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Small Business Economic Outlook Remains High After 2 years under Trump Economic Policy

The Q4 MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index (Index) released today recorded an overall score of 69.3, indicating a pause in the upward trend of the Index. The fourth quarter score is down less than one-half a point from the third quarter’s record high of 69.7, still reflecting general optimism from the small business community. Optimism on the health ...

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Report: Ford Best Brand for Trucks, Honda, Mazda and Porsche round-out Best Brand List

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled the Best Vehicle Brand awards. The awards recognize brand-wide excellence for cars, SUVs, trucks and luxury vehicles, and they help consumers narrow their search for a new car. The 2019 Best Vehicle Brand Winners Mazda: Best Car Brand Mazda cars include the MX-5 Miata, Mazda3 and ...

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Beer consumption continues decline dragging down on-premise Alcohol sales

On-premise consumption of beverage alcohol fell 1.1% overall in 2017, to 1.7 million cases, according to the Beverage Information Group’s 2018 Cheers On-Premise Handbook. Much of that is due to the 1.6% decrease in cases of beer sold on-premise, while wine was up just 0.5%. Spirits continues to be the bright spot, up 2.5% in 2017, although that’s down from the ...

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More Than One-Third Of Workers Would Pass On Perfect Job If Corporate Culture Was Not A Fit

Creating a positive corporate culture is top of mind for employers looking to recruit and retain talent, according to a new study from global staffing firm Robert Half. The research examines why workplace culture is increasingly under the microscope; it’s featured in a report, Organizational Culture: The Make-or-Break Factor in Hiring and Retention. Key findings: More than one-third of workers in ...

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Most People Receive One or More Robocalls Per Day

Robocalls are inexpensive and easy to place, making them popular among scammers. Too often, recipients of robocalls compromise their security by revealing private information, according to new data. Did you receive a robocall today? More than half of people (52%) receive at least one robocall per day, according to a new survey from Clutch, the leading B2B research, ratings, and reviews ...

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Take a Peek Inside Santa’s $765,000 Custom North Pole Home

Santa Claus’ home and state-of-the-art toy workshop at the North Pole is currently worth an estimated $764,389 after gaining 7.6 percent in value over the past year, according to Zillow. Santa and Mrs. Claus claimed their home on Zillow in 2016, updating the home facts on the 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom log cabin. They also added new photos, giving the world a glimpse into Santa’s life ...

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Credit Monitoring vs. Identity Theft Protection: What’s the Difference?

Credit cards

Being a victim of identity theft or data breach is not a pleasant thing to go through, and it makes you panic. You’re left helpless, wishing you took measures to prevent it beforehand. If you want to avoid being the prey of unscrupulous people, there are safety measures that could keep the evil away. Identity theft and credit protection services ...

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Used Vehicle Price Index Slows for Second Consecutive Month

Car lot

In the November 2018 Used Car and Light Truck Guidelines Industry Update, analysts at J.D. Power Valuation Services note that after decelerating in September, the used vehicle market slowed for the second consecutive month in October. As a result, the Seasonally Adjusted Used Vehicle Price Index decreased by 1 point, relative to September, to 120.6. Highlights from the free monthly report point out: Wholesale ...

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More than 70 percent of Consumers Will Shop During Holiday Weekend; Cyber Monday to Grab Most Spending

Holiday shopping

More than 7 in 10 (71 percent) holiday shoppers plan to head to the stores and online over the Thanksgiving weekend (Thanksgiving Thursday – Cyber Monday), according to a new survey from Deloitte. Holiday shoppers say they’ll spend an average of $420 between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, and 88 percent expect to spend more or the same on the holiday season than ...

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Home Sales Drop for Third Month

Home for sale

The third consecutive month of lower year-over-year home sales in October contributed to the first year-over-year inventory increase in a decade according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report for October 2018. Meanwhile, the Median Sales Price recorded one of its lowest increases of 2018. The RE/MAX National Housing Report for October saw sales decline 4.6% from a year ago – compared ...

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The Cost of ’12 Days of Christmas’ Rises in 2018

Geese soar Gold lays an egg Costs jump 1.2% The PNC Christmas Price Index predicts True Loves will need to have more money on hand to fill the stockings on the mantle this holiday shopping season. To purchase the gifts included in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” it will cost 1.2 percent more than it did ...

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