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  • YOUR MONEY-How much should you give as a wedding gift? Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, May 14- When you go to as many weddings as Stephanie Wong does, you need to come up with some guidelines for gift-giving. During the past two years, Wong, 32, who works in marketing for a book publisher in San Francisco, has been to about a half-dozen weddings. She offers these guidelines to wedding-goers wherever they might be: A distant relative or co-worker...

  • May 11- Apollo Global Management Llc is in talks to buy ASG Security and combine it with another home security company it is acquiring, Protection 1, valuing them collectively at about $2 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Beltsville, Maryland- based ASG was acquired by Parthenon Capital in 2007. At the time it was the 11th largest security...

  • March 10- A federal jury ordered PNC Bank to pay $391 million in damages for its role in an alleged insurance scam involving prepaid funeral contracts at the now-defunct National Prearranged Services. PNC Bank is the successor to Allegiant Bank, which served as a trustee for the company from 1998 to 2004.. Reuters could not immediately reach PNC Bank for comment...

  • Super Bowl: The rare time a $3K TV is a bargain Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 11:13 AM ET
    A display of flat-panel televisions at a Best Buy in San Francisco.

    For the price of a Super Bowl ticket, you could end up with a top-of-the-line set that'll last several NFL seasons.

  • Payday Loans Cost Economy $1 Billion in 2011: Study Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 1:48 PM ET

    Payday loans cost the U.S. economy nearly $1 billion and thousands of jobs in 2011, while borrowers often face bankruptcy, according to a new report.

  • Yo! Finally, Smartphone Apps That Call a Taxi Wednesday, 1 May 2013 | 12:09 PM ET

    You can now get a taxi in the Big Apple using an app, and you'll soon be able to pay for your ride with a smartphone.

  • Making a Cup of Environmentally Sustainable Coffee Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 12:00 AM ET
    Martin Mayorga

    Being socially and environmentally responsible does not have to be achieved at the expense of profits. In Mayorga Coffee's case, focusing on sustainability has been a competitive advantage.

  • Taiwan Funeral Service Provider a Good Pick: Pro Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 1:22 AM ET
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    Taiwan's columbaria products and funeral services provider Lung Yen Life Service, which recently invested $40 million to set up a subsidiary in China, has an analyst bullish on its future earning prospects.