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Survey: US companies add 218,000 jobs in July

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A private survey shows that businesses hired at a healthy pace in July, though the job gains slowed from the previous month. More>>

5 secrets to finding the perfect hire


The presumptions we have about what makes a great candidate are oftentimes not based on things that lead to results. Here's how to stop doing that.
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US unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in eight years. More>>

Coffee: The cost of a cup

Coffee: Plenty of us swear by our daily caffeine fix. Coffee has to be one of the cheapest addictive substances in the world, and as an added bonus it doesn't give you cancer. 
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Curb appeal: Simple fixes to boost your homes value

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Curb appeal is that essential it factor which makes your home stand out from its neighbors in a good way. If you are looking to sell your home but lack a huge amount of time or cash to invest in... More>>

OMG, I think I've been scammed!

Americans lose an estimated $40 - $50 billion a year to investment scams, according to the Financial Fraud Research Center. And, contrary to popular perception, it’s not just the most vulnerable or gullible among us who fall prey. More>>

Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe

Citigroup announced Monday that it will pay roughly $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into risky subprime mortgages, the type that helped bring on the financial crisis. More>>

Websites that save you money on hotel rooms

Finding a reasonably priced hotel room is not necessarily a slam dunk in the Internet age. More>>

Study: Cellphone breaks make your employees more productive

A recent study found that short cellphone breaks help to improve employees' moods. More>>

6 questions for your realtor

If you are like most home buyers and sellers, chances are you'll want a qualified real estate agent to help you through the process.
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Make money off credit card sign-up bonuses

If you could easily make several hundred extra dollars a year with minimal effort, would you do it?
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Home energy audit: DIY and save money

Lower your energy bills and keep your family more comfortable. If that sounds good to you, it may well be time to perform a home energy audit.
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Do you still have to "break in" a new car?

As recently as a decade ago, manufacturers recommended new drivers follow certain driving patterns to "break in" a new car. The old lessons don't quite hold true today, though. More>>

Avoid vacation debt by staying home this summer – and still have fun

  Make the most of a staycation with 10 local (and affordable) activities. More>>

World stocks struggle after mixed economic reports

By KELVIN CHANAP Business Writer HONG KONG (AP) - World stock struggled on Friday after reports showed growth was weak in U.S. consumer spending and Chinese industrial profits, casting doubts on how strongly the world's two biggest economies can rebound.After Asian indexes closed lower, European stocks failed to make much headway. France's CAC 40 was flat at 4,441.54 while Germany's DAX edged up 0.1 percent to 9,818.61. The FTSE 100 index of leading British companies rose 0.2 percent to 6,748... More>>

US economy shrank at steep 2.9 percent rate in Q1

The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago. But the setback is widely thought to be temporary, with growth rebounding solidly since spring. More>>

World stocks struggle after Wall St rally pauses

World stock markets struggled for direction Tuesday after Wall Street fell for the first time in seven days, in a possible sign that investors were pausing to re-evaluate the market's recent highs. More>>

Concerns over violence in Iraq increases gas prices

Concerns over increasing violence in Iraq has sent prices up at the pump. More>>

How long do hybrid cars last: Which will make 150,000 miles?

According to a new mileage data analysis there's one hybrid that stands head and shoulders above the rest -- and it's not the Toyota Prius.
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Job loss tougher for Americans than Europeans

Getting a pink slip is never uplifting, but a new study suggests it's a bigger downer for Americans than for Europeans. More>>

Starbucks to open college program for baristas

Starbucks is announcing a new program to help its baristas earn an online degree.The company is partnering with Arizona State University to make the program available to 135,000 U.S. employees who work at least 20 hours a week.
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Oil jumps to above $106 on Iraq violence

The price of oil jumped to above $106 a barrel Thursday as an insurgency in Iraq raised the risk of disruptions to supplies at a time when other major crude-producing countries are already pumping near capacity. More>>

Where should I retire?

While there’s no doubt that money will play a big role in determining your living arrangements in retirement, that role may involve factors you never even considered. In fact, some don’t involve money at all. More>>

Divorcing? The right way to split retirement plans

If you are going through a divorce or legal separation and you or your spouse have money in retirement plans, you will most likely be required to share these assets.
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Plan an affordable vacation without going into debt

Stay within your means and still have fun.
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Must-do financial moves for same-sex marriages

Now that the Supreme Court has issued its landmark ruling to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex couples should be hammering out joint financial plans, much like those that heterosexual pairs create when they marry. More>>

eBank or brick-and-mortar bank?

