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Consumer Confidence Dips

Consumer confidence declined a bit in April after increasing in March, according to the results of a new survey from The Conference Board.

The survey gauges consumer confidence based on a number of factors, including appraisals of such things as business conditions and jobs.

According to The Conference Board, the…

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Would You Use Bitcoin?

Bitcoin has emerged as the best-know alternative currency on the planet. Different types of businesses have started accepting it for payment, creating the possibility that Bitcoin will oneday become a mainstream currency option. But who would consider using it?

Born just five years ago as a digital currency launched…

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Women-Owned/Led Companies are Growing Fast

The 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/led companies around the globe generated $4.9 billion in combined 2013 revenues and collectively employed 22,000 people, according to The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO).

WPO, which produces the list, said that the total combined revenue of the 2014 winning companies grew by…

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What’s Your Real Estate IQ?

Do you know the difference between homeowner’s insurance and a homeowner’s warranty? Do you know how an appraisal works? These are some of the questions that ERA Real Estate asked some volunteers recently in an effort to gauge their “Real Estate IQ.”

ERA said that its “Real Estate…

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Design Your Dream Flower Girl Dress

A new online software tool allows dreamy little girls, anxious brides-to-be and pushy moms alike design the ideal flower girl dress for that big wedding day.

Pegeen, an online provider of custom flower girl dresses, has released the Pegeen Dress Dreamer, an interactive design tool that allows the…

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Getting Over the Fear of (Loan) Rejection

Is a fear of being rejected for a mortgage keeping you from owning the home of your dreams? If you answered “yes” to that question, you’re in very good company, according to the results of a new survey.

Independent mortgage lender LoanDepot said that OmniTel conducted study 1,005…

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Working Hard, Gaining Weight

Americans may be working harder than ever, but many feel they are nonetheless gaining weight while on job, according to a new survey.

CareerBuilder said that that 55% of the respondents to its latest survey of U.S. workers categorize themselves as overweight, with 39% saying they’ve gained weight…

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Home Sales, Prices Up in March

The 2014 season for home sales is off to a decent start, with both sales and prices increasing in major metros across the country in March, according to a new report.

Real estate seller RE/MAX, in its just-published its National Housing Report for March – found that every one…

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It Must Be Car-Buying Season

Vehicle valuation company Kelley Blue Book said they have seen record-breaking traffic to their website recently. This is more evidence that there is pent-up demand for cars following a harsh winter that kept many buyers home.

KBB said it had more than 31 million visits to its site…

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Scam Alert: Phishing for Your Money

Online fraudsters are busier than ever, according to a new study. An increasingly popular scheme involves setting up fake sites that mimic financial organizations – all in an effort to steal your money.

The study, from Kaspersky Lab, tracked financial cyber threats in 2013. According to the data collected, 31.45…

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