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Looking To 2015, Economists See 5 Reasons To Celebrate

Monday, December 29, 2014

Economists' forecasts for 2015 have gotten even more optimistic as oil prices have declined. Most now say inflation will remain low as hiring strengthens. That should lead to more consumer spending.

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High Electric Bills Gobble Up Savings From Cheap Oil In New England

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Falling oil prices are perhaps nowhere more welcome than in northern New England, where most homes burn heating oil in their furnaces and high electricity prices are going up.

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Morning Edition

The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Commercial airlines earned nearly $20 billion in profits this year. They're using the cash to buy new planes, update facilities and add amenities — but not all of those new comforts will be free.

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Number Of Cars Earning Top Safety Awards Nearly Doubles

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the number of vehicles winning its two safety awards jumped from 39 to 71 for the 2015 model year.

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All Things Considered

What You Need To Know About Subprime Lending For Smartphones

Monday, December 22, 2014

A new startup focuses on offering loans for the purchase of top-of-the-line smartphones. But what seem like deals come with hefty markups.

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The 5 Business Stories That Made 2014 A Memorable Year

Monday, December 22, 2014

From hack attacks to the bottom falling out of oil, 2014 has been a year of big swings at the top and stagnation at the bottom.

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Morning Edition

Heating New England Homes: The Good And Bad News

Monday, December 22, 2014

Low heating oil prices mean New Englanders don't have to bundle up at home this year, but they will have to watch their rising electric bills.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Friday, December 19, 2014

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

Friday, December 19, 2014

In exchange for tax breaks, nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients. But some hospitals seize wages from poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for reduced-cost care.

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Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.

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How The Gender Pay Gap Has Changed (And How It Hasn't)

Monday, December 15, 2014

The pay gap between men and women has been narrowing for decades. But it persists, and it gets larger as women move toward the middle of their careers.

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Morning Edition

Lockheed Martin Case Puts 401(k) Plans On Trial

Monday, December 15, 2014

The aerospace company is being sued for choosing retirement funds that were poorly managed and charged high fees in a case that tests the limits of a company's responsibilities to its employees.

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Confusion Over Job-Based Insurance Can Shortchange Consumers

Friday, December 12, 2014

Some consumers mistakenly think that having access to skimpy coverage at work means they won't qualify for subsidies if they are interested in a more complete policy on the health care exchanges.

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Morning Edition

Pension Deal In Spending Bill Will Cut Benefits Before Safety Net Fails

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The agreement comes as several "multi-employer" pension plans are insolvent. The federal government guarantees those plans' benefits, but might not be able to handle all of them failing at once.

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Morning Edition

That Nest Egg Needs To Last As Long As You Do. So How Do You Start?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

You don't know how long you'll live, which makes it hard to know how much money you'll need to retire. But several approaches can help people nearing retirement make their money last.

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2014: The Year When The Job Market Finally Turned The Corner

Friday, December 05, 2014

Seven years after the Great Recession began, the U.S. job market finally is growing at a robust pace. In November, employers added 321,000 workers, raised wages and extended the average workweek.

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Where Wages Are Rising (And Falling), In 1 Graph

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Overall, wages were stagnant over the past year. But workers in some sectors saw significant gains.

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All Things Considered

Holiday Shoppers Are Filling Their Carts, Online

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

In-store purchases on Black Friday fell this year, but online sales have seen a big increase. Easy comparison shopping and widespread free shipping have sweetened the deal for many online shoppers.

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Chicago Council Strongly Approves $13 Minimum Wage

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Saying that inflation has outpaced wage growth, the ordinance will raise the city's minimum wage to $10 by next July, with new increments added each summer thereafter.

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For Giving Tuesday: A Guide To Gifts That Give Back

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Boots from a Guatemalan village. A basket woven in Rwanda. Kenyan soda cans that became cool cuffs. Money spent on these and other items provides a better life for artisans in the developing world.

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