The goal of holiday shopping -- to find the perfect gifts for family, friends, and even ourselves -- really hasn't changed over the years. But the way we shop? That's a different story.
For those of us who still actually go to the mall, it'll never be the same, thanks to the relentless march of technology. According to a new survey, 70 percent of smartphone owners plan to use their phones for holiday shopping.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about what’s known as the “fiscal cliff,” and a lot of Americans may be wondering what exactly that is, or how exactly they would be affected. Well, if there’s one thing you can count on it’s that most taxpayers in this country will be affected if a number of laws remain unchanged after December 31.
Essentially, the fiscal cliff is a package of tax increases and spending cuts that would take effect in January unless Congress passes a budget deal before then. Going over the cliff would result in a slowdown in economic growth due to a reduction in spending by consumers and the government. Economists say the results could be devastating, possibly sending the economy into recession during the first part of next year.
Attention, Black Friday shoppers: The world's largest retailer is upping the ante.
Wal-Mart has announced a three-stage Black Friday event, beginning at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. That's two hours earlier than the deals began last year. And Wal-Mart is guaranteeing shoppers who show up at the right time will be able to purchase some of the most popular gifts.
Apple's new, smaller tablet, the iPad Mini, has left the nest. And while the company isn't saying how many Minis it sold in the first weekend, the event was greeted with enthusiasm, even in New York where the after-effects of Superstorm Sandy couldn't keep people from lining up before midnight outside Apple's store on 5th Avenue.
So, how does the Mini fare against its competition in the 7" to 8" tablet market, and against its big brother?
In the hotly anticipated last jobs report before the presidential election, the Labor Department says employers added 171,000 new jobs in October. The gain was more than economists surveyed by CNNMoney expected. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%, in line with economists' expectations.
Private employers added 184,000 jobs and government shed 13,000 jobs, the report said. Thursday, payroll processor ADP reported private employers added 158,000 jobs in October.
It's been a year since a massive EF-5 tornado ripped Joplin, Missouri. HLN money expert Clark Howard was on the ground weeks after the storm hit and found people determined to stay and rebuild their lives in the city they call home. Now, a year later, Clark and Robin Meade return to Joplin to tell the next chapter in this story of perseverance, courage and resolve.