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MarketWatch’s Farmer’s Almanac: Horrible weather just in time for the holidays

marketwatch.com — By The hustle and bustle of what's still considered the traditional liftoff to the frenzied holidays and shopping extravaganza could never be complete without the complement of a lousy weather forecast. Here it comes, just in time to help you chart your travel and shopping plans over the Thanksgiving weekend.

It’s Christmas for scammers: 6 ways to shop smart this holiday season

marketwatch.com — By Add this to your holiday-shopping headaches: retail breaches. "There's a really good chance the holidays and next year might be fairly eventful for data breaches," says Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com. This season, like none before it, debit- and credit-card security is a real threat. The concern is genuine.

The best day to book Christmas travel is…

marketwatch.com — By If you haven't booked your Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve holiday air travel yet, plan to do so this week or next, during what Orbitz.com predicts will be the prime days for pricing, availability and seat choice. The absolute best day to book Christmas travel, says the online travel company powered by the legacy airlines, is Wednesday, Oct.

6 apps that can save your financial life

marketwatch.com — By When Ashley Bona graduated from college in 2011, she found herself with $75,000 in student loan debt and no easy method to keep four loan payments straight and timely. That was until she found an app for that.

Try these tricks to save money on car insurance

marketwatch.com — Did you know that at least four of the nation's largest insurers will give you a discount on your car insurance if your vehicle has daytime-running lights? That's one money-saving secret Bankrate.com uncovered in its annual deep dive into discounts available from car-insurance plans. "People don't know this stuff," says Doug Whitehead, insurance analyst for Bankrate.com.

You have one day to get a deal at one of these luxury hotels

marketwatch.com — Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa The success of Cyber Monday has provided a springboard for another type of one-day flash sale, this one for luxury hoteliers: the Cyber Summer deal. On Saturday, June 21, the first official day of summer, a bevy of hotel properties in destinations known more as spring-break and convention destinations rather than summer vacation spots will offer discounts of as much as 70% off peak rates.

Why AT&T and Verizon aren’t hung up on land lines

marketwatch.com — At decade's end, the trusty land-line telephone could be nothing more than a memory. Telecom giants AT&T and Verizon Communications are lobbying states, one by one, to hang up the plain, old telephone system, what the industry now calls POTS - the copper-wired land-line phone system whose reliability and reach made the U.S.

Prepare to Hang Up the Phone, Forever

For travel deals, avoid spring breakers

marketwatch.com — Taking a vacation this spring will require more patience and a bigger chunk of money than it has in recent years. "Spring travel this year is a four-letter word," says Tom Parsons, chief executive of travel site BestFares.com. "It's u-g-l-y."

How 'WEP' Could Upset Your Retirement Plans

online.wsj.com — If you've spent your working life in a government job-say, teaching public school or fighting fires-while also holding private-sector jobs, you could run into the Social Security Administration's Windfall Elimination Provision when you retire.
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Dec 17, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

RT @ChrisCuomo: #Ferguson when outsiders and media are gone, this community will need to rebuild. Buildings the ez part. Relt'shp with police will take time

Nov 25, 2014

#Ferguson protestors on streets weren't watching: Obama calls for peaceful protests after Ferguson decision on.wsj.com/1v7NopE via @WSJ

Nov 25, 2014

RT @marcambinder: Tonight there are criminal rioters (fraction), angry but peaceful protestors (huge majority), dissenters (on Twitter) and the media (on TV)

Nov 25, 2014

RT @BreakingNews: FAA: No-fly zone over Ferguson, Mo.; impacts media choppers, commercial flights - @mattdpearce 1.usa.gov/1xW3QwR

Nov 25, 2014

RT @bamasevere: Something you won't see on mainstream media. #Ferguson prayer vigil at Ohio State. #FergusonDecision pic.twitter.com/PFd3ZPSVmp

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