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  • Are small business owners getting short-changed by banks?

    Small business loans totaled $4.1 billion in 2013, and banks have nothing against small business owners. But according to research, they are currently getting short changed when it comes to their credit cards and checking accounts. But why?

  • An Expedia for freight?

    An Israeli start-up is trying to modernize the antiquated world of freight logistics with tools inspired by Internet travel sites, such as instant quotes and automated bookings. But the company's innovations face enormous inertia within the industry. 

  • '12 Days of Christmas' gifts cost $116K. 'Geese-a-laying' prices surge 74 percent.

    The '12 Days of Christmas' gifts will set your true love back $27,673.21 this year – a 1 percent increase from last year, according to PNC Wealth Management. The  '12 Days of Christmas price increase' was mostly driven by high poultry prices, especially geese. 

  • Existing home sales for October pick up to an unexpected one-year high

    Existing home sales picked up an unexpected 1.5 percent to a 5.26 million annualized pace in October, according to data released Nov. 20 by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). It was the fastest rate for existing home sales since September of last year. 

  • 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.

December 17, 2014

Photos of the Day 12/17

Tian Tian, a giant panda prepares to eat a special Christmas panda cake crafted in the shape of a Christmas tree in the outdoor enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.

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