There seems to be a traditional brick-and-mortar bank on every corner of most cities, but also growing are the ranks of ebanks, which provide all their services online.
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Plan a dream wedding on a dime

Say “I do” without breaking the bank.
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Tax breaks for volunteering

By Greg DaughertyTaxes probably aren’t the first thing on your mind when you decide to get involved in a worthy cause. But your volunteer ventures could still earn you some welcome deductions.First, however, make sure that the organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. As a general rule, churches, synagogues and other religious organizations are eligible, as are nonprofit schools and hospitals. If you’re feeling kindly toward your local, state or federal government, tho... More>>

Home improvements that really pay off

Despite what you see on TV and what the conventional wisdom says, most of the home improvement projects with the greatest return on investment are unglamorous.
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Say good riddance to debt

When you factor in mortgages, car loans, student loans and credit cards, the average American is more than $225,000 in debt. More>>

Garage sale vs. donation

You know you want to get rid of old belongings, but what will get you the biggest bang for your stuff?
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What's the cheapest airfare really?

Want the cheapest airfare around? You'll have to work for it.
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Single moms' job loss may have long term impact on kids

Children of single mothers who lose their jobs can suffer significant long-term problems, a new study finds. More>>

Tips for repaying student loans

Be smart about paying off education debt.
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Time to accept credit card offers again? Video included

After mortgages and student loans, credit cards are the biggest source of debt for U.S. households. More>>

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 319K

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 319,000, the latest sign that the job market is slowly improving. More>>

What happens when Facebook knows every step you take, every move you make?

What could Facebook do if it knew exactly where all its users were every minute of the day? More>>

Six major Internet Service Providers accused of deliberate traffic throttling

You might think the latest moves by the FCC spell the end of net neutrality but, if Level Communications 3 is right, it’s been dead for some time.
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4 places to provide money lessons for youngsters

Schools spend a lot of time teaching children reading, writing and arithmetic. Unfortunately, math lessons rarely include a course on how to manage finances.
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US economy slowed to 0.1 percent growth rate in Q1

The U.S. economy slowed drastically in the first three months of the year as a harsh winter exacted a toll on business activity.
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5 signs you are ready for home ownership

Owning a home is still many people’s idea of the American dream. Yet purchasing a home still requires a major financial investment and a long-term commitment.
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Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter. More>>

Test your money smarts

Take this quiz to gauge your financial IQ.
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Creative pursuits might boost your job performance

Creative activities outside of work may help boost your job performance, a new study suggests. More>>

50 million Android devices are still vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug

Android users may be more susceptible to the Heartbleed Bug than previously thought.
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Reduce your taxes for next year

5 ways to lower your 2014 tax bill. More>>

US retail sales up strong 1.1 percent in March

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products. More>>

US producer prices rise 0.5 percent in March

The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals. More>>

Prom spending drops to $978

Designer gowns, oversized limousines and over the top spending have become the norm in recent years when it comes to senior proms, but a new survey suggests the prom spending bubble has popped. More>>

Make the most of your tax refund

6 ways to use Uncle Sam's check. More>>

US employers add 192K jobs; rate stays at 6.7 pct.

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth. More>>

So, you got a ticket. How will that affect your insurance rate?

How will a moving violation affect your car insurance rates? That depends entirely on what you've been ticketed for. More>>

Smartphone kill-switch tech could save consumers $2.5bn a year

Americans spend an estimated $500 million on replacing stolen handsets, and four times that on insurance when they purchase a new phone. More>>

The 7 best income tax apps for the iPad

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The big deadline to file your income taxes with the IRS is Tuesday, April 15. And if you’re like me, you still haven’t gotten them done yet. We all have our bad years, but there are a number of apps that can help you out.
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NEW: Applications for US jobless aid dip to 4-month low

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up. More>>

US average gas price rises 5 cents per gallon

The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. rose 5 cents, to $3.56, during the past two weeks. More>>

Analysts debate iPhone sales, but they’re stagnant either way

When you think of iPhone, the first thing you might think of it how many have been sold. While we think sales of the iPhone have peaked, there’s no arguing the success the iPhone has had.
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How much will March Madness cost your boss?

How much will March Madness cost the boss? More>>

Secrets of debt collection agencies

It can be unsettling when a debt collector tracks you down and inquires about repayment. But owing money to a creditor does not place you completely at its mercy. More>>

Obama overtime plan already stirring controversy

President Barack Obama's move to make more workers eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay is being hailed by Democrats who see it as a potent midterm election issue and condemned by Republicans and business leaders as presidential overreach More>>

Is Walmart's WAVE concept truck the fuel-efficient future of semis?

With its aerodynamic cab, the WAVE certainly doesn't look like any other large truck currently on U.S. roads. More>>

A look at the US job market

In advance of the February jobs report being released Friday, the U.S. economy has been skating on an icy patch. More>>

Tax Tip: The child tax credit may cut your tax

If you have a child under age 17, the Child Tax Credit may save you money at tax time. Here are some key facts the IRS wants you to know about the credit. More>>

Form W-2 missing? IRS can help

Most employers give Forms W-2 to their workers by Jan. 31. If you haven't received yours by mid-February, here's what you should do. More>>

Save money with social media

Find discounts and deals on Facebook and more. More>>

Report name change before you file taxes

Did you change or a dependent change names last year? If the answer to either question is yes, be sure to notify the Social Security Administration before you file your tax return with the IRS. More>>

5 simple steps to creating a budget

A budget plays a vital role in helping manage your money, getting out of debt and staying that way. It is also a must for ensuring your long-term financial future. More>>

Oil price above $100 on US heating fuel demand

The price of oil extended gains above $100 a barrel Monday as the cold weather in the United States increased demand for heating fuels and solid Chinese credit numbers eased concerns over the world's number 2 economy. More>>

Buy American: Ten 2014 vehicles that wave the Stars and Stripes

Deciding to buy an American vehicle can sound like a pretty straightforward mission. But as most shoppers focused on that will find out, it's not nearly as clear-cut as it sounds. More>>

Will you rent options, upgrades on your next car?

