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The Trump Effect: U.S. Employers Report the Most Optimistic Hiring Outlook in a Decade

Outlook of +19% Driven by Optimism in Construction, Manufacturing and Transportation & Utilities Employers in the Midwest Report Strongest Hiring Outlook Since 2001 U.S. employers report the strongest hiring intentions in 10 years as employers across the country look to add staff in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. Hiring momentum continues to ...

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What trends will retail see in 2018?

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SAN FRANCISCO — Adyen, the payments platform of choice for the world’s leading companies, Tuesday released its global retail predictions for 2018. Based on Adyen data, market research and anecdotes from hundreds of merchants, the company found early cues as to what savvy shoppers and retailers should expect next year. Last year, Adyen predicted that mobile shopping and personalized customer experiences would ...

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Hogan: Social Security Won’t Give You Security

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If you’re counting on Social Security to finance your retirement, you’re in for a big surprise. Money expert Chris Hogan explains why. Full Transcript If you’re counting on Social Security to finance your retirement, you’re in for a big surprise—and not the good kind. Let me give you two reasons why. One: Social Security is going broke. And, two: Even ...

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Three Ways to Protect Yourself from the “Pay Upfront Scam” During a Holiday Cash Crunch

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Many Pennsylvanians may find themselves looking for solutions to a cash crunch during the holiday shopping season. However, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Banking and Securities Robin L. Wiessmann urges consumers to avoid the “pay upfront scam” for bogus loans or credit cards. Wiessmann explains how this scam works: The con artist will target people with poor credit histories by promising easy or “guaranteed” ...

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Job growth remains solid despite tightening labor market

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Employment increased by 228,000 jobs in November after increasing by 244,000 jobs in October. As the labor market is tightening, employment growth has been gradually slowing in the past couple of years. Is the acceleration in economic activity in recent quarters reversing this trend? The noise created by the hurricanes is making this difficult to answer, but November’s stronger than ...

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U.S. News & World Report Identifies the 8 Best Cars to Buy Now

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U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled December’s list of the Best Cars to Buy Now. To make U.S. News’ monthly list, a car has to meet three criteria: declining sales, strong manufacturer incentives and excellent scores in the U.S. News Best Cars rankings. “Year-end discounts and incentives make this a great time to ...

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Drug Prices Increase 50X Faster Than Inflation

Retail prices for 768 prescription drugs commonly used by older adults increased by an average of 6.4% in 2015, outpacing the general inflation rate of 0.1%. This is at least the 12th straight year of substantial retail price increases for prescription drugs, according to the latest in a series of AARP Public Policy Institute reports that began tracking drug prices in ...

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Press: 3%+ growth under Trump is ‘dreaming’ – Ummm… nope

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They couldn’t help themselves. The mainstream media published column after column saying that Trump’s promise for GDP growth north of 3% was impossible because, after all, Obama hadn’t been able to do it. First, here are the media reports earlier this year that made it seem impossible that Trump’s policies could bring about 3% or more GDP growth – ever ...

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Study: Phone Scammers Getting Trickier for Upcoming Holidays

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A new study shows that scammers are using new tactics like neighbor spoofing to take advantage of consumers as the holiday season approaches. First Orion, a provider of data and phone call transparency solutions, said that with over 2.4 billion phone calls made each month, scammers are using increasingly clever ways to penetrate carrier networks and reach their victims. To better understand the ...

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Consumer confidence continues 5-month run and 17-year high

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The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had improved in October, increased further in November. The Index now stands at 129.5 (1985=100), up from 126.2 in October. The Present Situation Index increased from 152.0 to 153.9, while the Expectations Index rose from 109.0 last month to 113.3. “Consumer confidence increased for a fifth consecutive month and remains at a 17-year high ...

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Cyber Monday Outperforms Black Friday by 68 Percent

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Holiday 2017 sales grew year-over-year (YOY) across the three-day period from Saturday to Cyber Monday, showing 23 percent revenue growth and 22 percent purchase growth. Cyber Monday itself outperformed Black Friday by 68 percent, and had year-over-year growth of 12 percent in both revenue and purchases. Mobile is a key driver of growth this holiday season, with mobile revenue up ...

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Workers brazenly shop at work to secure great deals

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New survey results from RetailMeNot.com show that over63% of employed consumers who plan to shop this holiday season intend to shop at work during Cyber Monday. What’s more is that employees seem to be getting more bold about their shopping: More than 53% are willing to get caught shopping while on the clock. Shopping on the 9-to-5 Bosses beware. Employees are willing to go to great lengths ...

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American Shoppers Expect to Spend average of $500 this Holiday Season

This holiday season, the average shopper expects to shell out $500, and nearly eight out of 10 consumers (76 percent) admit to overspending on holiday purchases by an average of $263 in the past – according to TD Bank’s Merry Money Holiday Spending Survey. The survey found that 62 percent of consumers prefer getting gift cards as a holiday present, with 50 percent ...

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday Online Sales Up 23 Percent from 2016

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2017 sales grew across the three-day period from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to Black Friday, showing 21 percent year-over-year (YOY) revenue growth and 11 percent purchase growth according to a Rakuten Marketing report. Average order value (AOV) over the same period was up slightly, with YOY growth of nine percent. Additionally, purchases were up 17 percent during the two weeks leading up ...

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Home Prices Boom 10 Years After Housing Crisis

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Home prices have returned to the boom levels of a decade ago — which foreshadowed the bursting of the real estate “bubble” and the onset of The Great Recession — but today’s housing market is starkly different, according to data released today from realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination. Backed by tighter lending ...

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