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Can Fed rate cut save Christmas?

Jeremy Simon

While consumers are dreaming of a white Christmas, retailers are thinking black — as in a profitable holiday shopping season. But if a recent item from CNNMoney.com is correct, the second Federal Reserve interest rate cut of 2007 may not be enough to give retailers the sales lift they need this year.
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Making ends meet on a wing, a prayer and a credit card

Connie Prater

Credit cards have become the great equalizers between the haves and have nots. Even when they know they can’t afford it, people with very little income can get the $399 iPhone, the iPods, the Xbox 360 games and other high-priced…
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Buddha wants you to shop

Emily Crone

With the new Enlightenment Credit Card you can spend your way to nirvana. OK, seriously? Its Web site calls it a “socially conscious” card. “How money is used determines the effect.” Like karma. It is a Visa card issued through the First Hawaiian Bank. “Our mission is to use the power of money, media and information to change the world.”
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Don’t party with your credit card

Emily Crone

It’s every party animal’s worst nightmare: Spending a wild night of fun at a bar or club only to later realize that your credit card has been charged thousands more than you remember spending. In August, this happened to Thomas Salter, a Georgia Tech alum who celebrated college graduation with a few friends and an American Express card he shares with his father.
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