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Consumer confidence improved in June

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Health care costs eroding Social Security benefits

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Analysis shows housing becoming less affordable for low-income families

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Zillow Logo2U.S. metros that historically have offered the best chance of success for children from low-income families have...

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Economy showing resilience, bouncing back

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stockmarkettest3The American economy is showing its resilience, bouncing back with...

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Wedding spending reached all-time high last year

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wedding handsThe Knot, the #1 wedding brand and marketplace, today released the results of The Knot 2015 Real Weddings Study....

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Spending on Dad increasing; may hit record

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fathersdayConsumers say they will spend more than ever on Father’s Day this year as they shower dads with everything from power tools to trips to the ballpark, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insight and Analytics.

Consumers are expected to spend an average $125.92 for...

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Some employees try to beef up expense reports

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beefThe number of improper expense report requests – from the surprising to the mundane, from big-ticket items to everyday necessities...

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Travel deals expected to be good this summer

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travelzoo2Memorial Day kicked off the start of the summer travel season and Travelzoo, a publisher of travel deals, predicts Americans will see the best travel offers in years this summer.

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Mortgage rates continue to decline

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Mortgage rates continued to decline this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate slipping to 3.83 percent, according to Bankrate.com's weekly national...

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Lower gas prices means more travel this Memorial Day

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AAAlogoAAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. That is the second-highest Memorial...

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Most plan to be responsible with tax refund

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gobanklogoThree out of every four people who expect income tax refunds this year say they will save the money or use it to...

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Most seniors prefer to stay in current home in retirement

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An overwhelming number of people nearing or in retirement want to remain in their current home as long as possible, according to the results of a new survey released by The American College of Financial...

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Valentine's Day spending expected to be higher

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vdayFrom a night out on the town to flowers and jewelry, Americans plan to spoil their loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

According to the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper...

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Home sales on a healthy pace so far

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Relentless supply constraints and home price growth outpacing wages are testing the patience of homebuyers this year, but existing-home sales are still on track...

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AARP Unveils 2016 Top 7 Travel Trends for Boomers

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aarplogo2As 2015 starts to wind down, Americans are starting to make travel plans for 2016. But what are Americans – particularly Baby Boomers – looking for in their 2016 vacations?

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By the Numbers: Mother's Day

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Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother's Day observances in Grafton,...

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NRF: Holiday spending expected to rise slightly

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By Kathy Grannis Allen

National Retail Federation

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Study shows American women are savvy shoppers

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Consumer confidence declines in October

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Splurging on Mom is expected this year

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Americans are looking forward to splurging on their mothers with jewelry, electronics and special outings for Mother’s Day this year.

According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $172.22, down slightly from last year’s record-high $172.63.

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Real estate market shows strength in Q3

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soldWith a 9.2 percent gain from a year earlier, home sales in the third quarter in Peoria reached their highest level for that period in eight years, according to the Peoria Area Association of Realtors. 

A total of 1,667 homes were sold in the July-September...

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