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Verizon's Deal With Big Cable Spells the Demise of the Telecom Act

Joel Kelsey | Posted 03.06.2012 | Technology
Joel Kelsey

We all remember the 1980s and its awesome fashion and music. While some may want to revisit those aspects of the past, I don't think anyone wants to return to the era of the cable and Ma Bell monopolies.

Consumer Delinquencies Fell To Pre-Recession Levels Last Quarter

Reuters | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - More consumers made their home equity loan payments on time in the third quarter of 2011 and a broad measure of consum...

Catherine New

More Americans Charged The Holidays | Catherine New | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

In a turnaround from last year, shoppers were not afraid to pull out the plastic this holiday season. Spending on credit cards jumped 7 percent in Nov...

Americans' Spending Barely Rose Last Month, Raising Doubts For Next Year

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Consumers spent at a lackluster rate in November as their incomes barely grew, suggesting that Americans may struggle to keep spend...

Analysis: Americans Shedding Debt, Becoming 'Radically Different Consumers'

Posted 12.19.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans are making progress in working down their heavy debt burden, but are struggling to break out of another funk hold...

Catherine New

Banks At A Tipping Point, Heading For Decline | Catherine New | Posted 12.16.2011 | Business

Wall Street has lost its luster. Financial services -- the white-collar industry that has grown to more than 8 percent of the economy -- is at a tippi...

GRAPHIC: The Last Days To Ship In Time For Christmas

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.15.2011 | Business

The holiday season can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to making sure grandma's gift gets in the mail on time. And while Cyber Monda...

Classroom Commentaries

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.04.2012 | College
Paul Stoller

There's nothing wrong with teaching with enthusiasm. And yet if we concentrate so narrowly upon satisfying the consumer demands of the educational market, we replace scholarly rigor and standards of excellence with grade inflation and an acceptable mediocrity.

Starbucks: Stop Taking Away Your Customers' Rights

David Arkush | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
David Arkush

If you're one of millions of Starbucks customers who might buy or receive a prepaid card this holiday season, you might want to take a moment to send Starbucks a message: Don't take away my rights!

Walmart To Pay Medical Costs Of Any Shoppers Injured By Syringes Found In Clothing

AP | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman says the retailer will pay for any valid medical expenses for customers harmed as a resul...

Credit Card Companies Look To Customers With Spotty Credit Histories

AP | By EILEEN AJ CONNELLY | Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Fierce competition for top-tier credit card customers appears to be leading some banks to look in elsewhere for new business: borrowers wi...

U.S. Chain Store Sales Continue To Rise In October

Posted 01.03.2012 | Business

(Phil Wahba) - U.S. chain store sales continued to rise in October, but a number of early sales results missed analysts' forecasts, suggesting tha...

Mike Sacks

Democrats Try To Overturn Supreme Court's Anti-Consumer Rulings | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's not abortion or affirmative action -- or, for that matter, campaign finance -- but a series of recent cases on arbitration has shar...

Alexander Eichler

Fed Links With Finance Industry Raise Conflict Of Interest Questions | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.19.2011 | Business

When the Federal Reserve was handing out emergency loans during the financial crisis, some of the money didn't have to travel very far. More than a...

Can Educating Consumers Help Make Farm Labor Fair?

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

While the traditional farm labor movement may have lost ground, other groups have surfaced on the horizon to push beyond the bounds of traditional unions, on and off the farm.

People Over-Value That 'Lousy Mug' They Made In College, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business

Treating that cheap, self-assembled IKEA coffee table like it's a prized heirloom? You're not alone, according to a recent study from the Harvard Busi...

To Cloud or Not to Cloud? That is the Digital Question

Mike Pratt | Posted 11.21.2011 | Technology
Mike Pratt

We've become so comfortable and familiar with the ability to physically store and own our content that it might be difficult to comprehend the idea of having something that you can't actually hold.

Rising Prices Squeeze The Purchasing Power Of Americans

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Consumers paid more for a range of goods and services last month, pushing up inflation and squeezing Americans' purchasing power. ...

Living With Mom And Dad Can Have Negative Effects On Economy

WSJ | Phil Izzo | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

By Phil Izzo of the Wall Street Journal More people are living with family amid high unemployment rates and a slow economy, but while the phenomeno...

The Debit Is in the Details

Len Hollie | Posted 11.06.2011 | New York
Len Hollie

In August, the Federal Reserve imposed a cap on the fees banks can charge retailers every time customers swipe their debit cards. Why is that important? In addition to banks, consumers may be the biggest losers.

Foster's Beer CEO: 'Australian Beer Market Going Through Period Of Uncertainty'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business

Even in the beer-loving country of Australia, an iconic brand is feeling the recession's sqeeze. Foster's Group, the most profitable independent br...

Higher Prices Hit Cash-Strapped Back-To-School Shoppers

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Stores are trying everything they can think of to disguise the fact that you're going to pay more for clothes this fall. Some are us...

Inflation Indicators Take Biggest Jump Since March, But Economists Aren't Worried

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business

Two major indicators of inflation rose last month, but most economists say they aren't worried. Some even say it's a good thing. The Consumer Price...

Getting Real With the New Rules of Real Estate

Ron Gitter | Posted 10.16.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

Here are four current marketplace misconceptions and the realities that will save time and money and reduce the stress-fest.

Why Isn't the Economy Recovering?

Jim Worth | Posted 10.10.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

For most Americans it has been a slow and painful recovery from this recession. Analysts, politicians, and pundits continually offer excuses for the ...