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6 things to avoid buying over Labor Day


Getty Images/iStockphoto Labor Day sales may deliver some great deals, but shoppers shouldn’t forget this ever useful piece of consumer advice: “Buyer beware.” Retailers are offering deep discounts to lure consumers, who they hope will open their wallets to buy higher-margin items. Stores are under increasing pressure this year to …

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The 7 U.S. cities where your money will go the farthest


Getty Images/iStockphoto Americans with career aspirations tend to migrate to big cities, where pay is higher and more job opportunities. Yet that salary might not go as far as people think, especially in large cities with a high cost of living. In fact, workers might want to consider finding work …

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The top 10 jobs for Americans without college degrees


Getty Images/iStockphoto The labor market may be changing, valuing workers with college degrees over those with lower education levels. Yet that doesn’t mean that good jobs aren’t available for Americans with only a high school degree or some college, such as an associate’s degree. The majority of workers fall into …

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These are the 5 best and worst U.S. states to grow old


Getty Images/iStockphoto Retirement is often portrayed in advertising as active senior citizens enjoying the beach or a day at the golf course. But how realistic is that? Perhaps not very, since many Americans may enter retirement relatively active and healthy yet are likely to need long-term care or assistance as …

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9 U.S. counties with the strongest economic growth


gpointstudio America’s cities have earned a reputation for drawing young workers and retirees, eager for short commutes and cosmopolitan life, but the suburbs may be ready for their prime time. Millennials are starting to settle down and form families, which are prompting more of them to consider suburban life. At …

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11 jobs with the biggest share of older workers


iStockphoto For evidence of the graying of America, look no further than the country’s workforce. Older people are working at higher rates than they did a decade ago, while the U.S. economy still hasn’t recovered from its post-recession decline in workforce participation. Some older Americans may not be ready to …

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The 9 most in-demand jobs that pay more than $100,000


phototechno A six-figure job is often seen as the hallmark of success, but how difficult is it to find one? Workers in certain high-paying professions are likely to face a tougher time securing a job, based on a combination of demand, skills and industry trends. Many of the six-figure jobs …

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7 cities with the most residents struggling to pay rent


Photobuay What’s good news for landlords can spell trouble for tenants. The share of American households who rent their homes has reached a 50-year high, at about 37 percent, according to the Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies’ annual State of the Nation’s Housing report. That’s up five percentage …

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5 signs you belong to the middle class


Choreograph Reports of the demise of the middle class may be premature, to paraphrase Mark Twain About seven out of 10 Americans consider themselves middle class, according to a new survey from Northwestern Mutual, a Milwaukee-based insurance company. The survey is part of an ongoing research effort from the insurer …

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12 major American cities that are shrinking


zhudifeng Some American cities have enjoyed a revival during the past two decades, with urban centers like New York City attracting new residents and businesses. Yet rather than enjoying the success stories of big cities such as San Francisco, a dozen metropolitan areas are suffering population losses, according to recent …

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