Posts Tagged Personal finance

US economy, though sluggish, may now be sturdier

In this Tuesday, July 8, 2014 photo, Mark Ahlemann, center, passes out papers to participants during a during a breakfast networking session hosted by Gray Hair Management at a restaurant in Elk Grove Village, Ill. By continuing to draw a paycheck, older workers pay taxes and that ought to reduce the budgetary pressures on younger generations, Gary Burtless, a senior economics fellow at the Brookings Institution, concluded in a 2013 paper. But in a sluggish recovery where job gains have not kept pace with population growth, the persistence of older workers has actually hurt younger generations  (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.

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Fair Trade brings big sales and a clear conscience

In this July 14, 2014 photo, Jim Munson, owner of Brooklyn Roasting Company, poses for photos in New York. Sales of the company’s Free Trade coffee have soared from $900,000 in 2011 to $4.4 million last year, and are expected to reach $6 million in 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Roasting Co. has a booming business based on helping people thousands of miles away.

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SEC poised to end $1 a share for some money funds

FILE- In this Dec. 17, 2008 file photo, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) headquarters in Washington is shown. Regulators are expected to vote Wednesday July 23, 2014 to end a longtime staple of the investment industry _ the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds _ at least for some money funds used by big investors.  (AP Photo/File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regulators have voted by a narrow margin to end a longtime staple of the investment industry — the fixed $1 share price for money-market mutual funds — at least for some money funds used by big investors.

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Review: Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

In this June 18, 2014 file photo, the Amazon "Mayday" customer service app that provides a direct link to a live Amazon tech support worker, is demonstrated on the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — What I find fascinating about Amazon’s Fire phone isn’t the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products.

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Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar

The new Amazon Fire Phone's Firefly feature, which lets the user take a photo of objects, numbers, artwork or books and have the phone recognize the item, is demonstrated, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. Firefly also can recognize songs, TV shows, and movies. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

NEW YORK (AP) — Many of the Amazon Fire phone’s features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices.

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