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WATCH: The Art Of Dumpster Diving

Posted 10.07.2011 | Arts

The new film 'I Love Trash' is a documentary that follows two friends as they live for three months by getting everything they need out of the trash. ...

Consumer Spending Falls For First Time In Nearly Two Years

Posted 10.02.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Lucia Mutikani) - Consumer spending unexpectedly fell in June to post the first decline in nearly two years as incomes barely rose, a ...

Gone Baby Gone: Can a Dying Deal Be Saved?

Ron Gitter | Posted 09.25.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

As the struggling recovery inches along, many of us on the ground know residential real estate's dirty little secret: getting to the closing table has become increasingly more difficult.

Borders Bidding Deadline Passes With No Offers

Posted 09.17.2011 | Business

Borders Group Inc inched closer to liquidation on Sunday after a bidding deadline passed without offers, the Wall Street Journal said, citing peop...

When American Consumers Decide, Mobile Internet Wins

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 09.13.2011 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

Competition, choice, innovation and growth all rely on the same thing -- more spectrum and more infrastructure.

How Swipe Fees Affect Customers

Daily Finance | Regina Lewis | Posted 09.12.2011 | Business

Swipe fees are the charges retailers pay when they allow you to use plastic at their store. In reviewing the comments and speaking about the story on ...

Ask The Expert: Do You Pay Extra To Use Your Card?

DailyFinance | Regina Lewis | Posted 09.12.2011 | Business

We got a lot of reaction to the article about how changes in debit and credit card swipe fees may affect you. Swipe fees are the charges retailers pay...

March on Washington for Jobs, Hope and Real Change

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

It is time for the real heirs to Samuel Adams, and John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, to come Washington and answer the pretenders who do things in the name of the Founding Fathers that violate the ideals of the Founding Fathers.

Regulators Warns Banks Of 'Effective And Malicious' Hacker Attacks

Posted 08.28.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - Bank regulators warned banks to be on guard against increasingly clever computer hacking on Tuesday, indicating heightened alert agai...

Five Reasons Health Insurance Companies Should Roll Back Rates Now

Ethan Rome | Posted 08.23.2011 | Business
Ethan Rome

It's unconscionable that insurance companies continue to impose double-digit premium hikes on America's families and businesses to pay for their excess profits and financial shell games at a time when consumers and employers are struggling in this tough economy.

U.S. Stress Falls To Lowest Level In Years

Mike Schneider and Martin Crutsinger | Posted 08.07.2011 | Business

(AP) - The nation's economic stress fell to a two-year low in April, thanks to the strongest private-sector hiring in five years and a dip in bankrupt...

Can Your Strategy Pass the Infomercial Test?

Deepa Prahalad | Posted 08.03.2011 | Business
Deepa Prahalad

Infomercials manage to do something that big companies struggle with: they clearly communicate their value proposition and they tell a story on the consumer's terms.

Inflation, Employment Concerns Weigh On Consumer Confidence

Posted 07.31.2011 | Business

NEW YORK - Consumer confidence slid in May as consumers turned more pessimistic on the outlook for the labor market and inflation worries rose, ac...

Supreme Court Ruling Is Not Bad News For Consumers, the Class Action System Is the Real Culprit

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

Our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, published an editorial headlined, "Supreme Court Ruling Is Bad News For Consumers," which reflects t...

To Cut Fuel Costs Producers Need To Pump More, Oil Agency Says

Posted 07.19.2011 | Business

PARIS (Muriel Boselli) - The West's energy watchdog urged oil producers to boost supply to cut fuel costs, to protect economic recovery, and appea...

Keeping the Skeeters Off

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.04.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The fight against mosquito bites can take many forms, from the myriad sartorial options available (for the fashion-challenged) to the stuff you spray or smooth on to your skin. But which are the safest?

The CFPB Needs to Get to Work; Republicans Need to Stop Trying to Stall It

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Congress has created the CFPB with so much oversight that calls for "improving" the CFPB are unfair to all of us who use financial services. These bills are transparent attempts to hobble the agency before it has even opened its doors.

Repairing New Construction: Five Fixes for Sponsor Deals

Ron Gitter | Posted 06.20.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

Developers are dusting off their promotional materials and contracts are getting signed. But sponsor transactions are in need of a serious spring cleaning.

Poll: Rich Will Drastically Increase Luxury Spending This Year

Posted 06.15.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Michelle Nichols) - Rich Americans are expected to spend an extra $26.6 billion on luxury goods this year but they will do so with an ey...

Fed: Economy, Hiring Improving, Despite Energy Prices

AP | By JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 06.13.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy improved in every region of the country this spring, but higher oil prices remain a concern, according to a survey rele...

Keeping a Strong Safety Net in Place for Children

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

We understand that Congress must be mindful of the effect of regulations on the business sector. However, the reversal of several of the core provisions of the CPSIA would likely diminish the health and safety of our nation's consumers.

AT&T / T-Mobile : Looking Like a Disaster

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 06.05.2011 | Media
Tracy Rosenberg

To this T-Mobile customer, last week's announcement of a proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile sent shivers up my spine. And not just because I anticipate an increase in my wireless bill.

A Few Thoughts on Financial Literacy

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jason Alderman

What rational person believes that learning how to make a meaningful budget, understanding the wise use of credit, and saving aggressively for your future is a bad idea?

The Behavioral Economics of Tax Refunds

Kit Yarrow, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kit Yarrow, Ph.D.

Obviously a large refund means you've overpaid your taxes during the year. Yet only 19 percent of Americans receiving refunds plan to reduce their withholdings. Why?

What Keeps Venture Investors Up At Night

Roger Ehrenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Roger Ehrenberg

Being a startup investing in startups is no easy task. But we're trying to be thoughtful about it, try new things and iterate rapidly with the benefit of data. Sounds a lot like what we expect from the startups we invest in.