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  • Retirement: Should I invest in a deferred-income annuity?

    Deferred-income annuities, also known as longevity annuities, provide a guaranteed source of income when you reach a certain age. Say a 65-year-old man invests $100,000 in New York Life's Guaranteed Future Income Annuity and defers payouts for 15 years....
  • Fed nears end of stimulus but stays vague on interest rate hike timing

    Federal Reserve policymakers took the next-to-last step in ending their controversial bond-buying stimulus program as the economy continues to heal. But they offered no new hints on how soon the Fed would once again hike interest rates — after...
  • Chicago harbors 75 percent full, lowest occupancy in 15 years: data

    Chicago harbors 75 percent full, lowest occupancy in 15 years: data
    This summer, Matt O’Donnell cruised the open waters aboard his newly-purchased 35-foot-long boat with the backdrop of the Chicago skyline and listened to the Dave Matthews Band jamming at Northerly Island, watched the Air and Water Show where the...
  • The day ahead in business

    The day ahead in business
    Reports: Consumer price index for August, Spetember NAHB housing market index, weekly mortgage applications Local earnings: None Other earnings: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., FedEx Corp., General Mills Inc. Herman Miller Inc., Lennar Corp.,...
  • Consumer prices fall for first time in 16 months on lower gas costs

     Consumer prices fall for first time in 16 months on lower gas costs
    Consumer prices fell in August for the first time in 16 months as lower gasoline costs helped keep inflation tame, the Labor Department said Wednesday. The report should ease pressure on Federal Reserve policymakers, meeting this week, to start...
  • Fed cuts stimulus another $10 billion, holds steady on interest rates

    Fed cuts stimulus another $10 billion, holds steady on interest rates
    Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday cut their monthly bond-buying stimulus program by another $10 billion and held interest rates steady at near zero, offering no suggestions that they will raise them any time soon as the economic recovery improves....
  • U.S. retail sales increase broadly in August

    U.S. retail sales increase broadly in August
    U.S. retail sales rose broadly in August, which should ease some concerns about consumer spending and support expectations for sturdy growth in the third quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday retail sales increased 0.6 percent last month as...
  • August retail sales climb 0.6%, boosted by back-to-school shopping

    August retail sales climb 0.6%, boosted by back-to-school shopping
    American consumers opened their wallets for back-to-school shopping in August, boosting retail sales as gas prices fell and the job market improved. U.S. retail sales jumped 0.6% last month from the month before, the Commerce Department said Friday....
  • Consumers' daily spending hits nearly 6-year high, Gallup poll finds

    Consumers' daily spending hits nearly 6-year high, Gallup poll finds
    Americans reported they spent more on average each day last month than at any time since 2008, boosted by a Memorial Day spending spree, according to Gallup poll results released Monday. The self-reported average daily spending of $98 in May was up...
  • Inflation jumps 0.4% as costs rise for food, energy, other items

    Inflation jumps 0.4% as costs rise for food, energy, other items
    Inflation unexpectedly jumped last month as higher prices for food, energy and other items pushed the annual rate above the Federal Reserve's preferred 2% target, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The new data could lead central bank policymakers to...
  • Consumer confidence up slightly amid better views of personal finances

    Consumer confidence up slightly amid better views of personal finances
    Consumer confidence rose slightly this month as Americans reported the strongest gains in their personal financial situation in seven years, according to results of a leading private survey released Friday. The consumer sentiment index from the...