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  • Existing home sales for September surge to fastest pace of 2014 (+video)

    Existing home sales rose 2.4 percent to an annualized pace of 5.17 million in September, according to the National Association of Realtors. In a hopeful sign for the housing market, the existing home sales report showed families are stepping up purchases, while the share of investors is trending downward.

  • 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? 

  • Retail sales stumble in September. A bad sign for the holidays? (+video)

    Retail sales fell 0.3 percent in September, stoking worries about the strength of the economy in the early run-up to the ever-important holiday shopping season. The disappointing retail sales report once again raised questions about American consumers' spending power in the face of stagnant wage growth. 

  • Higher chocolate prices? Why Ebola is to blame (+video)

    The three countries that produce almost 60 percent of the world’s cocoa production are neighbors to Ebola-stricken Liberia and Guinea. That could mean less chocolate and higher prices. 

October 31, 2014

Photos of the day 10/31

A polar bear eats a pumpkin during a Halloween celebration in the Tiergarten Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna.

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