so far been charged ...
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As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly!

The U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) expects more than 25 million travelers to pass through airport screening checkpoints during the Thanksgiving holiday travel season. And because Thanksgiving is about food, ...
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Long-Term Care Insurance Harder to Get, More Expensive as Care Costs Rise

In 2004, the annual cost of care in an assisted living facility averaged $28,800 nationally. By 2018 that cost had ballooned to $48,000, an increase of 67% over the 15-year ...
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Data Breaches Have Exposed 3.6 Billion Records So Far in 2018

There were 3,676 publicly disclosed global data breaches in the first three quarters of 2018 that exposed more than 3.6 billion user data records. Both totals were well below last ...
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10 ETFs to Avoid the Next Stock Market Crash — or Profit From It

An atrocious October in 2018 has spooked many investors in the stock market. And almost as fast, the stock market has proven yet again that it can bounce back rapidly. Just don't ...
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The Top 20 Must-Know Investor News Items for the Week of November 2

  This last week was a crazy end to the October selling craze being followed by a flood of stock buying this week prior to Friday's major profit taking. ...
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How Higher Interest Rates and Tighter Credit Are Adding to Peak Auto Fears

  While the notion of "Peak Auto" is not a new observation about the U.S. domestic car buying trends, there is another source of pressure that has not garnered as ...
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Down Payments on a Home Are Dropping

Perhaps the highest hurdle for first-time home buyers has always been scraping together the down payment. A 20% down payment on a $250,000 home comes to $50,000, not an easy ...
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Is Now the Time for Discouraged Workers to Get Back in the Job Market?

With U.S. headline unemployment down to 3.7%, the 5 million workers who have left the labor force and are not counted among the unemployed have a significant opportunity to begin ...
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Unbanked Population Trends Keep Improving in America

The number of unbanked and underbanked people in America has continued to shrink in America. A fresh report covering 2017 banking trends (and hopefully things have continued to improve considering ...
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