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The Street: WalletHub analyzed more than 5,000 online and in-store deals from 22 retailers' Black Friday circulars to determine where consumers can do best. WalletHub looked at the average markdown of merchandise, broken into six major categories, and noted retailers' average percent markdown per category as well as across all goods. The results are surprising.
The Street: One of them is Buffalo, where some people may currently regret having planted themselves. But what major U.S. city is also a beacon of cheap housing?
The Street: When misfit cars meet the end of their run, dealerships can't get them out the door quickly enough, and each year brings another deathwatch. Here are just five cars you won't be seeing again after we roll into 2015:
The Street: "We believe these cars offer the best quality divided by price. They're basically the best values in their respective classes," says Jack Nerad of KBB, which recently tapped the vehicles as Kelley Blue Book's 2015 Best Buys.
The Street: Research firm AppLovin Data Desk has noted that the iPhone 6 outsells the iPhone 6 Plus by about four to one. But in the Asia-Pacific region, more so than anywhere else in the world, the 6 Plus is more popular than the iPhone 6.
The Street: The Consumer Electronics Association predicts in addition to laptops, tablets and cell phones holiday shoppers plan to give gifts such as 3D printers, health and fitness devices, smart watches, Ultra HD televisions and even smart thermostats.
GOBankingRates:These days, it often seems unnecessary to carry cash or even your checkbook, as credit cards are accepted just about everywhere. Though you might not realize it, however, paying with plastic can cost you.
GOBankingRates: It’s understandable to want to swiftly move through a mortgage application as fast as possible. Many times, though, potential homeowners might not realize some of the little things they inadvertently do in a hurry that can actually slow down the mortgage application process to the detriment of being approved for a home loan.
GOBankingRates: Does using Facebook and Twitter make you spend more? The answer might seem like an obvious “no”, but data suggests otherwise.
The Street: To get the attention of holiday shoppers, and ultimately their cold hard cash, department stores are banking on a couple key fashion trends. TheStreet looks at the merchandise about to appear on department store sales floors following interviews with J.C. Penney and Macy's.
GOBankingRates: With the chill of winter already in the air, it’s time to stock up on food items and kitchen essentials for the cold months ahead. The good news is that there are lots of money-saving tricks and deals to be had this fall that will help you fill your pantry and freezer before winter officially arrives.
The Street: Do Americans really believe $3 per gallon gas is here to stay? The new car smell will have barely faded before the holiday travel season and winter-fuel oil demand will likely push prices back to the ceiling. How's that Hummer look parked in front of that gas pump now?
The Street: Gift cards can turn from afterthought stocking stuffers to absolutely worthless bricks in as little time as it takes, say, Coldwater Creek to close up shop. Only an uncaring sadist would spend $25 to $500 on“gift” that can never be redeemed.
Investor Carl Icahn has agreed to lend Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. up to $5 million to help the owner of Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City pay its bankruptcy expenses into January.
Philadelphia taxis carry much less insurance coverage than cabs in many other cities, providing less protection for passengers, pedestrians, or other motorists in case of accidents.
Shoppers in the Philadelphia region are geared up to increase spending on gifts during the holiday season, according to Deloitte L.L.P.'s 29th annual holiday shopping survey.
Article makes couple reconsider decision to have kids.
Economics in a nutshell: “The housing market is marking time but improving consumer confidence may be coming at just the right time.”
NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. stock market eked out another record close on Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as investors assessed the latest reports on the economy and some corporate earnings.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.
GOBankingRates: At just 23 years old, Lawrence has been thrifty and realistic right from the start, making her a good role model for young people who haven’t developed good money habits yet.
BERLIN (AP) - Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - Billionaire Carl Icahn says buying Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal casino would be "a bad investment for me."
The Street: From taking on mystery shopping assignments to using websites and apps that offer cash back for purchases, there are several ways to keep your bank account afloat in the coming weeks.
Dave Ramsey: My husband and I are following your plan, and we’re trying to reconcile our on-paper budget with what’s going on in our bank account. Most of our bills are due the first half of the month, but we receive most of our income during the second half of the month. Can you help us figure out what to do?