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  • 10 Affordable Last-Minute Cruise Vacations U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Aug 27, 2016 6:22 AM AEST

    Whether you're dreaming of sailing to vibrant New England locales as the leaves start to turn, alongside the ancient temples of Asia or through Europe's picturesque towns, these deals take you to pristine coastlines and are too good not to snatch up. If you've only got a week and want to go big, Royal Caribbean's six-night cruise aboard the Mariner of the Seas is a great bet. Starting in Shanghai, the itinerary includes stops in Kochi, Japan, where you can explore pristine beaches, temples and castles before continuing on to Nagasaki, Japan, to take in inspiring temples and Peace Park.

  • What if You Can't Afford Your Kids' School Supplies? U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Aug 27, 2016 1:07 AM AEST

    Anyway, what consumers spend on school supplies is high. If you feel you don't need to reach out and ask for free school supplies, but you definitely need to find them on the cheap, there are a number of outlets to consider.

  • A Home Seller's Guide to Pocket Listings U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Aug 27, 2016 12:39 AM AEST

    A good real estate agent will have a marketing plan for your property. While most sellers choose the traditional route of marketing their home on the local multiple listing service, pocket listings -- or private listings -- are becoming a bigger part of the conversation. Here's what you need to know about the option of a pocket listing, and how to determine if it will better serve the sale of your home.

  • Will the Election Affect Social Security? U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Aug 27, 2016 12:13 AM AEST

    More than a decade ago, George W. Bush made waves with his plan to allow younger workers to save a portion of their Social Security money in personal retirement accounts. The proposal was decried by some as an attack on the system, and then-President Bush's approval rating sank as he toured the country promoting the idea. The plan was eventually abandoned, and that marked the last time a major overhaul of the Social Security system was attempted.

  • Krispy Kreme Reese's Peanut Butter Doughnuts Are a Thing, Obviously (KKD) U.S.News & World Report - Sat, Aug 27, 2016 12:02 AM AEST

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (KKD), the haven of all food concoctions, is actively trying to make you cry with joy due to its latest (and arguably greatest) food mashup: The Reese's Peanut Butter Doughnut. The United Kingdom is also no stranger to the mashup, as the Tech Times reported its availability in Great Britain in 2015. Krispy Kreme's United Kingdom website currently features a Reese's Peanut Butter & Jelly doughnut.

  • 5 Ways to Cruise to Europe on a Budget U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:55 PM AEST

    With plenty of history, culture, culinary hot spots and inspiring scenery, Europe's versatile cities and towns offer many charms. Not only is the cruise fare for European sailings typically more expensive, but excursions and airfare are also costly. "Cruise lines always introduce a low fare when the new itineraries are announced, so booking a year or two in advance will always result in a great deal," he says.

  • Back to School for Kids With Chronic Pain U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:00 PM AEST

    For kids living with chronic pain, ordinary parts of the school day that most kids take for granted -- going to class, sitting at a desk, concentrating on assignments, walking to the cafeteria -- become much harder. Like his California classmates, Jasper Neale returned to eighth grade after the 2014-15 winter break.

  • How Investors Can Capitalize on the Growing Success of E-Commerce U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:00 PM AEST

    Department store sales fell 0.5 percent in July and were down 4 percent from last July, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's latest retail sales report. "Online shopping has become a truly disruptive theme. It's an exciting place to invest in a kind of dot-com renaissance," says Hilary Kramer, editor of the New York City-based GameChangers stock newsletter.

  • 4 Things to Know Before Buying Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:00 PM AEST

    Delta Air Lines (DAL) has a reputation of being one of the most reliable airlines in the nation. Delta's stock, on the other hand, hasn't been as fortunate. The last large airline merger -- American and US Airways combined to form American Airlines Group (AAL) -- left the U.S. with four carriers accounting for about 80 percent of capacity.

  • WhatsApp Will Send Facebook Inc. (FB) Your Phone Number U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 3:50 AM AEST
    WhatsApp Will Send Facebook Inc. (FB) Your Phone Number

    WhatsApp, the global messaging firm owned by Facebook Inc. (FB), has an important question for you: Can I have your number? The company will soon give Facebook the phone numbers and device details of WhatsApp users, a marked difference from its pledge to protect the privacy of its users, reports the Associated Press. This is the first time these policies have been updated since 2012 and prior to Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp in 2014.

  • 7 Stocks to Buy for the Baby Boomer Retirement Wave U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 2:17 AM AEST

    Some baby boomers are already retiring, but in 15 years, the vast majority will have left the workforce. With people living longer than ever, building a proper retirement nest egg has never been more important. With bonds offering virtually no yield nowadays, boomers need to scour the market for the best stocks to buy to build their retirement accounts.

  • How to Design and Build Your Own Custom Home U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 2:14 AM AEST

    "If you find the right people, building a house is one of the great joys in life," says Duo Dickinson, an architect in Madison, Connecticut, and the author of "The House You Build" and other works. Because the architect and builder are part of the same company, they have experience working together. "The thing that you have to pay the most attention to is the site," Dickinson says.

