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Wal-Mart takes aim at a Prime target

An employee pushes shopping carts toward the entrance of one of the Wal-Mart company’s retail stores. Wal-Mart’s online division has launched a free shipping promotion. Joe Raedle/Getty Images In its latest push to compete with popular online retailers, Wal-Mart has launched a special promotion that will allow its web shoppers to take advantage of faster […]

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Some CDs are made to be broken

Joseph Clark/Getty Images These days, CDs are about as popular as garlic ice cream — and no wonder. Locking your money in a 1-year CD can get you at best a few fractions of a point of additional interest above what’s available in liquid savings accounts. Heck, agreeing to lock up your money for 5 […]

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6 Fourth of July travel trends

Photo Credit: Blend Images/Ariel Skelley/Getty Images This July Fourth marks the 240th birthday of the U.S., and while many Americans will celebrate the occasion as they usually do — with friends and family, enjoying cookouts and fireworks in popular destinations such as Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City — there are a few things […]

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Supreme Court punts on consumer issues

Mark Wilson/Getty Images Court watchers had feared the February death of Justice Antonin Scalia would leave the Supreme Court in a 4-4 deadlock on numerous contentious issues. Instead, a more cautious court, which concluded its term Monday, appeared to go out of its way in several circumstances not to make sweeping judgments while a court […]

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Brexit may strain job markets in US, UK

The impact of Brexit could strain job markets in the United Kingdom and the United States. It’s difficult to talk about specifics immediately after the British vote to exit the European Union, but the general reaction among economists and others is that the U.K. jobs market will be under pressure as foreign companies assess the […]

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Travel after Brexit could become cheaper

With the British exit from the European Union, you’ll find travel deals in the United Kingdom and EU, but don’t expect a fire sale on hotel rooms, airfares and pricey restaurants. “One of my clients asked me this morning, ‘Hey, is this a good time to travel over there?’” says Matt Cambray, a CFP professional and managing […]

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Millennials, here’s what Brexit means for you

Britain has shocked the world by voting to leave the European Union; news of the monumental breakup has sent economic and political ripples around the globe, with the pound sterling and stock markets tumbling. It’s impossible to ignore all the chatter surrounding the Brexit (which, in case you’ve been asleep, is short for “British exit”), […]

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The best way to automate your savings

Automation makes it easy to build your savings — no heavy lifting required. Photo credit: Stanton j Stephens/Getty Images Automated savings is one of the strongest tools out there for hitting savings goals. Recent research may have cast doubt on the idea of willpower as a finite resource, but I still believe letting a computer […]

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See if you have free tickets from Ticketmaster

Creative RF/Getty Images Millions of Ticketmaster customers are benefiting from a 13-year-old lawsuit, just in time for this summer’s concert season. If you ever purchased tickets using Ticketmaster after 1999, you might want to check your Ticketmaster account; you’re likely eligible for free concert tickets. Eligibility for free tickets U.S. customers who bought tickets through […]

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Costco says goodbye AmEx, hello Visa

Shoppers fill up their cart at a Costco store near Burlington, Vermont. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images News/Getty Images If you love buying in bulk — but prefer paying with Visa over American Express — you’ll like a change coming to Costco. Beginning June 20, the warehouse club chain will accept only Visa cards, as the company completes its […]

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Read your lifetime savings rate and weep

Geber86 E+/Getty Images Think you’re doing pretty well with your saving? Feel like the smug saving Gallant to your hapless friends and family’s sad Goofus? Get ready to be humbled. I came across a post on Reddit’s Personal Finance subreddit (which I’d highly recommend checking out) about how you should check your lifetime earnings on […]