Instead of having to buy a particular trim package to get the one creature-comfort you want, you might be able to purchase it a la carte. More>>

Like to leave your car running on cold mornings? You could be in for a nasty surprise

It's a chilly morning across much of America, and if you're one of the millions planning to hit the road, you may be tempted to zip outside, crank the engine, and let your car warm up. More>>

Cars in America are still over 11 years old -- and getting older

The economy isn't the only thing keeping consumers from buying cars. More>>

Tax Tip: Top 10 tips about free tax preparation

Each year millions of people have their tax returns prepared for free by volunteers. These volunteers are part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. More>>

Which public, private colleges offer the best value?

Don't let the "sticker price" of a college education fool you. The best values in public and private higher education, according to the Princeton Review, are the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Williams College, respectively. More>>

Popular apps help consumers manage finances

We live in a world of constant convenience and when it comes to managing your finances, there's an app for that. Meghan Wilker, the Chief Operating Officer for all things app at Clockwork Media Systems in Minneapolis, is talking about the app Mint. More>>

5 steps to protect your credit

Recent data breaches remind consumers to secure financial information. More>>

Why women make better money managers

Men's perception of greater power in the workplace is why women outpace them when it comes to investment returns, researchers say. More>>

Get ready for tax season

April 15 might seem a long way off, but tax time has a way of sneaking up on people. Do not wait until the last minute to get your financial documents in order. More>>

Shutdown delays tax filing season by 10 days

Taxpayers eager to get refunds will have to wait an extra 10 days to file their federal tax returns. More>>

Deep freeze puts $5 billion chill on economy

The record cold spell that has half the country in the deep freeze could cost the U.S. economy up to $5 billion. More>>

Make 2014 the year to save money

Whether you are recovering from a holiday spending hangover or simply resolving to do better fiscally in the future, the clean slate of a new year is a perfect time to reassess your finances. More>>

Housing market could face new bubble, home price expert warns

The housing market could be in the early stages of yet another bubble, warned Robert Shiller, co-founder of the closely watched Case-Shiller index on home prices. More>>

5 lessons learned from Target security breach

The theft of 40 million credit and debit card records from Target wasn't the biggest or most damaging data breach ever, but coming right before Christmas, it sure did get our attention – and maybe that's good. More>>

Was it a merry Christmas for retailers?

The jury is still out, and many factors marred the holiday season for retailers, but one widely-watched survey released Thursday shows that the nation's merchants may have fared better than the 2012 holiday shopping season. More>>

Get the biggest bang for your donation bucks

This month is your last chance to make charitable donations for 2013. So in between the holiday parties and cookie swaps, consider pulling out your checkbook one more time for your favorite cause. More>>

Durable goods orders jump 3.5%

Businesses stepped up their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in November. And a key category that signals business investment plans climbed at the fastest pace in 10 months. More>>

Heartbleed Web bug might expose vast amounts of private data

A serious vulnerability in the OpenSSL Internet encryption protocol known as the Heartbleed bug has potentially left the information of most Internet users vulnerable to hackers.
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Optimism over US economy shores up markets

World stocks traded higher on Monday despite concerns over a cash crunch in China as investor sentiment remained buoyed by growing optimism over the U.S. economy. More>>

Gift return policies now tighter

It's almost here: the after-Christmas rush to return unwanted presents. But some retailers have tightened up their policies and made it tougher to return that unwanted gift. More>>

Fed to cut back on economic stimulus in Jan.

he U.S. economy is healthy enough to begin weaning it off the steady flow of stimulus the Federal Reserve has been supplying since the Great Recession, the central bank said Wednesday. More>>

4 bad money habits to break in 2014

Make 2014 your fiscally fittest year yet by kicking these bad money habits. More>>

The feared Fed 'taper' may not be so painful

For all the hand-wringing on Wall Street about the Federal Reserve's possible winding down of a four-year effort to pump up the economy, you'd think the central bank was considering a ban on helicopter flights to the Hamptons. More>>

Santa is coming, so is the tax man

Ready for year-end tax planning? In between holiday parties and last-minute shopping, it's worth making sure that you are minimizing your 2013 tax bill. More>>

And the best company to work for in 2014 is...

American consulting firm Bain & Company has been ranked as the best place to work in 2014, according to an annual survey of employee satisfaction, knocking Facebook off the top spot. More>>

Make the most of charitable giving and tax breaks

Giving now can save money later on taxes.
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