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Avoid these six types of wasteful spending

Whether losing a few extra dollars at the store or few thousand more on a poor investment decision, we're all bound to set some bills on fire. Here are six types of bad purchases that you can avoid.

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Why Black Friday's 'lowest prices of the year' were a lie

We've come to expect that retailers will offer their most compelling promotions of the year, and compete for the best prices on popular items during Black Friday weekend and during Cyber Monday. So, what happened this year?

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Trump vows 35 percent tariff on companies that move jobs overseas

Should the United States impose a 35-percent tax on products sold by businesses that fired American workers to send jobs overseas? Trump says yes, but economists aren't sold on the idea.

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How countries rank on food waste, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture

By highlighting performance of different countries and identifying best practices, a new index establishes a benchmark for global leaders to measure progress in establishing sustainable food systems.

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Trump’s Carrier deal sets a bad precedent

The Carrier reversal is great news for the Indianapolis workers who get to keep their jobs, at least for now. But it’s a bad deal for the other Carrier workers and Indiana taxpayers.

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This student loan move could save you thousands

There may not be a magic bullet for getting out of student loan debt, but there is a holy grail, of sorts, for some borrowers: student loan refinancing.

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How will Trump's Carrier deal affect planned auto industry moves?

The president-elect's personalized appeals to companies, including Ford, also prompted a warning from a stalwart ally – Sarah Palin.  

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How to protect your credit card information during the holidays

Credit card data breaches are on the rise, and the holidays are a busy time for fraudsters. But there are a few easy ways to avoid becoming a victim. 

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Trump's treasury secretary pick has a very different tax plan than his boss

Steven Mnuchin says his tax plan would offset any reduction in upper-income taxes with fewer deductions, something that bears little resemblance to any of the multiple plans President-elect Trump proposed during the campaign. 

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Why American Airlines is cutting back on flights to Cuba

With supply outpacing demand, American Airlines is cutting flights to several cities, while leaving four daily routes to Havana in place. Political uncertainty and limited infrastructure may be deterring some Americans from visiting the island.

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New Ford Fiesta ST to debut in late 2017

The newest Fiesta ST won't enter production until January 2018. 

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Retirement planning homestretch: 5 ways to make that last 10 years count

In an ideal world, retirement savings goals are balanced by the 30 years or more savers have to meet them. But in reality, that's seldom the case.

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Majority of Americans (and now more Republicans) support Obamacare rules

On the heels of news that medical bills are becoming less of a financial burden for Americans, a November Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that the vast majority of Americans do not want to repeal Obamacare. Some do want to see it scaled back, however.

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What to do when your kid is a financial train wreck

Supporting able-bodied children, or repeatedly bailing them out of debt, creates dependency at a time when parents should help them become self-sufficient.

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Unemployment declines to nine-year low: How significant are job gains?

The unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in November. It's a positive sign, though economists caution that many people have given up and simply dropped out of the workforce.

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Questions about home sharing and insurance could get clearer answers

Some insurance companies already offer optional coverage for home rentals. But many carriers, as well as their policyholders, could stand to benefit from more distinct rules regarding home sharing.

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Could President Trump sell his business tax free?

The law is ambiguous, but the chances that Donald Trump could avoid paying tax on any profits from the sale of his businesses are 50/50 in the view of one policy expert.

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid plug-in minivan: 33 miles of range, 84 MPGe EPA ratings

During our recent first drive, we were impressed by the Pacifica Hybrid's ability to function as a good electric vehicle, with enough electric power that it didn't kick on its gasoline engine at the drop of a hat.

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Six million borrowers are behind on car payments. Housing bubble redux?

Increasingly risky auto lending practices worry the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Still, some economists say we aren't in a crisis situation just yet.

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Kellogg's boycott: How the US marketplace is divided by politics

The cereal company is under attack from news site Breitbart after pulling advertisements on Tuesday. But voters unhappy with the results of the election are striking back by boycotting companies with whom they disagree politically. 

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