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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:41 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Costs to consumers inched up in May, the core Consumer Price Index rose 0.3 percent. That represents the biggest increase in consumer costs minus food and energy since July 2008 according to the Department of Labor. Prices for clothing, shelter, new cars and recreation all went up in May, as did the price of food.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011 4:08 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Last year, as the Securities and Exchange Commission was taking comments on the matter of a fiduciary standard for broker-dealers and other financial service professionals, the Consumer Federation of America conducted a survey which found that nearly all investors, 9 out of 10, believe brokers or advisers should put their clients’ interests ahead of their

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Friday, June 10, 2011 2:20 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Small investors have more power today than ever before. In the age of the Internet, investors can get real-time streaming quotes nearly anywhere plus low-cost online trades. And they can access tools that are very nearly on par with those that professional money managers use. With Americans increasingly responsible for their retirement, investing is no

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Friday, June 3, 2011 3:48 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A few pieces of less than gratifying economic news came out this week. On the heels of Memorial Day, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index showed a drop of 5.2 points to 60.8. And skittish consumers are never a good thing. The ISM manufacturing index also fell, recording the lowest reading of the year at 53.5

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Friday, May 27, 2011 12:39 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Today Nouriel Roubini, the New York University professor who famously predicted the housing bust and recession, declared that stock markets are on the verge of a correction and predicted a slowdown in economic growth. Speaking at a conference in Budapest, Roubini attributed the potential slowdown to high oil prices and fallout from Japan’s tsunami and

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Monday, May 23, 2011 3:53 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

With the meteoric rise of LinkedIn’s stock price following the initial public offering, or IPO, on Thursday, talk has turned to short selling the social media network’s shares. The price of the stock is forecasted to decline on Tuesday after trading constraints are lifted, the Financial Times story “Short sellers set to target LinkedIn” reported on

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Friday, May 20, 2011 1:18 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The average 401(k) balance rose in the first quarter of this year, according to a recent study by Fidelity Investments. Fidelity, a provider of workplace retirement plans among other things, found that the average balance in its managed workplace retirement plans is up to $74,900 as of the end of April. According to the study,

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Friday, May 13, 2011 11:22 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A recent survey of investors, the quarterly Bloomberg Global Poll of traders and analysts who subscribe to Bloomberg, has found that most respondents believe that raising taxes will be the inevitable result of America’s efforts to reduce the deficit. The survey questioned investors from around the world and 64 percent agreed that it will not

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Friday, May 6, 2011 2:13 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

With today’s employment numbers more people may be feeling a slight lift, but only time will tell if that feeling can be sustained. Payrolls increased by 244,000 in April, a larger than expected increase, but the unemployment rate bounced back up to 9 percent from 8.8 percent. In his economic indicators newsletter, High Frequency Economic’s

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Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:31 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The economy is improving but consumers remain cautious. Even CEOs and billionaire media moguls feel the near future is fraught with uncertainty. One media mogul in particular, Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes Media, spoke on Wednesday in Palm Beach, Fla., about the hurdles the economy faces and how individuals can manage the myriad

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