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Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.

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How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.

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Census Data Prove It: We Prefer Sunshine And Golf Carts

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A new Census Bureau report suggests many Americans would rather be driving a golf cart than shoveling a drive. Last year, Florida was home to six of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in the nation.

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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A riot at a private immigration prison in Willacy County, Texas, forced officials to close the facility and relocate 2,800 inmates. But it also left the county with a $2.3 million budget shortfall.

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Midwest Town Braces For More Steel Layoffs

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

U.S. Steel is shutting down its Granite City Works in southern Illinois. The plant makes flat-rolled steel for oil companies, which have been hit by lower oil prices.

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Heinz, Kraft Announce Merger

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The deal would create the world's fifth-biggest food and beverage company. It would bring together under one corporate roof iconic brands such as Heinz, Kraft, Oscar Mayer and Philadelphia.

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Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The highest minimum wage in the nation just went into effect in Oakland, Calif. But what does that mean for young people and how are businesses making it work?

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Does This Strong Dollar Make U.S. Look Too Fat For Foreign Investors?

Monday, March 23, 2015

The economic expansion makes the country look both attractive for making money and expensive for companies getting started here.

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The Takeaway

How David Foster Wallace Found Tranquility in the Tax Code

Monday, March 23, 2015

When Wallace won a "genius grant" in 1997, he moved to Illinois, started taking tax accounting courses at a state college, and discovered the spiritual side of khakis and the IRS.

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Eurozone Threatened By Divide Between Greece And Germany

Monday, March 23, 2015

Germany, which has backed most of the bailout loans to Greece, wants Greeks to stick to austerity measures. The new Greek government says austerity has destroyed the economy.

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Keeping Women Out Of The Workforce Is Economic Nonsense

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New studies show how much a country loses if it discriminates. Not only would the women themselves benefit — to the tune of $9 trillion in developing countries alone — the national economy would, too.

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Investment Guru Teaches Financial Literacy While Serving Life Sentence

Saturday, March 21, 2015

At San Quentin Prison in California, an inmate nicknamed "Wall Street" has gained a reputation for his stock-picking prowess while serving a life sentence.

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It's All About The Benjamins And Jacksons — But What About The Women?

Friday, March 20, 2015

The bills in your wallet have one thing in common: they all feature photos of men. Now, a campaign hopes to replace Andrew Jackson's face on the 20 with someone like Susan B. Anthony or Rosa Parks.

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Prices For Chanel Handbags To Rise In Europe, Lower In Asia

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chanel says it is aligning the cost of its handbags worldwide. The move reacts to the depreciating euro and aims to stop people from buying up the classic bags to sell at a profit in other countries.

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How Much (Or Little) The Middle Class Makes, In 30 U.S. Cities

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What do families in the middle of the income distribution actually make in cities around the United States?

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A Chinese Tourism Boom Has South Koreans Cramming

Thursday, March 19, 2015

South Korea is the top foreign destination for Chinese tourists, which means Koreans are scrambling to adjust to the hordes of travelers from the mainland.

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From Hot Sauce To Diapers, 'Superconsumers' Of Color Buy More Of, Well, Everything

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A new Nielsen report shows that wooing customers of color has got to be in every company's game plan.

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More Americans Opt For Risky Long-Term Car Loans

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The length of the average car loan isn't just creeping up, it's leaping up. Nearly 40 percent of people secure car loans that take more than five years to pay off. The trend has some analysts alarmed.

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Federal Reserve Says Job Market Conditions Have Improved

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Federal Reserve wrapped up a two-day policy meeting Wednesday, indicating in a statement that it is in no hurry to raise interest rates.

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Pain From The Grain: Corn Belt Towns Languish As Prices Drop

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Some farmers won't break even this planting season, and may have to tap into their savings. Many Corn Belt towns depend largely on these farmers and businesses linked to farming.

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