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Tax-saving moves to make before year-end

With more deductions and credits subject to income phase-out limits, smart planning is more critical than ever

What happened to state funding of state schools?

They're no longer the primary source of money for public colleges and universities -- now tuition-paying families are

How to find the best electronic controls in new cars

Problems with vehicle infotainment systems can sour your experience -- here's what car buyers can do to ensure they're satisfied

Jeb Bush: The Forest Gump of Financial Improprieties?

The Financial Times has an unusual story featured prominently today. As Jeb Bush has made a soft launch of his presidential campaign, the pink paper has published a surprisingly long list of financial relationships that do not put the...Show More Summary

We Are Eight Years Old

Every year, I use the birthday post to thank the people who have contributed to the success of this site over time. Now that we are eight years old, that list is so long that any effort to do it justice will inevitably neglect some key people. Show More Summary

Sustaining African growth

Sub-Saharan Africa has been growing steadily over the past decade. The main question that policymakers should face is how to sustain the region’s progress. This column argues that the positive growth is due both to good policies and higher prices of certain commodities (such as oil, gas, and minerals). Show More Summary

Michael Pettis: Is China Really Turning Away from the Dollar?

Yves here. This important post by Michael Pettis addresses whether the efforts of the Chinese to diversify their foreign investments away from the dollar will be a negative for the US. Pettis is skeptical of that thesis, and some of his reasons are intriguing. Show More Summary

Will the U.S.-Cuba policy shift mean access to Cuban cigars?

Wednesday's move to normalize relations with the island means Americans may soon have access to the banned stogies

Liveblogging World War II: December 18, 1944: St. Vith

[Chapter 12-THE ARDENNES: BATTLE OF THE BULGE](http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/7-8/7-8_12.HTM): >St. Vith lay approximately twelve miles behind the front lines on 16 December. This was an average Belgian town, with a population of a little over 2,000 and sufficient billets to house a division headquarters. Show More Summary

Napoleon vs. Cheney: "Interrogation That Actually Works"; Icing on the "Hate-Cake"

Not only is torture against international law, it also produces no useful intelligence. Common sense is enough to prove that statement.If someone threatened to rape your sister, kill your mom, or shackled you until you were half-dead while feeding you up your anus, you would say nearly anything to ease the pain. Show More Summary

Fed Watch: Quick FOMC Recap

Tim Duy: Quick FOMC Recap, by Tim Duy: Running short on time today.... Today's FOMC statement was a reminder that in normal times the Federal Reserve moves slowly and methodically. Policymakers were apparently concerned that removal of "considerable time" by...

Will you be able to travel to Cuba soon?

CBSN takes a look at what the new U.S. regulations and relationship with Cuba mean for the travel industry.

The best of all worlds

WHAT could be better than an economy converging rapidly on full employment? A central bank in no mood to get in the way. That is the happy combination America now enjoys, and it explains the stock market's euphoric reaction to today's meeting of the Federal Reserve. Show More Summary

Comments on Fed Chair Yellen's Press Conference

A few key takeaways:• There has been no change in FOMC policy. Replacing "considerable time" with "patient" was because we are moving further in time from the end of QE3. The first rate hike will be a "considerable time" from October.•...Show More Summary

France seeks liberalizations, but bans Uber

(December 17, 2014 07:31 PM, by Alberto Mingardi) Mixed signals from France. The Financial Times, among others, has stressed the potential of the liberalisation plan pursued by the new Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron. The bill aims at lowering barriers to entry in liberal professions--notaries, pharmacists, et cetera. The... (0 COMMENTS)

5 Things You Need to Know About Cuba’s Economy

As the White House charts a new course for relations with Cuba, here are five things to know about Cuba’s economy.

Fed playing patience as inflation lags: James Saft

Dec 17 (Reuters) – Call it patience or any of the rest of the seven virtues if you like, but the truth is that the Fed can’t raise interest rates because inflation won’t play along. The Federal Reserve said on Thursday it is prepared to be “patient” before hiking rates but that this means the […]

The Fed powers a monster rally on Wall Street

Stocks enjoyed their biggest one-day gains of the year as the Fed stuck to its interest rate plan and oil prices rebounded a bit

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