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  • Take a retirement annuity or a lump sum?

    Dear Liz: I am 54 and considering retiring in three or four years. I have been fortunate to work at a Fortune 100 company for 30-plus years and have both a defined benefit pension plan and a 401(k). When I retire, we have the option of taking a lump sum...
  • Spending: what's behind all the recalls

    If you think you've heard more news about recalls lately, you're right. General Motors alone has recalled more than 25 million vehicles since January -- including a highly publicized recall for faulty ignition switches that led to 13 deaths. Not all...
  • Fashion Fair aims for makeover

    Fashion Fair aims for makeover
    Terez Baskin used to bypass Fashion Fair Cosmetics when she shopped for makeup. So did Courtney Waldon. But on a recent visit to the company's downtown Chicago headquarters, they and a handful of other fashionable young women were oohing and aahing...
  • Colonial Williamsburg offers free tickets to Hampton Roads residents

    Colonial Williamsburg offers free tickets to Hampton Roads residents
    Colonial Williamsburg is offering free tickets to its Historic Area and art museums to residents of most cities and counties in Hampton Roads.  The free one-day tickets will be available Aug. 8 through Aug. 15 to residents of Williamsburg, James City...
  • Online insurers spend less for new policies, report says

    Online car insurance companies such as Progressive and GEICO typically spend significantly less to land new customers than more traditional players like State Farm and Allstate Corp., a new report from William Blair & Co. says. On average, insurers that...
  • Overdraft protection can add up to hefty fees on small purchases

    Overdraft protection can add up to hefty fees on small purchases
    Consumers who sign up for overdraft protection are paying hefty penalties when they go over their limit for the smallest of purchases, according to a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In fact, most of the purchases that triggered...
  • Online insurers spend less to get new customers, report says

     Online insurers spend less to get new customers, report says
    Online car insurance companies such as Progressive and Geico typically spend significantly less to land new customers than more traditional players such as State Farm and Allstate, a new report from William Blair & Co. says. On average, insurers that...
  • Automakers post big July sales amid growing consumer confidence

    Automakers posted one of their best months in years in July. The car companies sold more than 1.4 million vehicles last month, a 9.1% gain from the same month a year earlier, according to AutoData Corp. Most of the big automakers posted increases near...
  • From cradle to grave, Japan's Kewpie adapts menu to feed aging nation

    From cradle to grave, Japan's Kewpie adapts menu to feed aging nation
    Back in 1960, Japan's Kewpie Corp began selling canned baby food, sensing a chance to catch a wave of young families raising kids in an economy roaring back to growth after the devastation of World War Two. Almost 55 years later, the Tokyo-based company...
  • Finding an expert to help tackle credit card debt

    Finding an expert to help tackle credit card debt
    Suzan says she's "overwhelmed with credit card debt" and is seeking a way to settle with her creditors — hopefully for a lower amount than she currently owes. She wants to know where to turn. First off, Suzan isn't alone. According to the latest...
  • Consumer price growth slows as energy costs decline

    Consumer price growth slows as energy costs decline
    Consumer prices grew last month at their slowest pace since February, as lower energy costs offset higher price tags for food and shelter, the Labor Department said Tuesday. The Consumer Price Index, a closely watched measure of inflation, rose a...