  • Why Air Travel Is Actually Much Safer Than You Think U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 1:40 AM AEST

    In spite of a series of high-profile incidents making headlines since 2014 -- from the AirAsia Flight 8501 tragedy to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 -- air travel safety is improving. "We see a continuing improvement in safety performance over time," says Rudy Quevedo, the director of safety for IATA. Beyond rolling out free in-flight entertainment systems and increased premium economy-class seating options, airlines are taking great strides to enhance their technology and equipment.

  • 5 Part-Time Jobs That Are Perfect for Retirees U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 1:00 AM AEST

    At age 79, Mary Hartsock was ready to try something new. "They took a chance with me, and Right at Home is an excellent place to work," Hartsock says. Hartsock was named the Right at Home National Caregiver of the Year for 2014.

  • The 10 Best Small-Cap Value ETFs U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:51 AM AEST

    Small-cap stocks with value built in. When you think of small-capitalization stocks, you think of growth. But the small-cap value stocks can be great, too. MarketWatch's Paul Merriman wrote last year that ...

  • What to Look For in a Financial Advisor U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:42 AM AEST

    The best financial advisors make financial planning and investment management their life's work. Financial advisors can help you plan and invest to retire comfortably, to put your kids through college and, perhaps, leave a legacy for your family. A problem, and the current challenge for the general public, is that anyone these days may call themselves a financial advisor, financial planner, wealth manager, money manager, investment guru, retirement expert and so on.

  • 8 Financial Steps to Take After Paying Off a Debt U.S.News & World Report - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:29 AM AEST

    "I like to encourage clients who pay off a debt to take what would have been the next month's payment and spend it on something to celebrate the payoff (a special meal out, a delayed purchase or even a little getaway, depending on the size of that payment)," writes Charlie Bolognino, a certified financial planner and owner of Side-by-Side Financial Planning LLC in Plymouth, Minnesota, in an email. "Financially, the biggest opportunity whenever cash flow is freed up in the monthly budget is to determine what the next highest priority is to tackle," writes Jean Keener, a certified financial planner and principal at Keener Financial Planning in Keller, Texas, in an email. If your debt repayment came at the expense your emergency savings account, "use one-third of the payment to start an emergency fund.

  • Everyone Is Trying to Be Snapchat -- Even Apple Inc., Report Says (AAPL) U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:58 PM AEST

    Apple Inc. (AAPL) is home to many social networking apps on its signature devices, though a new report suggests it could be vying for a social media stake in its own right. Beyond Apple's previously announced updated iMessage, the technology titan is working on its own Snapchat-like video sharing app, Bloomberg reports citing unnamed sources. The company anticipates a 2017 release, though the project may not make it if it fails to hit deadlines and what Apple expects.

  • How to Plan the Perfect Grand Circle Tour U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:51 PM AEST

    Today marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and to celebrate the occasion -- and inspire the next generation of visitors to visit America's prized parks and historic sites -- the parks will be offering free admission through Sunday. Popularized in the 1920s, when the Union Pacific Railroad created the route with the then newly developed National Park Service to encourage visitors to get outside and admire the plateaus and peaks of southern Utah and northern Arizona, this iconic route is not to be missed. If you're ready to embark on an epic road trip, packed with striking scenery, storied sites and plenty of time in great outdoors, here's how to plan a memorable tour of four inspiring national parks.

  • How Will a Clinton or Trump White House Affect Renewable Energy? U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:25 PM AEST

    Renewable energy has made significant inroads into the U.S. energy system and even in the era of low fossil fuel prices, costs for solar and wind installations are down dramatically. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the solar industry trade group, costs to install solar panels fell by more than 70 percent over the last 10 years and during that time, solar saw a compounded annual growth rate of nearly 60 percent. The trade organization for the wind energy industry, the American Wind Energy Association, said costs are down more than 90 percent since the early 1980s.

  • Procrastinators, Follow These Last-Minute Back-to-School Shopping Tips U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:23 PM AEST

    Follow these tips for a quick and painless school shopping experience, and stay under budget while you're at it. If you haven't bought what you need, you may not have as many choices -- but you will get rock-bottom prices.

  • How to Prepare for a Remote Career U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:13 PM AEST

    When you get a job in a new city, you research places to live and other key items before making the move. You typically do some research when you get a new job in your own city, observing the corporate ...

  • Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA): Rising Star or Fragile as China? U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:00 PM AEST

    The colorful character Ali Baba made quite the splash when 18th century readers encountered him in "One Thousand and One Nights." So it makes sense that Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding (BABA), has emerged as quite the character himself -- and has made a splash of his own. A former English teacher, Ma makes no secret of his past flops. Once at a KFC, Ma was beaten out by 23 hopefuls.

