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  • Store brands often beat big names in taste test Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 8:12 AM ET
    Ketchup taste test at Consumer Reports.

    A recent marathon taste test by the experts at Consumer Reports found that store-brand foods are serious contenders on the taste front.

  • Retailers entice shoppers with elite loyalty perks Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 12:43 PM ET

    Elite status isn't just for airlines anymore. Retailers are increasingly adding elite tiers to their reward programs to entice big spenders.

  • Retiring with more: Don't wing it on your 401(k) Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 12:41 PM ET

    Americans are saving more for retirement, but it's probably still not enough, according to a new analysis released by Fidelity. As of June, the average 401(k) balance was $80,600.

  • Expedia-Travelocity deal may be bad trip for users Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | 5:44 AM ET

    The companies say they will remain independent, "but what it really means for travelers is, sadly, the loss of a credible competitor," one analyst said.

  • Decades to pay off school debt—worth it? Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 6:44 PM ET

    With half of graduates struggling to get full-time employment, people should consider alternatives to a four-year degree, a former secretary of education argues.

  • Why T. Rowe Price had to ban AA traders Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 4:52 PM ET
    American Airlines at JFK International Airport.

    The move to terminate the trading rights of 1,300 American Airline employees is actually a sign that T. Rowe Price is looking out for customers.

  • How to get the most out of your college savings Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 2:36 PM ET

    When it's finally time to start drawing down that 529 account, here's how to make sure you take advantage of tax breaks and make smart choices.

  • The 5% recovery: Why most are still in recession Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 12:22 PM ET
    People looking for work stand in line to apply for a job during a job fair in Miami on May 2.

    For those in the top 5 percent, the recovery has been pretty good. As for the other 95 percent, maybe not so much.

  • Least tax-friendly states for retirees Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 11:04 AM ET

    Due to a combo of taxes on ordinary income, pensions, real estate, inherited property and estates, these 10 states can best be described as hostile territory for seniors.

  • Parents face the student loan double whammy Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | 7:32 AM ET

    Parents increasingly are struggling to pay off student loans even as their children take on new debts to pay for schooling. The loans are becoming a multigenerational burden.

  • Financial Q&A: Your 401(k) and how to catch up Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

    It's wise to run a frequent financial checkup, from checking your bank balances to paying the bills.

  • Jobless picture is worse than you think: Gallup Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 11:00 AM ET
    Hundreds line up to attend a job fair in New York in April.

    While the government is expected to say the unemployment picture continues its gradual improvement, Gallup puts the unemployment rate at an ugly 8.6 percent in August

  • Seeking momentum, Main St. passes on vacations Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 10:23 AM ET

    Vacations are on hold for many small-business owners this summer, as sales show a gradual pickup. Many owners don't want to be away, as their businesses gain momentum.

  • Oops: State treasurer owes $500,000 in taxes Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 10:08 AM ET
    Boston

    Massachusetts Treasurer Steven Grossman has been getting the state's finances in order—his own are another matter. Grossman may owe more than $500,000 in back taxes.

  • US household income is now this bad Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 6:24 AM ET

    The average American household is earning less than when the Great Recession ended four years ago, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • Where to find airport Wi-Fi for free or for a fee Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 11:15 AM ET
    Chicago's O'Hare International Airport

    As airlines and airports compete for travelers, every amenity helps to lure their business. While free Wi-Fi is a great perk it can be hard to find at some airports.

  • You're saving more for college...but not enough Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

    A new survey finds good and bad news on the college savings front. Parents are saving more, but not enough. And a third are still paying off their own student loans.

  • Young, invincible and wanting health insurance Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | 2:51 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks about Affordable Care Act in San Jose, California.

    Healthy young people who don't buy health insurance are called young invincibles, but a report finds 20-somethings are more often priced out than opting out of coverage.

  • Student debt relief businesses draw scrutiny Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Almost 7 million Americans are struggling with student loans, but many of the businesses promising to help borrowers may actually be exploiting them, say consumer advocates.

  • High college fees: worth it for the salary boost? Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 | 11:53 AM ET
    Graduates from various institutions toss their hats.

    As the cost of going to university continues to grow – and experts warn student debt in the U.K. could hit a whopping £85,000 ($132,000) per head – new research brings some good news for budding students.

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