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Could McTablets Help McDonald's Start Paying $15 an Hour?

Alamy McDonald's (MCD) is not in a good place these days, with sales slumping, quality concerns rising, and activists pushing for it to start paying its employees a living wage. It's against this backdrop of McDespair that a radicalShow More Summary

10 Signs You Are Headed Toward Financial Ruin

Getty Images By Ellen Chang NEW YORK -- Too many Americans are following a trend of saving woefully too little and spending too much -- thus racking up loads of debt. Consumers are still saving too little despite watching their lifestyles...Show More Summary

Week's Winners and Losers: Netflix, Microsoft Get Worldly

Kevin Britland/Alamy There were plenty of winners and losers this week, with the world's largest software company making a major gaming acquisition and one mall retailer once again turning to notoriety to draw attention. Here's a rundown...Show More Summary

5 Reasons Why You Fall for Scams, Cons and Rip-offs

Corbis By Bob Sullivan Back in 1996, it was pretty easy to steal money from people on the Internet. You put up an item for sale on a site like eBay (EBAY), you took people's money, and you never sent the thing they bought. (Really, that's...Show More Summary

Here's When Remarrying Can Cost You Social Security Benefits

Getty Images Many retirees rely heavily on Social Security: The Social Security Administration reports that more than half of married couples and almost three-quarters of single retirees get at least half of their income from the program...Show More Summary

Has Apple Lost Its 'Cool'? Some Consumers Say, 'Yes'

Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO -- Holly Riggle, a 29-year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple (AAPL) would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which...Show More Summary

Alibaba IPO Prices at Top of Range, Raising $21.8 Billion

Vincent Yu/APAlibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma. By Liana B. Baker, Jessica Toonkel and Deepa Seetharaman Alibaba Group priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8...Show More Summary

It's Time to Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Finances

Shutterstock Let's be honest. Most people would rather talk openly about their sex lives with a stranger than share the status of their finances. While a variety of emotions, backgrounds and experiences contribute to our uneasiness to...Show More Summary

Skip the Contract: Buying the iPhone 6 Outright Is a Better Deal

Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images The scourge of the Old West was the flimflam man, who drove his horse and carriage from town to town and -- with his city-slicker clothes and fast-talking ways -- conned the poor unassuming townsfolk intoShow More Summary

Why Even the Righteous Should Invest in Sin

Getty Images CVS Caremark's (CVS) move this month to stop selling tobacco products in its 7,700 retail locations might seem like a win for anti-smoking advocates, but it may be a big loss for CVS shareholders. Pundit Jim Cramer had this comment in Feburary after the initial bump in CVS stock price following the announcement. Show More Summary

The Must-Know Tactic to Boost Your Social Security Benefits

Alamy An innovative strategy called "file and suspend" can help you get more Social Security benefits for your family and give you the chance to increase those benefits down the line. The strategy takes advantage of two aspects of the Social Security system to get your family more benefits than you'd otherwise be entitled to receive. Show More Summary

Home Depot: Malware Hack Affected 56 Million Payment Cards

AP/Toby Talbot The Home Depot (HD) says it has eliminated malware from its U.S. and Canadian networks that affected 56 million unique payment cards between April and September. The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer said Thursday...Show More Summary

Ab Glider Maker to Pay $3 Million Fine for Bogus Ad Claims

CURAphotography/Shutterstock Claims made marketing the Pro Form ab Glider -- including ads and infomercials featuring talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck -- were "bogus" and violated a previous order by the Federal Trade Commission to...Show More Summary

Vacuum Seal These Items to Save -- Savings Experiment

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Here's Why Marriott Should Be Reminding Us to Tip the Maid

Monkey Business Images Being a hotel room attendant may well be the hardest job in the lodging industry; it may also be the one that gets the least guest recognition. Marriott International (MAR) is hoping to change that. The hospitality...Show More Summary

Mortgage Rates Surge, Hit Highest Level Since May

Getty Images WASHINGTON -- Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates surged this week, marking their largest one-week gain this year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year loan jumped to 4.23 percent from 4.12 percent last week. Show More Summary

Fed Chief: American Families Need to Boost Savings

Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty ImagesFederal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen By MARTIN CRUTSINGER WASHINGTON -- The Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are "extraordinarily vulnerable" to financial setbacks because...Show More Summary

How to Save More Than $1,000 by Year's End

Getty Images By Sharon Epperson | @sharon_epperson Saving is about discipline, and the best way to save is to start small and be consistent. To figure out how much you can save, you need to first identify where you spend your money and develop a financial plan or budget that can help build long-lasting savings. Show More Summary

Celebrity Photo Leaks Push Apple to Focus on Security

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesApple CEO Tim Cook By Arnab Sen Apple (AAPL) is making strong efforts to assuage users' fears after taking the heat in the celebrity photo leak scandal that emerged over the Labor Day weekend. Apple CEO Tim...Show More Summary

Title Washing: Sneaky Used Car Scam Could Cost You Thousands

B Christopher/Alamy Used cars and scams go together like old bread and mold: You have to be vigilant to avoid problems. That's why most buyers take test drives, and smart ones ask a mechanic to give their potential purchase a once-over to be sure the vehicle is what they're expecting. Show More Summary

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