  • Ambarella Inc (AMBA) Stock Is on Fire: Should You Buy It? U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 4:53 AM AEST

    For three years, HD video chip-maker Ambarella Inc (AMBA) was one of the hottest growth stocks on all of Wall Street. Now up around 70 percent in the last three months, is AMBA stock a buy once again? Ambarella, which is known primarily as the supplier of HD video compression and image processing chips for GoPro (GPRO), has some bullish technical indicators going for it.

  • How Teachers Are Bringing Financial Literacy Lessons to the Classroom U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 1:59 AM AEST

    "When kids know how money works, they are more careful with their spending and take better care of their things that cost money," says Kristi Ekern, a fifth-grade teacher in the Denver metro area. "Children tell me they speak in the evenings with their parents, and parents are listening to the kids when they're evaluating investments," says Neme Alperstein, who recently retired from teaching the fifth grade in Queens, New York. During her 28 years of teaching, she used a program called the Stock Market Game, a virtual investing platform provided by the SIFMA Foundation, to teach students about investing by creating a hypothetical investment portfolio and following real stocks.

  • 4 Ways Instagram Is Trying to Stay Relevant (FB) U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 1:37 AM AEST

    Instagram, by many accounts, is a success story for Wall Street stalwart Facebook (FB). The social network recently launched a Stories feature to rival Snapchat and will reportedly let users filter comments on their posts or even turn them off entirely. Here are four issues Instagram currently has to tackle.

  • 8 Apartment Amenities You Didn't Know You Needed U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 1:36 AM AEST

    More people than ever are renting rather than owning, with more than 35 percent of Americans living in rented housing as of 2014, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council. To compete with the growing number of rental opportunities in the U.S., many apartment communities are upping the ante with luxurious amenities that make living easier, more convenient and more fun. While resort-style pools, movie theaters and recreational spaces are becoming the standard, many places are going above and beyond to appeal to residents looking to rent in the area.

  • 10 of the Kardashians' Favorite Companies U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 1:26 AM AEST

    Want to be like a Kardashian? According to the nonprofit consumer advocacy group Truth in Advertising, members of the Kardashian and Jenner dynasty have been using their fame for (gasp!) personal profit. TINA is even threatening to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

  • How to Plan and Execute a Memorable Retirement Party U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 1:05 AM AEST

    One of the nicest rites of passage when someone wraps up their working career and transitions to retirement is the retirement party. If you have been given the opportunity to help plan a retirement party, here are some good tips to keep in mind. There are several options for celebrating a retirement.

  • Is White Really White-Hot When It Comes to Decorating Your Home? U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 1:02 AM AEST

    Benjamin Moore selected Simply White OC-117 as its color of the year for 2016. Sherwin Williams, its staunchest competitor, selected Alabaster (SW 7008). In fact, white paints make up 30 percent of that company's sales of paint, in gallons, according to a July 2016 article in The Wall Street Journal.

  • Job Seekers: Prepare Your Interview Answers Now U.S.News & World Report - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 12:11 AM AEST

    If you've ever been called and asked to interview for a job the following day, you know how stressful it can be. You don't want to add to this stress by worrying about your interview answers. If you follow these steps, you'll have already completed all the time-consuming interview preparation, leaving you time to polish and practice your answers and do a little more research on the company.

  • 8 Awesome Freebies That Everyone Can Enjoy U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 11:38 PM AEST

    If it's time for an ice cream fix, get yours on the house at Baskin-Robbins. You'll get several coupons and deals sent straight to your phone as well as flavor updates and discounts on ice cream cakes. Services, such as ALISON, edX and Coursera provide free online courses from top schools and publishers.

  • 7 Ways to Invest With a Theme In Mind U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 11:00 PM AEST

    Thematic investing is trending upward as more millennials and everyday investors look to change up their portfolio. "It's a paradigm shift," says Peter Krull, president of Krull & Co., a socially and environmentally responsible investment firm in Asheville, North Carolina. Although thematic investing has been around for a long time, it has traditionally been used as a tilt on one's portfolio, say for oil price fluctuations to actively manage a passive model with diversification while still being as low cost as possible, says Hardeep Walia, co-founder and CEO of Motif, an online investment broker in San Mateo, California, that offers investors the opportunity to create themes around stocks.

  • Are Preferred Stocks Preferable? U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 7:23 AM AEST

    Blend a stock and a bond and you wind up with a preferred stock, the darling of many fixed-income investors. Like a bond, a preferred stock pays fixed, predictable interest, but in the form of a dividend, like a stock. Most important, preferreds often offer higher yields than either stocks or bonds.

  • TSLA: Tesla Motors Inc.'s New Product Announcement Sparks Snark On Twitter U.S.News & World Report - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 7:17 AM AEST

    Tuesday morning, Elon Musk teased a new Tesla Motors (ticker: TSLA ) product on Twitter. By the time of the product's announcement Tuesday afternoon, it was Twitter (TWTR) users doing the teasing. Tesla ...