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What Consumers Can Do About Overdraft Fees

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christine Escobar

Even if you're embarrassed to admit it, you're very likely among the estimated 50 million Americans who have been overdrawn on their checking account in the course of any given year.

Audi Gets it So Right and Oh, So Wrong

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Known for its sleek designs, good gas mileage and, sometimes, excellent EPA air pollution scores, Audi disappointed with its crass approach to marketing during the holiday season.

The 7 Laws Of Inconspicuous Consumption

Perry Garfinkel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Perry Garfinkel

Inconspicuous consumption is not about spending less or wearing a fake mustache when you run to the mall. It's about spending wisely, for the right reasons and to feed your soul.

Treasury Rethinks TARP: Strong Banks, Weak Credit

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Big banks are roaring back. At crisis' edge last year, they are repaying billions of dollars dumped into their vaults to rescue th...

Jimmy Choo and the New Frugality

Jim Jubak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Jubak

The New Frugality, whether it's a real trend or just a Madison Avenue marketing slogan, is certainly going to leave us short of the kind of stories that my Depression-era parents told me.

Gas Prices: State-By-State Tally Of | BillShrink Guy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Planning on traveling for the holidays? In the U.S., where you go will affect how expensive a trip by car may be. Here's a look at where you'll pay th...

Selling Simplicity -- Not Just Marketing It

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

People want uncomplicated products, straightforward guidance, and things that work quickly and simply the first time, without lots of extra effort.

Not In Love With New Anymore

Schuyler Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Schuyler Brown

Neophilia is in itself a new word. It was popularized around 1999 in techie and sci-fi subcultures to describe the trait of being enthralled by all things novel.

Among Other Obstacles on the Road To Recovery: A New Consumer Behavior

Prune Perromat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Prune Perromat

The future of the American economy will depend to a great extent on consumers' attitudes, which have changed deeply and perhaps permanently in this recession.

Spending Up, Jobless Claims Down, But Still No Economic Recovery Yet

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

There's good news and bad news today for the US economy. The good news is that consumer spending rose 0.7% last month, according to the Commerce Depar...

Retail Sales Up 1.4 Percent In October On Big Boost From Auto Sales

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Improved retail sales gave Wall Street a boost Monday but provided little hope for a robust holiday shopping season that might invi...

Digital: Beyond Our Control, But Within Our Reach

Chris Curtin and Bob Greenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Curtin and Bob Greenberg

Marketers should create campaigns and branded platforms that explain how to get more value out of products, and "why" someone should have them in the first place.

Recession Vitamin Sales Spike

The Big Money | Daniel Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On Thursday, the government declared the recession over, which means it's time to figure out who won. During the past several months, I've been identi...

Hiring, Consumer Spending Set To Improve Over Next Six Months According To Survey

AP | BETSY VERECKEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHICAGO — Results from a new economic survey may ease concerns about rising unemployment and its effect on consumer spending, as forecasters say...

Happiness in the Post-Shopping Economy

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

My late mother used shopping as a hobby. If she were still alive, I wonder if she would be looking for something else to occupy her time. It seems many Americans are.

13 Things You Didn't Know You Could Rent

Brian Clark Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian Clark Howard

In these tough economic times many people are looking for ways to shave expenses off their budgets. One tried-and-true method is to rent instead of buy.

Credit Card Debt Better Controlled By Consumers

AP | EILEEN AJ CONNELLY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Consumers got more serious about paying down their credit card debt this summer, a time when deliquencies usually go up. Cardholders...

China Setting Itself Up To Profit From Africa's Consumer Markets

TIME | John Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

China has big economic plans and ambitions in Africa that go beyond oil and minerals. While much of the world still views Africa as a basket-case cont...

An Open Letter to Retailers About Keeping Customers Happy this Holiday Season

Jenny Darroch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jenny Darroch

It seems that many retailers have slashed inventory this year, perhaps more so than previous years.

Eighty Years After Black Tuesday

Jenny Darroch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jenny Darroch

It's a shame we aren't talking about the 42nd anniversary, when the appropriate gift is improved real estate, or the 43rd year when the gift is travel or the 44th year where the gift is groceries.

Don't Get Too Excited by Green Shoots, They Might Turn Brown

Jenny Darroch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jenny Darroch

As we frantically look for evidence of economic recovery, we need to take care not to mistake all measures as signs that everything is back to normal.

December Retail Sales Drop .3 Percent, 2009 Sales See Biggest Drop In 27 Years

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business


November Retail Sales Up 1.3 Percent, More Than Double Expecations

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER and ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Just in time for Christmas, the fragile economic recovery is showing signs of strengthening: Consumers are spending, companies are ...

The Real Secret to China's Economic Growth

Jim Cashel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Cashel

As the global economy battles recession, the Chinese economy is booming. To emulate Chinese economic success it is necessary to return to the basics: education, savings -- and a lot of hard work.

Rich Buying Again, But Middle Class Still Hurting

AP | EMILY FREDRIX | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

American shoppers are splitting again: The affluent are finally starting to buy, picking up designer clothes at places like Nordstrom, while those on ...