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Sixty Percent Of Baby Boomers Don't Have Enough For Retirement

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nearly three in five baby boomers face a financial bust in retirement if the current economic climate persists, according to a study cited in a recent...

Double Dip Recession: What Will It Look Like?

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A growing and vocal minority of economists believes that there will be a double dip recession primarily because of the intransigence of high unemploym...

10 Products You're Wasting Your Money On | Geoff Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

We all have a lot of kitchen gadgets that we've spent good money on but never seem to use, like a Crock Pot that's seen the light of day maybe six tim...

Newt Gingrich's Fight for the Luxury Industry Is Laughable

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

Should we really believe that 20 million people purchasing luxury goods such as jewels, fashion, yachts, private planes and lavish international travel will be a major boost to the U.S. economy! Come, on.

Stiglitz: It's 'Absolutely Clear' U.S. Needs A Second Round Of Stimulus

Bloomberg | Michael Heath and Rishaad Salamat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz said the U.S. economy faces an "anemic recovery" and the government will need to enact another round ...

U.S. Savings Rate: Highest Level In A Year, Says Commerce Department

MarketWatch | Greg Robb, MarketWatch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The savings rate among U.S. households rose to the highest level in a year in June as income and spending were flat, the Commerce Department estimated...

Guys Gone Wild -- for Grooming Products

Kit Yarrow, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Kit Yarrow, Ph.D.

Guys are so eager to smell like "the man your man could smell like" that for the first time in history they're spending more on personal care products than women.

8 Big Companies That Grew Through The Recession

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By 24/7 Wall St.: The recession that began in 2007, and by some accounts is only barely over now, shut down and largely reversed the growth of most Am...

Christina Marie Fierro

Tax Holidays: State Governments Gamble On Back-to-School Shopping Deals To Stimulate Consumer Spending | Christina Marie Fierro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Today kicks off the first tax holiday for the back-to-school shopping season, but low consumer morale may end up causing a further drain on state gove...

The Top-Spending Cities In America (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 09.20.2011 | Business

Last year, residents of Arlington, Virginia might have done more to jump-start the economy than any other area in the nation. Consumer spending ac...

The Case for Informed Citizenship

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Are we, by our own obtuseness, responsible for those who toil in unsafe conditions, who find themselves looking out at a destroyed Gulf of Mexico, who mourn for loved ones buried in an unsafe mine?

For Luxury Hotels, Economic Recovery Has Already Arrived

DailyFinance | PALLAVI GOGOI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Back then, Congress was attacking financial executives for enjoying visits to resorts even while their firms were taking billions of dollars from taxp...

The Vanishing American Consumer and the Coming Trade War

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

By doubling exports, the Obama administration figures foreign consumers will fill the spending gap. Problem is, most other economies also relied on American consumers. High production and low demand could spell a trade war.

4 Top Reasons Illegal Immigration Grew Out of Control and How We Can Fix It

Damien Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Damien Hoffman

Only 5,000 green cards a year are issued to low-skilled workers seeking permanent residence. Clearly, we should expect a black market in labor to arise when demand for workers far exceeds the legal supply.

Why U.S. GDP Growth Is Unsustainable And The Recovery Will Fade: Edward Harrison

Credit Writedowns | Edward Harrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The US turned in a fairly robust quarter in Q1 2010, with real GDP growth meeting expectations at 3.2% annualized. This comes on the back of a very ro...

How Much Have You Got to Spend?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

Kids cost more for parents who have more. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its annual report on the cost of raising children. Using da...

Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Natalia Rose | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Natalia Rose

You know summer is upon us when cherries come into season. What says summer more than a bowl of these plump, succulent beauties? But wait, look again:...

Eco Etiquette: Are Women Greener Than Men?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. I got into a heated debat...

Websites You Didn't Know Could Save You BIG Bucks: HuffPost Readers' Recommendations

Huffington Post | Grace Kiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Everyone's got their own go-to site for saving money on the web. Recently we did a roundup of some of the best lesser-known websites for finding great...

Sustainable Living -- Becoming an Unconsumer

Halle Tecco | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Halle Tecco

Unconsumption describes the now savvy and respectable trend of reducing, reusing, and recycling. It's a conscious consumerist mentality.

11 Websites You Didn't Know Could Save You BIG Bucks (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Grace Kiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

That there are awesome bargains to be found online isn't news. Reliable standbys like Amazon, eBay and Craigslist have been helping people pinch penni...

States and Cities where Americans Spend the Most

Beth Pinsker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Beth Pinsker

$37,782. That's the amount that the average American household spent in 2009, not including rent or mortgages, based on the How America Spends report ...

Chinese Consumers Can't Save the World

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Sustainable 21st century growth will be achieved if, over time, America increases savings and long-term investment and China reduces saving rates and ...

Reyne Gauge: Consumer Trends for 2010

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Reyne Haines

I love reading reports on the economy (this is a tongue in cheek statement by the way). One says we're on the road to recovery, another claims we're t...

Alexa von Tobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alexa von Tobel