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  • There's nothing more gratifying than seeing your child's face light up when you give them the perfect present for the holidays. Oh wait, yes there is: Seeing them succeed their whole life! And guess how you make that happen? You teach your kids about money and investing as young as possible, Cramer said.The earlier you start, the better off they will be. So, this year, instead of buying your kid the hottest toy that's going to make her friends drool, consider giving the gift that could keep on g

    Teaching your kids about investing while they're young can set them up for a lifetime of financial success and stability. Here's how Cramer recomemnds getting them started.

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    Few businesses are as small, with hopes as large, as the kiosks scattered along the midway of the mall. This holiday, some of those running carts are either first time entrepreneurs or businesses testing a mall presence for the first time.

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    The internet has become a very merry money maker this holiday season.

  • A family seen shopping at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver, Colorado.

    Consumers plan to spend considerably more this holiday, but not in the same way they have in years past, according to CNBC's survey.

  • Holiday sales have been a bright spot in an otherwise depressing economy. That means some stocks may outperform others when the final tally is registered at the end of this month.

  • Stocks finished narrowly mixed in a quiet session Thursday as investors took a breather following a sharp rally in the previous session and ahead of the crucial government non-farm payroll figure due Friday morning.

  • Amazon.com and Nordstrom performed well, but “Fast Money” pros called out the lack of net gains and upcoming employment report.

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    Two big retail players restructure, hard times for other brand names and ETFS become a scapegoat for market volatility.

  • Europe: The patient is on the table. Martin Wolff, in an editorial in the Financial Times this morning, said that euro zone officials who insisted on treaty changes that would take two years to enact before they would act decisively were akin to doctors who were treating a critically ill patient by working out an exercise program to ensure he didn't have another heart attack. It's an apt analogy.

  • Futures turned lower Thursday following news that weekly jobless claims climbed unexpectedly last week and following a sharp rally in the previous session.

  • Luxury retailer's guidance could spell trouble for sector, but all high-end retail stocks are not created the same, Fast Money pros said.

  • Don’t rush out to buy Monday’s big gainers, Cramer says. You don’t need excessive risk to get excessive reward.

  • If you didn't invest in retailer stocks before Black Friday, now may be the time to jump in, Rochdale Securities Senior Equity Analyst David Abella told CNBC Monday.

  • Bargain hunters shop for discounted merchandise at Macy's on 'Black Friday' on November 25, 2011 in New York City.

    The results are in. According to Shopper Trak, sales increased 6.6% on Black Friday. Consumers were inspired by record breaking discounts and store openings as early as 9 p.m. on Turkey Day. That was enough to get the average American to skip dessert, push back from the dinner table and hit the stores in search of savings.

  • On Friday chatter on the floor had everything to do with the underlying message in the market and what to make of it.

  • Stocks closed in negative territory in thin, shortened trading Friday as investors were reluctant to go long ahead of the weekend and amid ongoing worries over the euro zone. The Dow and S&P posted their worst Thanksgiving week since the Great Depression on a percentage basis.

  • Target Corp. employees restock merchandise while customers shop at a Super Target store in Denver, Colorado.

    Black Friday has historically been regarded as the day when retailers move from a loss into profit for the year. While the explanation no longer holds much relevance, this year the day after Thanksgiving could be critical for several major retailers.

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    Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren said the department store is in a "great position" this holiday season.

  • Futures declined Friday following the Thanksgiving holiday as investors returned to focusing on the euro zone debt crisis.

  • The Macy's Inc. store, right, in New York City.

    The low-end and midrange retailers cut prices to attract shoppers, while executives at luxury stores say that they are actually able to sell more at full price than in recent boom years. The New York Times reports.