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  • Is there a retirement savings crisis or not?

    Retirement income isn't adequate in 49 of 50 states, according to a recent survey, adding to a rash of conflicting information about how financially ready (or not) Americans are for their retirement years. So are we in the midst of a retirement crisis? Or is all the hand-wringing overblown? 

  • As college tuition increases slow, students take on less debt

    The past year’s published increase in tuition and fees across all kinds of US colleges and universities rose at a slower rate than the average for the past five, 10 and 30 years. And today’s students are going into less debt to pursue their degrees.

  • US retail sales get a pre-holiday boost in October (+video)

    Retail sales in the US increased an unexpected 0.3 percent in October as falling gas prices freed up discretionary spending, according to the Commerce Department. The strong retail sales report left retailers optimistic about the crucial holiday shopping season. 

  • Economy added 214K jobs in October; unemployment dips to 5.8 percent (+video)

    The economy added 214,000 jobs in October, ticking the unemployment rate down to 5.8 percent – a new six-year low. Many of the supporting figures in the October jobs report, including a dip in long-term unemployment and a small increase in labor participation, were also cause for optimism.  

November 23, 2014

Photos of the weekend

A Bahraini woman flashes a victory sign on a street where clashes occurred between police and anti-government protesters on a parliamentary election day in the Shiite neighborhood of Daih, Bahrain, Saturday.

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