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Holiday Spending Strong This Season, According to Mastercard Data

One of the main reasons for the post-Christmas bounce in the stock market, (following a dreadful month of losses), was investor reaction to data released December 26 by Mastercard showing a stronger-than-expected spending performance by consumers during the holiday season.

A robust shopping season from before Thanksgiving…

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The Toll of Holiday Driving

Holiday driving may cost 860 Americans their lives this season, according to the National Safety Council. We’ve already seen too many accidents this year – and the season’s not over yet.

As many as 438 fatalities and 49,900 injuries may occur
during the New Year’s holiday weekend…

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Economic Growth Remains Strong

U.S. economic growth remains strong as the year ends. However, there is evidence that growth is slowing a bit.

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an
annual rate of 3.4 percent in the third quarter of 2018, according to the
“third” estimate released by the government…

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Millions of Americans Rely on Strong End-of-Year Giving

Devastating wildfires, catastrophic hurricanes and last year’s changes to federal tax laws could impact the resources available for serving Americans in need. That’s why the Salvation Army needs you to step up this year.

The Salvation Army’s ability to serve more than 23 million
people annually depends…

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(Really) Last Minute Gifts

Have you put off your holiday gift shopping to the last
minute? As in, really the last minute?

As of two weeks ago nearly one-third of consumers still had up to half of their holiday shopping left to do, with only five shopping days remaining, according to a survey…

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Equifax Introduces Soft Credit Inquiry Checks for Tenant Screening

Shopping for an apartment can really put a ding in your credit score. This happens when you fill out multiple applications, and wind up with multiple “hard inquiries” on your credit. Now there may be a way around this problem, courtesy of credit bureau Equifax.

To keep consumers from having…

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People Love Their Credit Union

The Credit Union Satisfaction Index (CUSI) has edged up, according to the customer experience measurement experts at CFI Group. CFI Group’s 2018 year-end Credit Union Satisfaction Index (CUSI) is 86, as measured on a 0-100 scale. CUSI is calculated based on feedback from a…

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Americans Take Their Favorite Entertainment More Serious than the Holidays

Americans love binge-watching their favorite shows, and in
many cases take it more seriously than they do the holidays, according to new
research from LG Electronics USA.

LG Electronics USA is back with its “Serious
Watchers” nationwide survey, this time taking aim at the binge-worthy…

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