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The wealthy are going all out this holiday season. According to a report from Forbes Insights, affluent consumers are planning to spend close to $1,850 during the 2011 holiday season, an increase of 2% from 2010 and 5% from 2009. Of these funds, $1,100 is earmarked for gifts for family, friends and other loved ones,... Read More
There’s an experiment called “The Invisible Gorilla,” where people are asked to watch a video of two teams passing a ball to one another. One team is wearing white t-shirts, while the other is wearing black t-shirts. Viewers are asked to focus on the team in white t-shirts and count the number of times the... Read More
It was mostly men who got the ax during the Great Recession, so a new term for the longest economic downturn in the postwar era began floating around in news reports: The Mancession. But that was 2009. The Mancession was declared over at the beginning of this year. In January, Slate wrote about the end... Read More
Would you rather buy a pack of batteries for $5 from a website that had clear privacy policies, or the same pack of batteries for $4.41 from a website where the privacy policies are unclear?
Women are more stressed about money than men, according to survey conducted Financial Finnesse ...
Americans could use a bit more discipline when it comes to saving money for their long-term goals, especially with all the distractions that arise day to day.About three out of four Americans say that the pace of society today makes it harder for them to stay focused on their long-term financial goals, according to a... Read More
Fewer Americans are taking a vacation this summer compared with last year, and we're making more efforts to save money in general...
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Your morning coffee may do more than wake you up. It might help you save, too.
Credit unions are known to be more stable than banks, and more generous when it comes to supplying customers with favorable interest rates on their deposits. They’re able to do this because, unlike traditional banks, they don’t rely on a fractional reserve system (meaning the bank reserves just a fraction of cash and other liquid... Read More
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