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U.S. Fourth-Quarter GDP Rose At A 0.7 Percent Rate

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth braked sharply in the fourth quarter as businesses stepped up efforts to reduce an inventory glut...

The Wisdom Of Stupid Questions

Adele Scheele | Posted 01.20.2016 | Women
Adele Scheele

We don't like to ask too many questions even when we are buying a service. Maybe we were asked too many by our parents or teachers, no matter. It's now our job as consumers to find out what we are agreeing to. Turns out, most of us give away our power too readily. Why?

Lottery 101

MoneyTips | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business

Come on, admit it. You can't resist buying the occasional lottery ticket and dreaming of what you would do with hundreds of millions of dollars. Gi...

Absurd Things You Can Do If You Win the Lottery

Alexandra Starkovich | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Alexandra Starkovich

Now I'm obviously not advising you to do any of this if you do happen to win. But it puts the money into a bit of a different perspective, doesn't it?

The Next Wave of Retail

Diana Mao | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Diana Mao

The Global economy experienced sluggish growth in 2015 with large retailers like Fossil, Michael Kors, and Macy's experiencing dips in their reven...

It's Not the Holidays That Make Kids Materialistic

Jennifer Breheny Wallace | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Breheny Wallace

While the holidays can certainly feel too materialistic, a recent study suggests it's actually the signals we send our children day-to-day, all year long that matter most.

The Middle Class Is Dying in America

Phil Davis | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Phil Davis

If we don't find some way to redistribute money back into the system, the top 0.01 percent will own an ever-growing share of the wealth of this nation while the bottom 90 percent spiral further and further into debt.

The Economic Weakness Right Under Our Nose

Scott Paul | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Scott Paul

More than two million net new jobs have been created this year in America, a not too shabby number. Not a single one of them, though, is in manufacturing. That's terrible news, not only for people who want to work in factories, but for the wider economy.

Oil Prices: Low For Longer

Sara Zervos | Posted 12.08.2015 | World
Sara Zervos

Ironically, low prices are no longer a win-win for the United States; now that America is a major oil exporter, the negative production impact could offset consumer gains

7 Ways to Be Smart About Money This Holiday Shopping Season

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Steve Siebold

As tempting as it all sounds and even if there are some deals to be had, be careful: the holiday shopping season could mean financial disaster. If you want to play it smart this holiday season, there are seven important things to remember.

5 Great Ways to Save During the Holidays

Dave Austin | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business
Dave Austin

It's the holiday season, and for many of us that means spending season. Whether it's on holiday gifts or traveling to spend time with family, the costs can begin to add up quickly. Finding ways to save can help reduce the impact on our wallets.

The Grace of Gratitude, Vol. 2

Miriam Ava | Posted 11.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

Gratitude transforms what we have into more than enough. It's a shift from getting to treasuring. It's a mental, physical, and emotional aligning wi...

VW Sales Increases Shows Limits of 'Think Globally, Act Locally'

John Friedman | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business
John Friedman

The news that deep discounts offered by Volkswagen were enough to increase sales of their products despite the diesel emissions scandal was met with i...

Ending Indifference Toward Consumer Financial Safeguards

Steven Smith | Posted 11.12.2015 | Black Voices
Steven Smith

Consumer vulnerabilities affect everyone -- financial institutions and retailers who must bear the cost, small businesses whose reputations' suffer if their consumers are affected by fraud, and most importantly, working class Americans who have to bear these consequences firsthand.

We've Reached the Tipping Point of Consumerization: Here's What It Means for Companies

Daniel Burrus | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Daniel Burrus

You may have read that we've reached the tipping point of consumerization in the IT field. This means that a majority of IT developers now think abo...

Wake Up, Teen Consumers!

Sophia Armenakas | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Sophia Armenakas

Do you ever think about where the threads used to make your tee shirt were spun? Or whose hands have touched the hem of your jeans? Do we really know where the things we buy come from?

How This Harvard-Based Startup Is Quickly Turning Into the Modern-Day Version of Consumer Reports

Patrick Daniel | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Patrick Daniel

When Momchil Filev learned that more than $40 billion of durable goods are returned every year by buyers who are not happy with their purchase, he s...

Understanding the Power of Web Data: An Interview With Shion Deysarkar of Datafiniti

Phil Simon | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Phil Simon

When most people think of data, highly structured Excel spreadsheets come to mind. Many folks are shocked to learn that the vast majority of data today is actually "messier" and unstructured.

What We Can Learn About the Future of Consumer Behavior From the Tesla Buzz

Fay Johnson | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business
Fay Johnson

We have an opportunity to end slavery, slow climate change, foster transparency, and create better jobs for people around the world. And I believe we can do it without quitting our day jobs. It's an exciting thought -- and a great time to be part of this movement.

Stop Marketing Pink Things to Women

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

Could it be these enticing pink pieces are all a marketing trick? To go along with the sensitive emotions of women, they may not want to hear things, like their snoring partners. This is just another way for corporate America to tell women that they are the problem.

Trump or Treat: Lessons in Anthropology

Janet Mason | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Janet Mason

"It could happen. Trump could get elected. Hitler was elected, you know," said an older friend of mine. My friend and I were sitting in a college classroom where we are taking a class together in anthropology and photography.

That Used Car You're Eyeing May Already Be Recalled

MoneyTips | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business

Most people are vigilant about having their cars fixed by dealers when recalls are issued. New cars affected by recalls are fixed by the dealerships that display them on their lots. Did you ever wonder how used-car dealers repair cars under recall? The surprising answer: they don't.

Giving Your Brand a Future Edge

Joanna Franchini | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business
Joanna Franchini

If you work in the world of brands, at some point you've probably heard an exasperated creative director quote legendary adman Bill Bernbach: "How do you storyboard a smile?"

Environmental Concern Empowers the People

Brian Kennell | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

Widespread access to the Internet and new media means consumers have greater access to information, and companies may be held to greater standards of transparency and accountability.

Unemployment Report Misleading

Harlan Green | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

The unemployment rate fell because it is determined by a separate survey of households that showed a sharp 237,000 drop in the number of people who said they were unemployment, while only a small number dropped out of the labor force.