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New Spin-Offs

New Spin-Offs

By the end of this year, about 60 publicly traded US companies will have split off big pieces of themselves and dozens more will have announced plans to do so. Two recent announcements were from Hewle...

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Taxpayer Victories (and Defeats) Can Save You $$$

Taxpayer Victories (and Defeats) Can Save You $$$

Tax rules are not always clear-cut. Several recent rulings, including some victories for taxpayers and some defeats, help clarify the rules and provide lessons that could help you save money on taxes ...

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If You Have Employer Health Insurance...

If You Have Employer Health Insurance...

Watch Out for This Year's Traps Keep your eyes open during your employer's health insurance open-enrollment period this year. Widespread and substantial changes in employee health insurance plans—s...

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The Store Credit Cards Worth Having

The Store Credit Cards Worth Having

Perks Include 15% Off...0% Financing...Free Shipping...More Store cards—those merchant-branded credit cards offered by many large retailers—can provide some very appealing perks. For instance, ne...

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Stop Online Spies

Stop Online Spies

It is not a secret that your online activity is not very private. Cyber criminals and government agencies have ways of reading your e-mails and discovering where you go on the Internet. Websites you v...

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Hackers Could Ruin Your Life

Hackers Could Ruin Your Life

Changing passwords isn't enough to stop them Recent news that Russian hackers had stolen more than 1.2 billion passwords from 420,000 websites sent shudders through computer users. But what dangers d...

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The New FICO Rules Are Tricky

The New FICO Rules Are Tricky

It soon may be easier and less expensive to obtain credit, thanks to updates to the FICO scoring system, which gauges how creditworthy you are. But be aware that there are some big catches. The chang...

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Newspaper Stocks

Newspaper Stocks

Are newspapers dead? And if so, how about their stocks? As more readers migrate online, newspaper companies have seen circulation and advertising plunge and their revenues cut in half over the past de...

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The Robot Revolution

The Robot Revolution

Which Companies to Invest in Now Robots have come a long way from when they mainly performed repetitive tasks on the factory floor. They've become sophisticated and affordable enough that you now can...

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Companies Are Diluting Products to Boost Profits

Companies Are Diluting Products to Boost Profits

Next time you shop for a whole chicken or boneless chicken breasts in a supermarket meat section, give the ­labels a quick read. Buried in the small print of some, you might find phrases like “enha...

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