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Toys ‘R’ Us may close another 200 stores, sharply cut corporate staff
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Toys ‘R’ Us may close another 200 stores, sharply cut corporate staff

Toys “R” Us Inc. plans to close another 200 stores and lay off a significant portion of its corporate staff following a disappointing holiday sales...

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My father is moving to a retirement community — what do we do with his $1.8 million home?
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My father is moving to a retirement community — what do we do with his $1.8 million home?

Dear Moneyist, My father has been retired for 30-plus years and owns a home worth $1.8 million outright. He is 84 years old and ready to move to a...

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Tops Markets Files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
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Tops Markets Files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Supermarket chain Tops Markets LLC filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, the latest regional grocery chain to look to restructure its balance...

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Home Depot sales lifted by tax cuts and booming housing market
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Home Depot sales lifted by tax cuts and booming housing market

The Home Depo on Tuesday reported earnings that were buoyed by a booming housing market and strong economy, a macro environment that executives and...

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Albertsons to buy remainder of Rite Aid
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Albertsons to buy remainder of Rite Aid

Albertsons Cos. plans to buy the rest of Rite Aid Corp. that isn’t being sold to Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. as retailers of all stripes scramble...

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Here’s the ‘real’ reason stock-market investors are worried about bond yields
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Here’s the ‘real’ reason stock-market investors are worried about bond yields

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE Investors blaming the recent stock market wobble on rising Treasury yields might want to look a little deeper. See full...

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Walmart preview: It has a competitive moat in food that even Amazon may have trouble crossing
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Walmart preview: It has a competitive moat in food that even Amazon may have trouble crossing

Ahead of Walmart Inc.’s fourth-quarter 2018 earnings on Tuesday, Susquehanna Financial Group analysts reiterated its positive stock rating due to...

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Paying off credit cards, upping 401(k) contributions: These people found the secret to financial success is a few strong drinks
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Paying off credit cards, upping 401(k) contributions: These people found the secret to financial success is a few strong drinks

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE Some Reddit users find alcohol loosens their inhibitions enough to finally check their online accounts. See full story. Dow,...

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Eight cities on the verge of a housing bubble — and not one of them is in the U.S.
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Eight cities on the verge of a housing bubble — and not one of them is in the U.S.

Before you go calling San Francisco real estate a bubble just waiting to pop, take a look at this ranking of housing markets around the world. UBS...

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Forget the stock market’s roller coaster — many Americans struggle with income volatility
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Forget the stock market’s roller coaster — many Americans struggle with income volatility

The stock market’s up-and-down ride has grabbed breathless news coverage in the past week, but many Americans are far more familiar with another...

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Mortgage rates rise to nearly four-year high on inflation concerns
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Mortgage rates rise to nearly four-year high on inflation concerns

Mortgage rates have climbed to the highest level in close to four years, according to data released Thursday. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage...

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Should I sell my $565,000 duplex and invest the money — or continue to collect rent?
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Should I sell my $565,000 duplex and invest the money — or continue to collect rent?

Dear Moneyist, I purchased a duplex 20 years ago and am considering selling it. I paid $150,000 for the duplex, and spent about $55,000 on updates...

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Fannie Mae to turn to taxpayers after $6.5 billion loss
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Fannie Mae to turn to taxpayers after $6.5 billion loss

Mortgage finance provider Fannie Mae on Wednesday reported a fourth quarter net loss of $6.5 billion, a step that means it will draw billions from...

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Barnes & Noble’s troubles aren’t just Amazon
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Barnes & Noble’s troubles aren’t just Amazon

Barnes & Noble Inc.’s biggest competition may be Amazon.com Inc., but it’s also feeling the heat from local mom-and-pop bookstores that have...

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For Black History Month, a look at African-American home ownership
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For Black History Month, a look at African-American home ownership

In honor of a monthly celebration of African-American history and achievement, here’s a reminder that there are still deep racial inequities in the...

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Homeowners will be able to count Airbnb income on applications for refinances
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Homeowners will be able to count Airbnb income on applications for refinances

Homeowners soon will be able to count income they earn from Airbnb Inc. rentals on applications for refinance loans. A new program—expected to be...

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Avoid giving the worst kind of gift on Valentine’s Day
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Avoid giving the worst kind of gift on Valentine’s Day

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet. Roses are red. Violets are blue. Flowers are overdone. So what’s a gift giver to do? If...

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What the new tax law will do to your mortgage interest deduction
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What the new tax law will do to your mortgage interest deduction

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) trimmed two important tax breaks for homeowners and left another big one completely untouched. In my last column,...

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Don’t make the mistakes this couple made buying a home
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Don’t make the mistakes this couple made buying a home

Buying our first home in Alaska in 2009 was the biggest mistake my husband Zach and I ever made. Today, we’re in the midst of actually trying to...

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Mortgage rates hit 14-month high as bonds sell off
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Mortgage rates hit 14-month high as bonds sell off

Rates for home loans rose to the highest in more than a year, raising the prospect of a fresh headwind for housing that mortgage professionals...

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Home price gains picked up steam at year-end, CoreLogic says
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Home price gains picked up steam at year-end, CoreLogic says

Forget the rent- home purchase prices may soon be “too damn high.” Nationally, prices rose 6.6% for the 12 months ending in December, real-estate...

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Google parent Alphabet buys Chelsea Market building, expanding New York footprint
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Google parent Alphabet buys Chelsea Market building, expanding New York footprint

The parent company of Google is expanding its real-estate holdings in Manhattan, with plans to plow more than $2 billion into one of the city’s...

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Activist investor urges grocer Supervalu to split, explore sale
News 2 weeks ago
Activist investor urges grocer Supervalu to split, explore sale

An activist investor is turning up its pressure on Supervalu Inc., planning a board fight and urging a breakup and potential sale of one of the...

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Will the recent stock market volatility affect house prices?
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Will the recent stock market volatility affect house prices?

As the stock market’s correction dredged up memories of 2007, some have begun to look for the bubble that might burst into the next recession. But...

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Billionaire fed up with goose poop, says he won’t pay his property taxes
News 2 weeks ago
Billionaire fed up with goose poop, says he won’t pay his property taxes

Birds going No. 2 is this billionaire’s No. 1 problem. Three-time gubernatorial candidate and former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano is so fed up...

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Expect home values to rise in these 10 states
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Expect home values to rise in these 10 states

The housing market in the U.S. has experienced a major uptick over the past two years. In 2016, existing home sales were the strongest they’ve been...

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Your office cubicle might soon look like a greenhouse
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Your office cubicle might soon look like a greenhouse

The water cooler is being replaced by an actual waterfall, and your dusty office plant could soon give way to an entire forest. Seriously. This...

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You can now buy a house in Italy for a little over a dollar
News 2 weeks ago
You can now buy a house in Italy for a little over a dollar

Ever dreamed of packing up and moving abroad — to, say, a rustic Italian village? Now may be the time to make it happen. Ollolai, a village on the...

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Battered for years, home builder hiring jumped in January
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Battered for years, home builder hiring jumped in January

Guess who’s hiring? Residential builders added more than 5,000 jobs in January, according to Labor Department data released Friday. If sustained,...

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Homeownership rate reaches three-year high as rebound from crisis gathers pace
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Homeownership rate reaches three-year high as rebound from crisis gathers pace

More Americans became homeowners in the final three months of last year, fresh evidence that homeownership is rebounding after touching a post...

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